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The Football League Group Cup was a short-lived football competition which first took place during the 1981–1982 season. For English clubs it was a replacement for the Anglo-Scottish Cup, 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]

Football League Group Cup
Elm Park, the former home of Reading FC.jpg
A Football League Group Cup game between Reading (blue and white) and Oxford United (yellow and blue) at Reading's Elm Park in August 1981.
GenreSporting event
Date(s)Began in August
Inaugurated1981–1982 (1981–1982)
Most recent1982–1983 (1982–1983)

It is considered as the forerunner of the Associate Members' Cup (which later became renamed as the Football League Trophy, and has 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]



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]




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


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-upsEdit

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

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


  1. ^ a b List of Texaco/Anglo-Scottish/Football League Group Cup Finals at RSSSF
  2. ^ a b c List of Trophy finals since 1981–82, with links to individual competition results – Archived 10 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Gills in the Football League Trophy". Gillingham Official Site. 30 August 2010. Archived from the original on 31 August 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  4. ^ a b c 1981–82 Group 1 results and table, with links to other groups/knockout stages – Archived 25 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b 1982–83 Group 1 results and table, with links to other groups/knockout stages –[permanent dead link]