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League Cup

The 1980 League Cup Final

League Cup
Wolves FC

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Gray (67)


Nottingham Forest

Notts Forest

1980 League Cup Final Programme

1. Paul Bradshaw 1. Peter shilton
2. Geoff Palmer 2. Viv Anderson
3. Derek Parkin 3. Frank Gray
4. Peter Daniel 4. John McGovern (Captain)
5. Emlyn Hughes (Captain) 5. Larry Lloyd
6. George Berry 6. Kenny Barns
7. Kenny Hibbitt 7. Martin O'Neill
8. Willie Carr 8. Ian Bowyer
9. Andy Gray 9. Gary Birtles
10. John Richards 10. Trevor Francis
11. Mel Eves 11. John Robertson
Sub: Colin Brazier Referee: D Richardson Sub: David Needham
Manager: John Barnwell Linesmen M Barker & b Champion Manager: Brian Clough

See Real Player Video Clips of Andy Gray's Goal and Emlyn Hughes Lifting the Cup,

Courtesy of Tim C @ The Small Wolves Page who has very kindly let me use them. The clips are zip files to save on download time




How Wolves Reached Wembley

2nd Round 1st Leg Burnley 1-1 Wolves Palmer
2nd Round 2nd Leg Wolves 2-0 Burnley Hibbitt, Palmer
3rd Round (at West Ham) Wolves 2-1 Crystal Palace Hibbitt, Eves
4th Round QPR 1-1 Wolves Hibbitt
4th Round Replay Wolves 1-0 QPR Carr
5th Round Grimsby 0-0 Wolves  
5th Round Replay Wolves 1-1 Grimsby Gray
5th Round Replay (at Derby) Wolves 2-0 Grimsby Hibbitt, OG
Semi-Final 1st Leg Swindon 1-2 Wolves Daniel
Semi-Final 2nd Leg Wolves 3-1 Swindon Richards 2, Eves

Match Report

The rising cost of watching football was reflected by the 625,000 forked out by the 96,527 present, the charge to stand up being 3.50 now. If there was a replay it would be at Old Trafford, though the stand-by venue for the 1974 final, Stoke, would have been geographically ideal. Not that the Forest team who had held the trophy for two years expected such problems, on the other hand Wolves Captain Hughes was determined to prove his 90,000 move to Molineux  would not be the anti-climax to his career predicted as he sought an honour that eluded him at Anfield. The well-organised Wolves defence frustrated Forest and always had players on the line during a goalmouth scramble, though Bradshaw was covering things adequately himself. Shortly after half-time Wolves had cause for complaint as the ball was bundled in when Richards and Carr challenged, only for a foul to be awarded against Shilton. In the 66th minute a long kick by Daniel led to a mis-understanding in the Forest defence, leaving Gray with the simplest of chances which he scored to put Wolves 1-0 ahead. Forest, who were to finish fifth in Division One, pressed hard again though Berry was nearer to scoring when he hit the woodwork at the other end, so Wolves just about deserved to join the small band of teams who had won the League Cup more than once.