Capital One Cup Final History
Carling Cup – Capital One Cup History
The Football League Cup was founded 52 years ago.
The Capital One Cup finals have produced unlikely outcomes in the past, with practically unknown minnows defeating England Premier League titans.
After a season of competition, the mouth-watering finals have never disappointed. Capital One Cup crowds are at their highest for more than 30 years, and demand for tickets is high. Many of England’s biggest clubs also use The League Cup as a platform to showpiece their younger players and, once again, the ever-dramatic competition is high on their list of priorities.
Eighteen of the final clashes have seen an extra-time period.
Through the years, there have been five replays – one of them a second replay between Aston Villa and Everton in 1977.
A heart-stopping penalty shoot-out has been required three times.
The inaugural final in 1961 between Rotherham United and Aston Villa was memorable – it had to be delayed, due to fixture congestion until the start of the 1961 – 1962 season.
The Capital One Cup Final final returned to a revamped state-of-the-art Wembley Stadium in 2008. The closeness of the league cup final clashes continues – with never more than one goal separating the sides in the last five years. Tottenham Hotspur went an extra 30 minutes to defeat Chelsea 2-1 in 2008 – however in 2009 they lost 4-1 on penalties to United after a 0-0 draw.
Man United retained the League Cup in 2010 – defeating Aston Villa 2-1, before Birmingham stunned Arsenal in 2011 with a 2-1 victory, Obafemi Martins scoring a late winner.
In the final of 2012 Liverpool met Cardiff City, a Championship club, in a clash that ended 1-1 after the regulation 90 minutes and 2-2 after extra time. Liverpool secured the trophy for the eighth time, when Cardiff defender Anthony Gerrard – the cousin of Liverpool’s Steve – missed the tenth spot kick.
The League Cup began on 26th September, 1960 – as part of the “Pattern For Football” document,” said capitalonecup.co.uk.
“The document suggested enlarging the League from 92 to 100 clubs, consisting of five divisions of 20 teams each, plus the creation of a new Cup competition to compensate for the ensuing loss of fixtures.
“The clubs rejected the shake-up but kept the League Cup,” continued capitalonecup.co.uk. “From humble beginnings, the popularity of the competition soon spread, to the extent that several clubs who initially declined to take part in it soon joined in with the rest. They realized what they were missing.
“As Hardaker enthused: “If the FA Cup is football’s Ascot, the League Cup Final is its Derby Day”.
“For six years, the two-legged final format continued. To Villa and the list of victors, the names of Norwich City, Birmingham City, Leicester City, Chelsea and West Bromwich were added. In 1966-67, the competition switched to a one-off decider at Wembley Stadium – and the first final there did not disappoint.”
“Queens Park Rangers became the first club from the third tier to win the trophy, recovering from 2-0 down to defeat holders West Bromwich 3-2. QPR were taken apart in the first half, with Clive Clark scoring twice, but goals from Roger Morgan and Rodney Marsh – a magnificent solo effort – restored the parity. Mark Lazarus then snatched the winner in the 81st minute, prompting the inevitable headlines of “Lazarus brings Rangers back from the dead” and “Lazarus resurrects the Rs”.
“Again, it demonstrated the glorious unpredictability of the Cup. And interest in it grew further in 1968 as the introduction of a new ruling awarded the winners a European place. The decision instantly made The League Cup more attractive to those few still abstaining clubs and, from that point on, it firmly stamped itself on to the football calendar.
“In 1969, the “small fry” were at it again, when Swindon Town took on Arsenal, the previous year’s runners-up. Like two seasons earlier, it pitted a third-division club against one from the first division. With Wembley having staged the “Horse of the Year Show” the previous week and, with heavy rain falling, the pitch swiftly deteriorated into a quagmire.
“Swindon took a surprise lead through Roger Smart in the first half and it was not until four minutes from the end that Bobby Gould equalised to force extra time. Cue not the Horse of the Year Show but the “Don Rogers Show”. The Swindon winger fired home after a goalmouth scramble and then, memorably, ploughed his way through the mud before rounding Bob Wilson to slot in his second goal.
“It assured Rogers and his team-mates, playing in front of a crowd of 98,189, a place in Swindon’s hall of fame. The only disappointment for the Wiltshire club was that they were not allowed to compete in Europe the following season due to their lower-league status.
“Another epic – certainly the most physically demanding of all the League Cup final epics – took place in 1977, when Aston Villa needed 330 minutes to dispose of Everton. The first match finished 0-0 at Wembley, the first replay 1-1 at Hillsborough, after extra time, and the second replay 3-2 to Villa at Old Trafford, also after an additional period.
“In the third-time-lucky attempt in Manchester, it was Brian Little who ended the marathon, concluding a dour if engrossing “triple-header” that, in total, had been watched by more than 200,000 supporters. Bob Latchford struck first for Everton but it was cancelled out by what was described as a “40-yard screamer” from Chris Nicholl. For a centre half, it was some strike.
“Little edged Villa into the lead barely one minute later only for Mick Lyons, another rugged defender, to make it 2-2 soon after. It then fell to Little to loom large with the late winner to give Villa their third League Cup triumph, adding to their successes in 1975 – 1-0 over Norwich City – and 1961.
“During the 1970s and 1980s, Liverpool’s domestic and European dominance extended into the competition as they won a probably never-to-be-surpassed four consecutive finals between 1981 and 1984. But they did it the hard way: defeating West Ham United 2-1 in a replay, Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 after extra time, Manchester United 2-1 after extra time and Everton 1-0 in a replay.
“With further victories – over Bolton Wanderers (2-1 in 1995), Birmingham City (5-4 on penalties, after a 1-1 draw, in 2001), Manchester United (2-0 in 2003) and Cardiff City (3-2 on penalties, after a 2-2 draw, in 2012) – Liverpool have established competition records of eight victories and 11 appearances in the final. Villa are the next best, with five League Cup wins, with Chelsea, Manchester United, Nottingham Forest and Tottenham on four each.
“In 1981, The League Cup had become the first major Cup competition to bear the name of a sponsor – The Milk Cup – following a ground-breaking deal with the National Dairy Council. Over the next three decades, the competition went on to have a number of different sponsored titles – from The Milk Cup to The Littlewoods Challenge Cup, The Rumbelows Cup, The Coca-Cola Cup, The Worthington Cup, The Carling Cup and, now, The Capital One Cup.
“Following the closure of Wembley for refurbishment in 2000, the competition set up camp in Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, where the final was staged from 2001 until 2007. However, moving from its spiritual home in North London did nothing to lessen the excitement of the fixtures.
“In the first one staged in Cardiff, Liverpool overcame Birmingham 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time. It was the first time a spot-kick shoot-out had been needed in a major English domestic final and secured Liverpool a first trophy since they won the same competition by beating Bolton Wanderers 2-1 in 1995.
“Extra time was also required in 2005, when Liverpool revisited the Millennium, but there was no repeat joy for them this time against Chelsea. After the game had finished 1-1, Chelsea won in the additional period, in front of a crowd of 78,000, with goals from Didier Drogba and Mateja Kezman.
The English Football League Cup is currently known as Capital One Cup 2014 – formerly the Carling Cup. Current champions are Swansea City. The League Cup was founded in 1960 and is played in a knockout format each year by 92 football clubs from England and Wales. Sponsors of the League Cup since 1982 have given the League Cup the names below throughout the years:
League Cup Names
Milk Cup (1982 to 1986)
Littlewoods Challenge Cup (1986 to 1990)
Rumbelows Cup (1990 to 1992)
Coca-Cola Cup (1992 to 1998)
Worthington Cup (1998 to 2002)
Carling Cup (2003 to 2011)
Capital Cup (2012 to )
Previous League Cup (Carling Cup) Winners
Current Capital One Cup title holders are Liverpool FC, the most successful club in Carling Cup history. Liverpool won the competition for the eighth time last season as they beat Cardiff City in a stunning game that had to be settled on penalties. Liverpool has earned 7 League Cup titles since the cup was founded back in 1960.
The previous title holders and Carling Cup champions were Manchester United. Man Utd have won 4 Carling Cup titles so far.
2012 Wembley Stadium Liverpool on penalties v Cardiff City
2011 Wembley Stadium
2010 Wembley Stadium Manchester Utd 2-1 Aston Villa
2009 Wembley Stadium Manchester Utd 0-0 Tottenham 4-1 Pens
2008 Wembley Stadium Tottenham H 2-1 Chelsea (AET)
2007 Millenium Stadium Chelsea 2 – 1 Arsenal
2006 Millenium Stadium Man Utd 4 – 0 Wigan Athletic
2005 Millenium Stadium Chelsea 3 – 2 Liverpool
2004 Millenium Stadium Middlesbrough 2-1 Bolton
2003 Millenium Stadium Liverpool 2-0 Manchester Utd
2002 Millenium Stadium Blackburn R 2-1 Tottenham
2001 Millenium Stadium Liverpool 1-1 Birmingham (Pens 5-4)
2000 Wembley Stadium Leicester C 2-1 Tranmere
1999 Wembley Stadium Tottenham H 1-0 Leicester
1998 Wembley Stadium Chelsea 2-0 Middlesbrough
1997 Wembley Stadium Leicester C 1-0 Middlesbrough (Replay)
1996 Wembley Stadium Aston Villa 3-0 Leeds
1995 Wembley Stadium Liverpool 2-1 Bolton
1994 Wembley Stadium Aston Villa 3-1 Manchester Utd
1993 Wembley Stadium Arsenal 2-1 Sheffield Wed
1992 Wembley Stadium Man Utd 1-0 Nottm Forest
1991 Wembley Stadium Sheff Wed 1-0 Manchester Utd
1990 Wembley Stadium Notts Forest 1-0 Oldham
1989 Wembley Stadium Notts Forest 3-1 Luton
1988 Wembley Stadium Luton Town 3-2 Arsenal
1987 Wembley Stadium Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool
1986 Wembley Stadium Oxford United 3-0 QPR
1985 Wembley Stadium Norwich City 1-0 Sunderland
1984 Wembley Stadium Liverpool 1-0 Everton (Replay)
1983 Wembley Stadium Liverpool 2-1 Manchester Utd
1982 Wembley Stadium Liverpool 3-1 Tottenham
1981 Wembley Stadium Liverpool 2-1 West Ham (Replay)
1980 Wembley Stadium Wolves 1-0 Nottm Forest
1979 Wembley Stadium Notts Forest 3-2 Southampton
1978 Wembley Stadium Notts Forest 1-0 Liverpool (Replay)
1977 Wembley Stadium Aston Villa 3-2 Everton (Replay)
1976 Wembley Stadium Man City 2-1 Newcastle
1975 Wembley Stadium Aston Villa 1-0 Norwich
1974 Wembley Stadium Wolves 2-0 Manchester City
1973 Wembley Stadium Tottenham H 1-0 Norwich
1972 Wembley Stadium Stoke City 2-1 Chelsea
1971 Wembley Stadium Tottenham H 2-0 Aston Villa
1970 Wembley Stadium Man City 2-1 WBA
1969 Wembley Stadium Swindon T 3-1 Arsenal
1968 Wembley Stadium Leeds Utd 1-0 Arsenal
1967 Wembley Stadium QPR 3-2 WBA
1966 Two Leg Final West Brom A 5-3 West Ham
1965 Two Leg Final Chelsea 3-2 Leicester
1964 Two Leg Final Leicester C 4-3 Stoke
1963 Two Leg Final Birmingham C 3-1 Aston Villa
1962 Two Leg Final Norwich C 4-0 Rochdale
1961 Two Leg Final Aston Villa 3-2 Rotherham