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1970 Anglo-Italian Cup

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1970 Anglo-Italian Cup

The 1970 Anglo-Italian Cup was the inaugural Anglo-Italian Cup competition. The European football competition was played between clubs from England and Italy and was founded by Gigi Peronace in 1970, following the success of the Anglo-Italian League Cup. The competition culminated in a final between Napoli and Swindon Town. Swindon won the competition after leading in the final which was abandoned before full-time due to violence.


  • Background 1
  • Format 2
  • Group stage 3
    • Group 1 games 3.1
    • Group 2 games 3.2
    • Group 3 games 3.3
    • Final team standings 3.4
  • Final 4
  • Post game 5
  • Notes 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8



  • Anglo-Italian Cup 1970 at RSSSF
  • Anglo-Italian Cup Winners 1969/1970 -
  • Swindon Town players memories of the final - Swindon Advertiser, 30 May 2000
  • Caught in time - reminisces of the tournament from The Times

External links

  1. ^ Murray, Scott (12 November 2008). "Why the League Cup still has its place in English football".  
  2. ^ a b c d e Murray, Scott (26 June 2009). "The Joy of Six: Extinct football competitions".  
  3. ^ Murphy, Alex (2 May 2009). "Mike Keen: Footballer who captained Third Division Queen's Park Rangers to League Cup victory in 1967".  
  4. ^ King, Clive (28 August 1969). "Swindon outplay Italians to win cup".  
  5. ^ a b c "When Palace humbled Inter". The Holmesdale Online. 25 February 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c Sheldon, Peter. "Under the Shadow of Mighty Vesuvius". Swindon's pride. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Anglo-Italian Cup 1970".  
  8. ^ a b "Blackpool 10 LANEROSSI VICENZA 0 Anglo-Italian Cup, June 10, 1972".  
  9. ^ a b "UP WITH THE CUP! Passports at the ready as Town tune up for Italian job".  
  10. ^ a b c  
  11. ^ David Kelly (1970). "Soccer madness".  


  1. ^ The match was abandoned after 75 minutes with Vicenza leading 1–0. The result was awarded as a 2–0 loss against both teams.[7]
  2. ^ a b Two points were awarded for a win, one point for a draw, and a point for each goal scored.[5][8][9]
  3. ^ Where no article exists on English WorldHeritage, some players are linked to their article on the Italian WorldHeritage


"After the fighting, in which at least 40 police, including several officers , and 60 demonstrators were injured, police guarded the San Paolo Stadium. Police said they had arrested 30 people and had 11 others in custody for questioning. According to first estimates, rampaging spectators caused about £20,000 worth of damage to stadium equipment."[10] Reuters
Only minutes from the end of the game in Naples, with Swindon holding a comfortable three-goal lead, raging fans went on the rampage. Hundreds of concrete bench seats were torn up and smashed into small chunks which were thrown onto the pitch sending players and officials scurrying to the other side of the field for safety. Fires were started all around the stadium as the hooligans raged out of control. Bottles and blazing cushions were thrown as the match dissolved in chaos 12 minutes from full-time.[11] Swindon Advertiser
"A fanatical section of the 55,000 crowd incensed by the inability of Napoli to match the craft and finishing of Swindon Town, went berserk during the latter stage of the Anglo-Italian tournament final in Naples last night. They showered the pitch with beer bottles and stones and Austrian referee Paul Schiller called the players off 11 minutes from time"[10] Reuters

The Swindon Evening Advertiser reported on the aftermath -

Post game

Swindon Town were awarded the trophy by Signor Orfeo Pianelli, vice-president of the Italian Football Federation.[10]

Trouble started when Arthur Horsfield scored Swindon's third goal in the 63rd minute. Disgruntled fans, angered at the home side's failure to check brilliant Swindon, hurled a fusillade of rocks and bottles on the field, prompting the police to retaliate with teargas. Groups of youngsters then started breaking up stones and wooden benches and hurling them over the wide moat and onto the pitch. A linesman was struck and the referee ordered the players towards the main stand as clearly it was impossible for play to carry on. The players had to run the gauntlet to escape to the dressing rooms and several Swindon players were struck by missiles. Horsfield, in particular, had a nasty bruise on his thigh.[6] – Peter Sheldon

The game was marred by disturbances from the Napoli fans, resulting in two separate pitch invasions until finally – under a barrage of missiles – the referee abandoned the match after 79 minutes.

Swindon continued their spell of success with a comfortable victory to add to the 1969 League Cup and 1969 Anglo-Italian League Cup.

Napoli:[nb 3]
GK Trevisani
DF Floris
DF Montecolo
DF Zurlini
DF Panzanato
MF Bianchi
MF Hamrin
MF Montefusco
FW Altafini
MF Improta
FW Barison
None listed
Giuseppe Chiappella
Swindon Town
GK Jones
DF Thomas
DF Trollope
MF Butler
DF Burrows
DF Harland (c)
MF Smart
FW Horsfield
MF Smith
MF Noble
MF Rogers
None listed
Fred Ford
28 May 1970
Napoli 0 – 3
Swindon Town
(Report) Noble Goal 24' Goal 58'
Horsfield Goal 62'
Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Paul Schiller (Austria)


Final team standings

Group 3 games

Group 2 games

Sheffield Wednesday 0–0 Juventus
Attendance: 9,495

Sheffield Wednesday 4–3 SSC Napoli
Alan Warboys Goal
Steve Downes Goal
Attendance: 10,166

Group 1 games

Group[7]  England[7]  Italy[7]
1 Sheffield Wednesday
Swindon Town
S.S.C. Napoli
2 Middlesbrough
West Bromwich Albion
A.S. Roma
3 Sunderland
Wolverhampton Wanderers
ACF Fiorentina
S.S. Lazio

Group stage

For the competition there were six English teams: Swindon Town, Sheffield Wednesday, Middlesbrough, West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and six Italian teams: Napoli, Juventus, Roma, Fiorentina, Lazio and Vicenza.[2] These teams were split into three groups consisting of two English and two Italian teams each.[6] Each team played against the two teams in their group from the opposing nation. Matches were played home and away with the first legs played in England and the second legs played in Italy.[7] Two points were awarded for a win, one point for a draw, and a point for each goal scored.[5][8][9] The team with the highest number points from each nation then contested the final.[2][6]


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