On this day in 1968, Arsenal secured their place in the League Cup final for the first time after beating Huddersfield 3-1 in the second leg of the semis.
This was the first time Arsenal had reached a cup final since 1952 and the first time they’d ever made the League Cup final.
The Gunners won the first leg at Highbury 3-2 on 17 January with goals from George Graham, Bob McNab and John Radford, which meant that overall they went through 6-3 on aggregate.
During the second leg at Leeds Road, Frank McLintock, Jon Sammels and David Jenkins all found the net, seeing Arsenal through to their first cup final for 16 years and their first League Cup final ever.
Unfortunately, led by manager at the time Bertie Mee, Arsenal lost 1-0 to Leeds United in the final at Wembley thanks to a Terry Cooper goal in the 20th minute.
The Gunners made the final again the following season but lost 3-1 to Swindon.
Despite being runners up more than any other club, Arsenal wouldn’t actually win their first League Cup until 1987 when we beat Liverpool 2-1, and we’ve only won it once since when we beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 in 1993.