1961 Football League Cup Final

1961 Football League Cup Final
Event 1960–61 Football League Cup
First Leg
Date 22 August 1961
Venue Millmoor, Rotherham
Attendance 12,226
Second Leg
Date 5 September 1961
Venue Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance 31,302

The 1961 Football League Cup Final was the inaugural League Cup final. It was contested by Rotherham United and Aston Villa over two legs. Aston Villa won 3–2 on aggregate.

Due to fixture congestion, the second leg was not played until after the start of the 1961–2 season. As a result, Villa began their defence of the trophy just eight days after winning it. Though all League clubs were eligible to participate, Arsenal, Sheffield Wednesday, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur, did not enter. The prize money for winning the competition was £750.[1] The two clubs would not play each other again until they met in the same competition in August 2013.[2] Both clubs received first round byes.[3]

Players and officials

First leg

Rotherham United 2–0 Aston Villa
Webster  51'
Kirkman  55'
Millmoor, Rotherham
Attendance: 12,226
Referee: K.A. Collinge
Rotherham United
Aston Villa
1 Roy Ironside
2 Peter Perry
3 Lol Morgan
4 Roy Lambert
5 Peter Madden
6 Ken Waterhouse
7 Barry Webster
8 Don Weston
9 Ken Houghton
10 Alan Kirkman
11 Keith Bambridge
Manager:
Tom Johnston
1 Nigel Sims
2 Stan Lynn
3 Gordon Lee
4 Vic Crowe
5 Jimmy Dugdale
6 Alan Deakin
7 Jimmy MacEwan
8 Bobby Thomson
9 Ralph Brown
10 Ron Wylie
11 Peter McParland
Manager:
Joe Mercer

Second leg

Aston Villa 3 – 0 (aet) Rotherham United
O'Neill  67'
Burrows  69'
McParland  109'
Attendance: 31,202
Referee: C.W. Kingston
Aston Villa
Rotherham United
1 Geoff Sidebottom
2 John Neal
3 Gordon Lee
4 Vic Crowe
5 Jimmy Dugdale
6 Alan Deakin
7 Jimmy MacEwan
8 Alan O'Neill
9 Peter McParland
10 Bobby Thomson
11 Harry Burrows
Manager:
Joe Mercer
1 Roy Ironside
2 Peter Perry
3 Lol Morgan
4 Roy Lambert
5 Peter Madden
6 Ken Waterhouse
7 Barry Webster
8 Don Weston
9 Ken Houghton
10 Alan Kirkman
11 Keith Bambridge
Manager:
Tom Johnston

Road to the final

Aston Villa

Round 1Bye
Round 2Aston Villa4–0Huddersfield Town
Round 3Preston North End3–3Aston Villa
Round 3 replayAston Villa3–1Preston North End
Round 4Aston Villa3–3Plymouth Argyle
Round 4 replayPlymouth Argyle0–0Aston Villa
Round 4 2nd replayPlymouth Argyle3–5Aston Villa
Quarter-finalAston Villa3–0Wrexham
Semi-final (1st leg)Burnley2–2Aston Villa
Semi-final (2nd leg)Aston Villa1–1Burnley
Semi-final replayAston Villa2–1Burnley
 (at Old Trafford)

Rotherham United

Round 1Bye
Round 2Leicester City1–2Rotherham United
Round 3Rotherham United2–0Bristol Rovers
Round 4Bolton Wanderers0–2Rotherham United
Quarter-finalRotherham United3–0Portsmouth
Semi-final (1st leg)Rotherham United3–2Shrewsbury Town
Semi-final (2nd leg)Shrewsbury Town1–1Rotherham United
 (Rotherham United win 4–3 on aggregate)

References

  1. Mat Kendrick (28 August 2013). "When Aston Villa beat Rotherham to win the 1961 League Cup". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  2. Ben Curtis (28 August 2013). "Then and now: Rotherham and Aston Villa revisit 1961 League Cup final with reunion of old players". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  3. "Holte History: 1961 Football League Cup Final". Retrieved 29 December 2016.
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