1981–82 Football League Cup

1981–82 Football League Cup
Milk Cup, League Cup
Country  England
Teams 92
Champions Liverpool (2nd title)
Runners-up Tottenham Hotspur

The 1981–82 Football League Cup (known as the Milk Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the 22nd season of the Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 football clubs. The competition started on 31 August 1981 and ended with the final on 13 March 1982.

The final was contested by First Division teams Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in London.

First round

First Leg

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aldershot0–0Wimbledon1 September 1981
Bolton Wanderers2–1Oldham Athletic1 September 1981
Bournemouth0–1Fulham1 September 1981
Bradford City3–1Blackpool2 September 1981
Bristol City2–0Walsall1 September 1981
Bury3–3Carlisle United1 September 1981
Cardiff City2–1Exeter City2 September 1981
Chester1–1Plymouth Argyle8 September 1981
Colchester United2–0Gillingham1 September 1981
Crewe Alexandra1–1Bristol Rovers2 September 1981
Darlington1–3Rotherham United1 September 1981
Doncaster Rovers0–0Chesterfield1 September 1981
Halifax Town1–2Preston North End1 September 1981
Hereford United1–1Port Vale2 September 1981
Huddersfield Town3–1Rochdale1 September 1981
Leyton Orient1–1Millwall1 September 1981
Lincoln City3–0Hull City2 September 1981
Northampton Town2–0Hartlepool United1 September 1981
Oxford United1–0Brentford2 September 1981
Peterborough United2–3Barnsley2 September 1981
Reading2–2Charlton Athletic2 September 1981
Scunthorpe United0–0Mansfield Town1 September 1981
Sheffield United1–0York City1 September 1981
Southend United0–0Portsmouth2 September 1981
Torquay United2–3Newport County2 September 1981
Tranmere Rovers4–2Burnley1 September 1981
Wigan Athletic3–0Stockport County31 August 1981
Wrexham3–2Swindon Town1 September 1981

Second Leg

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Barnsley6–0Peterborough United15 September 19819–2
Blackpool0–0Bradford City16 September 19811–3
Brentford0–2Oxford United15 September 19810–3
Bristol Rovers1–0[1]Crewe Alexandra15 September 19812–1
Burnley3–3Tranmere Rovers15 September 19815–7
Carlisle United2–1[1]Bury15 September 19815–4
Charlton Athletic3–1[1]Reading15 September 19815–3
Chesterfield1–1[1][2]Doncaster Rovers15 September 19811–1
Exeter City3–1[1]Cardiff City16 September 19814–3
Fulham2–0Bournemouth15 September 19813–0
Gillingham1–1Colchester United15 September 19811–3
Hartlepool United2–1Northampton Town16 September 19812–3
Hull City1–1Lincoln City15 September 19811–4
Mansfield Town2–0Scunthorpe United14 September 19812–0
Millwall3–2Leyton Orient16 September 19814–3
Newport County0–0Torquay United15 September 19813–2
Oldham Athletic4–2[1]Bolton Wanderers15 September 19815–4
Plymouth Argyle1–0Chester15 September 19812–1
Port Vale2–0Hereford United14 September 19813–1
Portsmouth4–1Southend United16 September 19814–1
Preston North End0–0Halifax Town15 September 19812–1
Rochdale2–4Huddersfield Town15 September 19813–7
Rotherham United2–1Darlington15 September 19815–2
Stockport County1–2Wigan Athletic14 September 19811–5
Swindon Town0–2Wrexham15 September 19812–5
Walsall1–0Bristol City15 September 19811–2
Wimbledon1–3Aldershot15 September 19811–3
York City1–1Sheffield United15 September 19811–2

Second round

First Leg

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aldershot2–2Wigan Athletic6 October 1981
Aston Villa3–2Wolverhampton Wanderers7 October 1981
Barnsley2–0Swansea City6 October 1981
Birmingham City2–3Nottingham Forest6 October 1981
Blackburn Rovers1–1Sheffield Wednesday7 October 1981
Bradford City3–4Mansfield Town7 October 1981
Bristol Rovers1–2Northampton Town6 October 1981
Carlisle United0–0Bristol City6 October 1981
Colchester United3–1Cambridge United6 October 1981
Derby County2–3West Ham United7 October 1981
Doncaster Rovers1–0Crystal Palace6 October 1981
Everton1–1Coventry City6 October 1981
Grimsby Town1–0Watford6 October 1981
Huddersfield Town1–0Brighton & Hove Albion6 October 1981
Leeds United0–1Ipswich Town7 October 1981
Lincoln City1–1Notts County7 October 1981
Liverpool5–0Exeter City7 October 1981
Luton Town0–2Wrexham6 October 1981
Manchester City2–0Stoke City7 October 1981
Middlesbrough2–1Plymouth Argyle6 October 1981
Millwall3–3Oxford United6 October 1981
Newcastle United1–2Fulham7 October 1981
Norwich City1–0Charlton Athletic7 October 1981
Oldham Athletic1–0Newport County6 October 1981
Preston North End1–0Leicester City6 October 1981
Queens Park Rangers5–0Portsmouth6 October 1981
Sheffield United1–0Arsenal6 October 1981
Shrewsbury Town3–3West Bromwich Albion6 October 1981
Southampton1–1Chelsea6 October 1981
Sunderland2–0Rotherham United7 October 1981
Tottenham Hotspur1–0Manchester United7 October 1981
Tranmere Rovers2–0Port Vale5 October 1981

Second Leg

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Arsenal2–0[1]Sheffield United27 October 19812–1
Brighton & Hove Albion2–0Huddersfield Town27 October 19812–1
Bristol City2–1Carlisle United27 October 19812–1
Cambridge United3–2[1]Colchester United27 October 19814–5
Charlton Athletic0–1Norwich City28 October 19810–2
Chelsea2–1[1]Southampton28 October 19813–2
Coventry City0–1Everton27 October 19811–2
Crystal Palace2–0Doncaster Rovers27 October 19812–1
Exeter City0–6Liverpool28 October 19810–11
Fulham2–0Newcastle United27 October 19814–1
Ipswich Town3–0Leeds United27 October 19814–0
Leicester City4–0Preston North End28 October 19814–1
Manchester United0–1Tottenham Hotspur28 October 19810–2
Mansfield Town0–2Bradford City26 October 19814–5
Newport County0–0Oldham Athletic27 October 19810–1
Northampton Town3–1Bristol Rovers27 October 19815–2
Nottingham Forest2–1Birmingham City28 October 19815–3
Notts County2–3Lincoln City27 October 19813–4
Oxford United1–0Millwall28 October 19814–3
Plymouth Argyle0–0Middlesbrough27 October 19811–2
Port Vale1–2Tranmere Rovers28 October 19811–4
Portsmouth2–2Queens Park Rangers27 October 19812–7
Rotherham United3–3Sunderland27 October 19813–5
Sheffield Wednesday1–2Blackburn Rovers27 October 19812–3
Stoke City2–0[1][3]Manchester City28 October 19812–2
Swansea City3–2[1]Barnsley27 October 19813–4
Watford3–1Grimsby Town27 October 19813–2
West Bromwich Albion2–1Shrewsbury Town28 October 19815–4
West Ham United2–0Derby County27 October 19815–2
Wigan Athletic1–0Aldershot27 October 19813–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers1–2Aston Villa27 October 19813–5
Wrexham0–1Luton Town27 October 19812–1

Third round


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal1–0Norwich City10 November 1981
Barnsley4–1Brighton & Hove Albion10 November 1981
Blackburn Rovers0–1Nottingham Forest11 November 1981
Everton1–0Oxford United11 November 1981
Ipswich Town1–1Bradford City10 November 1981
Leicester City0–0Aston Villa11 November 1981
Liverpool4–1Middlesbrough10 November 1981
Manchester City3–1Northampton Town11 November 1981
Oldham Athletic1–1Fulham10 November 1981
Queens Park Rangers3–0Bristol City10 November 1981
Sunderland0–1Crystal Palace11 November 1981
Tottenham Hotspur2–0Wrexham11 November 1981
Tranmere Rovers1–0Colchester United10 November 1981
Watford2–2Lincoln City10 November 1981
West Ham United2–2West Bromwich Albion10 November 1981
Wigan Athletic4–2Chelsea11 November 1981


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aston Villa2–0Leicester City25 November 1981
Bradford City2–3[1]Ipswich Town2 December 1981
Fulham3–0Oldham Athletic17 November 1981
Lincoln City2–3Watford25 November 1981
West Bromwich Albion1–1[1]West Ham United24 November 1981

2nd Replay

Home Team Score Away Team Date
West Ham United0–1West Bromwich Albion1 December 1981

Fourth round


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal0–0Liverpool1 December 1981
Barnsley1–0Manchester City2 December 1981
Crystal Palace1–3West Bromwich Albion15 December 1981
Everton2–3Ipswich Town15 December 1981
Nottingham Forest2–0Tranmere Rovers2 December 1981
Tottenham Hotspur1–0Fulham2 December 1981
Watford4–1Queens Park Rangers1 December 1981
Wigan Athletic1–2Aston Villa1 December 1981


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Liverpool3–0[1]Arsenal8 December 1981

Fifth Round


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aston Villa0–1West Bromwich Albion19 January 1982
Ipswich Town2–1Watford18 January 1982
Liverpool0–0Barnsley12 January 1982
Tottenham Hotspur1–0Nottingham Forest18 January 1982


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Barnsley1–3Liverpool19 January 1982


Holders Liverpool defeated Ipswich Town – who were also competing with them for the league title – over the two legs to reach the final. Fellow title contenders Tottenham Hotspur won the other semi-final against relegation threatened West Bromwich Albion.

First Leg

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Ipswich Town0–2Liverpool2 February 1982
West Bromwich Albion0–0Tottenham Hotspur3 February 1982

Second Leg

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Liverpool2–2Ipswich Town9 February 19824–2
Tottenham Hotspur1–0West Bromwich Albion10 February 19821–0


Liverpool 3–1 (a.e.t.) Tottenham Hotspur
Whelan  87', 111'
Rush  119'
Report Archibald  11'




  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 After Extra Time
  2. Doncaster Rovers won on the away goals rule
  3. Manchester City won 9–8 on penalties
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