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1968 Football League Cup Final

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Referee  Les Hamer (Horwich)
Date  2 March 1968
Champion  Leeds United F.C.
Attendance  97,887
1968 Football League Cup Final
Venue  Wembley Stadium, London
Event  1967–68 Football League Cup
Similar  1969 Football League C, 1993 Football League C, 1975 Football League C, 1970 Football League C, 1982 Football League C

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.

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 one of the most successful periods 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.

Road to Wembley

Home teams listed first.

References

1968 Football League Cup Final Wikipedia


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