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…
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