Texaco Cup

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For the Trinidadian cricket competition referred to as the Texaco Cup, see Beaumont Cup.

The Texaco Cup was an association football competition involving clubs from England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland that had not qualified for European competitions.

Irish and Northern Irish clubs withdrew from the competition after 1971–72 due to political pressure,[1][dead link] and in 1973–74 and 1974–75 competed in a separate Texaco (All-Ireland) Cup.[2] The tournament was sponsored by American petroleum giant Texaco to the tune of £100,000, and was instituted to help promote their recent purchase of the Regent filling station chain.[3]

The cup became the Anglo-Scottish Cup from 1975–76 after the withdrawal of Texaco's sponsorship.

Format[edit]

In the first two seasons sixteen clubs (six from England, six from Scotland and four from Ireland) entered, and following the withdrawal of the Irish teams this changed to nine English and seven Scottish sides. For the final season of the competition, 16 English clubs (including a number of Second Division sides, and the Third and Fourth Division champions) played in groups before being joined in the knockout stages by four Scottish sides.[4]

List of Finals[edit]

Season Winners Runners-up Aggregate score
1970–71 England Wolverhampton Wanderers Scotland Heart of Midlothian 3–2
1971–72 England Derby County Scotland Airdrieonians 2–1
1972–73 England Ipswich Town England Norwich City 4–2
1973–74 England Newcastle United England Burnley 2–1
1974–75 England Newcastle United England Southampton 3–1

NB Finals played over two legs except in 1973–74, aggregate score given.

Participants[edit]

1970–71[edit]

England Burnley, Nottingham Forest, Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers Scotland Airdrieonians, Dunfermline Athletic, Dundee, Hearts, Morton, Motherwell Northern Ireland Ards, Derry City Republic of Ireland Limerick, Shamrock Rovers

1971–72[edit]

England Coventry City, Derby County, Huddersfield Town, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Stoke City Scotland Airdrieonians, Dundee United, Falkirk, Hearts, Morton, Motherwell Northern Ireland Ballymena United, Coleraine Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers, Waterford.

1972–73[edit]

England Coventry City, Crystal Palace, Ipswich Town, Leicester City, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Sheffield United, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers Scotland Ayr, Dundee, Dundee United, Hearts, Kilmarnock, Motherwell, St. Johnstone

1973–74[edit]

England Birmingham City, Burnley, Coventry City, Everton, Leicester City, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Sheffield United, Stoke City Scotland Ayr United, Dundee United, East Fife, Hearts, Morton, Motherwell, St. Johnstone

1974–75[edit]

England Birmingham City, Blackpool, Carlisle United, Leyton Orient, Luton Town, Manchester City, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Oldham Athletic, Peterborough United, Sheffield United, Southampton, Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United Scotland Aberdeen, Ayr United, Hearts, Rangers

References[edit]

  1. ^ Withdrawal of Irish clubs
  2. ^ All-Ireland Cross-Border Cup Competitions, (C) Copyright Sean DeLoughry, Julian Canny and RSSSF 2003/08
  3. ^ Jim Heath (July 2001). "Best of British oils". When Saturday Comes. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Tom Lewis (20 December 2007). "Anglo-Scottish Cup & Texaco Cup – Full Results". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 

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