1989–90 Football League Cup

1988–89 Football League Cup
League Cup, Littlewoods Challenge Cup
Country  England
Teams 92
Champions Nottingham Forest (4th title)
Runners-up Oldham Athletic

The 1989–90 Football League Cup (known as the Littlewoods Challenge Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the 30th season of the Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 football clubs.

The competition began on 21 August 1989, and ended with the final on 29 April 1990 at the Old Wembley Stadium. The cup was won by Nottingham Forest who beat Oldham Athletic in the final, who regained the trophy after winning it the previous season. This was the second time that Nottingham Forest had won the trophy in successive seasons, having won previously in 1978 and 1979.

First round

A total of 56 teams took part in the First Round. All of the Third Division and Fourth Division sides entered, with eight of the Second Division clubs also starting in this round. The eight clubs consisted of the three teams promoted from the Third Division and the five teams finishing 17th to 21st in the Second Division from the 1988–89 season. Each tie was played across two legs.

First Leg

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Birmingham City2–1Chesterfield22 August 1989
Blackpool2–2Burnley22 August 1989
Brighton and Hove Albion0–3Brentford23 August 1989
Bristol City2–3Reading22 August 1989
Bristol Rovers1–0Portsmouth23 August 1989
Cambridge United3–1Maidstone United (1897)22 August 1989
Cardiff City0–3Plymouth Argyle22 August 1989
Colchester United3–4Southend United22 August 1989
Crewe Alexandra4–0Chester City22 August 1989
Exeter City3–0Swansea City23 August 1989
Fulham0–1Oxford United23 August 1989
Gillingham1–4Leyton Orient22 August 1989
Halifax Town3–1Carlisle United22 August 1989
Hartlepool United3–3York City23 August 1989
Huddersfield Town1–1Doncaster Rovers22 August 1989
Hull City1–0Grimsby Town22 August 1989
Mansfield Town1–1Northampton Town22 August 1989
Peterborough United2–0Aldershot23 August 1989
Preston North End3–4Tranmere Rovers22 August 1989
Rochdale2–1Bolton Wanderers22 August 1989
Scarborough2–0Scunthorpe United22 August 1989
Sheffield United1–1Rotherham United22 August 1989
Shrewsbury Town3–0Notts County22 August 1989
Stockport County1–0Bury21 August 1989
Torquay United1–0Hereford United22 August 1989
Walsall1–2Port Vale22 August 1989
Wolverhampton Wanderers1–0Lincoln City22 August 1989
Wrexham0–0Wigan Athletic22 August 1989

Second Leg

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Aldershot6–2[1]Peterborough United29 August 19896–4
Bolton Wanderers5–1Rochdale29 August 19896–3
Brentford1–1Brighton and Hove Albion29 August 19894–1
Burnley0–1Blackpool29 August 19892–3
Bury1–1Stockport County29 August 19891–2
Carlisle United1–0Halifax Town29 August 19892–3
Chester City0–2Crewe Alexandra29 August 19890–6
Chesterfield1–1Birmingham City29 August 19892–3
Doncaster Rovers1–2Huddersfield Town29 August 19892–3
Grimsby Town2–0[1]Hull City29 August 19892–1
Hereford United3–0Torquay United30 August 19893–1
Leyton Orient3–0Gillingham29 August 19897–1
Lincoln City0–2Wolverhampton Wanderers30 August 19890–3
Maidstone United (1897)0–1Cambridge United30 August 19891–4
Northampton Town0–2Mansfield Town5 September 19891–3
Notts County3–1Shrewsbury Town29 August 19893–4
Oxford United3–5Fulham30 August 19894–5
Plymouth Argyle0–2Cardiff City29 August 19893–2
Port Vale1–0Walsall28 August 19893–1
Portsmouth2–0[1]Bristol Rovers29 August 19892–1
Reading2–2Bristol City29 August 19895–4
Rotherham United1–0Sheffield United29 August 19892–1
Scunthorpe United1–1Scarborough29 August 19891–3
Southend United2–1Colchester United29 August 19896–4
Swansea City1–1Exeter City29 August 19891–4
Tranmere Rovers3–1Preston North End29 August 19897–4
Wigan Athletic5–0Wrexham30 August 19895–0
York City4–1Hartlepool United29 August 19897–3

Second round

A total of 64 teams took part in the Second Round, including the 28 winners from round one. The remaining Second Division clubs entered in this round, as well as the 22 sides from the First Division. Each tie was again played across two legs.

First Leg

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal2–0Plymouth Argyle19 September 1989
Aston Villa2–1Wolverhampton Wanderers20 September 1989
Barnsley1–1Blackpool19 September 1989
Birmingham City1–2West Ham United19 September 1989
Bolton Wanderers2–1Watford19 September 1989
Brentford2–1Manchester City19 September 1989
Cambridge United2–1Derby County19 September 1989
Charlton Athletic3–1Hereford United20 September 1989
Chelsea1–1Scarborough19 September 1989
Crewe Alexandra0–1Bournemouth19 September 1989
Crystal Palace1–2Leicester City19 September 1989
Exeter City3–0Blackburn Rovers20 September 1989
Grimsby Town3–1Coventry City19 September 1989
Ipswich Town0–1Tranmere Rovers19 September 1989
Leyton Orient0–2Everton19 September 1989
Liverpool5–2Wigan Athletic19 September 1989
Mansfield Town3–4Luton Town19 September 1989
Middlesbrough4–0Halifax Town20 September 1989
Norwich City1–1Rotherham United20 September 1989
Nottingham Forest1–1Huddersfield Town20 September 1989
Oldham Athletic2–1Leeds United19 September 1989
Port Vale1–2Wimbledon18 September 1989
Portsmouth2–3Manchester United20 September 1989
Queens Park Rangers2–1Stockport County20 September 1989
Reading3–1Newcastle United19 September 1989
Sheffield Wednesday0–0Aldershot20 September 1989
Shrewsbury Town0–3Swindon Town19 September 1989
Stoke City1–0Millwall19 September 1989
Sunderland1–1Fulham19 September 1989
Tottenham Hotspur1–0Southend United20 September 1989
West Bromwich Albion1–3Bradford City20 September 1989
York City0–1Southampton20 September 1989

Second Leg

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Aldershot0–8Sheffield Wednesday3 October 19890–8
Blackburn Rovers2–1Exeter City3 October 19892–4
Blackpool1–1[1][2]Barnsley3 October 19892–2
Bournemouth0–0Crewe Alexandra3 October 19891–0
Bradford City3–5[1][3]West Bromwich Albion4 October 19896–6
Coventry City3–0Grimsby Town4 October 19894–3
Derby County5–0Cambridge United4 October 19896–2
Everton2–2Leyton Orient3 October 19894–2
Fulham0–3Sunderland3 October 19891–4
Halifax Town0–1Middlesbrough3 October 19890–5
Hereford United0–1Charlton Athletic4 October 19891–4
Huddersfield Town3–3[1]Nottingham Forest3 October 19894–4
Leeds United1–2Oldham Athletic3 October 19892–4
Leicester City2–3[1][4]Crystal Palace4 October 19894–4
Luton Town7–2Mansfield Town3 October 198911–5
Manchester City4–1Brentford4 October 19895–3
Manchester United0–0Portsmouth3 October 19893–2
Millwall2–0[1]Stoke City4 October 19892–1
Newcastle United4–0Reading4 October 19895–3
Plymouth Argyle1–6Arsenal3 October 19891–8
Rotherham United0–2Norwich City3 October 19891–3
Scarborough3–2[1]Chelsea4 October 19894–3
Southampton2–0York City3 October 19893–0
Southend United3–2[1][5]Tottenham Hotspur4 October 19893–3
Stockport County0–0Queens Park Rangers2 October 19891–2
Swindon Town3–1Shrewsbury Town3 October 19896–1
Tranmere Rovers1–0Ipswich Town3 October 19892–0
Watford1–1Bolton Wanderers3 October 19892–3
West Ham United1–1Birmingham City4 October 19893–2
Wigan Athletic0–3Liverpool4 October 19892–8
Wimbledon3–0Port Vale4 October 19895–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers1–1Aston Villa4 October 19892–3

Third round

A total of 32 teams took part in the Third Round, all 32 winners from round two. Unlike the previous two rounds, this round was played over one leg. Frank Bunn scores a new League Cup record six goals in Oldham's 7-0 victory over Scarborough.


Home team Result Away team Date
Arsenal1–0Liverpool25 October 1989
Aston Villa0–0West Ham United25 October 1989
Crystal Palace0–0Nottingham Forest24 October 1989
Derby County2–1Sheffield Wednesday25 October 1989
Everton3–0Luton Town24 October 1989
Exeter City3–0Blackpool25 October 1989
Manchester City3–1Norwich City25 October 1989
Manchester United0–3Tottenham Hotspur25 October 1989
Middlesbrough1–1Wimbledon25 October 1989
Newcastle United0–1West Bromwich Albion25 October 1989
Oldham Athletic7–0Scarborough25 October 1989
Queens Park Rangers1–2Coventry City25 October 1989
Southampton1–0Charlton Athletic24 October 1989
Sunderland1–1Bournemouth24 October 1989
Swindon Town3–3Bolton Wanderers24 October 1989
Tranmere Rovers3–2Millwall23 October 1989
Arsenal 1 – 0 Liverpool
Smith  80'
Everton 3 – 0 Luton Town
Newell (2)


Home team Result Away team Date
Bolton Wanderers1–1[1]Swindon Town7 November 1989
Bournemouth0–1Sunderland7 November 1989
Nottingham Forest5–0Crystal Palace1 November 1989
West Ham United1–0Aston Villa8 November 1989
Wimbledon1–0Middlesbrough8 November 1989

2nd Replay

Home team Result Away team Date
Bolton Wanderers1–1[1]Swindon Town14 November 1989

3rd Replay

Home team Result Away team Date
Swindon Town2–1[1]Bolton Wanderers20 November 1989

Fourth round

A total of 16 teams took part in the Fourth Round, all 16 winners from round three. Once again this round was played over one leg.


Home team Result Away team Date
Derby County2–0West Bromwich Albion22 November 1989
Exeter City2–2Sunderland29 November 1989
Manchester City0–1Coventry City22 November 1989
Nottingham Forest1–0Everton22 November 1989
Oldham Athletic3–1Arsenal22 November 1989
Swindon Town0–0Southampton29 November 1989
Tranmere Rovers2–2Tottenham Hotspur22 November 1989
West Ham United1–0Wimbledon22 November 1989
Nottingham Forest 1 – 0 Everton
Chapman  83'
Oldham Athletic 3 – 1 Arsenal
Ritchie  45'
Quinn  90'


Home team Result Away team Date
Southampton4–2[1]Swindon Town16 January 1990
Sunderland5–2Exeter City5 December 1989
Tottenham Hotspur4–0Tranmere Rovers29 November 1989

Fifth round

The eight winners from the Fourth Round took part in the Fifth Round. Once again this round was played over one leg.


Southampton 2 – 2 Oldham Athletic
Le Tissier  pen.' Ritchie  90'
Sunderland 0 – 0 Coventry City


Derby County 0 – 0 a.e.t. West Ham Utd

2nd Replay


As with the first two rounds, the semi-final ties were played over two legs. Holders Nottingham Forest narrowly defeated Coventry City, while West Ham United bowed out in the semi-finals for the second year running, this time at the hands of Oldham Athletic 6–3 on aggregate. Oldham's 6-0 first leg victory is a record for a league cup semi-final. It all but seals their first ever appearance in a major final and at Wembley.

First leg

Oldham Athletic 6 – 0 West Ham United
Adams  12'
Ritchie  18'
Barrett  33'
R. Holden  46'
Palmer  70'

Second leg

Nottingham Forest won 2–1 on aggregate.

Oldham Athletic won 6–3 on aggregate.


Nottingham Forest 1–0 Oldham Athletic
Jemson  47'
Attendance: 74,343
Referee: John Martin




  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 After Extra Time
  2. Blackpool F.C. won 5–4 on penalties
  3. West Bromwich Albion won on the away goals rule
  4. Crystal Palace won on the away goals rule
  5. Tottenham Hotspur won on the away goals rule

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