1985 Football League Cup Final - Route To The Final

Route To The Final

See also: 1984–85 Football League Cup
Norwich City
Round Opposition Score
2nd Preston North End (a) 3–3
Preston North End (h) 6–1
Aggregate score 9–4
3rd Aldershot (h) 0–0
replay Aldershot (a) 4–0
4th Notts County (h) 3–0
5th Grimsby Town (a) 1–0
Semi-final Ipswich Town (a) 0–1
Ipswich Town (h) 2–0
Aggregate score 2–1
Sunderland
Round Opposition Score
2nd Crystal Palace (h) 2–1
Crystal Palace (a) 0–0
Aggregate score 2–1
3rd Nottingham Forest (a) 1–1
replay Nottingham Forest (h) 1–0
4th Tottenham Hotspur (h) 0–0
replay Tottenham Hotspur (a) 2–1
5th Watford (a) 1–0
Semi-final Chelsea (h) 2–0
Chelsea (a) 3–2
Aggregate score 5–2

Norwich and Sunderland were both playing in the First Division and both entered the competition at the second round stage, under the tournament format in place at the time which saw First Division teams enter in this round. Norwich had reached the Football League Cup final on three occasions, winning one of them. Sunderland had never reached a final – the closest they came was the 1962–63 edition where they were semi-finalists. Norwich faced Preston North End in their second round tie, and played out a 3–3 stalemate in the first leg. In the second leg they defeated Preston 6–1, a 9–4 victory on aggregate. Having drawn the third round game against Aldershot 0–0, Norwich beat Aldershot in the replay 4–0 to progress to the next round. A tie against Second Division side Notts County awaited Norwich in the fourth tound, which they won 3–0. They dispatched Grimsby Town 1–0 in the fifth round to set up an all East Anglian semi-final with Ipswich Town. Ipswich had beaten Norwich 1–0 in the first leg, but Norwich ultimiately prevailed by winning 2–0 in the second leg, and 2–1 on aggregate.

North East Sunderland began the tournament against Crystal Palace, winning it 2–1 on aggregate, which was the same score as the first leg. Next Sunderland beat Nottingham Forest 1–0 in the third round replay, having drawn 1–1 in the original match. The fourth round went similarly the third, Sunderland played out a 0–0 draw at Roker Park forcing the game into a replay. Goals from Gordon Chisholm and Clive Walker in the replay ensured that Sunderland would progress in the fifth round. Sunderland beat Watford in the fifth round to seal a tie against Chelsea in the semi-finals. Sunderland beat Chelsea 5–2 on aggregate and secured their first ever League Cup final spot.

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