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Forest Rewind in association with Football Index - League Cup triumph against Luton

9 April 2020

In association with Football Index, we look back to Nottingham Forest's trip to Wembley on this day in 1989 as The Reds defeated Luton Town 3-1 to lift the League Cup...

Luton Town 1-3 Nottingham Forest

(Harford 35'; Clough pen 54', 76', Webb 68')

Forest: Sutton, Laws, Pearce, Walker, Wilson, Hodge, Gaynor, Webb, Clough, Chapman, Parker

Luton: Sealey, Breacker, Foster, Beaumont, Black, Grimes (McDonough), Hill, Preece, Wilson, Harford, Wegerle

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Nottingham Forest lifted the League Cup for the third time on 9th April 1989 having come from behind to defeat Luton Town at Wembley.

Mick Harford put Luton into a first-half lead just before the break as he powered a header through Steve Sutton in the Forest goal.

Behind at the break, The Reds came out strongly in the second half and 10 minutes after the restart they were level as Steve Hodge was brought down inside the area, with Nigel Clough stepping up to convert from the penalty spot. 

On 68 minutes, Forest had turned the game around as Neil Webb got on the end of a fantastic cross by Tommy Gaynor, controlling and firing past Les Sealey in the Luton goal. 

Gaynor was again the provider on 76 as Forest put the game to bed. Gaynor charged down the right wing before squaring it to Clough on the edge of the box. His first-time finish was precise and into the far corner to secure the League Cup trophy.

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Road to the final

Round 2

First leg - Forest 6-0 Chester City (Pearce, Hodge, Clough 2, Gaynor, Webb)
Second leg - Chester 0-4 Forest (Gaynor 3, Crosby)

Round 3

Forest 3-2 Coventry (Foster, Hodge, Clough)

Round 4

Leicester 0-0 Forest
Replay - Forest 2-1 Leicester (Clough, Chapman)

Quarter-final

Forest 5-2 QPR (Clough, Chapman 4)

Semi-final

First leg - Forest 1-1 Bristol City (Pender own goal)
Second leg - Bristol City 0-1 Forest (Parker)

Top of the Pops

The Bangles went to the top of the UK music charts on 9th April 1989 with their hit Eternal Flame, holding its position for four weeks.

The UK box office

Working Girl was top of the UK box office charts in April 1989. The romantic-comedy-drama was based in New York and starred Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver and Melanie Griffith.

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