Stoke City 2-1 Chelsea (1971-72 League Cup Final)

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1972 League Cup Final
1972 League Cup Final programme.jpg
0Scoreline Stoke City 2-1 Chelsea
0Date 4th March 1972
0Competition League Cup
0Referee Norman Burtenshaw
0Stadium Wembley Stadium
0Attendance 100,000

Chelsea and Stoke City met in the 1972 League Cup Final on 4 March 1972 at Wembley Stadium, with Stoke seeking their first major honour and Chelsea looking to regain the trophy they had won seven years earlier. Chelsea would lose the match 2-1; an early goal by Terry Conroy was cancelled out by Peter Osgood – his fourth cup final goal for Chelsea – just before half-time, but George Eastham scored the winner for Stoke with just under 20 minutes remaining. The match would be Chelsea's last major cup final for 22 years.


Match review

Chelsea suffered an early setback after a Jimmy Greenhoff shot was deflected off David Webb, with Conroy's resulting header giving Stoke an early lead in the 5th minute of the game. The bad start for Chelsea compounded their FA Cup defeat a week earlier at the hands of lowly Orient. Chelsea got back into the game just before half-time when Osgood equalised.

The second-half begin with Chelsea seemingly determined to put pressure on Stoke, but their efforts were thwarted by World Cup-winner Gordon Banks, the Stoke goalkeeper, who made some great saves to deny Chelsea. Stoke resisted the Chelsea pressure and started to play their game, before reaping the reward in the 67th minute when George Eastham scored from close range after Bonetti had made a good save from a Jimmy Greenhoff volley. This proved to be the winner as Stoke won their first major trophy.

Match details

4 March 1972
Stoke City 2 - 1 Chelsea Venue: Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Norman Burtenshaw
Conroy Goal 5'
Eastham Goal 67'
Osgood Goal 45'
GK 1 Gordon Banks
DF 2 John Marsh
DF 3 Mike Pejic Booked
MF 4 Mike Bernard
DF 5 Denis Smith
DF 6 Alan Bloor Booked
MF 7 Terry Conroy
MF 8 Jimmy Greenhoff Sub off.png
FW 9 John Ritchie
FW 10Peter Dobing (c)
MF 11George Eastham
MF 12John Mahoney Sub on.png
Tony Waddington
GK 1 Peter Bonetti
DF 2 Paddy Mulligan Sub off.png
DF 3 Ron Harris (c)
MF 4 John Hollins
DF 5 John Dempsey
DF 6 David Webb
MF 7 Charlie Cooke
FW 8 Chris Garland
FW 9 Peter Osgood Booked
MF 10Alan Hudson
MF 11Peter Houseman
FW 12Tommy Baldwin Sub on.png
Dave Sexton

Road to the Final

Season Day Date Month Year Round Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1971-72Wed8Sep19712nd RoundPlymouth ArgyleHomeWon2-0
1971-72Wed6Oct19713rd RoundNottingham ForestAwayDrew1-1
1971-72Mon11Oct19713rd Round ReplayNottingham ForestHomeWon2-1
1971-72Wed27Oct19714th RoundBolton WanderersHomeDrew1-1
1971-72Mon8Nov19714th Round ReplayBolton WanderersAwayWon6-0
1971-72Wed17Nov19715th RoundNorwich CityAwayWon1-0
1971-72Wed22Dec1971Semi Final 1st LegTottenham HotspurHomeWon3-2
1971-72Wed5Jan1972Semi Final 2nd LegTottenham HotspurAwayDrew2-2(5-4 aggregate)


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