1960–61 Football League Cup

1960–61 League Cup
A replica League Cup in Villa colours, on display in 2010
Country  England &  Wales
Teams 87
Champions Aston Villa
Runners-up Rotherham United
Matches played 113

The 1960–61 Football League Cup was the inaugural staging of the Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 football clubs. The competition began on 26 September 1960, and ended with the two-legged final almost a year later on 22 August and 5 September 1961.

The tournament was won by Aston Villa, who beat Rotherham United 3–2 on aggregate after extra time. Rotherham won the first leg 2–0 at Millmoor, their home ground thanks to goals from Alan Kirkman and Barry Webster. In the second leg at Villa Park, Harry Burrows and Peter McParland levelled the tie on aggregate and Alan O'Neill scored in extra-time to win the cup for Aston Villa.

First round


Home team Score Away team Attendance Date
Bristol Rovers2–1Fulham20,02226-09-1960
Chester 2–2Leyton Orient9.07412-10-1960
Colchester United4–1Newcastle United9,13010-10-1960
Coventry City4–2Barrow6,64310-10-1960
Darlington2–0Crystal Palace9,94012-10-1960
Everton3–1Accrington Stanley18,24612-10-1960
Exeter City1–1Manchester United19-10-1960
Hull City0–0Bolton Wanderers11,98010-10-1960
Ipswich Town0–2Barnsley11-10-1960
Leicester City4–0Mansfield Town7,07012-10-1960
Lincoln City2–2Bradford Park Avenue1,73712-10-1960
Middlesbrough3–4Cardiff City03-10-1960
Newport County2–2Southampton7,83410-10-1960
Oldham Athletic2–1Hartlepools United11-10-1960
Plymouth Argyle2–0Southport10,04812-10-1960
Preston North End4–1Peterborough United11-10-1960
Queens Park Rangers2–2Port Vale17-10-1960
Rochdale1–1Scunthorpe United4,27410-10-1960
Stockport County2–0Carlisle United7,00010-10-1960
Watford2–5Derby County11-10-1960
West Ham United3–1Charlton Athletic26-09-1960
York City1–3Blackburn Rovers10,93310-10-1960


Home team Score Away team Attendance Date
Bolton Wanderers5–1Hull City19-10-1960
Bradford Park Avenue1–0Lincoln City3,41519-10-1960
Leyton Orient1–0Chester17-10-1960
Manchester United4–1Exeter City26-10-1960
Port Vale3–1[1]Queens Park Rangers19-10-1960
Scunthorpe United0–1Rochdale5,72720-10-1960
Southampton2–2[1]Newport County8,00017-10-1960

Second Replay

Home team Score Away team Attendance Date
Southampton5–3Newport County8,41426-10-1960

Second round


Home team Score Away team Attendance Date
Aldershot1–1Bristol City5,70010-10-1960
Aston Villa4–1Huddersfield Town17,05712-10-1960
Bolton Wanderers6–2Grimsby Town26-10-1960
Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic1–1Crewe Alexandra3,20812-10-1960
Bradford City2–1Manchester United02-11-1960
Bradford Park Avenue0–1Birmingham City31-10-1960
Bury2–1Sheffield United11-10-1960
Cardiff City0–4Burnley24-10-1960
Colchester United0–2Southampton31-10-1960
Darlington3–2West Ham United24-10-1960
Derby County3–0Barnsley19-10-1960
Doncaster Rovers3–1Stoke City18-10-1960
Gillingham1–1Preston North End19-10-1960
Leeds United0–0Blackpool13,06428-09-1960
Leicester City1–2Rotherham United26-10-1960
Leyton Orient0–1Chesterfield14-11-1960
Liverpool1–1Luton Town19-10-1960
Manchester City3–0Stockport County18-10-1960
Northampton Town1–1Wrexham18-10-1960
Norwich City6–2Oldham Athletic26-10-1960
Nottingham Forest2–0Halifax Town06-10-1960
Notts County1–3Brighton & Hove Albion20-10-1960
Plymouth Argyle1–1Torquay United02-11-1960
Portsmouth2–0Coventry City02-11-1960
Port Vale0–2Tranmere Rovers24-10-1960
Reading3–5Bristol Rovers8,32312-10-1960
Rochdale5–2Southend United25-10-1960
Swansea Town1–2Blackburn Rovers18-10-1960
Swindon Town1–1Shrewsbury Town10,84012-10-1960


Home team Score Away team Attendance Date
Blackpool1–3Leeds United05-10-1960
Bristol City3–0Aldershot25-10-1960
Crewe Alexandra2–0Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic19-10-1960
Luton Town2–5Liverpool24-10-1960
Plymouth Argyle2–1Torquay United07-11-1960
Preston North End3–0Gillingham25-10-1960
Shrewsbury Town2–2Swindon Town5,34324-10-1960
Wrexham2–0Northampton Town25-10-1960

Second Replay

Home team Score Away team Attendance Date
Swindon Town0–2Shrewsbury Town6,97526-10-1960

Third round


Home team Score Away team Attendance Date
Birmingham City0–0Plymouth Argyle14-11-1960
Blackburn Rovers2–1Rochdale21-11-1960
Brighton & Hove Albion0–2Wrexham16-11-1960
Chesterfield0–4Leeds United23-11-1960
Darlington1–2Bolton Wanderers14-11-1960
Derby County1–4Norwich City14-11-1960
Doncaster Rovers0–7Chelsea16-11-1960
Nottingham Forest2–1Bristol City15-11-1960
Portsmouth2–0Manchester City21-11-1960
Preston North End3–3Aston Villa7,67715-11-1960
Rotherham United2–0Bristol Rovers23-11-1960
Shrewsbury Town2–1Bradford City8,36316-11-1960
Tranmere Rovers2–0Crewe Alexandra16-11-1960


Home team Score Away team Attendance Date
Aston Villa3–1Preston North End15,00023-11-1960
Plymouth Argyle3–1Birmingham City16-11-1960

Fourth round


Home team Score Away team Attendance Date
Aston Villa3–3Plymouth Argyle12,11713-12-1960
Blackburn Rovers1–1Wrexham05-12-1960
Bolton Wanderers0–2Rotherham United20-12-1960
Burnley2–1Nottingham Forest10-01-1961
Shrewsbury Town1–0Norwich City7,42714-12-1960
Southampton5–4Leeds United05-12-1960
Tranmere Rovers0–4Everton21-12-1960


Home team Score Away team Attendance Date
Plymouth Argyle0–0[1]Aston Villa11,00619-12-1960
Wrexham3–1Blackburn Rovers14-12-1960

Second Replay

Home team Score Away team Attendance Date
Plymouth Argyle3–5Aston Villa13,54806-02-1961

Fifth round


Home team Score Away team Attendance Date
Aston Villa3–0Wrexham19,50022-02-1961
Rotherham United3–0Portsmouth13-02-1961
Shrewsbury Town2–1Everton15,39915-02-1961


The semi-final draw was made in February 1961 after the conclusion of the quarter finals. Unlike the rounds up to that point, the semi-final ties were played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home. The matches were played in March, April and May 1961.

First Leg

Home team Score Away team Attendance Date
Burnley1 – 1Aston Villa15,90810-04-1961
Rotherham United3 – 2Shrewsbury Town13,33721-03-1961

Second Leg

Home team Score Away team Attendance Date
Aston Villa2 – 2Burnley23,07726-04-1961
Shrewsbury Town1 – 1Rotherham United16,72210-04-1961


Home team Score Away team Attendance Date
Aston Villa2 – 1Burnley7,95302-05-1961


The 1961 League Cup Final was played on 22 August and 5 September 1961 and was contested between First Division side Aston Villa and Second Division team Rotherham United. Aston Villa won the game 3-2 on aggregate (after extra time).

First leg

Rotherham United 2–0 Aston Villa
Kirkman  51'
Webster  55'
Attendance: 12,226
Referee: K. A. Collinge.

Second leg

Aston Villa 3–0 (a.e.t.) Rotherham United
O'Neill  67'
Burrows  69'
McParland  109'
Attendance: 30,765
Referee: C. W. Kingston.

Aston Villa wins 3–2 on aggregate.




  1. 1 2 3 After Extra Time
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