1978 Football League Cup Final
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|Event||1977–78 Football League Cup|
|Date||18 March 1978|
|Venue||Wembley Stadium, London|
|Date||22 March 1978|
|Venue||Old Trafford, Manchester|
The 1978 Football League Cup Final was the eighteenth League Cup final, and was contested between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. The initial match resulted in a 0–0 draw at Wembley Stadium on 18 March 1978. The replay was four days later at Old Trafford, and saw John Robertson score from the penalty spot after a foul by Phil Thompson on John O'Hare, which TV replays confirmed was actually outside the penalty area. Another refereeing decision caused further controversy when an equalising goal from Liverpool's Terry McDermott was ruled out for handball, despite TV replays again confirming that the decision was wrong, with McDermott controlling the ball not with his arm, but taking it cleanly on his chest before hammering a thunder-bold past future England goalkeeper Chris Woods. The contentious 1–0 score-line was enough to win the cup for Forest, who thus became the first club to achieve a League and League Cup double.
In the latter game, one of his last for Liverpool, stalwart Ian Callaghan received the only booking of his long and illustrious career for the Merseyside club, as the red mist descended, fuelled by the dubious refereeing decisions which had been made. Tommy Smith famously stated in an interview immediately after the game that the referee "should be shot".
Source for team line-ups:
Yellow/Yellow shorts/Yellow socks
(final score after 90 minutes)
Red shirts/Red shorts/Red socks
|Manager: Brian Clough
|Manager: Bob Paisley
Road to Wembley
Forest's route to the final included victories over First Division teams West Ham United, Aston Villa and Leeds United (beating the latter 7–3 on aggregate in the semi-final). They also beat city rivals Notts County.
Liverpool were drawn at home to First Division teams in their first 3 rounds, although they needed a replay to beat Coventry City. They then beat Third Division Wrexham in the quarter-final, before edging out Arsenal 2–1 on aggregate in the semi-final.