League Cup Winners Past and Present


The English Football League Cup is competed for by all 92 members of the Premier League and English Football League and is played over seven rounds.

Since 1996, any teams involved in European competition during the season enter the competition in the third round; with the other Premier League sides entering in the second round, and the Football League teams entering in the first round.

The League Cup Final was first played in 1961 in a game which saw Aston Villa win against Rotherham.

This is a complete list of every League Cup Final that has ever been played

2020’s

Manchester City started the 2020’s as they finished the 2010’s.

In 2021 they won the competition for the 4th successive year bringing their total to 8 League Cup wins, level with Liverpool.

In 2020 they won the competition for the 3rd successive year bringing their total to 7 League Cup wins, just one behind record winners Liverpool.

YearWinnersRunner-UpResultInfo
2021Manchester CityTottenham Hotspur1-0Carabao Cup
2020Manchester CityAston Villa2-1Carabao Cup

2010’s

The League Cup was dominated in the 2010’s by two big Manchester Clubs. City won 4 and United won 2

Six clubs shared the 10 League Cup Finals, the teams winning more than once are:

  • Manchester City 4
  • Manchester United 2

YearWinnersRunners-upResultInfo
2019Manchester CityChelsea0-0
4-3 on Pens
Carabao Cup
2018Manchester CityArsenal3-0Carabao Cup
2017Manchester UnitedSouthampton3-2English Football League Cup
2016Manchester CityLiverpool1-1
3-1 on Pens
Capital One Cup
2015ChelseaTottenham Hotspur2-0Capital One Cup
2014Manchester CitySunderland3-1Capital One Cup
2013Swansea CityBradford City5-0Capital One Cup
2012LiverpoolCardiff City2-2
3-2 on Pens
Carling Cup
2011Birmingham CityArsenal2-1Carling Cup
2010Manchester UnitedAston Villa2-1Carling Cup

2000’s

The League Cup was not really dominated by any one team in the 2000’s, three clubs won the final twice.

Seven clubs shared the 10 League Cup Finals, the teams winning more than once were:

  • Chelsea 2
  • Liverpool 2
  • Manchester United 2

YearWinnersRunners-upResultInfo
2009Manchester UnitedTotttenham Hotspur0-0
4-1 on Pens
Carling Cup
2008Totttenham HotspurChelsea2-1Carling Cup
2007ChelseaArsenal2-1Carling Cup
2006Manchester UnitedWigan Athletic4-0Carling Cup
2005ChelseaLiverpool3-2Carling Cup
2004MiddlesboroughBolton Wanderers2-1Carling Cup
2003LiverpoolManchester United2-0Worthington Cup
2002Blackburn RoversTotttenham Hotspur2-1Worthington Cup
2001LiverpoolBirmingham City1-1
5-4 on Pens
Worthington Cup
2000Leicester CityTranmere Rovers2-1Worthington Cup

1990’s

Single-legged matches would be replayed as necessary until 1994, when penalties were introduced to settle the first replay; the last single-legged tie to require a replay was played in 1997.

The League Cup was not dominated by any one team in the 1990’s, only Aston Villa won the final twice.

Middlesborough reached the final in successive years but lost both matches.

YearWinnersRunners-upResultInfo
1999Totttenham HotspurLeicester City1-0Worthington Cup
1998ChelseaMiddlesborough2-0Coca-Cola Cup
1997Leicester CityMiddlesborough1-0
1-1
Coca-Cola Cup
1996Aston VillaLeeds United3-0Coca-Cola Cup
1995LiverpoolBolton Wanderers2-1Coca-Cola Cup
1994Aston VillaManchester United3-1Coca-Cola Cup
1993ArsenalSheffield Wednesday2-1Coca-Cola Cup
1992Manchester UnitedNottingham Forest1-0Rumbelows Cup
1991Sheffield WednesdayManchester United1-0Rumbelows Cup
1990Nottingham ForestOldham1-0Littlewoods Challenge Cup

1980’s

The League Cup was dominated in the 1980’s by Liverpool who won the competition four times and also finished runners-up, against Arsenal who won their first league Cup.

In 1980 Nottingham Forest were going for three wins in succession but finished on the losing side against Wolves. They would win again 9 years later against Luton Town

YearWinnersRunners-upResultInfo
1989Nottingham ForestLuton Town3-1Littlewoods Challenge Cup
1988Luton TownArsenal3-2Littlewoods Challenge Cup
1987ArsenalLiverpool2-1Littlewoods Challenge Cup
1986Oxford UnitedQueens Park Rangers3-0Milk Cup
1985Norwich CitySunderland1-0Milk Cup
1984LiverpoolEverton1-0
0-0
Milk Cup
1983LiverpoolManchester United2-1Milk Cup
1982LiverpoolTottenham Hotspur3-1Milk Cup
1981LiverpoolWest Ham United2-1
1-1
Milk Cup
1980Wolverhampton WanderersNottingham Forest1-0Football League Cup

1970’s

The League Cup was not dominated by any one team in the 1970’s, Nottingham Forest, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur all won the competition twice

Aston Villa’s victory against Everton in 1977 needed two replays, they won 3-2 at the third time of asking, drawing the previous games 0-0 and 1-1.

YearWinnersRunners-upResultInfo
1979Nottingham ForestSouthampton3-2Football League Cup
1978Nottingham ForestLiverpool1-0
0-0
Football League Cup
1977Aston VillaEverton3-2
1-1
0-0
Football League Cup
1976Manchester CityNewcastle United2-1Football League Cup
1975Aston VillaNorwich City1-0Football League Cup
1974Wolverhampton WanderersManchester City2-1Football League Cup
1973Tottenham HotspurNorwich City1-0Football League Cup
1972Stoke CityChelsea2-1Football League Cup
1971Tottenham HotspurAston Villa2-0Football League Cup
1970Manchester CityWest Bromwich Albion2-1Football League Cup

1960’s

The League Cup Final was played over two legs for the first six years, but became a one off fixture in 1967.

The numbers aligned in 1969, which is when I was born and my home town Club Swindon Town won the League Cup Final.

One of Swindon’s heroes, Don Rogers, is still a big part of the town running a sports shop in the Town.

YearWinnersRunners-upResultInfo
1969Swindon TownArsenal3-1Football League Cup
1968Leeds UnitedArsenal1-0Football League Cup
1967Queens Park RangersWest Bromwich Albion3-2Football League Cup
1966West Bromwich AlbionWest ham United1-2
4-1
Football League Cup
1965ChelseaLeicester City3-2
0-0
Football League Cup
1964Leicester CityStoke City1-1
3-2
Football League Cup
1963Birmingham CityAston Villa3-1
0-0
Football League Cup
1962Norwich CityRochdale3-0
1-0
Football League Cup
1961Aston VillaRotherham3-0
0-2
Football League Cup

Most Successful League Cup Teams

In the 59 Years the League Cup has been played only 23 Teams have won

 League Cup Multiple Winners
8Liverpool
7Manchester City
5Aston Villa
 Chelsea
 Manchester United
4Nottingham Forest
 Tottenham Hotspur
3Leicester City
2Arsenal
 Birmingham City
 Norwich City
 Wolverhampton Wanderers

League Cup Winners
Blackburn Rovers
Leeds United
Luton Town
Middlesborough
Oxford United
Queens Park Rangers
Sheffield Wednesday
Stoke City
Swansea City
Swindon Town
West Bromwich Albion

League Cup Names

The League Cup has been played under many different names, as sponsorship has often changed

Competition NameYear
Carabao Cup2017/18 to present
English Football League Cup2016/17
Capital One Cup2012/13 to 2015/16
Carling Cup2003/04 to 2011/12
Worthington Cup1998/99 to 2002/03
Coca-Cola Cup1992/93 to 1997/98
Rumbelows Cup1990/91 to 1991/92
Littlewoods Challenge Cup1986/87 to 1989/90
Milk Cup1980/81 to 1985/86
Football League Cup1960/61 to 1979/80

Most Successful League Cup Managers

These are the most successful League Cup Managers, all of whom have won the League Cup more than once

WinsManager
4Jose Mourinho
 Sir Alex Ferguson
 Brian Clough
3Pep Guardiola
 George Graham
 Bob Paisley
2Manuel Pellegrini
 Gerard Houllier
 Martin O’Neill
 Ron Atkinson
 Ron Saunders
 Bill Nicholson
 Joe Mercer

 

Steve

Steve is a big England Fan. Supporting the team since childhood he has experienced all the highs and lows, especially from penalty shoot outs, but is always optimistic about Football Coming Home!"Come On England"

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