1983–84 Football League Cup

1983–84 Football League Cup
Milk Cup, League Cup
Country  England
Teams 92
Champions Liverpool (4th title)
Runners-up Everton

The 1983–84 Football League Cup (known as the Milk Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the 24th season of the Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 football clubs. The competition started on 29 August 1983 and ended with the final replay 28 March 1984.

The final was contested by First Division teams Everton and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in London. It was the first time that the final was played on a Sunday and the first time that the final was broadcast live on British TV. Liverpool beat Everton 1–0 after a replay, to win their fourth consecutive League Cup title.

First round

First Leg

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aldershot3–1Leyton Orient30 August 1983
Blackpool2–1Walsall30 August 1983
Bolton Wanderers3–0Chester City30 August 1983
Bournemouth1–2Bristol Rovers30 August 1983
Bradford City0–1Sheffield United29 August 1983
Brentford3–0Charlton Athletic30 August 1983
Colchester United3–2Reading30 August 1983
Crewe Alexandra1–0Burnley30 August 1983
Crystal Palace3–0Peterborough United30 August 1983
Exeter City2–3Cardiff City31 August 1983
Gillingham1–2Chelsea30 August 1983
Halifax Town0–1Darlington30 August 1983
Hereford United3–2Portsmouth31 August 1983
Hull City0–0Lincoln City30 August 1983
Mansfield Town1–2Huddersfield Town30 August 1983
Middlesbrough0–1Chesterfield30 August 1983
Millwall3–0Northampton Town29 August 1983
Newport County2–3Torquay United30 August 1983
Oxford United1–1Bristol City31 August 1983
Port Vale3–1Wrexham31 August 1983
Preston North End1–0Tranmere Rovers30 August 1983
Rochdale0–3Stockport County30 August 1983
Rotherham United0–0Hartlepool United30 August 1983
Scunthorpe United1–1Doncaster Rovers30 August 1983
Southend United1–0Wimbledon29 August 1983
Swindon Town1–0Plymouth Argyle30 August 1983
Wigan Athletic1–2Bury30 August 1983
York City2–1Grimsby Town30 August 1983

Second Leg

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Bristol City0–1Oxford United12 September 19831–2
Bristol Rovers2–2Bournemouth13 September 19834–3
Burnley3–4Crewe Alexandra13 September 19833–5
Bury2–0Wigan Athletic13 September 19834–1
Cardiff City2–1Exeter City13 September 19835–3
Charlton Athletic2–1Brentford13 September 19832–4
Chelsea4–0Gillingham13 September 19836–1
Chester City3–0[1][2]Bolton Wanderers14 September 19833–3
Chesterfield0–1[1][3]Middlesbrough13 September 19831–1
Darlington3–2Halifax Town13 September 19834–2
Doncaster Rovers3–0Scunthorpe United13 September 19834–1
Grimsby Town2–0[1]York City13 September 19833–2
Hartlepool United0–1Rotherham United14 September 19830–1
Huddersfield Town5–1Mansfield Town13 September 19837–2
Leyton Orient3–3Aldershot13 September 19834–6
Lincoln City3–1[1]Hull City14 September 19833–1
Northampton Town1–2Millwall13 September 19831–5
Peterborough United3–0[1][4]Crystal Palace14 September 19833–3
Plymouth Argyle4–1Swindon Town13 September 19834–2
Portsmouth3–1Hereford United13 September 19835–4
Reading4–3[1][5]Colchester United14 September 19836–6
Sheffield United1–1Bradford City13 September 19832–1
Stockport County2–2Rochdale12 September 19835–2
Torquay United1–0Newport County14 September 19834–2
Tranmere Rovers0–0Preston North End12 September 19830–1
Walsall3–1Blackpool13 September 19834–3
Wimbledon6–4[1]Southend United13 September 19836–5
Wrexham1–5Port Vale13 September 19832–8

Second round

First Leg

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aldershot2–4Notts County4 October 1983
Brentford1–4Liverpool5 October 1983
Brighton & Hove Albion4–2Bristol Rovers4 October 1983
Bury1–2West Ham United4 October 1983
Cambridge United2–3Sunderland4 October 1983
Cardiff City0–0Norwich City4 October 1983
Carlisle United2–0Southampton4 October 1983
Chesterfield0–1Everton4 October 1983
Derby County0–3Birmingham City5 October 1983
Doncaster Rovers1–3Fulham5 October 1983
Grimsby Town0–0Coventry City4 October 1983
Huddersfield Town2–1Watford4 October 1983
Ipswich Town4–3Blackburn Rovers5 October 1983
Leeds United0–1Chester City5 October 1983
Leicester City0–2Chelsea5 October 1983
Millwall3–0West Bromwich Albion4 October 1983
Newcastle United1–1Oxford United5 October 1983
Plymouth Argyle1–1Arsenal4 October 1983
Port Vale0–1Manchester United3 October 1983
Portsmouth2–2Aston Villa4 October 1983
Queens Park Rangers8–1Crewe Alexandra4 October 1983
Rotherham United2–3Luton Town4 October 1983
Sheffield Wednesday3–0Darlington4 October 1983
Shrewsbury Town2–1Sheffield United4 October 1983
Stockport County0–2Oldham Athletic3 October 1983
Stoke City0–0Peterborough United5 October 1983
Swansea City1–1Colchester United4 October 1983
Torquay United0–0Manchester City5 October 1983
Tottenham Hotspur3–1Lincoln City5 October 1983
Walsall1–0Barnsley4 October 1983
Wimbledon2–0Nottingham Forest4 October 1983
Wolverhampton Wanderers2–3Preston North End4 October 1983

Second Leg

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Arsenal1–0Plymouth Argyle25 October 19832–1
Aston Villa3-2[1]Portsmouth26 October 19835–4
Barnsley0–2Walsall25 October 19830–3
Birmingham City4–0Derby County25 October 19837–0
Blackburn Rovers1–2Ipswich Town26 October 19834–6
Bristol Rovers2–1[1]Brighton & Hove Albion25 October 19834–5
Chelsea0–2[1][6]Leicester City25 October 19832–2
Chester City1–4Leeds United26 October 19832–4
Colchester United1–0Swansea City25 October 19832–1
Coventry City2–1Grimsby Town25 October 19832–1
Crewe Alexandra3–0Queens Park Rangers25 October 19834–8
Darlington2–4Sheffield Wednesday25 October 19832–7
Everton2–2Chesterfield26 October 19833–2
Fulham3–1Doncaster Rovers26 October 19836–2
Lincoln City2–1Tottenham Hotspur26 October 19833–4
Liverpool4–0Brentford25 October 19838–1
Luton Town0–2[1]Rotherham United25 October 19833–4
Manchester City F.C.6–0Torquay United25 October 19836–0
Manchester United2–0Port Vale26 October 19833–0
Norwich City3–0Cardiff City26 October 19833–0
Nottingham Forest1–1Wimbledon26 October 19831–3
Notts County4–1Aldershot25 October 19838–3
Oldham Athletic2–2Stockport County25 October 19834–2
Oxford United2–1Newcastle United26 October 19833–2
Peterborough United1–2Stoke City26 October 19831–2
Preston North End1–0Wolverhampton Wanderers25 October 19834–2
Sheffield United2–2Shrewsbury Town25 October 19833–4
Southampton3–0[1]Carlisle United25 October 19833–2
Sunderland4–3Cambridge United26 October 19837–5
Watford2–2Huddersfield Town25 October 19833–4
West Bromwich Albion5–1Millwall25 October 19835–4
West Ham United10–0Bury25 October 198312–1

Third round


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aston Villa3–0Manchester City F.C.9 November 1983
Birmingham City2–2Notts County8 November 1983
Chelsea0–1West Bromwich Albion9 November 1983
Colchester United0–2Manchester United8 November 1983
Everton2–1Coventry City9 November 1983
Fulham1–1Liverpool8 November 1983
Ipswich Town3–2Queens Park Rangers9 November 1983
Leeds United1–1Oxford United9 November 1983
Norwich City0–0Sunderland9 November 1983
Preston North End0–2Sheffield Wednesday8 November 1983
Rotherham United2–1Southampton8 November 1983
Stoke City0–0Huddersfield Town8 November 1983
Tottenham Hotspur1–2Arsenal9 November 1983
Walsall2–1Shrewsbury Town8 November 1983
West Ham United1–0Brighton & Hove Albion8 November 1983
Wimbledon3–1Oldham Athletic8 November 1983


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Huddersfield Town0–2Stoke City22 November 1983
Liverpool1–1[1]Fulham22 November 1983
Notts County0–0[1]Birmingham City22 November 1983
Oxford United4–1Leeds United23 November 1983
Sunderland1–2Norwich City22 November 1983

2nd Replays

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Birmingham City0–0[1]Notts County29 November 1983
Fulham0–1[1]Liverpool29 November 1983

3rd Replay

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Notts County1–3Birmingham City5 December 1983

Fourth round


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal1–2Walsall29 November 1983
Birmingham City1–1Liverpool20 December 1983
Ipswich Town0–1Norwich City30 November 1983
Oxford United1–1Manchester United30 November 1983
Rotherham United1–0Wimbledon29 November 1983
Stoke City0–1Sheffield Wednesday30 November 1983
West Bromwich Albion1–2Aston Villa30 November 1983
West Ham United2–2Everton30 November 1983


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Everton2–0[1]West Ham United6 December 1983
Liverpool3–0Birmingham City22 December 1983
Manchester United1–1[1]Oxford United7 December 1983

2nd Replay

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Oxford United2–1[1]Manchester United19 December 1983

Fifth Round


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Norwich City0–2Aston Villa17 January 1984
Oxford United1–1Everton18 January 1984
Rotherham United2–4Walsall18 January 1984
Sheffield Wednesday2–2Liverpool17 January 1984


Home Team Score Away Team Date
Everton4–1Oxford United24 January 1984
Liverpool3–0Sheffield Wednesday25 January 1984


Having already defeated Arsenal, Third Division underdogs Walsall were now faced with a visit to Anfield to take on Liverpool, winners for the previous three years, in the semi-finals. They held the hosts to a 2–2 draw before losing the return leg 2–0 at Fellows Park. In the other semi-final, Everton won the first leg 2–0 against Aston Villa and went through despite a 1–0 defeat in the return leg, setting the scene for the first major domestic cup final between the two Merseyside clubs.

First Leg

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Everton2–0Aston Villa15 February 1984
Liverpool2–2Walsall7 February 1984

Second Leg

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Aston Villa1–0Everton22 February 19841–2
Walsall0–2Liverpool14 February 19842–4


Liverpool 0–0 (a.e.t.) Everton
Attendance: 100,000


Liverpool 1–0 Everton
Souness  21' Report
Attendance: 52,089




  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 After Extra Time
  2. Chester City won 2–0 on penalties
  3. Chesterfield won 5–3 on penalties
  4. Peterborough United won 4–2 on penalties
  5. Colchester United won on the Away Goals Rule
  6. Chelsea won 4–3 on penalties
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