New name, same game

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 12th June 2017

The Football League Cup has been renamed the Carabao Cup after undergoing it's TENTH name change.

Created 57 years ago, the nation's second-biggest Cup competition has been renamed the Carabao Cup after the League secured a three-year contract with the Far East drinks manufacturer, who also sponsor Chelsea and Reading.

And tomorrow the draw for the first round will take place (in Bangkok, Thailand) although West Ham - along with the remaining Premier League clubs not involved in European competition - receive a bye to the Second Round.

First created for the 1960/61 season, the competition was known as the Football League Cup for its first 21 years before a deal with the Milk Marketing Board saw it renamed as the Milk Cup.

In 1986, mail order firm Littlewoods replaced the MMB as chief sponsor which saw the competition relaunched as the Littlewoods Challenge Cup - who were swiftly followed by Rumbelows (1991-1992), Coca Cola (1993-1998), Worthington's (199-2003), Carling (2004-2012) and Capital One (2013-2016).

Last season the Cup - for which the winners receive a place in the Europa League - returned to its sponsor-less state, although it was renamed as the EFL Cup prior to securing the deal with Carabou.

West Ham have never won the competition but reached the Final in 1966 (losing 5-2 on aggregate to West Bromwich Albion) and 1981, when European Champions Liverpool won a Villa Park replay 2-1.

The Hammers have also reached the semi finals on a further SEVEN occasions - against Leicester City (1963/64, lost 6-3 on aggregate), West Brom (1966/67 - lost 6-2 on agg), Stoke City (1971/72 lost second replay 3-2), Luton Town (1988/89 - lost 5-0 on agg), Oldham (1989/90 - lost 6-3 on agg), Birmingham City (2010/11 - lost 4-3 on agg) and Man City (2013/14, lost 9-0 on agg).

West Ham also reached the semi final of the 1999/2000 competition after beating Aston Villa in the quarter final on penalties, but were forced to replay the game - which they lost - after it was revealed that Manny Omoyinmi had featured for another club in the earlier stages of the competition whilst on loan.

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