To celebrate 50 years of the League Cup, the Football League have compiled a list of the greatest moments in the competitions history. Leeds United, being the greatest team in the competition, and indeed the world, have had two contendors.

The first one comes from 1968. Don Revie’s first major success came at Wembley against Arsenal. Sending a warning out to our rivals that Leeds United were on the up, and marking the start of our most successful period ever, the 1968 cup final was won by a solitary goal from Terry Cooper.

"I'm Leeds and Leeds and Leeds and Leeds!"

"You guys know I'm England's number one. Just need to convince that Italian bloke that looks like he's made of plasticine!"

For me though, one of the most magical things I’ve ever seen at Elland Road came in the 2003/04 season when we hosted Swindon Town. Trailing the game with almost no time remaining, Leeds had a corner. We threw everything forward, including academy trainee, Paul Robinson. The man who went on to be England’s number one moved beautifully in the box and rose well to deliver a powerful header by his Swindon Town counterpart and level the tie. As if the goal wasn’t enough, Robinson also went on to save two penalties and see Leeds through to the next round.

I still remember the goal vividly to this day. Even though I knew we had nothing to lose, I almost burst out laughing when I saw Paul Robinson come forward. Although he was an exceptionally talented keeper, I’d never thought of him as our new centre-forward. The last laugh was on Robbo though, who scored the amazing header and ran towards the fans in celebration, getting hounded by his team mates in the process. The euphoria in Elland Road was amazing.

There’s only so many moments in a football fans lifetime that will genuinely stay with them forever. The heartbreak of being relegated and Smith’s tears still haunts me. Seeing Tony Yeboah strike from distance with such power and accuracy, rattling the crossbar on the way into the net left me in awe. Mark Viduka scoring four by Liverpool and beating teams like AC Milan in the Champions League are moments that I’ll never forget. As too is Paul Robinson’s equaliser.

Vote for it now (and Terry Cooper) at: http://leaguecup50.com/default.aspx

  • ian

    Err I think it was Terry Cooper who scored our goal in the 68 Final

    • TSS

      Jesus, I don’t even know where I got Bobby Collins from. He’d essentially finished his career by then hadn’t he?

    • TSS

      Been writing a piece on our greatest ever players, so was doing some research on him last night. The name must have stuck in my mind but I don’t know how I got him confused with Terry Cooper as we were both born in the same town. Few in that town have ever forgot he scored the winner at Wembley either.

      • ian

        Old age catches up with all of us!!!

        Some great articles on here, great website. Thanks

  • Craig

    Living so far from Leeds and working most Saturdays I get to see so few matches live – but I too was there when Robinson scored his goal. I remember spotting him come forward for the corner, unnoticed by any of the Swindon defenders, and willing him to make contact. Brilliant goal!