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    Alicesdad wrote:
    "The Capital One Cup is in great shape .... " ...... some thrilling midweek cup football and a first glimpse of the stars of the future."

    It's in great shape is it?? REALLY?? The last comment in this item is really saying that teams put out the reserves and youngsters .. or to put it another way they dont care if they get knocked out.

    Its potentially offers a trip to Wembley and the chance for the other clubs to win a trophy, but the sad fact is it is a trophy that has little importance as most top clubs are far more interested in Premieship income and survival, so they wont risk players getting injured.

    Its all about money of course. Even the FA Cup has lost some gloss. When Man Utds opted out of the FA cup back in 1999 the writing was on the wall. Since then its very much a fans trophy .. its' importance to clubs has diminished

    I remember the days when the League Cup built up its credibility until it was a truly major trophy back in the '70s and '80s. These days it's about as important as the Daily Mail 5 a side used to be (except for the year that Saints won it of course).

    I love it when Saints win trophies and Id love to win it. But from a club perspective it won't be a priority.
    Absolutely right. However, in referrence to the other thread, when the likes of Chelsea and co. are struggling to meet their bills and looking for a quick buck, they'll be glad of a decent run in the COCup.

    Furthermore, to labour my previous ...... um ..... 'points', this competition would certainly be in great shape if it was called the 38 Double D Cup.

    Okay, sorry, everyone, I'll stop now."
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League Cup rebranded as Capital One Cup

Daily Echo: The League Cup, previously sponsored by Carling, is now the Capital One Cup The League Cup, previously sponsored by Carling, is now the Capital One Cup

The League Cup will be known as the Capital One Cup from the start of the new season under a four-year sponsorship agreement with the credit card company, the Football League has announced.

Saints will enter at the second round stage of the competition in the upcoming campaign.

The value of the new sponsorship deal was not disclosed.

Football League chief commercial officer Richard Heaselgrave said: "This is terrific news for clubs and a great way to conclude what has been a memorable domestic football season.

"The Capital One Cup is in great shape having been re-invigorated in recent seasons by a number of memorable finals, some thrilling midweek cup football and a first glimpse of the stars of the future."

The draw for the first round of the rebranded competition will be made on June 14, with the final scheduled to take place at Wembley on February 24.

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