1996–97 Football League Cup

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The 1996–97 Football League Cup (known as the Coca-Cola Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the 37th 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, who were in the fourth year of their multi-million pound deal.

The tournament was won by Leicester City, who beat Middlesbrough 1–0 in the final replay at Hillsborough after finishing 1–1 at Wembley.[1][2]

1996–97 League Cup
Country England &  Wales
Teams 92
Champions Leicester City
Runners-up Middlesbrough

First round[edit]

66 of the First, Second and Third Division clubs compete from the First Round. 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 1995–96 season.

First leg[edit]

Home team Result Away team Date
Brentford 1–0 Plymouth Argyle 20 August 1996
Brighton & Hove Albion 0–1 Birmingham City 21 August 1996
Cardiff City 1–0 Northampton Town 20 August 1996
Carlisle United 1–0 Chester City 20 August 1996
Colchester United 2–3 West Bromwich Albion 20 August 1996
Darlington 1–0 Rotherham United 20 August 1996
Doncaster Rovers 1–1 York City 20 August 1996
Exeter City 0–4 Barnet 20 August 1996
Hartlepool United 2–2 Lincoln City 20 August 1996
Hereford United 3–0 Cambridge United 20 August 1996
Huddersfield Town 3–0 Wrexham 20 August 1996
Hull City 2–2 Scarborough 20 August 1996
Ipswich Town 2–1 Bournemouth 20 August 1996
Luton Town 3–0 Bristol Rovers 20 August 1996
Mansfield Town 0–3 Burnley 20 August 1996
Millwall 1–0 Peterborough United 21 August 1996
Notts County 1–1 Bury 20 August 1996
Oldham Athletic 0–1 Grimsby Town 20 August 1996
Oxford United 1–1 Norwich City 20 August 1996
Port Vale 1–0 Crewe Alexandra 20 August 1996
Portsmouth 2–0 Leyton Orient 20 August 1996
Reading 1–1 Wycombe Wanderers 20 August 1996
Rochdale 2–1 Barnsley 20 August 1996
Scunthorpe United 2–1 Blackpool 20 August 1996
Sheffield United 3–0 Bradford City 20 August 1996
Shrewsbury Town 0–2 Tranmere Rovers 21 August 1996
Southend United 0–2 Fulham 20 August 1996
Stockport County 2–1 Chesterfield 20 August 1996
Swansea City 0–1 Gillingham 20 August 1996
Swindon Town 2–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 August 1996
Torquay United 3–3 Bristol City 20 August 1996
Walsall 1–0 Watford 20 August 1996
Wigan Athletic 2–3 Preston North End 20 August 1996

Second leg[edit]

Home team Result Away team Date Agg.
Barnet 2–0 Exeter City 3 September 1996 6–0
Barnsley 2–0 Rochdale 3 September 1996 3–2
Birmingham City 2–0 Brighton & Hove Albion 4 September 1996 3–0
Blackpool 2–0 Scunthorpe United 3 September 1996 3–2
Bournemouth 0–3 Ipswich Town 3 September 1996 1–5
Bradford City 1–2 Sheffield United 3 September 1996 1–5
Bristol City 1–0 Torquay United 3 September 1996 4–3
Bristol Rovers 2–1 Luton Town 4 September 1996 2–4
Burnley 2–0 Mansfield Town 3 September 1996 5–0
Bury 1–0 Notts County 3 September 1996 2–1
Cambridge United 1–1 Hereford United 3 September 1996 1–4
Chester City 1–3 Carlisle United 3 September 1996 1–4
Chesterfield 1–2 Stockport County 3 September 1996 2–4
Crewe Alexandra 1–5 Port Vale 3 September 1996 1–6
Fulham 1–2 Southend United 3 September 1996 3–2
Gillingham 2–0 Swansea City 3 September 1996 3–0
Grimsby Town 0–1[3][4] Oldham Athletic 3 September 1996 1–1
Leyton Orient 1–0 Portsmouth 4 September 1996 1–2
Lincoln City 3–2 Hartlepool United 3 September 1996 5–4
Northampton Town 2–0 Cardiff City 3 September 1996 2–1
Norwich City 2–3[3] Oxford United 4 September 1996 3–4
Peterborough United 2–0[3] Millwall 3 September 1996 2–1
Plymouth Argyle 0–0 Brentford 3 September 1996 0–1
Preston North End 4–4[3] Wigan Athletic 3 September 1996 7–6
Rotherham United 0–1 Darlington 3 September 1996 0–2
Scarborough 3–2 Hull City 3 September 1996 5–4
Tranmere Rovers 1–1 Shrewsbury Town 3 September 1996 3–1
Watford 2–0 Walsall 3 September 1996 2–1
West Bromwich Albion 1–3 Colchester United 3 September 1996 4–5
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Swindon Town 4 September 1996 1–2
Wrexham 1–2 Huddersfield Town 3 September 1996 1–5
Wycombe Wanderers 2–0 Reading 3 September 1996 3–1
York City 2–0 Doncaster Rovers 3 September 1996 3–1

Second round[edit]

The 33 winners from the First Round joined the 15 Premier League clubs not participating in European competition plus the 3 non-promoted play-off teams from the First Division and the 3 relegated clubs from the Premier League in the 1995–96 season in Round Two. First leg matches were played on the 17 and 18 September, second leg matches were played on 24 and 25 September.

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Barnet 1–1 West Ham United 18 September 1996
Barnsley 1–1 Gillingham 17 September 1996
Blackpool 1–4 Chelsea 18 September 1996
Brentford 1–2 Blackburn Rovers 17 September 1996
Bristol City 0–0 Bolton Wanderers 18 September 1996
Bury 1–3 Crystal Palace 17 September 1996
Charlton Athletic 4–1 Burnley 17 September 1996
Coventry City 1–1 Birmingham City 18 September 1996
Everton 1–1 York City 18 September 1996
Fulham 1–1 Ipswich Town 17 September 1996
Huddersfield Town 1–1 Colchester United 17 September 1996
Leeds United 2–2 Darlington 18 September 1996
Lincoln City 4–1 Manchester City 17 September 1996
Luton Town 1–0 Derby County 17 September 1996
Middlesbrough 7–0 Hereford United 18 September 1996
Nottingham Forest 1–0 Wycombe Wanderers 18 September 1996
Oldham Athletic 2–2 Tranmere Rovers 17 September 1996
Port Vale 1–0 Carlisle United 17 September 1996
Preston North End 1–1 Tottenham Hotspur 17 September 1996
Scarborough 0–2 Leicester City 17 September 1996
Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 Oxford United 18 September 1996
Southampton 2–0 Peterborough United 18 September 1996
Stockport County 2–1 Sheffield United 17 September 1996
Stoke City 1–0 Northampton Town 18 September 1996
Swindon Town 1–2 Queens Park Rangers 18 September 1996
Watford 0–2 Sunderland 17 September 1996
Wimbledon 1–0 Portsmouth 18 September 1996

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Birmingham City 0–1 Coventry City 24 September 1996 1–2
Blackburn Rovers 2–0 Brentford 24 September 1996 4–1
Bolton Wanderers 3–1[3] Bristol City 24 September 1996 3–1
Burnley 1–2 Charlton Athletic 24 September 1996 2–6
Carlisle United 2–2 Port Vale 24 September 1996 2–3
Chelsea 1–3 Blackpool 25 September 1996 5–4
Colchester United 0–2[3] Huddersfield Town 24 September 1996 1–3
Crystal Palace 4–0 Bury 24 September 1996 7–1
Darlington 0–2 Leeds United 24 September 1996 2–4
Derby County 2–2 Luton Town 25 September 1996 2–3
Gillingham 1–0 Barnsley 24 September 1996 2–1
Hereford United 0–3 Middlesbrough 24 September 1996 0–10
Ipswich Town 4–2 Fulham 24 September 1996 5–3
Leicester City 2–1 Scarborough 25 September 1996 4–1
Manchester City 0–1 Lincoln City 24 September 1996 1–5
Northampton Town 1–2[3] Stoke City 24 September 1996 1–3
Oxford United 1–0 Sheffield Wednesday 24 September 1996 2–1
Peterborough United 1–4 Southampton 25 September 1996 1–6
Portsmouth 1–1 Wimbledon 25 September 1996 1–2
Queens Park Rangers 1–3[3] Swindon Town 25 September 1996 3–4
Sheffield United 2–5 Stockport County 24 September 1996 3–7
Sunderland 1–0 Watford 24 September 1996 3–0
Tottenham Hotspur 3–0 Preston North End 25 September 1996 4–1
Tranmere Rovers 0–1 Oldham Athletic 24 September 1996 2–3
West Ham United 1–0 Barnet 25 September 1996 2–1
Wycombe Wanderers 1–1[3] Nottingham Forest 24 September 1996 1–2
York City 3–2 Everton 24 September 1996 4–3

Third round[edit]

The 27 winners from the Second Round joined the five Premiership clubs participating in European competition in Round Three. Matches were played on 22 and 23 October.

Ties[edit]

Home team Score Away team Date
Blackburn Rovers 0–1 Stockport County 22 October 1996
Bolton Wanderers 2–1 Chelsea 22 October 1996
Gillingham 2–2 Coventry City 22 October 1996
Ipswich Town 4–1 Crystal Palace 22 October 1996
Wimbledon 1–1 Luton Town 22 October 1996
Port Vale 0–0 Oxford United 22 October 1996
York City 0–2 Leicester City 22 October 1996
Charlton Athletic 1–1 Liverpool 23 October 1996
Leeds United 1–2 Aston Villa 23 October 1996
Manchester United 2–1 Swindon Town 23 October 1996
Middlesbrough 5–1 Huddersfield Town 23 October 1996
Newcastle United 1–0 Oldham Athletic 23 October 1996
Southampton 1–1 Lincoln City 23 October 1996
Stoke City 1–1 Arsenal 23 October 1996
Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 Sunderland 23 October 1996
West Ham United 4–1 Nottingham Forest 23 October 1996

Replays[edit]

Home team Score Away team Date
Coventry City 0–1 Gillingham 13 November 1996
Luton Town 1–2[3] Wimbledon 12 November 1996
Oxford United 2–0 Port Vale 5 November 1996
Liverpool 4–1 Charlton Athletic 13 November 1996
Lincoln City 1–3 Southampton 12 November 1996
Arsenal 5–2 Stoke City 13 November 1996

Fourth round[edit]

Most matches were played on 26 November 27 November with two replays being played on 18 December.

26 November 1996
Ipswich Town 1–0 Gillingham
Naylor Goal 73'
Portman Road, Ipswich
Attendance: 13,537
26 November 1996
Oxford United 1–1 Southampton
Moody Goal 90' Dryden Goal 26'
Manor Ground, Oxford
Attendance: 9,473
26 November 1996
Wimbledon 1–0 Aston Villa
Gayle Goal 44'
Selhurst Park, London
Attendance: 7,573
27 November 1996
Bolton Wanderers 6–1 Tottenham Hotspur
McGinlay Goal 9' Goal 37' Goal 74' (pen)
Taggart Goal 60'
Blake Goal 79'
Taylor Goal 86'
Sheringham Goal 19'
Burnden Park, Bolton
Attendance: 18,621
27 November 1996
Leicester City 2–0 Manchester United
Claridge Goal 38'
Heskey Goal 77'
Filbert Street, Leicester
Attendance: 20,428
27 November 1996
Liverpool 4–2 Arsenal
McManaman Goal 26'
Fowler Goal 39' (pen) Goal 52'
Berger Goal 72'
Wright Goal 13' (pen) Goal 68' (pen)
Anfield, Liverpool
Attendance: 32,814
27 November 1996
Middlesbrough 3–1 Newcastle United
Whyte Goal 27'
Beck Goal 61'
Ravanelli Goal 89'
Shearer Goal 45'
Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Attendance: 29,831
27 November 1996
West Ham United 1–1 Stockport County
Răducioiu Goal 12' Cavaco Goal 51'
Boleyn Ground, London
Attendance: 29,831

Replays[edit]

18 December 1996
Southampton 3–2 Oxford United
Berkovic Goal 21'
Dryden Goal 52'
Østenstad Goal 58'
Jemson Goal 42'
Ford Goal 59'
The Dell, Southampton
Attendance: 10,737
18 December 1996
Stockport County 2–1 West Ham United
Dowie Goal 23' (og)
Angell Goal 27'
Dicks Goal 22'
Edgeley Park, Stockport
Attendance: 9,834

Quarter finals[edit]

The four matches were played between 8 and 29 January.

8 January 1997
Bolton Wanderers 0–2 Wimbledon
Ekoku Goal 3'
Leonhardsen Goal 22'
Burnden Park, Bolton
Attendance: 16,968
8 January 1997
Middlesbrough 2–1 Liverpool
Hignett Goal 14'
Vickers Goal 27'
McManaman Goal 65'
Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Attendance: 28,670
21 January 1997
Ipswich Town 0–1 Leicester City
Robins Goal 42'
Portman Road, Ipswich
Attendance: 19,000
22 January 1997
Stockport County 2–2 Southampton
Armstrong Goal 25'
Cavaco Goal 26'
Østenstad Goal 16' Goal 85'
Edgeley Park, Stockport
Attendance: 9,840

Replay[edit]

29 January 1997
Southampton 1–2 Stockport County
Le Tissier Goal 8' Angell Goal 62'
Mutch Goal 83'
The Dell, Southampton
Attendance: 13,428

Semi-finals[edit]

The semi-final draw was made in January 1997 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. The first leg matches were played on 18 and 26 February 1997, the second leg matches were played on 11 and 12 March 1997. Leicester City went through on away goals to reach their first cup final in 28 years at the expense of Wimbledon, while Division Two underdogs gave Middlesbrough a run for their money, going out by a single goal.

First leg[edit]

18 February 1997
19:45
Leicester City 0–0 Wimbledon
Filbert Street, Leicester
Attendance: 16,021
26 February 1997
19:45
Stockport County 0–2 Middlesbrough
Beck Goal 73'
Ravanelli Goal 79'
Edgeley Park, Stockport
Attendance: 11,778

Second leg[edit]

11 March 1997
19:45
Wimbledon 1–1 Leicester City
Gayle Goal 23' Grayson Goal 53'
Selhurst Park, London
Attendance: 17,810

Leicester City win on away goals

12 March 1997
19:45
Middlesbrough 0–1 Stockport County
Connelly Goal 6'
Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Attendance: 29,633

Middlesbrough win 2–1 on aggregate

Final[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 1997 Football League Cup Final.

The 1997 Coca-Cola Cup Final was played on 6 April 1997 and was contested between Leicester City and Middlesbrough at Wembley Stadium. Leicester won 1–0 in the replay at Hillsborough on 16 April 1997. This was the last year that the Football League Cup Final was decided by a replay.

6 April 1997
15:00
Leicester City 1 – 1

(a.e.t.)

Middlesbrough
Heskey Goal 118' Report Ravanelli Goal 95'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 76,757
Referee: Martin Bodenham

Replay[edit]

16 April 1997
19:45
Leicester City 1 – 0

(a.e.t.)

Middlesbrough
Claridge Goal 100' Report
Hillsborough, Sheffield
Attendance: 39,428
Referee: Martin Bodenham

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moore, Glenn (7 April 1997). "Heskey levels at the last to deflate Juninho". The Independent. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Moore, Glenn (17 April 1997). "Claridge's five-star silver service". The Independent. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j After Extra Time
  4. ^ Oldham Athletic F.C. won 5–4 on penalties

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