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Carabao Cup: Ten memorable League Cup moments

16 June 2017

The 2017/18 Carabao Cup is sure to produce some memorable moments between the big kick-off in August and February's Final at Wembley Stadium.

Here are some of the highlights over the years, proving that anything can happen in this competition.

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1960/61 - Aston Villa 3-2 Rotherham United (AET)

The first ever League Cup Final, which was then held over two legs, set the bar high for the years that followed.

Rotherham United gave themselves every chance after defeating Aston Villa 2-0 in the first leg at Millmoor, but they were pegged back at Villa Park in the space of three-second half minutes.

Extra time followed, and Peter McParland struck the decisive blow in the 109th minute. The Villans would start their title defence just eight days later!

1968/69 - Arsenal 1-3 Swindon Town (AET)

Record rainfall and the Horse of the Year Show combined to make the Wembley pitch a quagmire as Arsenal took on Third Division Swindon Town.

The pitch provided a great leveller, though to suggest the Robins' victory was purely down to the conditions would do them a disservice.

Don Rogers, described in the programme as one of the most “sought after young players in the country” scored two goals in extra tme to seal the first major trophy in the club's history.

1981-84 - Liverpool's four in a row

The dominant force in English football at the time, Liverpool were unstoppable in the League Cup, and underlined their ability with four straight triumphs.

West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Merseyside rivals Everton all fell victim to the Reds during their purple patch.

1981: West Ham United 1-1
1981 Replay: West Ham United 2-0
1982: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 AET
1983: Manchester United 2-1 AET
1984: Everton 0-0
1984 Replay: Everton 1-0

1987/88 - Luton 3-2 Arsenal

Luton Town claimed their first major trophy by shocking favourites Arsenal in the 1988 Final.

Brian Stein was the hero on the day for the Hatters, giving Ray Harford's side the lead just 13 minutes in, but Arsenal landed a double blow, turning the game on its head with goals in the 71st and 74th minutes.

However, the underdogs refused to lie down, with Danny Wilson equalising and Stein having the final say in the last minute.

2004/05 - Liverpool 2-3 Chelsea

Jose Mourinho won the first of his three League Cups in 2005, in what was his debut season in English football.

His side got off to a terrible start, falling behind within a minute, but a Steven Gerrard own goal sent the game into extra time, where it exploded into life.

Didier Drogba and Mateja Kezman put the Blues two goals to the good, but the deficit was halved a minute later. However, Chelsea held on to take the crown.

2010/11 - Arsenal 1-2 Birmingham City

Another famous League Cup final shock saw Birmingham City, who were relegated from the Premier League three months later, hold the trophy aloft after victory over Arsene Wenger's Arsenal at Wembley.

With the game seemingly destined to go into extra time, substitute Obafemi Martins sent the blue half of Wembley delirious.

2012/13 - Reading 5-7 Arsenal

Arguably the most memorable game in League Cup history, Reading raced into a 4-0 lead against Arsenal after just 35 first-half minutes.

Theo Walcott gave the Gunners hope before the break, and equalised in injury time, before Marouane Chamakh gave them the lead in extra time.

The Royals levelled for 5-5, but Walcott's hat-trick settled things, before Chamakh rounded off an incredible tie with the 12th goal of the game.

2012/13 - Bradford City’s run to the Final

A memorable League Cup campaign for League Two Bradford City ended with a 5-0 humbling by Swansea City at Wembley, but their run to the final will live long in the memory of the Bantams faithful.

Wins at Notts County, Watford and Wigan Athletic, along with a Round Three triumph at home to Burton Albion, led to a home tie with Arsenal.

A famous penalty shoot-out victory followed, before knocking out another Premier League outfit – Aston Villa – in the two-legged semi-final.

2016/17 - Derby 1-1 Carlisle United (14-13 penalties)

A record-equalling evening took place at Pride Park in Round One last year, with Derby County and Carlisle United unable to be separated after 120 minutes of action.

What followed was the taking of 32 penalty kicks, with 27 converted. The final one of those came from Rams debutant Timi Max Elsnik, finally sending the home side through to the next stage.

2016/17 - Man Utd 3-2 Southampton

The most recent Wembley showpiece threw up an absolute thriller, with favourites Manchester United opening up a two-goal cushion courtesy of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jesse Lingard.

Southampton fought back, however, with Manolo Gabbiadini's brace deservedly bringing them back level. However, a late counter attack from the Red Devils was finished off by Ibrahimovic, and the title was United's.

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