Football Cup Primer: The Football League Cup

“Regular readers of Avoiding the Drop may recall the inaugural entry in the ‘Football Cup Primer’ series from a couple weeks back. That entry discussed the FA Cup, one of the oldest and largest competitions in the world for any sport. The Football League Cup is not that competition. The confusion between the League Cup and the FA Cup is easy to understand. A big part of this confusion comes from the fact that the matches that are most easily watched – the third round of the League Cup and the ninth round (or ‘Third Round Proper’) of the FA Cup – tend to feature the same set of teams; by that point in the FA Cup, there are usually only one or two non-league sides remaining, and the League Cup’s only drawing from teams in the Football League.” (Avoiding the Drop)

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