Carling Cup lost its fizz

I went abroad for a few days last week after the Manchester derby.

Why not?

What was I going to miss?

The Carling Cup?

I am at a complete loss to understand why we bother with this competition.

It clutters an already grossly-overloaded fixture list and it’s plain most clubs of any stature are happy to be out of it.

Does anyone seriously believe Birmingham, Burnley, Fulham, West Ham or Wolves actually regretted losing in midweek? Privately, managers will be happy to concentrate on league survival.

And, yes, I know, fans of Queens Park Rangers and Leeds were given great opportunities to revisit glorious memories of their not so distant past – Rangers took 6,000 fans to Stamford Bridge and there were over 38,000 at Elland Road – but most accept the Chelsea and Liverpool games were mere distractions from more important matters elsewhere.

It’s a shame the authorities won’t put the competition out of its misery and that I’ll have to wade into it long before the final at Wembley.

Now, can I remember who played in it last season?


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