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On This Day in association with Football Index - Reds lift first League Cup

22 March 2020

In association with Football Index, we take a look back at Nottingham Forest's League Cup final replay against Liverpool on 22nd March 1978...

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Liverpool

(Robertson (pen) 53')

Under the leadership of Brian Clough, Forest reached their first League Cup final in March 1978 after an impressive run through the competition.

Though Forest were the current league leaders, defending English and European champions Liverpool were considered the favourites by some distance but Clough's men were able to hold them to a 0-0 draw in front of a 100,000 crowd at Wembley Stadium.

The replay took place four days later at Old Trafford and it was Forest who finally broke the deadlock nine minutes into the second half. Tony Woodcock fed the ball to John O'Hare, he was brought down by Phil Thompson just outside the area and referee Pat Partridge pointed to the spot.

John Robertson stepped up to slam the ball beyond Ray Clemence and ensure Forest walked away with their first League Cup trophy in front of a jubilant following from Nottingham.


Post-match reaction


Forest manager Brian Clough: "It was a penalty. "The referee gave it and we stuck it in.

"You have to face the fact that Liverpool have the experience of Wembley and cup finals and we haven't. Wembley-wise, most of us are just virgins. I didn't even think we were good enough to get this far."

Liverpool defender Phil Thompson: "It was a professional foul. I knew O'Hare was a yard outside the area when I kicked him. It sounds bad, but there it is. That's what the lines are there for, and it was bloody unjust of the referee to give a penalty.

The Reds' route to the final

Second round

Nottingham Forest 5-0 West Ham United

Third round

Nottingham Forest 4-0 Notts County

Fourth round

Nottingham Forest 4-2 Aston Villa

Fifth round

Bury 0-3 Nottingham Forest

Semi-final first leg

Leeds United 1-3 Nottingham Forest

Semi-final second leg

Nottingham Forest 4-2 Leeds United


Nottingham Forest 0-0 Liverpool

Final (replay)

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Liverpool

UK number one

Kate Bush spent four weeks at the top of the charts with 'Wuthering Height's before being knocked off top spot by Brian and Michael's 'Matchstalk Men & Matchstalk Cats & Dogs'.

On the box...

The newly-released British TV series All Creatures Great And Small was the hit show starring Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy, Peter Davison and Carol Drinkwater.

The series, based on the real-life adventures of the Yorkshire vet James Herriot, originally ran on BBC1 from 1978 to 1990 and a re-make is due to be launched later in 2020.


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