The Texaco Cup, officially known as the International League Board Competition before receiving sponsorship from Texaco, was an association football competition run by the constituent football leagues of the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was structured to involve clubs that had just missed out on European competitions, drawn from the top divisions of the leagues of England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland. It was one of the few attempts to create a cross-border competition between clubs from the various nations of the UK and Ireland.
It was one of the first football competitions to receive sponsorship, taking the name of American petroleum giant Texaco for £100,000, and was instituted to help promote Texaco's recent purchase of the Regent filling station chain. Irish and Northern Irish clubs withdrew from the competition after 1971–72 due to political pressure, competing in a separate Texaco (All-Ireland) Cup in 1973–74 and 1974–75. The competition became the Anglo-Scottish Cup from 1975–76 after Texaco's sponsorship ended.
For the first four seasons it was played as a straight knockout tournament, with sixteen clubs entered, all ties being two-legged. For the final season of the competition, 16 English clubs played in groups before being joined in the knockout stages by four Scottish sides.
List of Finals
|1971||Wolverhampton Wanderers||Heart of Midlothian||3–2|
|1973||Ipswich Town||Norwich City||4–2|
NB Finals played over two legs except in 1973–74
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