WATNEY CUP 1970 to 1973
The Watney Cup was one of the first sponsored competitions in England. It took place for four seasons
from 1970 to 1973 and was played before the regular League season started.
Two teams from each of the four Football League Divisions participated and qualification was based on the highest number of goals scored during the previous League season, providing that the teams weren't involved in European Football or promoted.
A novel feature was that there were no replays - extra time was played and then a penalty shoot-out, if needed.
The Final was a one-leg game, played at the home venue of one of the Finalists.
The Watney Cup was the first football competition to be screened live on television.