Manchester City and the League Cup
Manchester City and the League Cup: A history.
The league cup started in 1960 when City weren’t quite at their best! The heady days of the Bert Trautmann era and the successive FA Cup finals in 1955 and 1956 were long gone.
As the old City song says “In 62 the boys in blue went to Division 2, the Stretford end cried out allowed, it’s the end of the Sky Blues”.
So it no surprise that City didn’t win the League Cup until slap bang in the middle of their golden period of 68-70.
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The 1970 League Cup final
Man City’s first win in the League Cup was in 1970, their 1st appearance in a league cup final. The 2-1 win over West Brom is often overlooked as City went on to win the European Cup Winners Cup later that season.
Mike Doyle and Glyn Pardoe scored for City, with Pardoe’s goal winning it in extra time after the match had ended 1-1.
The 1974 League Cup final
Despite Colin Bell’s goal City lost the 1974 League Cup final to Wolverhampton Wanders by 2 goals to 1.
City had started the competition with 3 matches against Walsall with the second game being a replay which ended 0-0 after extra time, resulting in a second replay (this was before penalty shootouts!). City won third game 4-0.
The 1976 League Cup final
The 76 final was probably the most referenced City cup final for two reasons.
1) The goal Dennis Tueart scored was a brilliant overhead kick
2) City didn’t win anything for another 30 odd years!
City beat the Newcastle 2-1 in the final with City’s only other goal coming from teenage winger Peter Barnes, although Joe Royle says in his book that he had a 35 yard lob ruled out for offside!
City and the league cup in the third tier 1998-99
You can skip this bit if you want! It’s a little story from @theGingerWig.
After our disastrous drop into the third tier of English football for the first (and hopefully only) time, the club decided to maintain the price of the season tickets. As an added bonus season ticket holders got a free ticket to the first home game in the League Cup against Notts County.
The tickets were sent with the season tickets in the summer and in my house were put somewhere safe. On the day of the game my dad went to get the tickets from the and place and they weren’t there! After a frantic search the tickets couldn’t be found. Then my mum remembered she’d had a clear out of the “safe place” that week and thrown un-needed paper away.
So Dad’s now got his head in the wheelie bin to find the tickets – all was worthwhile as we won 7-1!
Man City and the League Cup final 2014
After a long wait (38 years for those counting) City made it back to Wembley in the League Cup final (Now Capital One Cup Final).
City v Sunderland in Manuel Pellegrini’s first final as Manchester City manger.
After 10 minutes we’re 1-0 down!
Half time arrives and still nothing, it’s not looking good but then in the space of a couple of minutes everything changes. Yaya Toure, the Wembley man, scores a ridiculous long range goal and then Samir Nasri curls a beaut with the outside of his right foot to make it 2-1.
For added measure Jesus Navas scores in the 90th minute to ensure the cup comes back to Manchester!
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