The 10 best League Cup finals EVER: Gus Caesar, 40-yarders and Jose's hush
5. Aston Villa 3-2 Everton, 1977 (second replay)
The initial goalless draw at Wembley was so drab that no highlights were shown
Better late than never: after two dull draws, this second replay at Old Trafford produced 120 minutes of memorable football, including a wonder strike from Chris Nicholl. The initial goalless draw at Wembley was so drab that no highlights were shown, and a 1-1 draw at Hillsborough didn’t do much to help the ratings.
In Manchester, Toffees target man Bob Latchford broke the deadlock before Nicholl’s 40-yard belter and Brian Little’s angled strike put Villa ahead. Mick Lyons equalised to make it three goals in four minutes, but Little scored again a minute from the end of extra time to give Villa their third League Cup success. Probably worth the 330 minutes.
6. Swindon 3-1 Arsenal, 1969
Arsenal blamed flu and the heavy pitch, but nobody outside the mudslinging metropolitan media cared
Two years after third-tier QPR had embarrassed top-flight WBA, another upset in a game that scarred a young Nick Hornby for life. Having scored against the run of first-half play when Roger Smart capitalised on confusion over a backpass from Ian Ure to Bob Wilson, Swindon defended doggedly until Bobby Gould's 86th-minute equaliser took the game into extra time.
However, the minnows and neutrals found a hero in Don Rogers, who scored a brace to complete the fairy tale. Arsenal blamed flu and the heavy pitch, but nobody outside the mudslinging metropolitan media cared.
7. Nottingham Forest 3-2 Southampton, 1979
Forest started like a team hungover and went in at half-time 1-0 down to a David Peach goal
League Cup holders, league champions and 4-1 up after the first quarter-final leg of a European Cup they would eventually win, Forest were a confident team. So the night before the game, Brian Clough insisted that the team demolish a crate of champagne after some mild boozy success against Liverpool earlier in the season.
Forest started like a team hungover and went in at half-time 1-0 down to a David Peach goal, but after Frank Clark controversially blocked former Forest man Terry Curran on the edge of the box, the champions took control through Garry Birtles (2) and Tony Woodcock before Nick Holmes' late consolation.