1961 Football League Cup Final

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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
1962
The League Cup in Villa colours, on display in 2010

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 wasn't 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.

Players and officials[edit]

First leg[edit]

22 August 1961
Rotherham United 2–0 Aston Villa
Webster Goal 51'
Kirkman Goal 55'
Millmoor, Rotherham
Attendance: 12,226
Referee: K.A. Collinge
Rotherham United
Aston Villa
1 England Roy Ironside
2 England Peter Perry
3 England Lol Morgan
4 England Roy Lambert
5 England Peter Madden
6 England Ken Waterhouse
7 England Barry Webster
8 England Don Weston
9 England Ken Houghton
10 England Alan Kirkman
11 England Keith Bambridge
Manager:
England Tom Johnston
1 England Nigel Sims
2 England Stan Lynn
3 England Gordon Lee
4 Wales Vic Crowe
5 England Jimmy Dugdale
6 England Alan Deakin
7 Scotland Jimmy MacEwan
8 Scotland Bobby Thomson
9 England Ralph Brown
10 Scotland Ron Wylie
11 Northern Ireland Peter McParland
Manager:
England Joe Mercer

Second leg[edit]

5 September 1961
Aston Villa 3 – 0 (aet) Rotherham United
O'Neill Goal 67'
Burrows Goal 69'
McParland Goal 109'
Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 31,202
Referee: C.W. Kingston
Aston Villa
Rotherham United
1 England Geoff Sidebottom
2 England John Neal
3 England Gordon Lee
4 Wales Vic Crowe
5 England Jimmy Dugdale
6 England Alan Deakin
7 Scotland Jimmy MacEwan
8 England Alan O'Neill
9 Northern Ireland Peter McParland
10 Scotland Bobby Thomson
11 England Harry Burrows
Manager:
England Joe Mercer
1 England Roy Ironside
2 England Peter Perry
3 England Lol Morgan
4 England Roy Lambert
5 England Peter Madden
6 England Ken Waterhouse
7 England Barry Webster
8 England Don Weston
9 England Ken Houghton
10 England Alan Kirkman
11 England Keith Bambridge
Manager:
England Tom Johnston

Road to the final[edit]

Aston Villa[edit]

Round 2 Aston Villa 4–0 Huddersfield Town
Round 3 Preston North End 3–3 Aston Villa
Round 3 replay Aston Villa 3–1 Preston North End
Round 4 Aston Villa 3–3 Plymouth Argyle
Round 4 replay Plymouth Argyle 0–0 Aston Villa
Round 4 2nd replay Plymouth Argyle 3–5 Aston Villa
Quarter-final Aston Villa 3–0 Wrexham
Semi-final (1st leg) Burnley 2–2 Aston Villa
Semi-final (2nd leg) Aston Villa 1–1 Burnley
Semi-final replay Aston Villa 2–1 Burnley
  (at Old Trafford)

Rotherham United[edit]

Round 2 Leicester City 1–2 Rotherham United
Round 3 Rotherham United 2–0 Bristol Rovers
Round 4 Bolton Wanderers 0–2 Rotherham United
Quarter-final Rotherham United 3–0 Portsmouth
Semi-final (1st leg) Rotherham United 3–2 Shrewsbury Town
Semi-final (2nd leg) Shrewsbury Town 1–1 Rotherham United
  (Rotherham United win 4–3 on aggregate)

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