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2 Mar, 2014

Man City 3-1 Sunderland

Goals from Toure, Nasri and Navas secure the trophy for Manchester City after Borini had given the Wearsiders a shock 10th minute lead.  In their sixth visit to Wembley in three years the Citizens secure their third League Cup triumph in front of 84,697 fans. The match was Sunderland’s first appearance in a  League Cup Final since losing 1-0 to Norwich City in the 1985 Final.

24 Feb, 2013

Swansea 5-0 Bradford

Two debutants contest the League Cup Final in the Year of the Underdog.  The nation had watched in awe as League 2 Bradford overcame several Premier League opponents to reach their first major final in over 100 years.  However, Premier League Swansea were not to be outdone and a dominant display resulted in the highest winning scoreline in League Cup Final history.  The Welsh become the first non-English club to win the League Cup.

26 Feb, 2012

Liverpool 2-2 Cardiff (Liverpool 3-2 on penalties)

Liverpool win their eighth League Cup as they overcome plucky underdogs Cardiff City after another penalty shootout. Skrtel and Kuyt score for the Reds with Mason and Turner replying for the Blues.  The penalty shootout is notable as cousins Steven and Anthony Gerrard both miss spotkicks for their respective sides.

27 Feb, 2011

Birmingham City 2-1 Arsenal

A nation celebrates as a stoppage time goal from Obafemi Martins gives the Blues victory over the South London nomads. Red hot favourites going into the match, the Arse could not prevent the plucky Blues lifting their second League Cup following a dominant display. Arsene Wenger complains about the officials and claims not to have seen the foul by his goalkeeper in the second minute that should have led to a penalty for the Blues and a red card for his repugnant number one.

24 Feb, 2008

Spurs 2-1 Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur overwhelm London rivals Chelsea in the first League Cup Final to be played at the new Wembley. A penalty from Dimitar Berbatov and a header in extra time by Jonathan Woodgate ensure bragging rights for Spurs. Ledley King and Robbie Keane lift the trophy for Spurs.

25 Feb, 2007

Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal

In the last League Cup Final to be played at the Millennium Stadium, Chelsea edge out the Gunners in a testy affair. Two goals from Drogba give Chelsea victory but the game is marred by a late brawl that results in three players being sent off.  The game finally ends after 102 minutes with Arsenal’s manager Wenger ranting about the performance of the linesman.

26 Feb, 2006

Man Utd 4-0 Wigan

Wigan Athletic’s fairytale run to their first major final turns into a nightmare as goals from Saha and Ronaldo plus a brace from Rooney give the Red Devils a comfortable victory.  A crowd of just 66,866 see the Red Devils lift the League Cup for the second time.

27 Feb, 2005

Chelsea 3-2 Liverpool

Jose Mourinho wins his first trophy in England with a thrilling 3-2 extra time victory over League Cup specialists, Liverpool.  Strikes for the Reds from Riise and Nunez are to no avail as an own goal from Gerrard is followed up by goals from Drogba and Kezman to give the Blues their third League Cup triumph.

29 Feb, 2004

Middlesbrough 2-1 Bolton

It’s third time lucky for the Teesiders as ‘Boro win the 2004 League Cup Final with goals from Job and Zenden.  The victory comes after consecutive losses in the 1997 and 1998 finals and is the first major trophy win in the club’s history.

2 Mar, 2003

Liverpool 2-0 Man Utd

Goals from Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen give Liverpool victory against their fierce Lancashire rivals at the Millennium Stadium.  74,500 fans see the Merseysiders secure a record seventh League Cup win … their second in three years.

24 Feb, 2002

Blackburn 2-1 Spurs

13Blackburn Rovers stun hot favourites Tottenham Hotspur with a 2-1 victory at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. A crowd of 72,500 see Andrew Cole hit the second half winner for the Lancashire outfit. Teddy Sheringham is denied a clear penalty by referee Graham Poll in the final seconds.

27 Feb, 2000

Leicester 2-1 Tranmere

Leicester City make amends for their loss in the previous year’s Final by lifting the famous trophy after a narrow victory over a plucky Tranmere side.  In the last League Cup Final to be played at the old Wembley, two goals from Matt Elliott give Leicester the Cup in their third final in four years.

21 Mar, 1999

Spurs 1-0 Leicester

Super Spurs win their third League Cup thanks to a diving header by the Dane, Alan Nielsen in the last minute of extra time.  Spurs’ Justin Edinburgh becomes the first player to be sent off in a League Cup Final for doing what millions have wanted to do for years, slapping Leicester’s Robbie Savage.

29 Mar, 1998

Chelsea 2-0 Middlesbrough

Chelsea win their third League Cup (and first since 1965) with extra time goals from Sinclair & Di Matteo.  Middlesbrough are the unlucky losers for the second year in a row but are consoled with promotion back to the Premier League at the end of the season.

16 Apr, 1997

Leicester 1-0 Middlesbrough (replay after 1-1)

An extra time goal from Steve Claridge in the replay at Hillsbrough gives Leicester City their second League Cup win.  A last minute equaliser at Wembley had denied Middlesbrough victory.  This would be the last League Cup Final to go to a replay with penalties used to decide subsequent finals that finish all square after extra time.

24 Mar, 1996

Aston Villa 3-0 Leeds

Aston Villa make it two wins in three years as they record their fifth League Cup win with a comprehensive victory over a disappointing Leeds United side.   77,056 fans at Wembley Stadium see goals from Milosevic, Taylor and Yorke secure the win for the Midlanders.

2 Apr, 1995

Liverpool 2-1 Bolton

Liverpool win their fifth League Cup Final with two goals from Man Of The Match Steve McManaman in front of the watching Stanley Matthews.  Bolton fans among the 75,595 in attendance are proud of their team’s performance but the match will be remembered as the McManaman Final.

9 Apr, 1989

Nottingham Forest 3-1 Luton Town

Holders Luton return to the scene of their epic 1989 League Cup win over Arsenal but cannot repeat the feat as Forest claim the trophy for the third time. Two goals from Nigel Clough and one from Nigel Webb see Forest overturn a halftime deficit to run out 3-1 winners in front of just 76,130 at Wembley.

24 Apr, 1988

Luton Town 3-2 Arsenal

Luton stun the football world as they defeat favourites Arsenal 3-2 with a last minute winner from Brian Stein.  A Wembley crowd of 95,732 see the Hatters lift their first ever major trophy.

5 Apr, 1987

Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool

Two goals from Charlie Nicholas give the Gunners their first ever League Cup in front of 96,000 at Wembley.  Ian Rush nets a consolation for the Merseysiders who fail to lift the trophy for a 5th time.

24 Mar, 1985

Norwich City 1-0 Sunderland

Norwich City win their second League Cup at the expense of Sunderland.  The game is historic as the tie is the first to be decided by an own goal – Gordon Chisholm, the unlucky Wearsider.  Both clubs are relegated to Division 2 at the end of the season.

26 Mar, 1983

Liverpool 2-1 Man Utd

Liverpool win their third consecutive League Cup – again coming from behind as Kennedy equalises Norman Whiteside’s opener for United.  The hero for the Merseysiders is once again Ronnie Whelan, who scores the winner in extra time in front of 99,304 spectators at Wembley.

13 Mar, 1982

Liverpool 3-1 Spurs (aet)

Spurs come agonisingly close to winning their third League Cup after an 11th minute opportunist strike from Steve Archibald. A Ronnie Whelan strike in the 87th minute forces extra time, during which Whelan gets his second and Ian Rush seals the victory for the Reds.

17 Mar, 1979

Nottingham Forest 3-2 Southampton

Southampton appear in their first League Cup Final but fail to stop Forest becoming the first team to win the trophy two years running.  A Wembley crowd of 96,952 sees Birtles score twice for the champions.  Woodcock also nets for Forest to counter strikes from Peach and Holmes for the Saints.

22 Mar, 1978

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Liverpool (Replay after 0-0)


The League Cup final goes to a replay for the second year running after a goalless draw at Wembley. Forest win the replay at Old Trafford thanks to a controversial John Robertson penalty.  TV replays show that the foul occurred outside the penalty area. A crowd of 54,375 see Forest become the first team to win the League and League Cup double.

13 Apr, 1977

Aston Villa 3-2 Everton (aet) (2nd Replay after 0-0, 1-1)

Aston Villa win their third League Cup in their fifth final.  It takes three games  and two periods of extra time to seperate the teams.  The first tie at Wembley ends 0-0.  The first replay at Hillsborough is a 1-1 stalemate after extra time.  Villa finally triumph in the second replay in front of 54,749 at Old Trafford thanks to two goals from Brian Little and a 40 yard thunderbolt from Chris Nicholl.

1 Mar, 1975

Aston Villa 1-0 Norwich

Two teams from outside the first division contest a Wembley Cup Final for the first time.  Ray Graydon nets the winner as 95,946 see Aston Villa win their second League Cup, having won the inaugural trophy in 1961.

3 Mar, 1973

Spurs 1-0 Norwich

Spurs win their second League Cup in three years thanks to a long range strike from Ralph Coates in the 72nd minute. As in their first League Cup win two years earlier, a record crowd of 100,000 fill Wembley Stadium.  Spurs now have a record five wins out of five under the famous twin towers.

4 Mar, 1972

Stoke 2-1 Chelsea

Over 35,000 Stoke fans travel to Wembley to cheer on their team against strong favourites Chelsea.  The Potters end their 109 year wait for a trophy with George Eastham scoring the winner in front of a crowd of 97,852 .

27 Feb, 1971

Tottenham 2-0 Aston Villa

Spurs secure their first League Cup trophy for manager Bill Nicholson with two late goals from England striker, Martin Chivers.  Third division Villa impress the record 100,000 Wembley crowd with a gallant effort and receive a standing ovation during their lap of honour at the end of the game.

7 Mar, 1970

Man City 2-1 West Brom

Manchester City win their second trophy in of the season having won the European Cup Winners Cup Final against Gornik Zabrze just 9 days earlier.  After Astle gives West Brom the lead in the 5th minute, strikes from Doyle and Pardoe give City their first League Cup in front of 97,963 at Wembley.

15 Mar, 1969

Swindon 3-1 Arsenal

A huge shock at Wembley as third division Swindon stun hot favourites Arsenal with a  3-1 victory.  Arsenal blame a heavy pitch and a flu bug as a record crowd of 98,169 see two goals from Don Rogers seal the match in extra time for the plucky underdogs.

2 Mar, 1968

Leeds 1-0 Arsenal

Terry Cooper’s long range strike after 20 minutes gives Leeds their first League Cup victory in front of 97,887 at Wembley Stadium.  A drab affair, Don Revie’s Leeds are content to defend for the remaining 70 minutes as they successfully defend their one goal lead against an uninspiring Gunners side.

23 Mar, 1966

West Brom 4-1 West Ham (5-3 on Aggregate)

Goals from Brown, Clark, Kaye and Williams delight the majority of the 31,925 in attendance at the Hawthorns as the Baggies overturn the first leg deficit to lift the 1966 League Cup. A solitary reply by Martin Peters for the visitors is not enough to save the Hammers from a 5-3 aggregate defeat. This is the last League Cup Final to be played over two legs.

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