1990–91 Football League Cup

1990–91 Football League Cup
League Cup, Rumbelows Cup
Country  England
Teams 92
Champions Sheffield Wednesday
(1st title)
Runners-up Manchester United

The 1990–91 Football League Cup (known as the Rumbelows Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the 31st season of the Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 association football clubs.

The competition began on 27 August 1990, and ended with the final on 21 April 1991 at the Old Wembley Stadium. The cup was won by Sheffield Wednesday, who beat Manchester United 1–0 in the final. A single goal from John Sheridan gave Wednesday the title.

The 1990-91 League Cup remains the last time that one of English football's major honours was won by a team outside the top flight, as winners Sheffield Wednesday were in the second division at the time.

First round

First leg

Home team Score Away team Date
Birmingham City0–1Bournemouth28 August 1990
Bradford City2–0Bury29 August 1990
Brentford2–0Hereford United28 August 1990
Brighton & Hove Albion0–2Northampton29 August 1990
Bristol Rovers1–2Torquay United29 August 1990
Carlisle United1–0Scunthorpe United28 August 1990
Chesterfield1–2Hartlepool United28 August 1990
Darlington0–0Blackpool28 August 1990
Doncaster Rovers2–6Rotherham United28 August 1990
Exeter City1–1Notts County29 August 1990
Fulham1–2Peterborough United28 August 1990
Gillingham1–0Shrewsbury Town28 August 1990
Grimsby Town2–1Crewe Alexandra28 August 1990
Halifax Town2–0Lincoln City28 August 1990
Huddersfield Town0–3Bolton Wanderers29 August 1990
Maidstone United2–2Leyton Orient29 August 1990
Mansfield Town1–1Cardiff City28 August 1990
Middlesbrough1–1Tranmere Rovers28 August 1990
Preston North End2–0Chester City28 August 1990
Reading0–1Oxford United28 August 1990
Rochdale4–0Scarborough28 August 1990
Southend United2–1Aldershot28 August 1990
Stockport County0–2Burnley27 August 1990
Stoke City0–0Swansea City29 August 1990
Walsall4–2Cambridge United28 August 1990
West Bromwich Albion2–2Bristol City29 August 1990
Wigan Athletic0–1Barnsley28 August 1990
York City0–1Wrexham28 August 1990

Second leg

Home team Score Away team Date Agg
Aldershot2–2Southend United4 September 19903–4
Barnsley0–1[1][2]Wigan Athletic4 September 19901–1
Blackpool1–1[1][3]Darlington4 September 19901–1
Bolton Wanderers2–1Huddersfield Town4 September 19905–1
Bournemouth1–1Birmingham City4 September 19902–1
Bristol City1–0[1]West Bromwich Albion5 September 19903–2
Burnley0–1Stockport County4 September 19902–1
Bury3–2[1]Bradford City4 September 19903–4
Cambridge United2–1Walsall4 September 19904–5
Cardiff City3–0Mansfield Town4 September 19904–1
Chester City5–1[1]Preston North End4 September 19905–3
Crewe Alexandra1–0[1][4]Grimsby Town4 September 19902–2
Hartlepool United2–2Chesterfield11 September 19904–3
Hereford United1–0Brentford5 September 19901–2
Leyton Orient4–1Maidstone United4 September 19906–3
Lincoln City1–0Halifax Town5 September 19901–2
Northampton1–1Brighton & Hove Albion4 September 19903–1
Notts County1–0Exeter City4 September 19902–1
Oxford United2–1Reading5 September 19903–1
Peterborough United2–0Fulham4 September 19904–1
Rotherham United2–1Doncaster Rovers4 September 19908–3
Scarborough3–3Rochdale5 September 19903–7
Scunthorpe United1–1Carlisle United4 September 19901–2
Shrewsbury Town2–0Gillingham4 September 19902–1
Swansea City0–1Stoke City4 September 19900–1
Torquay United1–1Bristol Rovers4 September 19903–2
Tranmere Rovers1–2Middlesbrough3 September 19902–3
Wrexham2–0York City4 September 19903–0

Second round

First leg

Home team Score Away team Date
Aston Villa1–0Barnsley26 September 1990
Bournemouth0–0Millwall25 September 1990
Cardiff City1–1Portsmouth25 September 1990
Carlisle United1–1Derby County25 September 1990
Charlton Athletic2–2Leyton Orient26 September 1990
Chester City0–1Arsenal25 September 1990
Coventry City4–2Bolton Wanderers26 September 1990
Crystal Palace8–0Southend United25 September 1990
Darlington3–0Swindon Town25 September 1990
Halifax Town1–3Manchester United26 September 1990
Hull City0–0Wolverhampton Wanderers25 September 1990
Leicester City1–0Leeds United26 September 1990
Liverpool5–1Crewe Alexandra25 September 1990
Luton Town1–1Bradford City25 September 1990
Middlesbrough2–0Newcastle United25 September 1990
Northampton0–1Sheffield United25 September 1990
Norwich City2–0Watford26 September 1990
Nottingham Forest4–1Burnley26 September 1990
Notts County1–0Oldham Athletic25 September 1990
Plymouth Argyle1–0Wimbledon25 September 1990
Port Vale0–2Oxford United24 September 1990
Queens Park Rangers3–1Peterborough United26 September 1990
Rochdale0–5Southampton25 September 1990
Rotherham United1–1Blackburn Rovers25 September 1990
Sheffield Wednesday2–1Brentford26 September 1990
Shrewsbury Town1–1Ipswich Town25 September 1990
Sunderland0–1Bristol City25 September 1990
Torquay United0–4Manchester City26 September 1990
Tottenham Hotspur5–0Hartlepool United26 September 1990
Walsall0–5Chelsea26 September 1990
West Ham United3–0Stoke City26 September 1990
Wrexham0–5Everton25 September 1990

Second leg

Home team Score Away team Date Agg
Arsenal5–0Chester City9 October 19906–0
Barnsley0–1Aston Villa9 October 19900–2
Blackburn Rovers1–0Rotherham United9 October 19902–1
Bolton Wanderers2–3Coventry City9 October 19904–7
Bradford City1–1[1][5]Luton Town10 October 19902–2
Brentford1–2Sheffield Wednesday9 October 19902–4
Bristol City1–6Sunderland9 October 19902–6
Burnley0–1Nottingham Forest10 October 19901–5
Chelsea4–1Walsall10 October 19909–1
Crewe Alexandra1–4Liverpool9 October 19902–9
Derby County1–0Carlisle United10 October 19902–1
Everton6–0Wrexham9 October 199011–0
Hartlepool United1–2Tottenham Hotspur9 October 19901–7
Ipswich Town3–0Shrewsbury Town9 October 19904–1
Leeds United3–0Leicester City10 October 19903–1
Leyton Orient1–0Charlton Athletic9 October 19903–2
Manchester City0–0Torquay United10 October 19904–0
Manchester United2–1Halifax Town10 October 19905–2
Millwall2–1Bournemouth10 October 19902–1
Newcastle United1–0Middlesbrough10 October 19901–2
Oldham Athletic5–2[1]Notts County10 October 19905–3
Oxford United0–0Port Vale10 October 19902–0
Peterborough United1–1Queens Park Rangers9 October 19902–4
Portsmouth3–1[1]Cardiff City9 October 19904–2
Sheffield United2–1Northampton10 October 19903–1
Southampton3–0Rochdale9 October 19908–0
Southend United1–2Crystal Palace9 October 19901–10
Stoke City1–2West Ham United10 October 19901–5
Swindon Town4–0Darlington9 October 19904–3
Watford0–3Norwich City9 October 19900–5
Wimbledon0–2Plymouth Argyle10 October 19900–3
Wolverhampton Wanderers1–1[1][6]Hull City9 October 19901–1

Third round


Home team Score Away team Date
Aston Villa2–0Millwall31 October 1990
Chelsea0–0Portsmouth31 October 1990
Coventry City3–0Hull City31 October 1990
Crystal Palace0–0Leyton Orient30 October 1990
Derby County6–0Sunderland31 October 1990
Ipswich Town0–2Southampton30 October 1990
Leeds United2–0Oldham Athletic31 October 1990
Manchester City1–2Arsenal30 October 1990
Manchester United3–1Liverpool31 October 1990
Middlesbrough2–0Norwich City30 October 1990
Oxford United2–1West Ham United31 October 1990
Plymouth Argyle1–2Nottingham Forest31 October 1990
Queens Park Rangers2–1Blackburn Rovers31 October 1990
Sheffield United2–1Everton30 October 1990
Sheffield Wednesday0–0Swindon Town31 October 1990
Tottenham Hotspur2–1Bradford City30 October 1990


Home team Score Away team Date
Leyton Orient0–1Crystal Palace7 November 1990
Portsmouth2–3Chelsea6 November 1990
Swindon Town0–1Sheffield Wednesday6 November 1990

Fourth round


Home team Score Away team Date
Arsenal2–6Manchester United28 November 1990
Aston Villa3–2Middlesbrough28 November 1990
Coventry City5–4Nottingham Forest28 November 1990
Oxford United1–2Chelsea28 November 1990
Queens Park Rangers0–3Leeds United27 November 1990
Sheffield United0–2Tottenham Hotspur27 November 1990
Sheffield Wednesday1–1Derby County28 November 1990
Southampton2–0Crystal Palace27 November 1990


Home team Score Away team Date
Derby County1–2Sheffield Wednesday12 December 1990

Fifth Round


Home team Score Away team Date
Chelsea0–0Tottenham Hotspur16 January 1991
Coventry City0–1Sheffield Wednesday23 January 1991
Leeds United4–1Aston Villa16 January 1991
Southampton1–1Manchester United16 January 1991


Home team Score Away team Date
Manchester United3–2Southampton23 January 1991
Tottenham Hotspur0–3Chelsea23 January 1991


Sheffield Wednesday moved closer to their first major trophy in more than 50 years with a comfortably victory over Chelsea, while Manchester United edged out Leeds United to book their place at Wembley for a clash against a side managed by their former boss Ron Atkinson.

First leg

Second leg

Leeds United 0 – 1 Manchester United
Sharpe  90'

Manchester United won 3–1 on aggregate.

Sheffield Wednesday won 5–1 on aggregate.


Manchester United 0–1 Sheffield Wednesday
Sheridan  37'
Attendance: 77,612
Referee: Ray Lewis (Surrey)




  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 After Extra Time
  2. Barnsley won 4–3 on penalties
  3. Darlington won on the Away Goals Rule
  4. Crewe Alexandra won on the Away Goals Rule
  5. Bradford City won 5–4 on penalties
  6. Hull City won on the Away Goals Rule
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