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On This Day: 1980

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09:00 15th March 2013

Gray wins it at Wembley

Thirty-three years ago today, Wolves won the last of their majors honours to date - the 1980 League Cup.
After coming through a narrow semi-final against Swindon Town, John Barnwell's side came up against the might of Brian Clough's European champions, Nottingham Forest, at Wembley.
The Forest side included names such as Peter Shilton, John McGovern and Trevor Francis, and went into the game as strong favourites, having won the competition in the previous two seasons.
The East Midlanders had the better of the first half, but were kept at bay by Wolves goalkeeper Paul Bradshaw and his well-organised defence.
Early in the second period, Wolves had a goal controversially ruled out for a foul on Shilton, but the gold and black masses didn't have to wait too long for the game's decisive moment.
In the 67th minute, the Forest defence misjudged a long ball, allowing Wolves striker Andy Gray to nip in and score the simplest of goals to edge Wolves ahead.
Despite the European champions pushing hard for an equaliser, Wolves stood firm in the face of their pressure, and went within inches of adding a second goal of their own when George Berry struck the woodwork.
It wasn't to matter though, as Barnwell's side held on to claim the club's second League Cup triumph in the space of just six years.
Wolves were led up the famous steps to collect the trophy by captain Emlyn Hughes, who then lifted the one honour that had eluded him during his magnificent career with Liverpool.
Many of the members of the cup-winning squad will mark the anniversary by reuniting for a charity function this evening.
Organiser Mel Eves has recruited many of his former teammates, as well as manager Barnwell, for the function, which will take place at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill and is set to benefit several local charities.

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