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The Texaco Cup, officially known as the International League Board Competition before receiving sponsorship from Texaco, was an association football competition run by the constituent football leagues of the United Kingdom and Ireland.[1][2][3] It was structured to involve clubs that had just missed out on European competitions, drawn from the top divisions of the leagues of England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland.[4] It was one of the few attempts to create a cross-border competition between clubs from the various nations of the UK and Ireland.[5]

Texaco Cup
Genre sporting event
Frequency annual
Inaugurated 1970 (1970)
Most recent 1975 (1975)
Programme for the 1974–75 Texaco Cup semi-final between Newcastle United and Birmingham City

It was one of the first football competitions to receive sponsorship, taking the name of American petroleum giant Texaco for £100,000, and was instituted to help promote Texaco's recent purchase of the Regent filling station chain.[6] Irish and Northern Irish clubs withdrew from the competition after 1971–72 due to political pressure,[7] competing in a separate Texaco (All-Ireland) Cup in 1973–74 and 1974–75.[8] The competition became the Anglo-Scottish Cup from 1975–76 after Texaco's sponsorship ended.[2]



For the first four seasons it was played as a straight knockout tournament, with sixteen clubs entered, all ties being two-legged. For the final season of the competition, 16 English clubs played in groups before being joined in the knockout stages by four Scottish sides.[9]

List of FinalsEdit


Season Winners Runners-up Aggregate score
1971 Wolverhampton Wanderers Heart of Midlothian 3–2
1972 Derby County Airdrieonians 2–1
1973 Ipswich Town Norwich City 4–2
1974 Newcastle United Burnley 2–1
1975 Newcastle United Southampton 3–1

NB Finals played over two legs except in 1973–74



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


  Coventry City, Derby County, Huddersfield Town, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Stoke City
  Airdrieonians, Dundee United, Falkirk, Hearts, Morton, Motherwell
  Ballymena United, Coleraine
  Shamrock Rovers, Waterford


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


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


  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
  Aberdeen, Ayr United, Hearts, Rangers


  1. ^ "Texaco Cup". Scottish Football Historical Archive. Archived from the original on 4 October 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Anglo-Scottish Cup". Scottish Football Historical Archive. Archived from the original on 4 October 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2017. 
  3. ^ Hopkins, Gareth (2012-01-01). "The Football Association v the Football League: using the Football League Cup as a window for exploration". Soccer & Society. 13 (1): 19–35. doi:10.1080/14660970.2012.627165. ISSN 1466-0970. 
  4. ^ Ross, James (20 December 2007). "Texaco Cup & Anglo-Scottish Cup 1971-81". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 21 September 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  5. ^ Murray, Scott (26 June 2009). "The Joy of Six: Extinct football competitions". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 3 March 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  6. ^ Jim Heath (July 2001). "Best of British oils". When Saturday Comes. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  7. ^ Withdrawal of Irish clubs[dead link]
  8. ^ All-Ireland Cross-Border Cup Competitions, (C) Copyright Sean DeLoughry, Julian Canny and RSSSF 2003/08
  9. ^ Tom Lewis (20 December 2007). "Anglo-Scottish Cup & Texaco Cup – Full Results". RSSSF. Retrieved 11 March 2018. 
  10. ^ James M. Ross (20 December 2007). "Texaco Cup Finals 1971-75". Texaco Cup & Anglo-Scottish Cup 1971-81. RSSSF. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 

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