LEAGUE CUP MEMORIES: The Rumbelows Affair

Pictures of the 1991 League Cup final

The match is regarded as one of the most memorable League Cup finals of all time. The tournament was sponsored by an electrical and electronics retailing company known as “Rumbelows”. It was also the first of two years that the competition was sponsored by the company. 24-year-old Sheffield Wednesday midfielder John Harkes became the second American (after Bill Regan for Romford F.C. in the 1948–49 FA Amateur Cup final) to play at Wembley Stadium

On This Day In 1991, second division side Sheffield Wednesday beat Manchester United 1-0 to win their first League Cup title before a crowd of 77,612 at Wembley Stadium. Thanks to a lone gaol coming from Harkes’ midfield partner John Sheridan(37′). The victory was particularly memorable for Sheffield Wednesday manager Ron Frederick Atkinson, who had been the manager of Manchester United from 1981 until 1986, when he was replaced by Alexander Chapman Ferguson. The trophy was presented to Wednesday skipper Nigel Pearson by Rumbelows employee of the year Tracy Bateman. Pearson was also named man of the match. The Owls also finished as runners-up in 1992/1993 edition of the tournament.

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