1979 Football League Cup Final

1979 League Cup Final
Event 1978–79 Football League Cup
Date 17 March 1979
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Peter Reeves (Leicester)

The 1979 Football League Cup Final took place on 17 March 1979 at Wembley Stadium. It was the nineteenth Football League Cup final and the thirteenth to be played at Wembley. It was contested between Nottingham Forest and Southampton. Forest were the hot favourites to win being the holders of the League Cup and the reigning First Division champions. The match finished 3–2 to Forest. Forest's goals came from Garry Birtles (2) and Tony Woodcock. Southampton's goals came from David Peach and Nick Holmes.

Match details

Nottingham Forest
Nottingham Forest
Red shirts/White shorts/Red socks
(final score after 90 minutes)
Yellow shirts/Blue shorts/Yellow socks
Manager: England Brian Clough

1 England Peter Shilton (GK)
2 England Colin Barrett
3 England Frank Clark
4 Scotland John McGovern (c)
5 England Larry Lloyd
6 England David Needham
7 Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill
8 Scotland Archie Gemmill
9 England Garry Birtles
10 England Tony Woodcock
11 Scotland John Robertson
12 England Ian Bowyer



Football League Cup (Final)

15.00 GMT Saturday 17 March 1979

Wembley Stadium, London


Peter Reeves

Match rules:
90 minutes.
30 minutes extra-time if necessary.
Match replayed if scores still level.
One named subsititute.

Manager: England Lawrie McMenemy

1 England Terry Gennoe (GK)
2 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ivan Golac
3 England David Peach
4 England Steve Williams
5 Northern Ireland Chris Nicholl
6 England Malcolm Waldron
7 England Alan Ball (c)
8 England Phil Boyer
9 Republic of Ireland Austin Hayes  83'
10 England Nick Holmes
11 England Terry Curran
12 England Tony Sealy  83'


Source for team line-ups:[1]

Road to Wembley

Nottingham Forest

Forest began their defence of the competition with a replayed victory over Oldham Athletic, before a 5–0 win at Oxford United. That set up a clash with fellow First Division side Everton, and Forest won 3–2 at Goodison Park. A quarter-final win over Brighton & Hove Albion set up the semi-final with Third Division side Watford. Forest won the 1st leg at home 3–1, and the 2nd leg was scoreless, and thus Forest qualified for their second successive final.[2]


Southampton began their run with wins over First Division Birmingham City and Derby County. In the fourth round they needed a replay to beat Fourth Division side Reading; Southampton then defeated Manchester City 2–1 in the quarter-final. In the first leg of their semi-final with Leeds United they drew 2–2 away, before a 1–0 second leg victory.[2]


  1. "Saturday March 17, 1979; League Cup Final Nottingham Forest 3 Southampton 2". football-england.com. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  2. 1 2 Dinant Abbink (28 March 2008). "England League Cup Full Results 1960–1996". RSSSF. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
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