1971 Football League Cup Final

1971 Football League Cup Final
Event 1970–71 Football League Cup
Date 27 February 1971
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Jim Finney (Hereford)
Attendance 100,000

The 1971 Football League Cup Final took place in February 1971 at Wembley Stadium. It was the eleventh Football League Cup final and the fifth to be played at Wembley.

It was contested between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa. Tottenham Hotspur were riding high in the First Division (as the top level of league football in England was then known) and Aston Villa, the most successful club of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras and a traditional heavyweight, were in the Third Division (then the third tier of English football), a level to which it had never previously sunk.

This match signalled the reversal of a long period of decline for Villa. Ten years later they were champions of England and the following year they had become the champions of Europe.

Players and officials

Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 Aston Villa
Chivers  78, 82'
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: J. Finney
1 Pat Jennings
2 Joe Kinnear
3 Cyril Knowles
4 Alan Mullery (c)
5 Peter Collins
6 Phil Beal
7 Alan Gilzean
8 Steve Perryman
9 Martin Chivers
10 Martin Peters
11 Jimmy Neighbour
12 Jimmy Pearce
Bill Nicholson
1 John Dunn
2 Keith Bradley
3 Charlie Aitken
4 Brian Godfrey (c)
5 Fred Turnbull
6 Brian Tiler
7 Pat McMahon
8 Bruce Rioch
9 Andy Lochhead
10 Ian Hamilton
11 Willie Anderson
12 Dave Gibson
Vic Crowe

Road to Wembley

Home teams listed first.

Tottenham Hotspur

Round 1: Bye

Round 2: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Swansea City

Round 3: Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Sheffield United

Round 4: Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 West Bromwich Albion

Quarter final: Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Coventry City

Semi final, 1st leg: Bristol City 1–1 Tottenham Hotspur

Semi final, 2nd leg: Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 Bristol City (after extra time)

Tottenham won 3–1 on aggregate

Aston Villa

Round 1: Aston Villa 4–0 Notts County

Round 2: Aston Villa 2–0 Burnley

Round 3: Northampton Town 1–1 Aston Villa

Replay Aston Villa 3–0 Northampton Town

Round 4: Aston Villa 1–0 Carlisle United

Quarter final: Bristol Rovers 1–1 Aston Villa

Replay Aston Villa 1–0 Bristol Rovers

Semi final, 1st leg: Manchester United 1–1 Aston Villa

Semi final, 2nd leg: Aston Villa 2–1 Manchester United

Aston Villa won 3–2 on aggregate


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