1965 Football League Cup Final

1965 Football League Cup Final
Event 1964–65 Football League Cup
First Leg
Date 15 March 1965
Venue Stamford Bridge, London
Referee Jim Finney (Hereford)
Attendance 20,690
Second Leg
Date 5 April 1965
Venue Filbert Street, Leicester
Referee Kevin Howley (Billingham)
Attendance 26,957

The 1965 Football League Cup Final, the fifth to be staged since the competition's inception, was contested between Leicester City and Chelsea over two legs. Leicester, the holders, were aiming to become the first side to retain the trophy while Chelsea were seeking to become the first London side to win it. Chelsea won 3–2 on aggregate, with all the goals coming in the first leg.

Match review

The first leg took place on 15 March 1965 at Chelsea's home ground, Stamford Bridge. Chelsea twice took the lead in the match, first through Bobby Tambling and then a Terry Venables penalty, but Leicester equalised on both occasions via Colin Appleton and Jimmy Goodfellow. With ten minutes remaining, Chelsea's Eddie McCreadie received the ball on the edge of his own penalty area and went on a sixty-yard run, dribbling past several Leicester players before slotting the ball past goalkeeper Gordon Banks.

McCreadie's goal proved to be the difference between the sides as, despite strong pressure, Leicester were unable to make a breakthrough in the second leg at Filbert Street on 15 April and the game ended 0–0, giving Chelsea a 3–2 aggregate win.

Players and officials

First leg

Chelsea 3–2 Leicester City
Tambling  33'
Venables  70' (p)
McCreadie  81'
Appleton  46'
Goodfellow  75'
Attendance: 20,690
Referee: Jim Finney (Hereford)
1Peter Bonetti
2Marvin Hinton
3Ron Harris
4John Hollins
5Allan Young
6John Boyle
7Bert Murray
8George Graham
9Eddie McCreadie
10Terry Venables (c)
11Bobby Tambling
Manager:
Tommy Docherty
1Gordon Banks
2John Sjoberg
3Richard Norman
4Len Chalmers
5Ian King
6Colin Appleton (c)
7Billy Hodgson
8Graham Cross
9Jimmy Goodfellow
10David Gibson
11Tom Sweenie
Manager:
Matt Gillies

Second leg

Leicester City 0–0 Chelsea
Filbert Street, Leicester
Attendance: 26,957
1Gordon Banks
2Clive Walker
3Richard Norman
4Bobby Roberts
5John Sjoberg
6Colin Appleton (c)
7Billy Hodgson
8Graham Cross
9Jimmy Goodfellow
10David Gibson
11Mike Stringfellow
Manager:
Matt Gillies
1Peter Bonetti
2Marvin Hinton
3Eddie McCreadie
4Ron Harris
5John Mortimore
6Frank Upton
7Bert Murray
8John Boyle
9Barry Bridges
10Terry Venables (c)
11Bobby Tambling
Manager:
Tommy Docherty

Route to the final

Chelsea

Round 2Birmingham City0–3Chelsea
Round 3Chelsea4–0Notts County
Round 4Chelsea3–2Swansea City
Round 5Workington Town2–2Chelsea
Round 5 replayChelsea2–0Workington Town
Semi-final (1st leg)Aston Villa2–3Chelsea
Semi-final (2nd leg)Chelsea1–1Aston Villa
(Chelsea won 4–3 on aggregate)

Leicester City

Round 2Leicester City0–0Peterborough United
Round 2 ReplayPeterborough United0–2Leicester City
Round 3Grimsby Town0–5Leicester City
Round 4Leicester City0–0Crystal Palace
Round 4 ReplayCrystal Palace1–2Leicester City
Round 5Coventry City1–8Leicester City
Semi-final (1st leg)Plymouth Argyle0–1Leicester City
Semi-final (2nd leg)Leicester City3–2Plymouth Argyle
(Leicester City won 4–2 on aggregate)
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