Arsenal Finally Win Their First League Cup Tie On This Day, 28th September 1966

Having drawn at Highbury and Priestfield – both games ending 1 – 1 – Arsenal and Gillingham met for the third time in north London, the outcome decisive as the home side ran out winners by 5 – 0. As is now, the ties were single meetings although in those days, it was a replay rather than penalties which settled the outcome.

This was Arsenal’s first season in the competition, having previously been steadfastly opposed to participating. If memory serves, as well as being the first season the final was held at Wembley, it was also the first time that European competition was an automatic right for the winners. However, like Swindon two years later, QPR were not a top-flight club and as such, were not proposed by the Football Association as competitors in the 1967-68 season.