THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

March 1, 1975, League Cup final

Villa-v-Norwich27 February ~ Both finalists were promoted from Division Two this season, behind Manchester United, who had been knocked out by Norwich in the semi-final. The other semi-finalists were fourth-division Chester, who beat reigning League champions Leeds 3-0 in the fourth round at a time when no one complained that the biggest clubs didn't take the competition seriously. The only pre-match entertainment was the Band of the Royal Corps of Transport, and the final of the penalty competition organised by ITV's football preview show, On The Ball – teenagers versus West Ham keeper Mervyn Day. Unknown chinless aristocrat the Earl of Harewood presented the trophy (the Queen was washing her hair that afternoon).

"Irony is not far away from today's final," notes the desultory "official souvenir programme". Norwich manager John Bond had taken over at Carrow Road from Villa boss Ron Saunders, while in the fifth round City had knocked out Ipswich thanks to two goals from John Miller, "who had joined Norwich less than two months earlier… from Ipswich!" What the programme doesn't ask – will the gods of irony ever cease to treat football as anything more than their casual toy? Full-page ads: Proper football products. Power football boots, Littlewoods Pools, Embassy and Player's No6 fags, and Double Diamond beer. And the highlights of the final on vinyl LP for just £2.30.

Result Aston Villa 1 (Graydon) Norwich City 0
Crowd 95,946
Villa Cumbes, Robson, Aitken, Ross, Nicholl, McDonald, Graydon, Little, Leonard, Hamilton, Carrodus. Sub: Evans
Norwich Keelan, Machin, Sullivan, Morris, Forbes, Stringer, Miller, McDougall, Boyer, Suggett, Powell. Sub: Steele
Ian Plenderleith

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