League Cup

Historic Debut

The League Cup is not a competition that has been kind to Fulham.

Indeed, it wasn’t until the League Cup's third year, in 1963, that Fulham won a tie when they defeated Third Division AFC Bournemouth.

In the relegation year of 1967/8, Fulham recorded their first significant League Cup run, which has not been bettered to this day. Tranmere Rovers and Workington were the opponents in the opening rounds, although it needed a replay to overcome the team from Cumberland. Allan Clarke scored four goals in the 6-2 win, the best individual performance by a Fulham player in the competition.

The Fourth Round saw league title aspirants - and eventual champions - Manchester City beaten 3-2 as Fulham booked their place in the last eight for the first time, only to lose to Huddersfield Town in the Quarter-Final.

The Third Division Whites beat three teams from higher leagues in 1970/71 in Leyton Orient, Queens Park Rangers and Swindon Town. But they were defeated in a replay at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate in the Fifth Round.

Although there was another Third-Round exit in 1983, this was probably the Club's finest hour in the League Cup, when holders and team of the 80’s, Liverpool, arrived at the Cottage.

A Kevin Lock penalty earned Fulham a thoroughly-deserved draw and in the replay at Anfield, they fought back, again through a Lock penalty, to take Liverpool back to the Cottage for a third game. This clash, like the other two, went the distance, and a tad more, for it took a mis-hit Graeme Souness shot in extra-time to settle the issue. Liverpool went on to retain the cup that term, but nobody was more of a threat to their reign than Fulham.

By 1986, Fulham were back in the Third Division, and with Player-Manager Ray Lewington in charge, were paired with Liverpool in the Second Round. This time it was men against boys. Fulham were annihilated 10-0 in the First Leg, the biggest defeat in their history. The home leg was lost by a more respectable 3-2 margin.

The Fifth Round has since been reached on two more occasions. The Whites lost on penalties to Leicester City in the 1999/2000, before a defeat to Chelsea at the same stage in November 2004.