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1974 Football League Cup Final

The 1974 Football League Cup Final was the final match of the 1973–74 Football League Cup, the 14th season of the Football League Cup, a football competition for the 92 teams in The Football League. The match was played at Wembley Stadium on 2 March 1974, and was contested by two First Division clubs, Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

1974 Football League Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event1973–74 Football League Cup
Date2 March 1974
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeDave Wallace (Crewe)

Wolves won the match 2–1 with goals from Kenny Hibbitt and John Richards. Colin Bell had equalised for Manchester City. This gave the Midlanders their first major silverware since lifting the 1960 FA Cup.

Steve Bruce, the future Manchester United defender and manager of Sheffield Wednesday, was a ball boy during the match he was thirteen years old

Match detailsEdit

Manchester City1–2[1]Wolverhampton Wanderers
Bell   59' Hibbitt   44'
Richards   85'
Attendance: 97,886
Referee: Dave Wallace (Crewe)
1   Keith MacRae
2   Glyn Pardoe
3   Willie Donachie
4   Mike Doyle
5   Tommy Booth
6   Tony Towers
7   Mike Summerbee (c)
8   Colin Bell
9   Francis Lee
10   Denis Law
11   Rodney Marsh
12   Frank Carrodus
  Ron Saunders
1   Gary Pierce
2   Geoff Palmer
3   Derek Parkin
4   Mike Bailey (c)
5   Frank Munro
6   John McAlle
7   Alan Sunderland
8   Kenny Hibbitt
9   John Richards
10   Derek Dougan
11   Dave Wagstaffe   83'
12   Barry Powell   83'
  Bill McGarry

Match officials

  • Assistant referees:
    • H. Williams (Sheffield)
    • R.G. Sheppard (Dunstable)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes only
  • Replay (at Stoke City) if scores still level
  • One named substitute
  • Maximum of 1 substitution

Road to WembleyEdit

Manchester CityEdit

Round 2 Walsall 0–0 Manchester City
Round 2 (Replay) Manchester City 0–0 Walsall (a.e.t.)
Round 2 (2nd replay) Walsall 0–4 Manchester City
Round 3 Carlisle United 0–1 Manchester City
Round 4 York City 0–0 Manchester City
Round 4 (Replay) Manchester City 4–1 York City
Round 5 Coventry City 2–2 Manchester City
Round 5 (Replay) Manchester City 4–2 Coventry City
Semi-final (1st leg) Plymouth Argyle 1–1 Manchester City
Semi-final (2nd leg) Manchester City 2–0 Plymouth Argyle
(Manchester City won 3–1 on aggregate)

Wolverhampton WanderersEdit

Round 2 Halifax Town 0–3 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Round 3 Tranmere Rovers 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Round 3 (Replay) Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Tranmere Rovers
Round 4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5–1 Exeter City
Round 5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Liverpool
Semi-final (1st leg) Norwich City 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Semi-final (2nd leg) Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Norwich City
(Wolverhampton Wanderers won 2–1 on aggregate)


  1. ^ "Classic Match Manchester City 1 Wolves 2 League Cup Final March 2 1974". Express and