What To Do About The League Cup?

It’s the end of August. This means, of course, that it’s time for our annual dissection of what is wrong with the League Cup. This year’s Second Round has already been played, and it has already provided a couple of surprises, including Northampton Town beating Bolton Wanderers and Rotherham United knocking out Wolverhampton Wanderers on penalties at Don Valley Stadium. One can’t help but suspect, however, that supporters of those bigger clubs won’t be too bothered about these results should their teams win at the weekend. That is the sad truth of the League Cup at the moment. It used to be that the biggest clubs didn’t care much for it. Now, the fact of the matter is that no-one really cares much about it, and the proof is in the half-hearted attendances posted this week. The crowd of just over 19,000 at the match between Coventry City and Newcastle United was the biggest of the round, but this was the exception rather than the rule. The crowd for the match between Wigan Athletic and Notts County was 4,100. Less than 3,500 people saw Hartlepool United beat West Bromwich Albion out of the competition. Maybe no-one cares about the League Cup at all. The bitter irony is that the biggest clubs, in spite of their not caring about the League Cup, still have the best chance of winning it....

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