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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.

1961 Football League Cup Final
Event1960–61 Football League Cup
First Leg
Date22 August 1961
VenueMillmoor, Rotherham
Attendance12,226
Second Leg
Date5 September 1961
VenueVilla Park, Birmingham
Attendance31,302
1962

Due to fixture congestion, the second leg was not 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. Though all League clubs were eligible to participate, Arsenal, Sheffield Wednesday, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur, did not enter. The prize money for winning the competition was £750.[1] The two clubs would not play each other again until they met in the same competition in August 2013.[2] Both clubs received first round byes.[3]

Contents

Players and officialsEdit

First legEdit

Rotherham United2–0Aston Villa
Webster   51'
Kirkman   55'
Millmoor, Rotherham
Attendance: 12,226
Referee: K.A. Collinge
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotherham United
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aston Villa
1   Roy Ironside
2   Peter Perry
3   Lol Morgan
4   Roy Lambert
5   Peter Madden
6   Ken Waterhouse
7   Barry Webster
8   Don Weston
9   Ken Houghton
10   Alan Kirkman
11   Keith Bambridge
Manager:
  Tom Johnston
1   Nigel Sims
2   Stan Lynn
3   Gordon Lee
4   Vic Crowe
5   Jimmy Dugdale
6   Alan Deakin
7   Jimmy MacEwan
8   Bobby Thomson
9   Ralph Brown
10   Ron Wylie
11   Peter McParland
Manager:
  Joe Mercer

Second legEdit

Aston Villa3 – 0 (a.e.t.)Rotherham United
O'Neill   67'
Burrows   69'
McParland   109'
Attendance: 31,202
Referee: C.W. Kingston
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aston Villa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotherham United
1   Geoff Sidebottom
2   John Neal
3   Gordon Lee
4   Vic Crowe
5   Jimmy Dugdale
6   Alan Deakin
7   Jimmy MacEwan
8   Alan O'Neill
9   Peter McParland
10   Bobby Thomson
11   Harry Burrows
Manager:
  Joe Mercer
1   Roy Ironside
2   Peter Perry
3   Lol Morgan
4   Roy Lambert
5   Peter Madden
6   Ken Waterhouse
7   Barry Webster
8   Don Weston
9   Ken Houghton
10   Alan Kirkman
11   Keith Bambridge
Manager:
  Tom Johnston

Road to the finalEdit

Aston VillaEdit

Round 1 Bye
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 UnitedEdit

Round 1 Bye
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)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mat Kendrick (28 August 2013). "When Aston Villa beat Rotherham to win the 1961 League Cup". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  2. ^ Ben Curtis (28 August 2013). "Then and now: Rotherham and Aston Villa revisit 1961 League Cup final with reunion of old players". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Holte History: 1961 Football League Cup Final". Retrieved 29 December 2016.