1971–72 Football League Cup

The 1971–72 Football League Cup was the 12th season of the Football League Cup, a knock-out competition for England's top 92 football clubs. The tournament started on 17 August 1971 and ended with the final at Wembley on 4 March 1972.

Stoke City won the tournament after defeating Chelsea in the final at Wembley Stadium, London.

Entry for all football league clubs became compulsory this season.

1971–72 Football League Cup
Country England &  Wales
Teams 92
Champions Stoke City
Runners-up Chelsea

First round


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aldershot1–1Southend United18 August 1971
Aston Villa2–2Wrexham18 August 1971
Barnsley0–0Hartlepool18 August 1971
Barrow0–2Preston North End18 August 1971
Blackburn Rovers2–0Workington18 August 1971
Bournemouth2–1Portsmouth17 August 1971
Bradford City1–1Bolton Wanderers18 August 1971
Charlton Athletic5–1Peterborough United17 August 1971
Chesterfield0–0Mansfield Town18 August 1971
Colchester United3–1Brentford18 August 1971
Crewe Alexandra0–1Southport18 August 1971
Darlington0–1York City18 August 1971
Exeter City0–3Bristol Rovers18 August 1971
Fulham4–0Cambridge United17 August 1971
Gillingham4–0Reading18 August 1971
Grimsby Town4–3Doncaster Rovers17 August 1971
Halifax Town1–1Rochdale18 August 1971
Orient1–1Notts County17 August 1971
Newport County1–2Torquay United17 August 1971
Oldham Athletic1–0Bury17 August 1971
Plymouth Argyle1–0Bristol City17 August 1971
Port Vale0–2Shrewsbury Town18 August 1971
Rotherham United0–2Sheffield Wednesday17 August 1971
Scunthorpe United0–1Lincoln City18 August 1971
Stockport County1–0Walsall18 August 1971
Swansea City0–1Brighton & Hove Albion17 August 1971
Tranmere Rovers1–1Chester18 August 1971
Watford2–0Northampton Town18 August 1971


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Bolton Wanderers2–1Bradford City25 August 1971
Chester1–3Tranmere Rovers25 August 1971
Hartlepool0–1[1]Barnsley23 August 1971
Mansfield Town0–5Chesterfield23 August 1971
Notts County3–1Orient25 August 1971
Rochdale2–2[1]Halifax Town24 August 1971
Southend United1–2[1]Aldershot23 August 1971
Wrexham1–1[1]Aston Villa23 August 1971

2nd Replays

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aston Villa4–3Wrexham31 August 1971
Halifax Town2–0Rochdale31 August 1971

Second round


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal1–0Barnsley8 September 1971
Bristol Rovers3–1Sunderland7 September 1971
Blackburn Rovers0–0Lincoln City8 September 1971
Bournemouth0–2Blackpool8 September 1971
Carlisle United5–0Sheffield Wednesday7 September 1971
Charlton Athletic3–1Leicester City7 September 1971
Coventry City0–1Burnley7 September 1971
Crystal Palace2–0Luton Town7 September 1971
Chelsea2–0Plymouth Argyle8 September 1971
Chesterfield2–3Aston Villa8 September 1971
Colchester United4–1Swindon Town8 September 1971
Derby County0–0Leeds United8 September 1971
Grimsby Town2–1Shrewsbury Town7 September 1971
Huddersfield Town0–2Bolton Wanderers7 September 1971
Ipswich Town1–3Manchester United7 September 1971
Liverpool3–0Hull City7 September 1971
Manchester City4–3Wolverhampton Wanderers8 September 1971
Newcastle United2–1Halifax Town8 September 1971
Norwich City2–0Brighton & Hove Albion8 September 1971
Nottingham Forest5–1Aldershot7 September 1971
Notts County1–2Gillingham8 September 1971
Oxford United1–0Millwall8 September 1971
Queens Park Rangers2–0Birmingham City7 September 1971
Sheffield United3–0Fulham7 September 1971
Southampton2–1Everton7 September 1971
Southport1–2Stoke City8 September 1971
Stockport County0–1Watford7 September 1971
Torquay United2–1Oldham Athletic8 September 1971
Tranmere Rovers0–1Preston North End8 September 1971
West Bromwich Albion0–1Tottenham Hotspur8 September 1971
West Ham United1–1Cardiff City8 September 1971
York City2–2Middlesbrough8 September 1971


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Cardiff City1–2West Ham United22 September 1971
Leeds United2–0Derby County27 September 1971
Lincoln City4–1Blackburn Rovers15 September 1971
Middlesbrough1–2York City14 September 1971

Third round


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal4–0Newcastle United6 October 1971
Blackpool4–0Colchester United5 October 1971
Bolton Wanderers3–0Manchester City5 October 1971
Bristol Rovers2–1Charlton Athletic5 October 1971
Crystal Palace2–2Aston Villa5 October 1971
Gillingham1–1Grimsby Town6 October 1971
Liverpool1–0Southampton5 October 1971
Manchester United1–1Burnley6 October 1971
Norwich City4–1Carlisle United6 October 1971
Nottingham Forest1–1Chelsea6 October 1971
Oxford United1–1Stoke City6 October 1971
Queens Park Rangers4–2Lincoln City5 October 1971
Sheffield United3–2York City5 October 1971
Torquay United1–4Tottenham Hotspur6 October 1971
Watford1–1Preston North End6 October 1971
West Ham United0–0Leeds United6 October 1971


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aston Villa2–0Crystal Palace13 October 1971
Burnley0–1Manchester United18 October 1971
Chelsea2–1Nottingham Forest11 October 1971
Grimsby Town1–0Gillingham12 October 1971
Leeds United0–1[1]West Ham United20 October 1971
Preston North End2–1Watford11 October 1971
Stoke City2–0Oxford United18 October 1971

Fourth round


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal0–0Sheffield United26 October 1971
Blackpool4–1Aston Villa26 October 1971
Chelsea1–1Bolton Wanderers27 October 1971
Grimsby Town1–1Norwich City26 October 1971
Manchester United1–1Stoke City27 October 1971
Queens Park Rangers1–1Bristol Rovers26 October 1971
Tottenham Hotspur1–1Preston North End27 October 1971
West Ham United2–1Liverpool27 October 1971


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Bolton Wanderers0–6Chelsea8 November 1971
Bristol Rovers1–0Queens Park Rangers2 November 1971
Norwich City3–1Grimsby Town3 November 1971
Preston North End1–2[1]Tottenham Hotspur8 November 1971
Sheffield United2–0Arsenal8 November 1971
Stoke City0–0[1]Manchester United8 November 1971

2nd Replay

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Stoke City2–1Manchester United15 November 1971

Fifth Round


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Bristol Rovers2–4Stoke City23 November 1971
Norwich City0–1Chelsea17 November 1971
Tottenham Hotspur2–0Blackpool17 November 1971
West Ham United5–0Sheffield United17 November 1971


First Leg

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Stoke City1–2West Ham United8 December 1971
Chelsea3–2Tottenham Hotspur22 December 1971

Second Leg

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
West Ham United0–1[1]Stoke City15 December 19712–2
Tottenham Hotspur2–2Chelsea5 January 19724–5


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Stoke City0–0[1]West Ham United5 January 1972

2nd Replay

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Stoke City3–2West Ham United26 January 1972


The final was held at Wembley Stadium, London on 4 March 1972.

Stoke City 2–1 Chelsea
Conroy 5'
Eastham 67'
Osgood 45'
Attendance: 97,852
Referee: N. Burtenshaw
GK1Gordon Banks
DF2John Marsh
DF3Mike Pejic
MF4Mike Bernard
DF5Denis Smith
DF6Alan Bloor
MF7Terry Conroy
MF8Jimmy Greenhoff
FW9John Ritchie
FW10Peter Dobing
MF11George Eastham
MF12John Mahoney
Tony Waddington
GK1Peter Bonetti
DF2Paddy Mulligan
DF3Ron Harris (c)
MF4John Hollins
DF5John Dempsey
DF6David Webb
MF7Charlie Cooke
FW8Chris Garland
FW9Peter Osgood
MF10Alan Hudson
MF11Peter Houseman
FW12Tommy Baldwin
Dave Sexton




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