Carabao Cup Hospitality Packages
Official VIP Carabao Cup hospitality packages
Eventmasters are delighted to offer Carabao Cup Hospitality Packages, so you can enjoy enthralling Carabao Cup action involving your favourite football teams. There is no better way to experience the Carabao Cup than with one of Eventmasters’ VIP Hospitality Packages culminating with a visit to Wembley.
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Package options are available here for the Carabao Cup Quarter Final matches involving our teams
Chelsea secured their place in the 2023/24 Carabao Cup Quarter Finals following their 2 – 0 victory against Blackburn Rovers at Stamford Bridge in early November. Eddie Howe’s Newcastle will be their opponent in the Quarter Final. The Blues are seeking their sixth League Cup, and their first since 2015 this season.
Liverpool made it through to the Quarter Finals of the Carabao Cup after beating Bournemouth 2 – 1 at the Vitality Stadium in early November. The Reds will now face high-flying West Ham United at Anfield, seeking to take a step closer to winning the club’s 10th League Cup title in their more than 130-year history.
Everton secured passage into the Quarter Finals of the 2023/24 Carabao Cup after they beat Burnley 3 – 0 at Goodison Park in the Fourth Round in early November. Marco Silva’s Fulham will be the Toffees’ opponents in the Quarter Final, which is set to be played at Goodison in December 2023.
Carabao Cup History
Called the Carabao Cup for sponsorship reasons, the prestigious League Cup has a long history, being established in 1960 ahead of the 1960/61 season. The first ever final in 1961 was played over two legs with Division One club Aston Villa facing Division Two’s Rotherham United. It was played over two legs, with Rotherham winning the first leg at Millmoor 2-0 thanks to goals from John Webster and Alan Kirkman.
Villa did manage to recover in the second leg at Villa Park, as goals from Alan O’Neill and Henry Burrows drew Joe Mercer’s side level before the legendary Peter McParland scored the winner in extra time. Aston Villa were the first ever winners of the Carabao Cup.
The final continued to be played over two legs, until it was finally moved permanently to the famous Wembley Stadium ahead of the 1966/67 season. The other winners of the two legged finals were Norwich City (v Rochdale – 1961/62), Birmingham City (v Aston Villa – 1962/63), Leicester City (v Stoke City – 1963/64), Chelsea (v Leicester City – 1964/65) & West Bromwich Albion (v West Ham United – 1965/66).
The first ever League Cup Final to take place at Wembley was between Queens Park Rangers and West Bromwich Albion. The Hoops were 3-2 victors in what was an enthralling match – goals came courtesy of Clive Clark, Rodney Marsh and future Tottenham forward Roger Morgan. QPR also made history in this final, becoming the first ever third division side to win this competition.
The final in 1969 was famous for a shock victory at Wembley. Third Division side Swindon Town beat top flight Arsenal 3-1 at Wembley, with Roger Smart and Don Rogers scoring the goals on The Robins’ most famous day.
Aston Villa and Everton is not only the most played fixture in the history of English football, the two historic clubs also played each other in one of the most memorable finals, which took place in 1977. It took a total of three matches were played, (including two replays) for the winner to be declared, and it was Villa who were declared champions in the end, after the winning goal was scored by Brian Little in extra time.
In 1981, the League Cup became known as the ‘Milk Cup’ which was the first time it had a title sponsor. Since then, the cup has gone through several names: The Littlewoods Challenge Cup, The Rumbelows Cup, The Coca-Cola Cup, The Worthington Cup, The Carling Cup, The Capital One Cup and of course the Carabao Cup as it is known presently.
The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff was briefly the home of the League Cup Final during the renovation of Wembley Stadium between 2001 and 2007.
In the 21st Century, there have been a variety of winners, from Chelsea to when Birmingham City beat Arsenal 2 – 1 in 2011.
This was a shock, but a surprise final between Swansea City and Bradford City came in 2013, with the Swans beating the Bantams 5-0 at Wembley.
The most successful club in the League Cup’s history is Liverpool with 9. The Reds are followed by Manchester City (8), Manchester United (6), Aston Villa (5), Chelsea (5) and Tottenham Hotspur (4).
The most recent final in 2023 was won by Manchester United, who defeated Newcastle United 2-0 at Wembley.
Recent Carabao Cup Winners:
2000: Leicester City (v Tranmere Rovers)
2001: Liverpool (v Birmingham City)
2002: Blackburn Rovers (v Tottenham Hotspur)
2003: Liverpool (v Manchester United)
2004: Middlesbrough (v Bolton Wanderers)
2005: Chelsea (v Liverpool)
2006: Manchester United (v Wigan Athletic)
2007: Chelsea (v Arsenal)
2008: Tottenham Hotspur (v Chelsea)
2009: Manchester United (v Tottenham Hotspur)
2010: Manchester United (v Aston Villa)
2011: Birmingham City (v Arsenal)
2012: Liverpool (v Cardiff City)
2013: Swansea City (v Bradford City)
2014: Manchester City (v Sunderland)
2015: Chelsea (v Tottenham Hotspur)
2016: Manchester City (v Liverpool)
2017: Manchester United (v Southampton)
2018: Manchester City (v Arsenal)
2019: Manchester City (v Chelsea)
2020: Manchester City (v Aston Villa)
2021: Manchester City (v Tottenham Hotspur)
2022: Liverpool (v Chelsea)
2023: Manchester United (v Newcastle United).
Carabao Cup Competition Format
The format of the Carabao Cup is fairly straightforward. For the first four rounds of the competition and the final, ties are played in one leg. Ties can be settled in extra time or penalties.
The first round of the competition is played in August, which features clubs from the English Football League (EFL) only – 72 clubs from the Championship, League One and League Two compete for qualification for round two.
There is extra motivation for lower league clubs to make it to the second round, not just financially, but also because they have a chance of playing against a Premier League side. This is the round where top flight sides join in, unless the club is playing in any European Competition (UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League).
Clubs in European competition join in Round Three.
Then comes the round of 16 where clubs from across England’s top four divisions compete for a place in the Quarter Final – this takes place in January the following year, with 8 clubs competing for a spot in the semi-final.
The semi final is where the competition’s format changes slightly. At this stage of the competition, ties are played over two legs with the winners heading to the showpiece occasion that is the Final at Wembley in February. Once more, if the tie is level by the end of the second leg, the tie can go to extra time or penalties if necessary.
The Carabao Cup Final then takes place at the end of February, where two teams compete for the trophy. The winner not only takes the trophy home, they also secure qualification for the UEFA Europa League for the following season.
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