1984–85 Football League Cup

1984–85 Football League Cup
Milk Cup, League Cup
Country  England
 Wales
Teams 92
Champions Norwich City (2nd title)
Runners-up Sunderland

The 1984–85 Football League Cup (known as the Milk Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the 25th season of the Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 football clubs.

The competition began on 27 August 1984, and ended with the final on 24 March 1985 at the Old Wembley Stadium. The cup was won by Norwich City, who beat Sunderland 1–0 in the final. An own goal from Sunderland's Gordon Chisholm gave Norwich the victory. At the end of the 1984–85 league season both Norwich and Sunderland were relegated to the Second Division.[1] There was serious violence and a pitch invasion by some home supporters at the Stamford Bridge leg of the Chelsea-Sunderland semi-final, and although Norwich initially thought they had won a place in the 1985–86 UEFA Cup, they were denied what would have been their first season of European football by the ban that followed the Heysel Stadium disaster. Norwich eventually played in the UEFA Cup in 1993–94.

First round

56 teams took part in the First round. All ties were decided over two legs.

Home team First Leg Second Leg Agg. Away team Dates
First Leg Second Leg
Aldershot4–01–05–0Bournemouth28 August 19844 September 1984
Blackpool1–03–04–0Chester City28 August 19845 September 1984
Bolton Wanderers2–14–4[2]6–5Oldham Athletic28 August 19844 September 1984
Bradford City2–02–24–2Middlesbrough29 August 19844 September 1984
Brentford2–00–12–1Cambridge United28 August 19844 September 1984
Bristol City2–13–05–1Newport County28 August 19844 September 1984
Burnley1–23–04–2Crewe Alexandra28 August 19844 September 1984
Crystal Palace1–00–01–0Northampton Town27 August 19844 September 1984
Darlington1–20–41–6Rotherham United28 August 19844 September 1984
Derby County5–11–06–1Hartlepool United29 August 19845 September 1984
Doncaster Rovers2–30–52–8York City28 August 19844 September 1984
Exeter City1–00–21–2Cardiff City29 August 19844/5 September 1984
Gillingham3–22–05–2Colchester United28 August 19844 September 1984
Halifax Town1–12–13–2Chesterfield28 August 19844 September 1984
Hereford United2–23–55–7Oxford United29 August 19844 September 1984
Lincoln City0–21–41–6Hull City29 August 19844 September 1984
Leyton Orient2–10–02–1Southend United28 August 19845 September 1984
Plymouth Argyle1–01–02–0Torquay United27 August 19844 September 1984
Portsmouth3–00–13–1Wimbledon28 August 19844 September 1984
Port Vale1–01–2[2]2–2[3]Bury28 August 19844 September 1984
Reading1–13–44–5Millwall29 August 19844 September 1984
Scunthorpe United0–12–1[2]2–2[3]Mansfield Town28 August 19845 September 1984
Sheffield United1–02–2[2]3–2Peterborough United28 August 19845 September 1984
Stockport County3–12–15–2Rochdale27 August 19844 September 1984
Swansea City0–21–31–5Walsall28 August 19844 September 1984
Swindon Town1–51–02–5Bristol Rovers27 August 19844 September 1984
Tranmere Rovers2-32–2[2]4–5Preston North End28 August 19844 September 1984
Wrexham0–30–20–5Wigan Athletic28 August 19844 September 1984

Second round

A total of 64 teams took place in this round. All ties were settled over two legs.

Home team First Leg Second Leg Agg. Away team Dates
First Leg Second Leg
Arsenal4–01–15–1Bristol Rovers25 September 19849 October 1984
Birmingham City4–11–05–1Plymouth Argyle25 September 19849 October 1984
Blackburn Rovers1–11–3[2]2–4Oxford United25 September 198410 October 1984
Brighton & Hove Albion3–10–3[2]3–4Aldershot25 September 19849 October 1984
Bristol City2–21–63–8West Ham United25 September 19849 October 1984
Charlton Athletic0–10–20–3Notts County25 September 19849 October 1984
Chelsea3–11–14–2Millwall26 September 19849 October 1984
Fulham2–02–14–1Carlisle United25 September 19849 October 1984
Gillingham1–22–33–5Leeds United25 September 198410 October 1984
Grimsby Town3–01–14–1Barnsley25 September 19849 October 1984
Halifax Town1–50–41–9Tottenham Hotspur26 September 19849 October 1984
Ipswich Town4–21–15–3Derby County25 September 198410 October 1984
Leicester City4–22–06–2Brentford26 September 19849 October 1984
Manchester City4–23–17–3Blackpool25 September 19849 October 1984
Manchester United4–03–07–0Burnley26 September 19849 October 1984
Newcastle United3–11–04–1Bradford City26 September 198410 October 1984
Leyton Orient1–41–32–7Luton Town25 September 19849 October 1984
Portsmouth1–00–3[2]1–3Nottingham Forest25 September 198410 October 1984
Port Vale1–20–01–2Wolverhampton Wanderers24 September 19849 October 1984
Preston North End3–31–64–9Norwich City25 September 19849/10 October 1984
Scunthorpe United2–31–33–6Aston Villa24 September 198410 October 1984
Sheffield United2–20–42–6Everton26 September 198410 October 1984
Sheffield Wednesday3–01–24–2Huddersfield Town25 September 19849/10 October 1984
Shrewsbury Town2–21–23–4Bolton Wanderers25 September 19849/10 October 1984
Southampton3–22–25–4Hull City25 September 19849 October 1984
Stockport County0–00–2[2]0–2Liverpool24 September 19849 October 1984
Stoke City1–21–12–3Rotherham United26 September 19849 October 1984
Sunderland2–10–02–1Crystal Palace25 September 198410 October 1984
Walsall1–23–04–2Coventry City25 September 19849 October 1984
Watford3–10–13–2Cardiff City25 September 19849 October 1984
Wigan Athletic0–01–31–3West Bromwich Albion25 September 198410 October 1984
York City2–41–43–8Queens Park Rangers25 September 19849 October 1984

Third round

The competitors in the Third round were made up from the 32 winners from the Second round.

Ties

Home team Result Away team Date
Birmingham City0–0West Bromwich Albion30 October 1984
Ipswich Town1–1Newcastle United30 October 1984
Leeds United0–4Watford31 October 1984
Luton Town3–1Leicester City30 October 1984
Manchester City0–0West Ham United31 October 1984
Manchester United1–2Everton30 October 1984
Norwich City0–0Aldershot31 October 1984
Nottingham Forest1–1Sunderland31 October 1984
Notts County6–1Bolton Wanderers30 October 1984
Oxford United3–2Arsenal31 October 1984
Queens Park Rangers1–0Aston Villa30 October 1984
Rotherham United0–0Grimsby Town30 October 1984
Sheffield Wednesday3–2Fulham30 October 1984
Southampton2–2Wolverhampton Wanderers30 October 1984
Tottenham Hotspur1–0Liverpool31 October 1984
Walsall2–2Chelsea30 October 1984

Replays

Home team Result Away team Date
Aldershot0–4Norwich City6 November 1984
Chelsea3–0Walsall6 November 1984
Grimsby Town6–1Rotherham United6 November 1984
Newcastle United1–2Ipswich Town7 November 1984
Sunderland1–0[2]Nottingham Forest6 November 1984
West Bromwich Albion3–1Birmingham City7 November 1984
West Ham United1–2Manchester City6 November 1984
Wolverhampton Wanderers0–2Southampton6 November 1984

Fourth round

The 16 winners from the Third round took part in the Fourth round. All ties were played over one leg.

Ties

Home team Result Away team Date
Chelsea4–1Manchester City21 November 1984
Everton0–1Grimsby Town20 November 1984
Ipswich Town2–1Oxford United20 November 1984
Norwich City3–0Notts County21 November 1984
Sheffield Wednesday4–2Luton Town20 November 1984
Southampton1–1Queens Park Rangers20 November 1984
Sunderland0–0Tottenham Hotspur21 November 1984
Watford4–1West Bromwich Albion20 November 1984

Replays

Home team Result Away team Date
Queens Park Rangers0–0[2][4]Southampton27 November 1984
Tottenham Hotspur1–2Sunderland5 December 1984
Queens Park Rangers4–0Southampton12 December 1984

Fifth round

The eight winners from the Fourth round took part in the Fifth round. This round was played over one leg.

Ties

Home team Result Away team Date
Chelsea1–1Sheffield Wednesday28 January 1985
Grimsby Town0–1Norwich City16 January 1985
Ipswich Town0–0Queens Park Rangers23 January 1985
Watford0–1Sunderland23 January 1985

Replays

Home team Result Away team Date
Queens Park Rangers1–2Ipswich Town28 January 1985
Sheffield Wednesday4–4[2]Chelsea30 January 1985
Chelsea2–1Sheffield Wednesday6 February 1985

Semi-finals

As with the first two rounds, the semi-final ties were played over two legs. Relegation threatened East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town and Norwich City met in the first leg at Portman Road, where the Suffolk side won 1–0, only to be overhauled 2–0 at Carrow Road in the return match. Sunderland, also threatened by relegation, took on a thriving Chelsea side in the other semi-final, winning the first leg 2–0 and confirming their place in the final for the first time ever with a 3–2 win in the return match at Stamford Bridge.

First leg

Sunderland 2 – 0 Chelsea
Colin West (2) [5]
Attendance: 32,440
Ipswich Town 1 – 0 Norwich City
Mich d'Avray [6]
Attendance: 27,404

Second leg

Chelsea 2 – 3 Sunderland
Colin West
Clive Walker
[7]
Attendance: c. 44,000

Sunderland win 5–2 on aggregate

Norwich City 2 – 0 Ipswich Town
John Deehan
Steve Bruce
[8]
Attendance: 23,545

Norwich win 2–1 on aggregate

Final

Norwich City 1–0 Sunderland
Chisholm  46' (o.g.)
Attendance: 100,000

References

General

Specific

  1. Paul Felton. "Season 1984–85". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 After extra time.
  3. 1 2 Win on away goals rule.
  4. Match went on to second replay.
  5. "Sunderland 2 Chelsea 0". The Stat Cat. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  6. "Ipswich Town (1) 1–0 (0) Norwich City". Pride of Anglia. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  7. "Chelsea 2 Sunderland 3". The Stat Cat. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  8. "Norwich City (1) 2–0 (0) Ipswich Town". Pride of Anglia. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
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