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1988 Football League Cup Final
Event 1987–88 Football League Cup
Date 24 April 1988
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Joe Worrall
Attendance 95,732
1987
1989

The 1988 Littlewoods Cup Final,took place at Wembley Stadium on 24 April 1988, and was contested between Luton Town and Arsenal. Luton won the match, thanks to goals from Danny Wilson and Brian Stein (2). Goals from Alan Smith and Martin Hayes were not enough for Arsenal to salvage anything for the North London side. This was the first major trophy that Luton Town won in their history.

Match summary

Luton had stunned defending champions and competition favourites Arsenal by taking an early lead thanks to a goal scored by Brian Stein. However, Arsenal overhauled them with goals by Alan Smith and Martin Hayes within three second half minutes. The turning point of the match came with ten minutes left. After a period of fluent attacking football by the Arsenal forwards which saw Smith hit the woodwork and Hayes, Michael Thomas and David Rocastle all had shots saved by Luton goalkeeper Andy Dibble, Arsenal were awarded a penalty after Rocastle was brought down in the box. Andy Dibble saved Nigel Winterburn's spot-kick by turning the ball round the post. A newly-inspired Luton equalised with seven minutes remaining when Arsenal defender Gus Caesar mis-kicked a clearance on the edge of his penalty area, enabling Luton's Danny Wilson to head the ball into the Arsenal goal from a Brian Stein cross. With less than a minute to go, Tony Adams fouled Mark Stein, and from the resulting free kick, Brian Stein scored his second goal of the match to put the game beyond the reach of the defending champions.

Match details

24 April 1988
Luton Town 3 – 2 Arsenal Wembley, London
Attendance: 95,732
Referee: Joe Worrall
Stein Goal 13' Goal 90'
Wilson Goal 82'
Hayes Goal 71'
Smith Goal 74'
Luton Town
Arsenal
LUTON TOWN:
GK 1 Wales Andy Dibble
RB 2 England Tim Breacker
LB 3 England Rob Johnson
CM 4 England Ricky Hill
CB 5 England Steve Foster
CB 6 Northern Ireland Mal Donaghy
RM 7 Northern Ireland Danny Wilson
CM 8 England Brian Stein
CF 9 England Mick Harford Substituted off
CM 10 England David Preece Substituted off
LM 11 Northern Ireland Kingsley Black
Substitutes:
DF Republic of Ireland Ashley Grimes Substituted on
FW England Mark Stein Substituted on
Manager:
England Ray Harford
ARSENAL:
GK 1 England John Lukic
RB 2 England Nigel Winterburn
LB 3 England Kenny Sansom
CM 4 England Michael Thomas
CB 5 England Gus Caesar
CB 6 England Tony Adams
RM 7 England David Rocastle
CM 8 England Paul Davis
CF 9 England Alan Smith
CF 10 England Perry Groves Substituted off
LM 11 England Kevin Richardson
Substitutes:
MF England Martin Hayes Substituted on
Manager:
Scotland George Graham

Road to Wembley

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