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1997–98 Football League Cup

The 1997–98 Football League Cup (known as the Coca-Cola Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the 38th Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 football clubs. The competition name reflects a sponsorship deal with soft drinks brand Coca-Cola, who were in the last year of their multi-million pound deal. The competition began on 11 August 1997, and ended with the final on 29 March 1998, held at Wembley Stadium.

The tournament was won by Chelsea, who beat Middlesbrough 2–0 in the final.

1997–98 League Cup
Country  England &  Wales
Teams 92
Champions Chelsea
Runners-up Middlesbrough

First round

The 70 First, Second and Third Division clubs compete from the First Round. Each section is divided equally into a pot of seeded clubs and a pot of unseeded clubs. Clubs' rankings depend upon their finishing position in the 1996–97 season.

Tie no Home team1 (1st Leg)
(2nd Leg)
Aggregate
Away team
1 Blackpool (1-0)
(0-1)
1-1
Manchester City
After extra time — Blackpool win 4-2 on penalties
2 Bournemouth (0-1)
(1-1)
1-2
Torquay United
3 Brentford (1-1)
(5-3)
6-4
Shrewsbury Town
4 Brighton & Hove Albion (1-1)
(1-3)
2-4
Leyton Orient
5 Bristol City (0-0)
(2-1)
2-1
Bristol Rovers
6 Cambridge United (1-1)
(1-2)
2-3
West Bromwich Albion
7 Cardiff City (1-1)
(1-3)
2-4
Southend United
8 Charlton Athletic (0-1)
(1-3)
1-4
Ipswich Town
9 Chester City (1-2)
(0-3)
1-5
Carlisle United
10 Colchester United (0-1)
(1-1)
1-2
Luton Town
11 Crewe Alexandra (2-3)
(3-3)
5-6
Bury
12 Darlington (1-1)
(1-2)
2-3
Notts County
13 Doncaster Rovers (0-8)
(1-2)
1-10
Nottingham Forest
14 Gillingham (0-1)
(0-3)
0-4
Birmingham City
15 Huddersfield Town (2-1)
(1-1)
3-2
Bradford City
16 Lincoln City (1-1)
(1-2)
2-3
Burnley
17 Macclesfield Town (0-0)
(1-2)
1-2
Hull City
18 Mansfield Town (4-2)
(3-6)
7-8
Stockport County
19 Northampton Town (2-1)
(1-2)
3-3
Millwall
After extra time — Millwall win 2-0 on penalties
20 Norwich City (2-1)
(1-3)
3-4
Barnet
21 Oldham Athletic (1-0)
(0-5)
1-5
Grimsby Town
22 Oxford United (2-0)
(5-3)
7-3
Plymouth Argyle
23 Peterborough United (2-2)
(2-1)
4-3
Portsmouth
24 Port Vale (1-2)
(1-1)
2-3
York City
25 QPR (0-2)
(2-1)
2-3
Wolverhampton Wanderers
26 Reading (2-0)
(1-1)
3-2
Swansea City
27 Rochdale (1-3)
(1-1)
2-4
Stoke City
28 Rotherham United (1-3)
(0-2)
1-5
Preston North End
29 Scarborough (0-2)
(1-2)
1-4
Scunthorpe United
30 Swindon Town (0-2)
(1-1)
1-3
Watford
31 Tranmere Rovers (3-1)
(1-2)
4-3
Hartlepool United
32 Walsall (2-0)
(1-0)
3-0
Exeter City
33 Wigan Athletic (1-2)
(0-1)
1-3
Chesterfield
34 Wrexham (1-1)
(1-3)
2-4
Sheffield United
35 Wycombe Wanderers (1-2)
(4-4)
5-6
Fulham

1 Team at home in the 1st leg is denoted as the home team

Second round

The 35 winners from the First Round joined the 13 Premier League clubs not participating in European competition and Middlesbrough and Sunderland who were relegated from the Premier League last season. First leg matches were played on 16 and 17 September, second leg matches were played on 23 and 24 September with one match played on 29 September, seven on 30 September and five on 1 October.

Tie no Home team1 (1st Leg)
(2nd Leg)
Aggregate
Away team
1 Birmingham City (4-1)
(1-2)
5-3
Stockport County
2 Blackburn Rovers (6-0)
(0-1)
6-1
Preston North End
3 Blackpool (1-0)
(1-3)
2-3
Coventry City
4 Burnley (0-4)
(0-2)
0-6
Stoke City
5 Chesterfield (1-2)
(1-4)
2-6
Barnsley
6 Fulham (0-1)
(0-1)
0-2
Wolverhampton Wanderers
7 Grimsby Town (2-0)
(2-3)
4-3
Sheffield Wednesday
8 Huddersfield Town (1-0)
(0-3)
1-3
West Ham United
9 Hull City (1-0)
(1-2)
2-2
Crystal Palace
After extra time — Hull City win on away goals
10 Ipswich Town (1-1)
(3-0)
4-1
Torquay United
11 Leeds United (3-1)
(1-2)
4-3
Bristol City
12 Leyton Orient (1-3)
(4-4)
5-7
Bolton Wanderers
13 Luton Town (1-1)
(2-4)
3-5
West Bromwich Albion
14 Middlesbrough (1-0)
(2-0)
3-0
Barnet
15 Nottingham Forest (0-1)
(2-2)
2-3
Walsall
16 Notts County (0-2)
(1-0)
1-2
Tranmere Rovers
17 Oxford United (4-1)
(2-1)
6-2
York City
18 Reading (0-0)
(2-0)
2-0
Peterborough United
19 Scunthorpe United (0-1)
(0-5)
0-6
Everton
20 Southampton (3-1)
(2-0)
5-1
Brentford
21 Southend United (0-1)
(0-5)
0-6
Derby County
22 Sunderland (2-1)
(2-1)
4-2
Bury
23 Tottenham Hotspur (3-2)
(2-0)
5-2
Carlisle United
24 Watford (1-1)
(0-4)
5-1
Sheffield United
25 Wimbledon (5-1)
(4-1)
9-2
Millwall

1 Team at home in the 1st leg is denoted as the home team

Third round

The 25 winners from the Second Round joined the seven Premiership clubs participating in European competition in Round Three. Matches were played on 14 and 15 October.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Arsenal 4–1 Birmingham City 14 October 1997
2 Barnsley 1–2 Southampton 14 October 1997
3 Bolton Wanderers 2–0 Wimbledon 14 October 1997
4 Grimsby Town 3–1 Leicester City 14 October 1997
5 Ipswich Town 2–0 Manchester United 14 October 1997
6 Oxford United 1–1 Tranmere Rovers 14 October 1997
After extra time — Oxford United win 6 – 5 on penalties
7 Reading 4–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 October 1997
8 Walsall 2–1 Sheffield United 14 October 1997
9 Chelsea 1–1 Blackburn Rovers 15 October 1997
After extra time — Chelsea win 4 – 1 on penalties
10 Coventry City 4–1 Everton 15 October 1997
11 Middlesbrough 2–0 Sunderland 15 October 1997
12 Newcastle United 2–0 Hull City 15 October 1997
13 Stoke City 1–3 Leeds United 15 October 1997
14 Tottenham Hotspur 1–2 Derby County 15 October 1997
15 West Bromwich Albion 0–2 Liverpool 15 October 1997
16 West Ham United 3–0 Aston Villa 15 October 1997

Fourth round

Matches were played on 18 and 19 November.

1997-11-18
19:45
Arsenal 1 – 0

(a.e.t.)

Coventry City
Bergkamp Goal 99'
Highbury, London
Attendance: 30,199
Referee: Gerald Ashby

1997-11-18
19:45
Derby County 0 – 1 Newcastle United
Tomasson Goal 72'
Pride Park Stadium, Derby
Attendance: 27,364
Referee: Martin Bodenham

1997-11-18
19:45
Leeds United 2 – 3 Reading
Wetherall Goal 16'
Bowyer Goal 54'
Asaba Goal 9'
Williams Goal 66'
Morley Goal 85'
Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 15,069
Referee: Graham Barber

1997-11-18
19:45
Liverpool 3 – 0 Grimsby Town
Owen Goal 28' Goal 45' (pen) Goal 57'
Anfield, Liverpool
Attendance: 28,515
Referee: Roy Pearson

1997-11-18
19:45
Middlesbrough 2 – 1

(a.e.t.)

Bolton Wanderers
Summerbell Goal 39'
Hignett Goal 115'
Thompson Goal 33'
Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Attendance: 22,801
Referee: Stephen Lodge

1997-11-18
19:45
Oxford United 1 – 2

(a.e.t.)

Ipswich Town
Beauchamp Goal 66' Dozzell Goal 63'
Mowbray Goal 93'
Manor Ground, Oxford
Attendance: 5,723
Referee: Scott Mathieson

1997-11-19
19:45
Chelsea 2 – 1

(a.e.t.)

Southampton
Flo Goal 61'
Morris Goal 118'
Davies Goal 52'
Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 20,968
Referee: David Elleray

1997-11-19
19:45
West Ham United 4 – 1 Walsall
Lampard Goal 15' Goal 73' Goal 74'
Hartson Goal 16'
Watson Goal 45'
Boleyn Ground, London
Attendance: 17,463
Referee: David Orr

Quarter-finals

The four matches were played on 6 and 7 January.

1998-01-06
19:45
Reading 0 – 1 Middlesbrough
Hignett Goal 89'
Elm Park, Reading
Attendance: 13,072
Referee: George Cain

1998-01-06
19:45
West Ham United 1 – 2 Arsenal
Abou Goal 75' Wright Goal 25'
Overmars Goal 52'
Boleyn Ground, London
Attendance: 24,770
Referee: Graham Barber

1998-01-07
19:45
Ipswich Town 2 – 2

(a.e.t.)
1 – 4p

Chelsea
Taricco Goal 45'
Mathie Goal 62'
Flo Goal 32'
Le Saux Goal 45'
Portman Road, Ipswich
Attendance: 22,088
Referee: Paul Durkin

1998-01-07
19:45
Newcastle United 0 – 2

(a.e.t.)

Liverpool
Owen Goal 95'
Fowler Goal 103'
St James' Park, Newcastle
Attendance: 33,207
Referee: Dermot Gallagher

Semi-finals

The semi-final draw was made in January 1998 after the conclusion of the quarter finals. Unlike the other rounds, the semi-final ties were played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home. The first leg matches were played on 27 and 28 January 1998, the second leg matches were played on 18 February 1998. Arsenal's hopes of a unique domestic treble were ended by London rivals Chelsea, while Liverpool suffered a surprise exit at the hands of Middlesbrough.

First leg

1998-01-27
19:45
Liverpool 2 – 1 Middlesbrough
Redknapp Goal 31'
Fowler Goal 82'
Merson Goal 29'
Anfield, Liverpool
Attendance: 33,438
Referee: Gary Willard

1998-01-28
19:45
Arsenal 2 – 1 Chelsea
Overmars Goal 23'
Hughes Goal 47'
Hughes Goal 68'
Highbury, London
Attendance: 38,114
Referee: Martin Bodenham

Second leg

1998-02-18
19:45
Middlesbrough 2 – 0 Liverpool
Merson Goal 2' (pen)
Branca Goal 4'
Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Attendance: 29,828
Referee: Paul Durkin

Middlesbrough win 3-2 on aggregate


1998-02-18
19:45
Chelsea 3 – 1 Arsenal
Hughes Goal 10'
Di Matteo Goal 51'
Petrescu Goal 53'
Bergkamp Goal 82' (pen)
Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 34,330
Referee: Graham Poll

Chelsea win 4-3 on aggregate

Final

The 1998 Coca-Cola Cup Final was played on 29 March 1998 and was contested between Chelsea and Middlesbrough at Wembley Stadium. Chelsea won the final 2-0 in extra time thanks to goals from Frank Sinclair and Roberto Di Matteo.

1998-03-29
15:00
Chelsea 2 – 0

(a.e.t.)

Middlesbrough
Sinclair Goal 95'
Di Matteo Goal 107'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 77,698
Referee: Peter Jones

External links

  • Official Carling Cup website
  • Carling Cup at bbc.co.uk
  • League Cup news, match reports and pictures on Reuters.co.uk
  • Results on Soccerbase
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