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Thursday 23 May 2013
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The Carling Cup is the domestic cup competition for English professional league clubs. Although not as glamorous as it’s more illustrious cousin the FA Cup, the League Cup as it was known before sponsorship has often appealed to the lesser teams of the English top flight as being not only a winnable trophy but also a way of entering European competition via the UEFA Cup, now the UEFA Europa League.
English League Cup - A Brief History
Alan Hardaker conceived the idea of a competition which would present more opportunities to small-time football league members to advance to top-level competitions. Hardaker initiated the League Cup, which subsequently operated under various names -Milk Cup, Canon Cup, Worthington Cup to name but three before the current sponsor’s Carling took over. Hardaker’s concept proved successful from the start, with Rotherham United reaching the first ever two-legged final and Norwich City beating fourth division Rochdale a year later. It’s popularity grew and from the introduction of the single match final at Wembley stadium in 1967, the list of different winners increased with clubs such as QPR, Wolves, Stoke City and Luton Town all sharing in their moment of glory. Even the short break during the re-construction of Wembley Stadium, when finals were played at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, did not deflect from it’s attraction for the smaller clubs and 2004 saw Middlesbrough beat Bolton Wanderers in one of the most entertaining finals since Luton’s victory.
The competition has often been poorly supported by the big clubs in recent years with those teams involved in the chase for Premier League and Champions League honours fielding below-strength sides. However, this has merely added to the belief of the smaller teams that the competition can be won by them.
How the Carling Cup Is Played
The first round involves the clubs from the lower divisions of the English game. The winners progress to round two where the Championship and some Premier League clubs join the competition. The remaining Premier League clubs, usually those involved in European competition, enter at round three and the competition continues on a knock-out basis until the two remaining clubs compete for the trophy, and a place in European competition, at Wembley in February.
The first round games are played on a home and away basis but the remaining rounds through to the semi-final stage are now one-off games, The semi-finals are again played on a two-legged basis whilst the final is played to a result, through extra-time and a penalty shoot-out if required.
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