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The five most successful sides in English League Cup history

There have been 23 different winners of the League Cup since its introduction into English football, but which teams have had the most success in the competition?

Here are the five most successful sides in the English League Cup.

Chelsea – 5 trophies

Roman Abramovich’s takeover of Chelsea in 2003 helped transform the west London side into perennial contenders for major silverware, with the club winning three League Cups after the Russian’s billionaire investment at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s first silverware of the Abramovich era came in the form of the League Cup, as Jose Mourinho led the Blues to success in 2005.


Their latest success came with a final victory over city rivals Tottenham in 2015, with John Terry and Diego Costa scoring the goals in a 2-0 win that saw Chelsea lift the trophy for the fifth time.

Previous successes in 1965, 1998, 2005 and 2007 put the club among the most successful in the competition’s history, with only three sides having lifted the trophy on more occasions.

Aston Villa – 5 trophies

Aston Villa have a proud history in the League Cup and have tasted success on five occasions previously.

This year will mark 28 years since the Midlands club last won a major trophy, their last piece of silverware being this competition when beating Leeds United in the 1996 showpiece at the old Wembley, when Dwight Yorke was among their scorers.

That victory was one of two League Cups won in the space of three seasons, with previous successes in 1961, 1975, 1977 and 1994 making up their haul of five.

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Manchester United – 6 trophies

Manchester United’s first success in the competition did not come until 1992 with victory over Nottingham Forest.

It would be another fourteen years until the Red Devils lifted the trophy again, though fortunes have improved in modern times with four further victories since 2009.

Their latest triumph came in 2023, as Erik ten Hag’s team beat Newcastle 2-0 at Wembley to end a six-year wait for silverware.

Manchester City – 8 trophies

Manchester City have emerged as the dominant force in English football over the course of the past decade, and their record in the League Cup is one to admire in recent seasons.

The club have tasted success on eight occasions, with six of those coming since 2014. After victories in 1970 and 1976, the Citizens have dominated the League Cup over the past ten years.

City became the first team to win English football’s domestic treble in 2018/19, after adding the FA Cup and Premier League to their League Cup triumph.


Liverpool – 9 trophies

The record winners of the English League Cup are Liverpool, with the Merseyside club having featured in a record 14 finals and emerged victorious on 10 of those occasions.

Liverpool became the first team to reach double figures for League Cup wins in 2024, after beating Chelsea courtesy of Virgil van Dijk’s extra-time goal.

Their run to their landmark total began with four consecutive successes during the 1980s, with Bob Paisley leading the club to three of those before successor Joe Fagan added a fourth.

The Reds later added further trophies in 1995, 2001, 2003, 2012, 2022 and 2024.

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