43rd Anniversary: 1969 League Cup Final – Arsenal 1 Swindon 3

Today is the 43rd anniversary of the greatest day in our history… the 15th March 1969 saw Swindon Town of Division Three beat the ‘mighty’ Arsenal 3-1 after extra time thanks to a late Don Rogers double.

The Town went one up ten minutes before half time, this was after a shambolic mixup allowed Peter Noble to seize upon the loose ball and pass to Roger Smart to shin the ball into the unguarded net. Swindon held on until four minutes from full time when Bobby Gould latched onto a ball forward to beat the onrushing Peter Downsborough to head the Arsenal equaliser.

As the match went into extra time Don Rogers fired Town back ahead after being quickest to react to a loose ball in the box. With seconds remaining at the end of extra time, Rogers sealed the victory following a swift counter attack, running half the muddy pitch to take control of the ball and dummy the advancing Wilson to sidefoot the third and Swindon the League Cup.

Sit back, relax and enjoy reliving the memories of that famous day…

Team lineups

All the goals and highlights

On the 20th anniversary of the Town’s League Cup win over Arsenal, HTV presenter “Bobbin'” Roger Malone presented a commemorative episode of “Flashback For The Fans”, with the winning team in the studio.

All videos are courtesy of swindon-town-fc.co.uk


  • I would argue that beating Leicester and getting to the top flight for the first time was the greatest day in our history.


  • That’s a bit of a post-Sky view! Have to disagree.


  • The Leicester victory closely follows behind, however that day in 1969 will take the mantle for many years I suspect…


  • Watching that again made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.

    The greatest day in our history for me.


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  • Just relived the best day in swindon town history in my opinion, to see it again brought a tear or two, I was just a 16yr old at the time and no one gave us a chance against a very good arsenal side, I,d never seen so many swindon fans the town itself must have been like a ghost town . I also went to the Leicester game although a tremendous accasion not quite same unlikely result. Although we were in the third flight all the lads could play and they were fit. Thanks for the memories boys and long may they remain.


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