At a time in English football where the fixture list is growing ever more crowded, there is less and less of an excuse for the League Cup's continued existence as an institution. The abolition of FA Cup replays might knock a single game off a team's fixture list in a given season, but getting rid of the League Cup gives a guaranteed break to every single club, and would knock multiple games off the schedule for most big clubs.
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On Sunday, 72,000 football fans attended a football match at Wembley Stadium that most people were entirely unaware was happening. In future years, should the English Football Association get its way, those people might be a little more clued-up.
Spurs haven't progressed over the last year. They're actually three points behind where they were at this stage last year, but their improved performances have kept fans relatively happy so far. There's a time when 'rebuilding' stops working as an excuse though and this - after Pochettino's second transfer window - is it.
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini admitted he may try to extend Frank Lampard's loan spell at the club. The former England
Yeovil Town exited the Capital One Cup at the first round stage to Gillingham in comical fashion as goalkeeper Artur Krysiak
The first round draw of the 2014/15 League Cup threw up the second meeting between MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon - despite the history, it is no rivalry.
The magic that made the cup special is something that many cynics have said is long gone - lost in the bygone days of Ronnie Radford and Hereford United, Jim Montgomery and Bob Stokoe at Sunderland and Wimbledon's infamous Crazy Gang. For a time, such pessimists were probably right...
Try shouting out in support of your team in the wrong end of a stadium, in the section dominated by fans of the opposition, and you run the risk of being threatened. It's likely you'll be marched out of the ground by stewards. It could even be worse.
Ahead of their first trip to Wembley since 1999 three years ago, one Manchester City fan planned to meet a friend beneath
Manchester City clinched their first League Cup in 38 years with a 3-1 win over Sunderland on Sunday. Manchester City 3-1