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One city, two teams and a three-handled prize

27 February 2015

Ahead of Sunday's all-London Capital One Cup Final, we've taken a look at some other League Cup Finals involving two clubs from the same city.

1962/63 – Birmingham 3-1 Aston Villa (on aggregate)

The first League Cup Final to feature two teams from the same city was only the third Final in the competition's history, and it was between Birmingham City and Aston Villa.

A fledgling competition at the time, yet to be granted a Wembley showdown, saw a two-legged affair used to decide the winner.

Villa went into the tie having finished above City in The Football League, but it was the latter who had the momentum after preserving their top-flight status on the last day of the season.

The first leg took place at St Andrew’s, where Gil Merrick’s Blues won 3-1 in front of over 31,000 fans - Ken Leek (2) and Jimmy Bloomfield out-scoring a single strike from Bobby Thomason.

And Villa – who won the inaugural competition two years earlier - were unable to overturn that deficit in the return match at Villa Park, playing out a goalless draw.

1983/84 - Liverpool 1-0 Everton (replay, after a 0-0 draw)

Twenty-one years later and the second League Cup Final between cross-city rivals took place with north-west duo Liverpool and Everton squaring up.

Liverpool had won the past three Finals but, with over 100,000 people making the trip to Wembley, a dour 0-0 event unfolded in the capital.

The two sides then made a much shorter trip, to Manchester City’s Maine Road, for the reply and Liverpool made it four straight League Cup triumphs after a 1-0 win. Graeme Souness was the man on target for the only goal of the game.

2006/07 – Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal

The first all-London League Cup Final eventually arrived in 2007, when Chelsea and Arsenal’s contested a fiery encounter

A fresh-faced Arsenal team – with an average age of under 21 for the 10 outfield players – took the lead through Theo Walcott before two from Didier Drogba, one six minutes from time, gave Chelsea victory.

Tempers flared late on, leading to the dismissals of Arsenal duo Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor and Blues midfielder Jon Obi Mikel.

2007/08 – Tottenham Hostpur 2-1 Chelsea

Chelsea were back at Wembley for another all-London League Cup Final 12 months later, looking for a third triumph in the competition over four seasons.

And it was that man Didier Drogba who again netted for the Blues, six minutes before half-time, seemingly setting them on their way to more silverware.

It stayed 1-0 until the 70th minute, when Wayne Bridge handled in the box and Dimitar Berbatov rolled home from the spot.

The game advanced into extra-time and an unlikely source popped up for a Spurs winner. Jermaine Jenas swung a free-kick in and defender Jonathan Woodgate headed at Petr Cech, before the ball rebounded back off his head and into the net.

Like Chelsea, Tottenham returned to defend their title one year later but were beaten on penalties by Manchester United, which leads us nicely onto Sunday when the Blues and Spurs will meet Wembley in another same-city League Cup Final duel, with the pair hoping to reclaim the three-handled trophy.

Will London be blue or white come Sunday evening?

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