League Cup finalists from lower leagues

  • Last Updated: February 20 2013, 11:03 GMT

Bradford will take part in this weekend's Capital One Cup final against top tier side Swanseaafter their semi-final triumph over Aston Villa.

John Sheridan celebrates winning the 1991 Rumblelows Cup with Wednesday
John Sheridan celebrates winning the 1991 Rumblelows Cup with Wednesday

Here, David Charnley looks at the previous lower league teams to reach the final - and how they fared.

Aston Villa v ROTHERHAM (LOST), 1961

In the first ever League Cup final it was Division Two Rotherham who took a 2-0 lead into the second leg. However, Villa proved too strong in the return at Villa Park, winning 3-0 after extra-time.


Division Four Dale were up against it after a 3-0 defeat at home in the first leg, and despite a host of early efforts in the return they lost 1-0 as the Canaries ended any hopes of a shock result.

QPR (WON) v West Brom, 1967

Division Three QPR stunned a crowd of 100,000 as they beat top flight West Brom 3-2 in the first League Cup final to be held at Wembley.

SWINDON (WON) v Arsenal, 1969

Division Three side Swindon defied the odds, beating top flight Arsenal 3-1 after extra-time. It was a good season for the Robins, as well as this cup success they also secured promotion.

Tottenham v ASTON VILLA (LOST) 1971

Division Three Villa were unlucky to lose to high flying Tottenham. Villa outplayed their opponents for most of the match, but two Martin Chivers goals were enough for the First Division side to lift the trophy


Villa returned to the final for the fourth time and beat fellow Division Two side Norwich 1-0 in a season where both teams earned promotion to the top flight.

Liverpool v WEST HAM (LOST)1981

Division Two side West Ham took Liverpool to a replay with a 1-1 draw - but the Anfield club eventually won the cup with a 2-1 victory.

Nottingham Forest v OLDHAM (LOST), 1990

Division Two Oldham were beaten by Forest 1-0 in what was a close encounter. The Latics were on the up though - and the following year they made sure of promotion to the inaugural Premier League.

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (WON) v Manchester United, 1991

Second Division Wednesday's 1-0 victory over United was the last time a team outside the top flight won either of the two major domestic cups.

Liverpool v BOLTON (LOST)1995

Despite losing 2-1 to Liverpool, the Trotters finished the season being promoted to the Premier League.


Division One side Middlesbrough took Premier League Chelsea to extra-time, where they eventually lost 2-0. Boro were promoted at the end of the season.

Leicester v TRANMERE (LOST), 2000

In the last League Cup final to be played at the old Wembley Stadium, second tier Tranmere lost 2-1 to Premier League Leicester.

Liverpool v BIRMINGHAM (LOST), 2001

Second tier Birmingham were agonisingly close to beating the Premier League giants, losing 5-4 on penalties at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

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