1968–69 Football League Cup

The 1968–69 Football League Cup was the ninth season of the Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 football clubs. The competition ended with the final on 15 March 1969.

The final was contested by Third Division team Swindon Town and First Division side Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in London. Roger Smart gave Swindon a surprise lead in the first half but Bobby Gould equalised for Arsenal in the 85th minute. In extra-time, Don Rogers scored twice for Swindon, leading them to a 3–1 victory.

1968–69 Football League Cup
Country England &  Wales
Teams 91
Defending champions Leeds United
Champions Swindon Town
Runners-up Arsenal

First round


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aldershot2–4Brentford14 August 1968
Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic1–6Southend United13 August 1968
Bradford City3–2Hartlepool14 August 1968
Bradford Park Avenue0–3Darlington13 August 1968
Brighton & Hove Albion2–0Oxford United14 August 1968
Bristol City2–0Newport County13 August 1968
Bristol Rovers0–2Swansea Town13 August 1968
Bury1–1Stockport County13 August 1968
Chester0–0Tranmere Rovers13 August 1968
Colchester United2–0Reading13 August 1968
Crewe Alexandra1–1Northampton Town14 August 1968
Derby County3–0Chesterfield13 August 1968
Doncaster Rovers0–0Peterborough United14 August 1968
Gillingham2–2Orient14 August 1968
Grimsby Town0–0Notts County14 August 1968
Halifax Town0–3Hull City14 August 1968
Lincoln City2–1Mansfield Town14 August 1968
Luton Town3–0Watford14 August 1968
Plymouth Argyle0–0Exeter City14 August 1968
Preston North End1–1Oldham Athletic14 August 1968
Scunthorpe United2–1Rotherham United13 August 1968
Southport2–2Barrow14 August 1968
Swindon Town2–1Torquay United13 August 1968
Walsall2–0Shrewsbury Town13 August 1968
Workington2–1Rochdale14 August 1968
Wrexham2–0Port Vale14 August 1968
York City3–4Barnsley14 August 1968


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Barrow1–3[1]Southport19 August 1968
Crewe Alexandra1–0Northampton Town21 August 1968
Exeter City0–0[1]Plymouth Argyle21 August 1968
Orient3–0Gillingham20 August 1968
Notts County0–1Grimsby Town21 August 1968
Oldham Athletic0–1Preston North End21 August 1968
Peterborough United1–0Doncaster Rovers19 August 1968
Stockport County1–0Bury19 August 1968
Tranmere Rovers2–2[1]Chester21 August 1968

Second Replays

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Plymouth Argyle0–1[1]Exeter City26 August 1968
Tranmere Rovers1–1[1]Chester26 August 1968

Third Replay

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Chester1–2Tranmere Rovers28 August 1968

Second round


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal1–0Sunderland4 September 1968
Aston Villa1–4Tottenham Hotspur4 September 1968
Barnsley1–1Millwall3 September 1968
Birmingham City0–1Chelsea3 September 1968
Blackburn Rovers1–1Stoke City4 September 1968
Bradford City1–1Swindon Town4 September 1968
Brentford3–0Hull City4 September 1968
Brighton & Hove Albion1–1Luton Town4 September 1968
Bristol City1–0Middlesbrough4 September 1968
Carlisle United2–0Cardiff City4 September 1968
Colchester United0–1Workington4 September 1968
Coventry City2–0Portsmouth3 September 1968
Crystal Palace3–1Preston North End4 September 1968
Darlington1–2Leicester City4 September 1968
Derby County5–1Stockport County4 September 1968
Everton4–0Tranmere Rovers3 September 1968
Exeter City3–1Sheffield Wednesday4 September 1968
Grimsby Town1–1Burnley4 September 1968
Huddersfield Town0–0Manchester City3 September 1968
Ipswich Town2–4Norwich City3 September 1968
Leeds United1–0Charlton Athletic4 September 1968
Orient1–0Fulham3 September 1968
Liverpool4–0Sheffield United4 September 1968
Nottingham Forest2–3West Bromwich Albion3 September 1968
Peterborough United4–2Queens Park Rangers4 September 1968
Scunthorpe United2–1Lincoln City3 September 1968
Southampton3–1Crewe Alexandra4 September 1968
Southport0–2Newcastle United2 September 1968
Walsall1–1Swansea Town3 September 1968
West Ham United7–2Bolton Wanderers4 September 1968
Wolverhampton Wanderers1–0Southend United4 September 1968
Wrexham1–1Blackpool4 September 1968


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Blackpool3–0Wrexham9 September 1968
Burnley6–0Grimsby Town10 September 1968
Luton Town4–2Brighton & Hove Albion11 September 1968
Manchester City4–0Huddersfield Town11 September 1968
Millwall3–1[1]Barnsley9 September 1968
Stoke City0–1Blackburn Rovers11 September 1968
Swansea Town3–2[1]Walsall10 September 1968
Swindon Town4–3Bradford City10 September 1968

Third round


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Brentford0–2Norwich City24 September 1968
Blackpool1–0Manchester City25 September 1968
Carlisle United0–3Leicester City24 September 1968
Chelsea0–0Derby County25 September 1968
Everton5–1Luton Town24 September 1968
Leeds United2–1Bristol City25 September 1968
Orient0–1Crystal Palace24 September 1968
Liverpool2–0Swansea Town25 September 1968
Peterborough United2–1West Bromwich Albion25 September 1968
Scunthorpe United1–6Arsenal25 September 1968
Southampton4–1Newcastle United25 September 1968
Swindon Town1–0Blackburn Rovers24 September 1968
Tottenham Hotspur6–3Exeter City25 September 1968
West Ham United0–0Coventry City25 September 1968
Wolverhampton Wanderers5–1Millwall25 September 1968
Workington0–1Burnley25 September 1968


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Coventry City3–2West Ham United1 October 1968
Derby County3–1Chelsea2 October 1968

Fourth round


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal2–1Liverpool15 October 1968
Blackpool2–1Wolverhampton Wanderers16 October 1968
Burnley4–0Leicester City16 October 1968
Coventry City2–2Swindon Town16 October 1968
Crystal Palace2–1Leeds United16 October 1968
Everton0–0Derby County16 October 1968
Norwich City0–4Southampton16 October 1968
Tottenham Hotspur1–0Peterborough United16 October 1968


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Derby County1–0Everton23 October 1968
Swindon Town3–0Coventry City21 October 1968

Fifth Round


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal5–1Blackpool29 October 1968
Burnley2–0Crystal Palace30 October 1968
Derby County0–0Swindon Town30 October 1968
Tottenham Hotspur1–0Southampton30 October 1968


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Swindon Town1–0Derby County5 November 1968


First Leg

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal1–0Tottenham Hotspur20 November 1968
Burnley1–2Swindon Town20 November 1968

Second Leg

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Swindon Town1–2[1]Burnley4 December 19683–3
Tottenham Hotspur1–1Arsenal4 December 19681–2


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Burnley2–3[1]Swindon Town18 December 1968


The final was held at Wembley Stadium, London on 15 March 1969.

Swindon Town 3–1 Arsenal
Smart  35'
Rogers  104'  119'
Summary Gould  85'
Attendance: 98,189
Yellow shirts/Blue shorts/Yellow socks
1 — 3
(after extra time)
Swindon Town
White shirts/White shorts/White socks
Manager: Bertie Mee

Wilson (GK)
Simpson off 71'
Armstrong Substitutes:
Graham on 71' Scorers:


Football League Cup (Final)

15:00 BST Saturday 15 March 1969

Wembley Stadium, London


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

Manager: Danny Williams

Downsborough (GK)
Smith off 77'
Rogers Substitutes:
Penman on 77' Scorers:




  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 After Extra Time
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