Previous Winners Of Major Domestic Football Cup Competitions

The English League Cup

The English League Cup


A Brief History Of The English League Cup

The League Cup competition was the brainchild of Alan Hardaker, who was secretary of the Football League from 1957 to 1979. Hardaker, known as the Godfather of Football, realised a tournament based on two-legged ties would be more financially attractive to lower league members, as opposed to the FA Cup where a small club could go several seasons without ever benefiting from a money spinning home tie.

Of course, this new cup did not impress the survival of the fittest brigade in the top division, and six of them immediately refused to enter.

European qualification was the proverbial carrot dangled in front of the winners for the 1966 competition it was then that the ‘big boys’ started taking an interest. This was the last final to be decided over two legs. The format was unnecessary as the growing popularity of the tournament meant it could now be decided at a neutral venue and the Twin Towers beckoned.

The fact that 98,000 fans packed into Wembley for the 1967 final was conclusive proof that the League Cup was now extremely popular. In just seven years it had earned the right to stand alongside the FA Cup as a showpiece final. In every subsequent year, Wembley would be a sell-out.

In 1982 the competition blazed the trail for sponsorship deals in football, and after a tie-up with the Milk Marketing Board, it became the Milk Cup. The very next year the league linked up with photographic firm Canon and, some time later, the FA Cup followed suit with insurance firm AXA. Over the next few seasons the League Cup would adopt a number of sponsorship guises, including the Littlewoods Cup, Rumbelows Cup and the Coca-Cola Cup.
Previous Winners Of The English League Cup

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Venue
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Millenium Stadium
Millenium Stadium
Millenium Stadium
Millenium Stadium
Millenium Stadium
Millenium Stadium
Millenium Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Two Leg Final
Winners
Birmingham 2-1 Arsenal
Manchester Utd 2-1 Aston Villa
Manchester Utd 0-0 Tottenham 4-1 Pens
Tottenham H 2-1 Chelsea (AET)
Chelsea 2 - 1 Arsenal
Man Utd 4 - 0 Wigan Athletic
Chelsea 3 - 2 Liverpool
Middlesbrough 2-1 Bolton
Liverpool 2-0 Manchester Utd
Blackburn R 2-1 Tottenham
Liverpool 1-1 Birmingham (Pens 5-4)
Leicester C 2-1 Tranmere
Tottenham H 1-0 Leicester
Chelsea 2-0 Middlesbrough
Leicester C 1-0 Middlesbrough (Replay)
Aston Villa 3-0 Leeds
Liverpool 2-1 Bolton
Aston Villa 3-1 Manchester Utd
Arsenal 2-1 Sheffield Wed
Man Utd 1-0 Nottm Forest
Sheff Wed 1-0 Manchester Utd
Notts Forest 1-0 Oldham
Notts Forest 3-1 Luton
Luton Town 3-2 Arsenal
Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool
Oxford United 3-0 QPR
Norwich City 1-0 Sunderland
Liverpool 1-0 Everton (Replay)
Liverpool 2-1 Manchester Utd
Liverpool 3-1 Tottenham
Liverpool 2-1 West Ham (Replay)
Wolves 1-0 Nottm Forest
Notts Forest 3-2 Southampton
Notts Forest 1-0 Liverpool (Replay)
Aston Villa 3-2 Everton (Replay)
Man City 2-1 Newcastle
Aston Villa 1-0 Norwich
Wolves 2-0 Manchester City
Tottenham H 1-0 Norwich
Stoke City 2-1 Chelsea
Tottenham H 2-0 Aston Villa
Man City 2-1 WBA
Swindon T 3-1 Arsenal
Leeds Utd 1-0 Arsenal
QPR 3-2 WBA
West Brom A 5-3 West Ham
Chelsea 3-2 Leicester
Leicester C 4-3 Stoke
Birmingham C 3-1 Aston Villa
Norwich C 4-0 Rochdale
Aston Villa 3-2 Rotherham