1968 Football League Cup Final

The 1968 Football League Cup Final took place on 2 March 1968 at Wembley Stadium. It was the eighth final and the second to be played at Wembley. It was contested between Arsenal and Leeds United.

1968 Football League Cup Final
Event1967–68 Football League Cup
Date2 March 1968
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeLes Hamer (Horwich)

Leeds had been Inter-Cities Fairs Cup finalists the previous season, while Arsenal had been a mid-table side of late, and it was their first Wembley appearance since the 1952 FA Cup Final. For both clubs, it was their first League Cup Final. Leeds had conceded just three goals in six matches in their run-up to the final and their defence were on top again in a drab battle for the trophy against Arsenal. Terry Cooper scored the only goal of the game, hammering home a long range goal after 20 minutes. After that, Leeds shut up shop and a defensive performance saw them out for the rest of the match.

It was the first major trophy of Don Revie's reign at Elland Road and started the most successful period in the club's history. Arsenal reached the League Cup Final the following year, only to lose again (this time to Swindon Town), but went on to win both domestic and European trophies in the following seasons.

Match facts

Leeds United
Leeds United
White shirts/White shorts and socks
(final score after 90 minutes)
Red shirts with White arms/White shorts/Red socks
Manager: Don Revie

Gary Sprake (GK)
Paul Reaney
Terry Cooper
Billy Bremner (c)
Jack Charlton
Norman Hunter
Jimmy Greenhoff
Peter Lorimer
Paul Madeley
Johnny Giles
Eddie Gray
Rod Belfitt

Scorer: Cooper  20'


Football League Cup (Final)

15.00 BST Saturday 2 March 1968

Wembley Stadium, London


Match rules:
90 minutes.
30 minutes extra-time if necessary.
Match replayed if scores still level.
One named substitute.

Manager: Bertie Mee

Jim Furnell (GK)
Peter Storey
Bob McNab
Frank McLintock (c)
Ian Ure
Peter Simpson
John Radford
David Jenkins
George Graham
Jon Sammels
George Armstrong
Terry Neill

Road to Wembley

Home teams listed first.

Leeds United

Round 2: Leeds United 3–1 Luton Town

Round 3: Leeds United 3–0 Bury

Round 4: Sunderland 0–2 Leeds United

Round 5: Leeds United 2–0 Stoke City



1st Leg: Derby County 0–1 Leeds United
2nd Leg: Leeds United 3–2 Derby County
Agg Score: Leeds United 4–2 Derby County


Round 2: Coventry City 1–2 Arsenal

Round 3: Arsenal 1–0 Reading

Round 4: Arsenal 2–1 Blackburn Rovers

Round 5: Burnley 3–3 Arsenal

Replay: Arsenal 2–1 Burnley


1st Leg: Arsenal 3–2 Huddersfield Town
2nd Leg: Huddersfield Town 1–3 Arsenal
Agg Score: Arsenal 6–3 Huddersfield Town