2010–11 Football League Cup

2010–11 Football League Cup
Carling Cup, League Cup
Country  England
Dates 10 August 2010 – 27 February 2011
Teams 92
Champions Birmingham City (2nd title)
Runners-up Arsenal
Matches played 93
Goals scored 314 (3.38 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Carlton Cole
Scott Sinclair
(4 goals)

The 2010–11 Football League Cup (known as the Carling Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the 51st season of the Football League Cup, a knock-out competition for the top 92 football clubs played in English football league system.[1]

The winners are granted a place in the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League. However, in cases where a team has already gained a place in European competition via their league position or progress in other cup competitions, their place in the Europa League is deferred to the next best-placed league side not already qualified for European competitions.

Manchester United were the defending champions for the second successive season, but were knocked out in the Fifth Round by West Ham United.

The final was contested on 27 February 2011 between Arsenal and Birmingham City. Birmingham were the surprise 2–1 winners in the final to win just the second major trophy in their history.[2][3] Birmingham City won their first major trophy since 1963 (also a League Cup) and earned a place in European competition for the first time since 1961.

First round

The draw for the First Round took place on 16 June 2010, with matches played two months later on 10 August 2010.[1][4]

Burnley and Hull City received a First Round bye as the highest ranked teams from the previous season's league placings. The other 70 of the 72 Football League clubs competed in the First Round, divided into North and South sections. Each section was divided equally into a pot of seeded clubs and a pot of unseeded clubs. Clubs' rankings depend upon their finishing position in the 2009–10 season.

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Second round

The 13 Premier League teams not involved in European competitions entered at this stage along with the winners from the First Round plus Burnley and Hull City, who had received a First Round bye. If there is a draw at full-time there will be extra time followed by a penalty shootout if the scores are still level. From the Second Round onwards, the teams are no longer split geographically. The draw for the Second Round took place on the evening of 11 August 2010, after the First Round matches had been completed, and the matches were played in the week beginning 23 August 2010.[1]

Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Attendance
1Accrington Stanley2 – 3Newcastle United4,098
2Portsmouth1 – 1Crystal Palace8,412
1 – 1 after extra time – Portsmouth won 4 – 3 on penalties
3Leeds United1 – 2Leicester City16,509
4Wolverhampton Wanderers1 – 1Southend United10,284
Wolverhampton Wanderers won 2 – 1 after extra time
5Blackburn Rovers3 – 1Norwich City9,235
6Milton Keynes Dons3 – 3Blackpool7,458
Milton Keynes Dons won 4 – 3 after extra time
7Tranmere Rovers1 – 3Swansea City2,450
8Everton5 – 1Huddersfield Town28,901
9Peterborough United2 – 1Cardiff City3,806
10Reading2 – 2Northampton Town6,986
3 – 3 after extra time – Northampton Town won 4 – 2 on penalties
11Scunthorpe United4 – 2Sheffield Wednesday4,680
12Brentford2 – 1Hull City3,335
13Sunderland2 – 0Colchester United13,532
14Leyton Orient0 – 2West Bromwich Albion2,349
15Morecambe1 – 3Burnley5,003
16Birmingham City3 – 2Rochdale6,431
17Crewe Alexandra0 – 0Ipswich Town3,309
Ipswich Town won 1 – 0 after extra time
18Watford1 – 2Notts County6,434
19West Ham United1 – 0Oxford United20,902
20Southampton0 – 1Bolton Wanderers10,251
21Bradford City1 – 1Preston North End4,221
Preston North End won 2 – 1 after extra time
22Fulham6 – 0Port Vale9,031
23Millwall2 – 1Middlesbrough6,704
24Stoke City2 – 1Shrewsbury Town11,995
25Hartlepool United0 – 3Wigan Athletic3,196
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Third round

The seven Premier League teams involved in European competition entered at this stage, along with the winners from the Second Round. The draw for the Third Round took place on 28 August 2010, after the Second Round games had been played. The matches were played in the week beginning 20 September 2010.[1] Northampton Town were the only League Two side to reach this round of the tournament.

Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Attendance
1Brentford1 – 1Everton8,960
1 – 1 after extra time – Brentford won 4 – 3 on penalties
2Portsmouth1 – 2Leicester City8,327
3Stoke City2 – 0Fulham12,778
4Chelsea3 – 4Newcastle United41,511
5Aston Villa3 – 1Blackburn Rovers18,753
6Tottenham Hotspur1 – 1Arsenal35,883
Arsenal won 4 – 1 after extra time
7Millwall1 – 2Ipswich Town5,070
8Wolverhampton Wanderers1 – 1Notts County11,516
Wolverhampton Wanderers won 4 – 2 after extra time
9Burnley1 – 0Bolton Wanderers17,602
10Birmingham City3 – 1Milton Keynes Dons9,450
11Liverpool1 – 1Northampton Town22,577
2 – 2 after extra time – Northampton Town won 4 – 2 on penalties
12Scunthorpe United2 – 5Manchester United9,077
13West Bromwich Albion2 – 1Manchester City10,418
14Sunderland1 – 2West Ham United21,907
15Peterborough United1 – 3Swansea City4,164
16Wigan Athletic2 – 1Preston North End6,987

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Fourth round

The Fourth Round draw took place on 25 September 2010, and the matches were played on the week commencing 25 October 2010.[1] For the second consecutive round, Northampton Town was the lowest ranked remaining side, being the lone representative from League Two. All four leagues involved in this competition had representation in the Fourth Round for the first time since the 2006–07 competition.

Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Attendance
1Newcastle United0 – 4Arsenal33,157
2Birmingham City1 – 1Brentford15,166
1 – 1 after extra time – Birmingham City won 4 – 3 on penalties
3Wigan Athletic2 – 0Swansea City11,705
4Aston Villa1 – 1Burnley34,618
Aston Villa won 2 – 1 after extra time
5Leicester City1 – 4West Bromwich Albion16,957
6Manchester United3 – 2Wolverhampton Wanderers46,083
7West Ham United1 – 1Stoke City25,304
West Ham United won 3 – 1 after extra time
8Ipswich Town3 – 1Northampton Town12,929

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Fifth Round

Ipswich Town was the lowest ranked remaining side left in the competition, and the sole remaining representative of the Championship in the Fifth Round draw, which took place on 30 October 2010. Matches were played in the week commencing 29 November 2010.[1]

Arsenal 2 – 0 Wigan Athletic
Alcaraz  42' (o.g.)
Bendtner  67'
Attendance: 59,525

Birmingham City 2 – 1 Aston Villa
Larsson  12' (pen.)
Žigić  84'
Report Agbonlahor  30'
Attendance: 27,679

West Ham United 4 – 0 Manchester United
Spector  22', 37'
Cole  56', 66'
Attendance: 33,551

Ipswich Town 1 – 0 West Bromwich Albion
Leadbitter  69' Report
Attendance: 11,363
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)


The semi-final draw took place on 1 December 2010, after the completion of the Fifth Round matches. The first leg matches were played the week commencing 10 January 2011, with the second legs a fortnight later.

First leg

West Ham United 2 – 1 Birmingham City
Noble  13'
Cole  78'
Report Ridgewell  56'
Attendance: 29,034

Ipswich Town 1 – 0 Arsenal
Priskin  78' Report
Attendance: 29,146

Second leg

Arsenal 3 – 0 Ipswich Town
Bendtner  61'
Koscielny  64'
Fàbregas  77'
Attendance: 59,387

Arsenal won 3–1 on aggregate.

Birmingham City 3 – 1 (a.e.t.) West Ham United
Bowyer  59'
Johnson  79'
Gardner  94'
Report Cole  31'
Attendance: 27,519

Birmingham City won 4–3 on aggregate.


The final was played at Wembley Stadium, London, on Sunday, 27 February 2011.

Arsenal 1 – 2 Birmingham City
Van Persie  39' Report Žigić  28'
Martins  89'
Attendance: 88,851
Referee: Mike Dean (Cheshire)

Prize money

The prize money was awarded by the Football League. The winners of the League Cup won £100,000 and the runners-up won £50,000. The losing semi-finalists each took home £25,000.[6]


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