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Carling Cup Final 2012
24 February 2012
Liverpool Vs Cardiff City
This year’s Carling Cup Final takes place at Wembley on Sunday 26 March. It will be the fifth time the new Wembley Stadium has hosted the final since it re-opened in 2007. The first final to be played on the hallowed turf at the old Wembley was back in 66/67 season. Whilst Wembley was being redeveloped the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff hosted the finals from 00/01.
Last year’s final saw nearby neighbours and underdogs Birmingham City defeat Arsenal 2-1, so can this year also provide a shock result and see Cardiff City take League Cup Trophy over Liverpool?
Even though we currently refer to this famous competition as the Carling Cup, it is in fact historically known as The Football League Cup, but sponsorship over the years has seen it take on various names.
The League Cup started back in the 60/61 season and retained its name until 81/82 season when it became the Milk Cup. The sponsorship then changed for the 86/87 season to the Littlewoods Cup for 4 seasons.
The shortest term of sponsorship was during the 90/91 & 91/92 seasons, when it was known as the Rumbelows Cup.
The League cup then became the Coca-Cola Cup from 92/93 right through to 97/98 season, followed by Worthington Cup covering 98/99 till 02/03.
In 2003/04 season it became the Carling Cup which is what we know it as today.
Cardiff City, nick named the Bluebirds, have never played in the League Cup Final prior to 2012 but The Reds have a rich history with the League Cup appearing in the final 13 times prior to 2012 winning this prestigious football trophy on no less than 7 occasions. 4 of the Liverpool wins came in the 1980’s when Liverpool were at one of their most prolific periods appearing 7 times in the decade with 6 of them being consecutive appearances.
Sources Liverpool.tv, football-league.co.uk, cardiffcityfc.co.uk
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