Football League Group Cup

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The Football League Group Cup was a short-lived football competition which first took place prior to and during the 1981–82 season. For Football League clubs it was seen as a replacement for the Anglo-Scottish Cup,[1] which had been discontinued due to the withdrawal of Scottish League clubs. For the 1982–83 season it was renamed as the Football League Trophy.[1] It is considered as the forerunner of the Associate Members Cup (which later became renamed as the Football League Trophy, and had various sponsored names), which commenced from the 1983–84 season,[1] although some sources regard the Football League Group Cup as the same as the later League Trophy tournaments.[2][3]

Format[edit]

In each season there were 32 participants, split into eight regional groups of four teams each, with three round-robin games played by each side. The eight group winners qualified for the quarter finals, and the knockout stages were played as a single leg, with the game going to extra time and penalties if necessary. The final was played on the home ground of one of the two teams.[4]

1981–82[edit]

Participants[edit]

The following 32 sides played in the competition, and these are sub-divided according to the League division they played in that season.[4]

The tournament was won by Grimsby Town, who defeated Wimbledon 3–2 in the final at Blundell Park[2] on Tuesday 6 April 1982.[4]

1982–83[edit]

Participants[edit]

The following 32 sides played in the competition, and these are sub-divided according to the League division they played in that season.[5]

  • Football League First Division: Norwich City, Watford
  • Football League Second Division: Crystal Palace, Grimsby Town, Shrewsbury Town
  • Football League Third Division: Bournemouth, Bradford City, Brentford, Chesterfield, Exeter City, Lincoln City, Millwall, Newport County, Orient, Oxford United, Reading, Sheffield United, Southend United (13 teams)

Final[edit]

The tournament was won by Millwall, who defeated Lincoln City 3–2 in the final at Sincil Bank[2] on Wednesday 20 April 1983.[5]

Millwall line-ups[6][edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Millwall
No. Position Player
1 England GK Paul Sansome
2 England DF Keith Stevens
3 England DF David Stride
4 England MF Lawrie Madden
5 England DF Sam Allardyce
6 England DF Paul Roberts
7 England MF Andy Massey
8 England FW Dean Neal
9 England FW David Martin
10 England MF Paul Robinson
11 England MF Alan McLeary
sub England FW Teddy Sheringham
sub England DF Nicky Coleman
sub England FW Roger Wynter
sub Republic of Ireland MF John Neal
sub England GK Tony Ashby

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