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EFL Cup Winners: Complete Results From 1961 to Present Day

There have been 62 winners of the English Football League Cup (EFL Cup), a knockout competition in English football invented and organised by the English Football League.

Making its debut in the 1960-61 season, the EFL Cup falls some way behind the Premier League and FA Cup in terms of prestige. Nevertheless, the competition offers a route into European football and the most realistic chance of silverware for many sides, making it a popular tournament with fans and punters assessing the best new betting sites.

The competition is held over seven rounds and is open to all 92 clubs within the top four tiers of English football, i.e. the Premier League, Championship, League 1 and League 2. Most Premier League sides enter the competition in Round 2, but those involved in European competition don’t enter until Round 3.

A Cup of Many Names

The official name of the competition was simply The Football League Cup up until the 2016/17 season at which point the rebranding of The Football League saw the word English added to the title.

The competition is most commonly referred to as “The League Cup”, but has had a number of titles over the years related to the various sponsorship deals in place:

Period Competition Title Sponsor Title of Competition
1960–61 to 1980–81 No sponsor Football League Cup
1981–82 to 1985–86 Milk Marketing Board Milk Cup
1986–87 to 1989–90 Littlewoods Littlewoods Challenge Cup
1990–91 to 1991–92 Rumbelows Rumbelows Cup
1992–93 to 1997–98 Coca-Cola Coca-Cola Cup
1998–99 to 2002–03 Worthington’s Worthington Cup
2003–04 to 2011–12 Molson Coors/Carling Carling Cup
2012–13 to 2015–16 Capital One Capital One Cup
2016–17 No sponsor EFL Cup
2017–18 to 2023–24[32] Carabao Energy Drink Carabao Cup

How Old Is The EFL Cup?

The EFL Cup is the younger of England’s two major domestic cup competitions. The inaugural edition took place during the 1960-61 season, almost 90 years after the first-ever FA Cup of the 1871-72 campaign.

Who Won The First EFL Cup?

Aston Villa were the first side to claim the trophy when coming out on top against Rotherham United in a two-legged final in 1961. Rotherham won the first game at Millmoor 2-0, but couldn’t hold on as Villa roared back with a 3-0 success at Villa Park to win 3-2 on aggregate.

Where Is The EFL Cup Final Played?

The first six editions of the EFL Cup Final took place over two legs, with one leg being played at the home ground of each side involved in the final.

Since 1967 the final has taken place at the home of the English game – Wembley Stadium.

Between 1967 and 1997, finals were replayed if they ended in a draw. This led to replays taking place at Hillsborough Stadium (1977, 1997), Old Trafford (1977, 1978), Villa Park (1981) and Main Road (1984).

The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff hosted the final between 2001 and 2007, due to the building of the new Wembley Stadium.


How Many Teams Have Won The EFL Cup?

As of 2022, 23 teams have won the EFL Cup. There have been a few surprise winners over the years; Norwich City (1962), Aston Villa (1975) and Sheffield Wednesday (1991) all won whilst in the old Second Division, whilst Queens Park Rangers (1967) and Swindon Town (1969) were in the Third Division at the time of their success. However, despite those surprises, the all-time wins list is dominated by the biggest sides in the game.

  • 9 Wins: Liverpool
  • 8 Wins: Manchester City
  • 5 Wins: Aston Villa, Chelsea, Manchester United
  • 4 Wins: Nottingham Forest, Tottenham Hotspur
  • 3 Wins: Leicester City
  • 2 Wins: Arsenal, Birmingham City, Norwich City, Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 1 Win: Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United, Luton Town, Middlesbrough, Oxford United, Swansea City, Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday, Stoke City, Swindon Town, West Bromwich Albion.

Non-English Winners of the EFL Cup

Over the years, a number of Welsh football sides have competed in the English league system, and therefore gained eligibility for both the FA Cup and EFL Cup.

As of 2022, the only Welsh side to take maximum advantage of their place in the competition is Swansea City. Making the final in 2013, Swansea celebrated their centenary year in style by beating Bradford City 5-0 at Wembley Stadium.

Fellow Welsh side Cardiff City came very close just one year earlier in 2012, holding Liverpool to a 2-2 draw in the final, only to lose on penalties.

The Complete EFL Cup Finals List

Season EFL Cup Winners Result Runners-up Match Venue Official Attendance
1960-61 1st Leg Aston Villa 0–2 Rotherham United Millmoor 12,226
2nd Leg Aston Villa 3–0 Rotherham United Villa Park 31,202
1961-62 1st Leg Norwich City 3–0 Rochdale Spotland 11,123
2nd Leg Norwich City 1–0 Rochdale Carrow Road 19,708
1962-63 1st Leg Birmingham City 3–1 Aston Villa St Andrew’s 31,850
2nd Leg Birmingham City 0–0 Aston Villa Villa Park 37,921
1963-64 1st Leg Leicester City 1–1 Stoke City Victoria Ground 22,309
2nd Leg Leicester City 3–2 Stoke City Filbert Street 25,372
1964-65 1st Leg Chelsea 3–2 Leicester City Stamford Bridge 20,690
2nd Leg Chelsea 0–0 Leicester City Filbert Street 26,958
1965-66 1st Leg West Bromwich Albion 1–2 West Ham United Boleyn Ground 28,341
2nd Leg West Bromwich Albion 4–1 West Ham United The Hawthorns 31,925
1966-67 Queens Park Rangers 3–2 West Bromwich Albion Wembley Stadium 97,952
1967-68 Leeds United 1–0 Arsenal Wembley Stadium 97,887
1968-69 Swindon Town 3–1 Arsenal Wembley Stadium 98,189
1969-70 Manchester City 2–1 West Bromwich Albion Wembley Stadium 97,963
1970-71 Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 Aston Villa Wembley Stadium 100,000
1971-72 Stoke City 2–1 Chelsea Wembley Stadium 97,852
1972-73 Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 Norwich City Wembley Stadium 100,000
1973-74 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Manchester City Wembley Stadium 97,886
1974-75 Aston Villa 1–0 Norwich City Wembley Stadium 95,946
1975-76 Manchester City 2–1 Newcastle United Wembley Stadium 100,000
1976-77 Aston Villa 0–0 Everton Wembley Stadium 100,000
Replay 1 Aston Villa 1–1 Everton Hillsborough Stadium 55,000
Replay 2 Aston Villa 3–2 Everton Old Trafford 54,749
1977-78 Nottingham Forest 0–0 Liverpool Wembley Stadium 100,000
Replay Nottingham Forest 1–0 Liverpool Old Trafford 54,375
1978-79 Nottingham Forest 3–2 Southampton Wembley Stadium 96,952
1979-80 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Nottingham Forest Wembley Stadium 96,527
1980-81 Liverpool 1–1 West Ham United Wembley Stadium 100,000
Replay Liverpool 2–1 West Ham United Villa Park 36,693
1981-82 Liverpool 3–1 Tottenham Hotspur Wembley Stadium 100,000
1982-83 Liverpool 2–1 Manchester United Wembley Stadium 99,304
1983-84 Liverpool 0–0 Everton Wembley Stadium 100,000
Replay Liverpool 1–0 Everton Maine Road 52,089
1984-85 Norwich City 1–0 Sunderland Wembley Stadium 100,000
1985-86 Oxford United 3–0 Queens Park Rangers Wembley Stadium 90,396
1986-87 Arsenal 2–1 Liverpool Wembley Stadium 96,000
1987-88 Luton Town 3–2 Arsenal Wembley Stadium 95,732
1988-89 Nottingham Forest 3–1 Luton Town Wembley Stadium 76,130
1989-90 Nottingham Forest 1–0 Oldham Athletic Wembley Stadium 74,343
1990-91 Sheffield Wednesday 1–0 Manchester United Wembley Stadium 77,612
1991-92 Manchester United 1–0 Nottingham Forest Wembley Stadium 76,810
1992-93 Arsenal 2–1 Sheffield Wednesday Wembley Stadium 74,007
1993-94 Aston Villa 3–1 Manchester United Wembley Stadium 77,231
1994-95 Liverpool 2–1 Bolton Wanderers Wembley Stadium 75,595
1995-96 Aston Villa 3–0 Leeds United Wembley Stadium 77,065
1996-97 Leicester City 1–1 Middlesbrough Wembley Stadium 76,757
Replay Leicester City 1–0 Middlesbrough Hillsborough Stadium 39,428
1997-98 Chelsea 2–0 Middlesbrough Wembley Stadium 77,698
1998-99 Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 Leicester City Wembley Stadium 77,892
1999-00 Leicester City 2–1 Tranmere Rovers Wembley Stadium 74,313
2000-01 Liverpool 1–1 Birmingham City Millennium Stadium 73,500
2001-02 Blackburn Rovers 2–1 Tottenham Hotspur Millennium Stadium 72,500
2002-03 Liverpool 2–0 Manchester United Millennium Stadium 74,500
2003-04 Middlesbrough 2–1 Bolton Wanderers Millennium Stadium 72,634
2004-05 Chelsea 3–2 Liverpool Millennium Stadium 78,000
2005-06 Manchester United 4–0 Wigan Athletic Millennium Stadium 66,866
2006-07 Chelsea 2–1 Arsenal Millennium Stadium 70,073
2007-08 Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 Chelsea Wembley Stadium 87,660
2008-09 Manchester United 0–0 Tottenham Hotspur Wembley Stadium 88,217
2009-10 Manchester United 2–1 Aston Villa Wembley Stadium 88,596
2010-11 Birmingham City 2–1 Arsenal Wembley Stadium 88,851
2011-12 Liverpool 2–2 Cardiff City Wembley Stadium 89,041
2012-13 Swansea City 5–0 Bradford City Wembley Stadium 82,597
2013-14 Manchester City 3–1 Sunderland Wembley Stadium 84,697
2014-15 Chelsea 2–0 Tottenham Hotspur Wembley Stadium 89,294
2015-16 Manchester City 1–1 Liverpool Wembley Stadium 86,206
2016-17 Manchester United 3–2 Southampton Wembley Stadium 85,264
2017-18 Manchester City 3–0 Arsenal Wembley Stadium 85,671
2018-19 Manchester City 0–0 Chelsea Wembley Stadium 81,775
2019-20 Manchester City 2–1 Aston Villa Wembley Stadium 82,145
2020-21 Manchester City 1–0 Tottenham Hotspur Wembley Stadium 7,773
2021-22 Liverpool 0–0 Chelsea Wembley Stadium 85,512

What Do EFL Cup Winners Qualify For?

This has changed over the years, but the EFL Cup has offered qualification to a European Competition of some description for the majority of its lifespan.

  • 1966-67 to 1971-72: Winner qualified for the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.
  • 1972-73 to 2019-20: Winner qualified for the UEFA Europa League (formerly UEFA Cup).
  • 2020-21 to Present: Winner qualifies for UEFA Europa Conference League.

Who Receives An EFL Cup Winners Medal?

A total of 19 medals are awarded to the matchday squad for the final. 11 additional medals are then given at a later date, with the clubs free to distribute these as they wish – usually choosing to give medals to players who have contributed earlier in the tournament and/or coaching staff.

Sergio Agüero and Fernandinho hold the record for most winner’s medals with six apiece. The Argentinian and Brazilian duo were part of the Manchester City sides which lifted the trophy in 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Sir Alex Ferguson, Brian Clough, and Pep Guardiola lead the way amongst managers, with four wins apiece.

How Much Money Do EFL Cup Winners Get?

Not much is the answer. At least in relation to the other major domestic competitions. Winners of the Premier League can expect to earn upwards of £160m including their share of the broadcast money, whilst the FA Cup awards £2m to the winners. The prize money breakdown for the EFL Cup is as follows:

Round Prize Money
First round winners £5,000
Second round winners £7,000
Third round winners £10,000
Fourth round winners £15,000
Quarter-finalists £25,000
Semi-Finalist £25,000
Runner-up £50,000
Winner £100,000


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