The 2013 League Cup Final on 24 February 2013 between Swansea City and Bradford City has been notable for the following:
- Swansea City are the first Welsh club to win the League Cup.
- This is only the second occasion that a Welsh club has won either of the two major domestic cup competitions in England. The previous occasion was in 1927, when Cardiff City defeated Arsenal in the FA Cup Final. The only other occasions a Welsh club has reached the final of either cup competition were in 1925, 2008 and 2012, with Cardiff City losing on each occasion – 1925 FA Cup Final 0-1 to Sheffield United, 2008 FA Cup 0-1 to Portsmouth and 2012 League Cup Final on penalties to Liverpool after a 2-2 draw.
- Bradford City are only second fourth tier club to reach the final of either of the two major domestic cup competitions in England. The first Rochdale, who also reached the League Cup Final, in 1962, losing over two legs to Norwich City 0-4 on aggregate.
For the record, Swansea City won 5-0.
However, it is worth looking at he last 8 clubs, and their previous record in the competition.
|Swansea City||0-2||Swanssea City||0-2 (A)
|Bradford City||3-1 (H)
|Norwich City||1-4||Aston Villa|
The two finalists are the only two not to have reached a final before. In fact, neither had even reached a semi-final before. The remaining 6 clubs in the last 8 had each won the competition before, a total of 15 times between them.
The ultimate winner, Swansea City, had not even reached the last 8 before.
The last time a major domestic final was contested by two clubs who hadn’t previously reached the final of that competition (FA Cup or League Cup) was 1978, when Nottingham Forest faced Liverpool in the League Cup Final, with Forest winning 1-0. Nottingham Forest and Liverpool finished first and second in the top flight that season. Liverpool have since gone on the win the League Cup a record 8 times.
Coincidentally, the last time the FA Cup Final was between two clubs that hadn’t reached the final before also involved Liverpool – the 1914 FA Cup Final which saw Burnley beat Liverpool 1-0.
The last time a major domestic final was contested between two clubs who hadn’t previously reached the final of either competition (FA Cup or League Cup) was 1962, the only other time a fourth tier club reached the final of either competition (as described at the start of this article).