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Friday, 22 February 2013

Classic League Cup Finals: Man City 2 Newcastle 1 1976

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League Two Bradford City and Premier League Swansea City lock horns on Sunday in the fial of the Capital One Cup. Both teams would have only dreamt of Wembley at the start of the season, but this weekend their dreams will become reality.

The Capital One Cup has produced a number of magical moments this season, but will the final be as good as the one between Man City and Newcastle United in 1976?

Some players never have the thrill of playing at Wembley. Dennis Tueart was a notable exception. The striker twice made his mark on the national stadium.
In 1973 Tueart had been part of the Sunderland team which lifted the FA Cup. The Black Cats shocked the football world when they beat Don Revie's mighty Leeds United. Three years later Tueart returned to the scene of his greatest triumph with Manchester City.
The game exploded into life when Peter Barnes gave City an 11th minute lead. Asa Hartford's free kick was headed across the face of goal by Mike Doyle. Barnes raced on to the loose ball and swept a a left footed shot past Mike Mahoney.
Newcastle were level six minutes before half time when Alan Gowling slid in Malcolm Macdonald's cross.

In 49th minute Dennis Tueart rekindled his love affair with Wembley. Willie Donachie's floated cross was nodded on by Tommy Booth. The ball fell for Tuert just inside the Magpies penalty area. With his back to goal the England international executed the perfect overhead kick. The ball sped past Mahoney and City were 2-1 up. The goal was fit to win any cup final.
In a recent football poll Tueart's picture book strike was voted the greatest moment in League Cup history. The stunning winner was particularly special for Tueart. The forward was born in Newcastle and had been a boyhood Magpies fan.



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