1993–94 Football League Cup

1993–94 Football League Cup
League Cup, Coca-Cola Cup
Country  England
Teams 92
Champions Aston Villa (4th title)
Runners-up Manchester United

The 1993–94 Football League Cup (known as the Coca-Cola Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the 34th Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 football clubs. The competition name reflects a sponsorship deal with soft drinks brand Coca-Cola.

Aston Villa won the competition, beating Manchester United 3–1 in the final.

First round

A total of 56 of the First, Second and Third Division clubs compete from the First Round. 22 teams from the Third Division, 24 teams from the Second Division, and 10 teams from the First Division (the 7 teams that placed 15th-21st in Division One from the previous season plus the 3 promoted sides from Division Two from the previous season). Each section is divided equally into a pot of seeded clubs and a pot of unseeded clubs. Clubs' rankings depend upon their finishing position in the 1992–93 season.

First Leg

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Birmingham City3–0Plymouth Argyle17-08-1993
Bolton Wanderers0–2Bury17-08-1993
Bournemouth3–1Cardiff City17-08-1993
Bristol Rovers1–4West Bromwich Albion18-08-1993
Cambridge United1–0Luton Town17-08-1993
Chesterfield3–1Carlisle United17-08-1993
Crewe Alexandra0–1Wrexham17-08-1993
Darlington1–5Bradford City17-08-1993
Doncaster Rovers0–1Blackpool16-08-1993
Fulham2–1Colchester United17-08-1993
Gillingham1–0Brighton & Hove Albion17-08-1993
Hereford United0–2Torquay United17-08-1993
Huddersfield Town0–0Scarborough17-08-1993
Leyton Orient0–2Wycombe Wanderers17-08-1993
Notts County2–0Hull City17-08-1993
Port Vale2–2Lincoln City17-08-1993
Preston North End1–2Burnley17-08-1993
Reading3–0Northampton Town18-08-1993
Rochdale2–0York City17-08-1993
Shrewsbury Town1–0Scunthorpe United17-08-1993
Southend United0–2Barnet18-08-1993
Stockport County1–1Hartlepool United17-08-1993
Stoke City2–2Mansfield Town18-08-1993
Sunderland3–1Chester City17-08-1993
Swansea City0–1Bristol City17-08-1993
Walsall0–0Exeter City17-08-1993
Wigan Athletic0–1Rotherham United17-08-1993

Second Leg

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Barnet1–1Southend United24-08-19933–1
Blackpool3–3Doncaster Rovers24-08-19934–3
Bradford City6–0Darlington25-08-199311–1
Brighton & Hove Albion2–0Gillingham25-08-19932–1
Bristol City0–2Swansea City24-08-19931–2
Burnley4–1Preston North End25-08-19936–2
Bury0–2[1][2]Bolton Wanderers24-08-19932–2
Cardiff City1–1Bournemouth24-08-19932–4
Carlisle United1–1Chesterfield24-08-19932–4
Chester City0–0Sunderland24-08-19931–3
Colchester United1–2Fulham24-08-19932–4
Exeter City2–1Walsall25-08-19932–1
Hartlepool United2–1Stockport County24-08-19933–2
Hull City3–1[1][3]Notts County24-08-19933–3
Lincoln City0–0[1][4]Port Vale24-08-19932–2
Luton Town0–1Cambridge United24-08-19930–2
Mansfield Town1–3Stoke City24-08-19933–5
Northampton Town0–2Reading07-09-19930–5
Plymouth Argyle2–0Birmingham City24-08-19932–3
Rotherham United4–2Wigan Athletic24-08-19935–2
Scarborough0–3Huddersfield Town24-08-19930–3
Scunthorpe United1–1Shrewsbury Town24-08-19931–2
Torquay United0–2[1][5]Hereford United24-08-19932–2
West Bromwich Albion0–0Bristol Rovers25-08-19934–1
Wrexham3–3Crewe Alexandra24-08-19934–3
Wycombe Wanderers1–0Leyton Orient24-08-19933–0
York City0–0Rochdale24-08-19930–2

Second round

A further 36 teams entered in the second round, joining the 28 qualifiers from the first round. The 36 teams were made up from the 22 current Premier League teams, plus the remaining 14 teams from Division One. First leg matches were played on 21 and 22 September, with the second leg matches being played on 5 and 6 October.

First Leg

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Barnet1–2Queens Park Rangers21-09-1993
Barnsley1–1Peterborough United21-09-1993
Birmingham City0–1Aston Villa21-09-1993
Blackburn Rovers1–0Bournemouth21-09-1993
Blackpool3–0Sheffield United21-09-1993
Bolton Wanderers1–1Sheffield Wednesday21-09-1993
Bradford City2–1Norwich City22-09-1993
Burnley0–0Tottenham Hotspur22-09-1993
Coventry City3–0Wycombe Wanderers22-09-1993
Crystal Palace3–1Charlton Athletic21-09-1993
Exeter City1–3Derby County22-09-1993
Grimsby Town3–0Hartlepool United21-09-1993
Hereford United0–1Wimbledon22-09-1993
Huddersfield Town0–5Arsenal21-09-1993
Ipswich Town2–1Cambridge United21-09-1993
Lincoln City3–4Everton21-09-1993
Manchester City1–1Reading22-09-1993
Middlesbrough5–0Brighton & Hove Albion21-09-1993
Newcastle United4–1Notts County22-09-1993
Rochdale1–6Leicester City21-09-1993
Rotherham United0–0Portsmouth21-09-1993
Southampton1–0Shrewsbury Town22-09-1993
Stoke City2–1Manchester United22-09-1993
Sunderland2–1Leeds United21-09-1993
Swansea City2–1Oldham Athletic21-09-1993
Swindon Town2–0Wolverhampton Wanderers22-09-1993
Tranmere Rovers5–1Oxford United21-09-1993
West Bromwich Albion1–1Chelsea22-09-1993
West Ham United5–1Chesterfield22-09-1993
Wrexham3–3Nottingham Forest21-09-1993

Second Leg

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Arsenal1–1Huddersfield Town05-10-19936–1
Aston Villa1–0Birmingham City06-10-19932–0
Bournemouth0–0Blackburn Rovers05-10-19930–1
Brighton & Hove Albion1–3Middlesbrough06-10-19931–8
Cambridge United0–2Ipswich Town05-10-19931–4
Charlton Athletic0–1Crystal Palace05-10-19931–4
Chelsea2–1West Bromwich Albion06-10-19933–2
Chesterfield0–2West Ham United05-10-19931–7
Derby County2–0Exeter City06-10-19935–1
Everton4–2Lincoln City06-10-19938–5
Hartlepool United0–2Grimsby Town05-10-19930–5
Leeds United1–2Sunderland06-10-19932–4
Leicester City2–1Rochdale06-10-19938–2
Manchester United2–0Stoke City06-10-19933–2
Norwich City3–0Bradford City06-10-19934–2
Nottingham Forest3–1Wrexham06-10-19936–4
Notts County1–7Newcastle United05-10-19932–11
Oldham Athletic2–0Swansea City06-10-19933–2
Oxford United1–1Tranmere Rovers05-10-19932–6
Peterborough United3–1[1]Barnsley05-10-19934–2
Portsmouth5–0Rotherham United05-10-19935–0
Queens Park Rangers4–0Barnet06-10-19936–1
Reading1–2Manchester City06-10-19932–3
Sheffield United2–0Blackpool05-10-19932–3
Sheffield Wednesday1–0Bolton Wanderers06-10-19932–1
Shrewsbury Town2–0Southampton06-10-19932–1
Tottenham Hotspur3–1Burnley06-10-19933–1
Wimbledon4–1Hereford United05-10-19935–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers2–1Swindon Town05-10-19932–3
Wycombe Wanderers4–2[1]Coventry City05-10-19934–5

Third round

Most matches in the third round were played on 26 and 27 October with 5 replays being played between 9 November and 10 November.


Home team Score Away team Date
Arsenal1–1Norwich City26-10-1993
Blackburn Rovers0–0Shrewsbury Town26-10-1993
Blackpool2–2Peterborough United26-10-1993
Derby County0–1Tottenham Hotspur27-10-1993
Everton2–2Crystal Palace26-10-1993
Liverpool3–2Ipswich Town27-10-1993
Manchester City1–0Chelsea26-10-1993
Manchester United5–1Leicester City27-10-1993
Middlesbrough1–1Sheffield Wednesday27-10-1993
Nottingham Forest2–1West Ham United27-10-1993
Oldham Athletic2–0Coventry City26-10-1993
Portsmouth2–0Swindon Town26-10-1993
Queens Park Rangers3–0Millwall27-10-1993
Sunderland1–4Aston Villa26-10-1993
Tranmere Rovers4–1Grimsby Town26-10-1993
Wimbledon2–1Newcastle United27-10-1993


Home team Score Away team Date
Norwich City0–3Arsenal10-11-1993
Shrewsbury Town3–4Blackburn Rovers09-11-1993
Peterborough United2–1Blackpool09-11-1993
Crystal Palace1–4Everton10-11-1993
Sheffield Wednesday2–1Middlesbrough10-11-1993

Fourth round

All fourth round matches were played between 30 November and 1 December with three replays being played between 14 and 15 December.


Home team Score Away team Date
Arsenal0–1Aston Villa30-11-1993
Everton0–2Manchester United30-11-1993
Nottingham Forest0–0Manchester City01-12-1993
Peterborough United0–0Portsmouth30-11-1993
Queens Park Rangers1–2Sheffield Wednesday01-12-1993
Tottenham Hotspur1–0Blackburn Rovers01-12-1993
Tranmere Rovers3–0Oldham Athletic30-11-1993


Home team Score Away team Date
Manchester City1–2Nottingham Forest15-12-1993
Portsmouth1–0Peterborough United15-12-1993

Fifth Round

The three of the four quarter final matches were played between 11 and 12 January with one quarter final match being played on 26 January. Two replays were played on 26 January and 29 January respectively.


Home team Score Away team Date
Manchester United2–2Portsmouth12-01-1994
Nottingham Forest1–1Tranmere Rovers26-01-1994
Tottenham Hotspur1–2Aston Villa12-01-1994
Wimbledon1–2Sheffield Wednesday11-01-1994


Home team Score Away team Date
Portsmouth0–1Manchester United26-01-1994
Tranmere Rovers2–0Nottingham Forest29-01-1994


The semi-final draw was made after the conclusion of the quarter finals. Unlike the other rounds, the semi-final ties were played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home and one away. Manchester United's quest for a unique domestic treble continued as they defeated Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 in the first leg at Old Trafford before a fine 4-1 win at Hillsborough in the second. Tranmere Rovers boosted their hopes of a first ever major trophy by defeating Aston Villa 3-1 in the first leg of the other semi-final, but they then found themselves on the receiving end of a 3-1 Villa win and lost the shootout, meaning that Villa went through, though they were up against a Manchester United side who had topped the league virtually all season and were also chasing the FA Cup.

First leg

Manchester United 1 – 0 Sheffield Wednesday
Giggs  20' Report
Attendance: 43,294
Referee: K Burge, Tonypandy

Tranmere Rovers 3 – 1 Aston Villa
Nolan  5'
Hughes  45' Aldridge  78'
Atkinson  90'
Attendance: 17,140
Referee: R Milford, Bristol

Second leg

4-4 on aggregate. Aston Villa won 5-4 on penalties.

Sheffield Wednesday 1 – 4 Manchester United
Hirst  34' Report McClair  4'
Kanchelskis  11'
Hughes  39', 82'
Attendance: 34,878
Referee: D Elleray, Harrow

Manchester United won 5–1 on aggregate.


The 1994 League Cup Final was played on 27 March 1994 and was contested between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium. Aston Villa won 3–1 and denied United a domestic treble, as they later won the 1993–94 FA Premier League and 1993–94 FA Cup.

Aston Villa 3–1 Manchester United
Atkinson  25'
Saunders  75', 90' (pen.)
Hughes  82'
Attendance: 77,231
Referee: Keith Cooper




  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 After Extra Time
  2. Bolton Wanderers won 3-0 on Penalties
  3. Notts County won on the Away Goals Rule
  4. Lincoln City won on the Away Goals Rule
  5. Hereford United won 4-3 on Penalties
  6. Wimbledon won 4–3 on penalties
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