Texaco Cup

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The Texaco Cup, officially known as the International League Board Competition, was an association football competition started in 1970, involving sides from England, Scotland, and Ireland that had not qualified for European competitions.

Texaco Cup
GenreSporting event
CountryTexaco Cup - Wikidata England
Texaco Cup - Wikidata Scotland
Texaco Cup - Wikidata Northern Ireland
Texaco Cup - Wikidata Ireland
Inaugurated1970 (1970)
Most recent1975 (1975)
Programme for the 1974–75 Texaco Cup semi-final between Newcastle United and Birmingham City

It was one of the first football competitions to receive sponsorship, taking the name of American petroleum company Texaco for £100,000, and was instituted to help promote Texaco's recent purchase of the Regent filling station chain. Irish and Northern Irish clubs withdrew from the competition after 1971–72 due to political pressure, competing in a separate Texaco (All-Ireland) Cup in 1973–74 and 1974–75.

Crowds in the competition fell after the first few seasons, and it became the Anglo-Scottish Cup from 1975 to 1976 after Texaco's sponsorship ended.


For the first four seasons it was played as a straight knockout tournament, with sixteen clubs entered, all ties being two-legged. For the final season of the competition, 16 English clubs played in groups before being joined in the knockout stages by four Scottish sides.

List of finals


Season Winners Runners-up Aggregate score
1970–71 Wolverhampton Wanderers Heart of Midlothian 3–2
1971–72 Derby County Airdrieonians 2–1
1972–73 Ipswich Town Norwich City 4–2
1973–74 Newcastle United Burnley 2–1
1974–75 Newcastle United Southampton 3–1

NB Finals played over two legs except in 1973–74



  Burnley, Nottingham Forest, Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers
  Airdrieonians, Dunfermline Athletic, Dundee, Hearts, Morton, Motherwell
  Ards, Derry City
  Limerick, Shamrock Rovers


  Coventry City, Derby County, Huddersfield Town, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Stoke City
  Airdrieonians, Dundee United, Falkirk, Hearts, Morton, Motherwell
  Ballymena United, Coleraine
  Shamrock Rovers, Waterford


  Coventry City, Crystal Palace, Ipswich Town, Leicester City, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Sheffield United, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers
  Ayr United, Dundee, Dundee United, Hearts, Kilmarnock, Motherwell, St Johnstone


  Birmingham City, Burnley, Coventry City, Everton, Leicester City, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Sheffield United, Stoke City
  Ayr United, Dundee United, East Fife, Hearts, Morton, Motherwell, St Johnstone


  Birmingham City, Blackpool, Carlisle United, Leyton Orient, Luton Town, Manchester City, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Oldham Athletic, Peterborough United, Sheffield United, Southampton, Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United
  Aberdeen, Ayr United, Hearts, Rangers


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