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1981 Football League Cup Final
Event1980–81 Football League Cup
Date14 March 1981
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeClive Thomas (Treorchy)
Attendance100,000
Replay
Date1 April 1981
VenueVilla Park, Birmingham
RefereeClive Thomas (Treorchy)
Attendance36,693
1980
1982

The 1981 Football League Cup Final was a football match between Liverpool and West Ham United on 14 March 1981 at Wembley Stadium, London. It was the final match of the 1980–81 Football League Cup, the 21st staging of the Football League Cup, a competition for the 92 teams in The Football League. Both teams were appearing in their second final, and had both lost their first finals in 1966 and 1978 respectively.

Both teams entered the competition in the second round. Liverpool's matches were generally comfortable victories, with the exception of the semi-final against Manchester City, which they won 2–1 over two-legs. West Ham's matches were generally close affairs, they only won by more two goals once, when they beat Burnley 6–0 over two-legs in the second round.

Watched by a crowd of 100,000, the first 90 minutes was goalless and the final went to extra time. Liverpool opened the scoring in the 118th minute, when defender Alan Kennedy scored.The goal was hotly contested as the shot passed over Sammy Lee of Liverpool in an offside position, obstructing the view of the West Ham goalkeeper, Phil Parkes. Controversial referee, Clive Thomas, bizarrely allowed the goal to stand, based on his opinion that Lee was not interfering with play. After the game, the usually placid West Ham manager, John Lyall, uncharacteristically expressed his anger to Thomas and said he "felt cheated". This was later misrepresented by Thomas as Lyall saying that "Thomas had cheated". The Liverpool lead lasted two minutes, as West Ham equalised courtesy of a Ray Stewart penalty, after a Liverpool handball on the line blocked a goal bound header from Alvin Martin. With the final score 1–1, the match was replayed on 1 April, at Villa Park, Birmingham. West Ham went ahead in the opening minutes, when Paul Goddard. However, their lead was short-lived as goals from Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen gave Liverpool the lead. No further goals were scored in the second half and Liverpool won the final 2–1 to win the competition for the first time.

Route to the final

Liverpool

Liverpool started slowly and lost the first leg of their 2nd round game with Bradford City, before scoring four goals in the return leg at Anfield. They then scored a total of 12 goals in home ties against Swindon Town, Portsmouth and Birmingham City. In the semi-final they won their first leg at Manchester City, before a home draw allowed them to reach their second League Cup Final.

West Ham United

West Ham United played three Third Division sides in Burnley, Charlton Athletic and Barnsley to reach the quarter-final. Here, they beat First Division Tottenham Hotspur 1–0. In the semi-final; they recovered from losing the first leg to Coventry City to win the tie 4–3 on aggregate.

Match

Details

14 March 1981
15:00 GMT
Liverpool 1–1
(a.e.t.)
West Ham United Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Clive Thomas
A Kennedy Goal 118' Stewart Goal 120'
1 Flag of England Ray Clemence
2 Flag of England Phil Neal
3 Flag of England Alan Kennedy
4 Flag of England Colin Irwin
5 Flag of England Ray Kennedy (c)
6 Flag of Scotland Alan Hansen
7 Flag of Scotland Kenny Dalglish
8 Flag of England Sammy Lee
9 Flag of Republic Ireland Steve Heighway Substituted off
10 Flag of England Terry McDermott
11 Flag of Scotland Graeme Souness
Substitute:
12 Flag of England Jimmy Case Substituted on
Manager:
Flag of England Bob Paisley
1 Flag of England Phil Parkes
2 Flag of Scotland Ray Stewart
3 Flag of England Frank Lampard, Sr.
4 Flag of England Billy Bonds (c)
5 Flag of England Alvin Martin
6 Flag of England Alan Devonshire
7 Flag of England Jimmy Neighbour
8 Flag of England Paul Goddard Substituted off
9 Flag of England David Cross
10 Flag of England Trevor Brooking
11 Flag of England Geoff Pike
Substitute:
12 Flag of England Stuart Pearson Substituted on
Manager:
Flag of England John Lyall

Replay

Details

1 April 1981
19:30 GMT
Liverpool 2–1 West Ham United Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 36,693
Referee: Clive Thomas
Dalglish Goal 25'
Hansen Goal 28'
Goddard Goal 10'
1 Flag of England Ray Clemence
2 Flag of England Phil Neal
3 Flag of England Alan Kennedy
4 Flag of England Phil Thompson (c)
5 Flag of England Ray Kennedy
6 Flag of Scotland Alan Hansen
7 Flag of Scotland Kenny Dalglish
8 Flag of England Sammy Lee
9 Flag of Wales Ian Rush
10 Flag of England Terry McDermott
11 Flag of England Jimmy Case
Substitute:
12 Flag of England Colin Irwin
Manager:
Flag of England Bob Paisley
1 Flag of England Phil Parkes
2 Flag of Scotland Ray Stewart
3 Flag of England Frank Lampard, Sr.
4 Flag of England Billy Bonds (c)
5 Flag of England Alvin Martin
6 Flag of England Alan Devonshire
7 Flag of England Jimmy Neighbour
8 Flag of England Paul Goddard
9 Flag of England David Cross
10 Flag of England Trevor Brooking
11 Flag of England Geoff Pike
Substitute:
12 Flag of England Stuart Pearson
Manager:
Flag of England John Lyall

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