On This Day – Aston Villa Win the First League Cup

5-9-1961: Aston Villa became the first holders of the League Cup when they defeated Rotherham 3-0 on this day in 1961. Villa beat Huddersfield Town, Preston, Plymouth, Wrexham and Burnley on the way to the final. Only 46 of the 92 League clubs played in the first competition which was played under the 1960-61 season in midweek floodlit matches.

The final was not played until the start of the 1961-62 season. The final was played over two legs. Rotherham won the first leg 2-0 at Millmoor thanks to goals by Webster and Kirkman. The match attracted a crowd of the 12,226 on the 22nd of August.

The second leg played at Villa Park on the 5th September 1961 attracted 31,202. Villa won 3-0 with goals by O’Neill and Burrows sending the match to extra time. Northern Ireland international striker Peter McParland scored the winner that gave Joe Mercer‘s Villa the trophy.



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