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Carabao Cup Trophy Relay to celebrate history of the competition

Chris Kamara and Darren Farley today embark on a week-long relay visiting every EFL Cup-winning club ahead of 2018 Final

19 February 2018

Footballer-turned-pundit Chris Kamara and football impressionist Darren Farley are set to embark on an epic seven-day road trip to visit the 23 clubs that have won the EFL Cup ahead of the competition’s 2018 Final.

The pair will be taking the three-handled trophy on a nationwide relay covering over 1,000 miles as they celebrate the history of the EFL Cup. On the way they’ll meet and share stories with legends from each winning side, culminating in a trip to Wembley Stadium on Sunday 25th February to deliver the Trophy moments before kick-off ahead of the Final between Arsenal and Manchester City.

Along the way, famous players who have written the EFL Cup’s colourful history will be sharing memories of their famous victories including Manchester City’s Dennis Tueart, who scored a stunning overhead kick in the club’s 1976 win against Newcastle United, and Paul Merson who played a pivotal role in Arsenal’s last EFL Cup victory in 1993.

The Trophy Relay will include stops at famous grounds and cities, including Liverpool’s Anfield home, with the club having enjoyed eight memorable EFL Cup victories. Kamara and Farley will also be popping into players’ houses, club shops and will even take in special visits to iconic locations including Gladstone Pottery Museum in Stoke and the Birmingham Canal, where players from all of the winning West Midlands clubs will board a boat with the Carabao Cup and go on a trip down memory lane.

Kamara said: “The League Cup is a competition rich with history, over the past 50+ years there have been so many memorable finals with 23 different clubs lifting the Trophy, from Liverpool to Luton.

“I’m really looking forward to getting out onto the road with Darren and meeting players from each of the winning sides from the late 1960s all the way through to the present day. It will also be great to meet fans old and young who have enjoyed their team’s success at Wembley.”

Farley added: “I’m excited to hit the road and visit all the clubs that have won the League Cup. I’m sure Kammy and I are going to have a lot of fun whilst exploring the country and chatting to players who have been fortunate enough to lift the Trophy. As a Liverpool fan I’m proud to say we’ve won it a record eight times, so I’ve certainly got fond memories of winning at Wembley – the Anfield of the South!”

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