Texaco Cup

The Texaco Cup, officially known as the International League Board Competition, was an association football competition involving sides from England, Scotland, and Ireland that had not qualified for European competitions.[1][2]

Texaco Cup
GenreSporting event
Country England
 Northern 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.[3] Irish and Northern Irish clubs withdrew from the competition after 1971–72 due to political pressure,[4] competing in a separate Texaco (All-Ireland) Cup in 1973–74 and 1974–75.[5]

Crowds in the competition fell after the first few seasons,[6] and it became the Anglo-Scottish Cup from 1975–76 after Texaco's sponsorship ended.[7]


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.[8]

List of Finals


SeasonWinnersRunners-upAggregate score
1970–71 Wolverhampton WanderersHeart of Midlothian3–2
1971–72 Derby CountyAirdrieonians2–1
1972–73 Ipswich TownNorwich City4–2
1973–74 Newcastle UnitedBurnley2–1
1974–75 Newcastle UnitedSouthampton3–1

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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  2. James Ross (20 December 2007). "Texaco Cup & Anglo-Scottish Cup 1971–81". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 21 September 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  3. Jim Heath (July 2001). "Best of British oils". When Saturday Comes. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  4. Withdrawal of Irish clubs [dead link]
  5. All-Ireland Cross-Border Cup Competitions, (C) Copyright Sean DeLoughry, Julian Canny and RSSSF 2003/08
  6. Scott Murray (26 June 2009). "The Joy of Six: Extinct football competitions". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 3 March 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  7. "Anglo-Scottish Cup: Intro". Scottish Football Historical Archive. Archived from the original on 4 October 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  8. Tom Lewis (20 December 2007). "Anglo-Scottish Cup & Texaco Cup – Full Results". RSSSF. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  9. James M. Ross (20 December 2007). "Texaco Cup Finals 1971–75". Texaco Cup & Anglo-Scottish Cup 1971–81. RSSSF. Retrieved 22 February 2017.