The Anglo-Italian Cup is a defunct European football competition. The competition was played intermittently between 1970 and 1996 between clubs from England and Italy, it was founded by Gigi Peronace, following the two-team Anglo-Italian League Cup in 1969. The initial Anglo-Italian Cup was played as an annual tournament from 1970 to 1973; the first final was abandoned early due to violence. During its time the tournament had a reputation for violence between fans, but it returned as a semi-professional tournament from 1976 before it was abolished again in 1986. In 1992, the Anglo-Italian Cup was re-established as a professional cup for second tier clubs – it replaced the English Full Members Cup; the Italian representatives were Serie B teams. This version of the Cup ran for four seasons, until 1996, before being discontinued due to fixture congestion; the trophy was a 22-inch high gold loving cup mounted on a wooden plinth. From 1967, a place in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup was awarded to the Football League Cup winners, but that season's winners, Queens Park Rangers, could not take up their place because UEFA did not at that time allow third-tier teams to compete in the Fairs Cup.
When the same situation arose two years with Swindon Town, a two-legged match against that year's Coppa Italia winners, A. S. Roma, was organised by way of compensation. Following the popularity of that event, dubbed the Anglo-Italian League Cup, as a way to generate income to pay players' wages during the extended close season caused by the 1970 FIFA World Cup, the first Anglo-Italian Cup was inaugurated in 1970. For the first competition there were six Italian teams; these teams were split into three groups consisting of two English and two Italian teams each, with two points being awarded for a win, one point for a draw, a point for each goal scored. The final was contested between the best team from each country, Swindon played Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo on 28 May 1970. Swindon were 3 -- 0 up after 63 minutes; the match had to be abandoned after 79 minutes, with Swindon being declared as the first winners of the tournament. In 1971, the second edition of the tournament and Bologna were the two nations' best-ranked teams and contested the final at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on 12 June 1971.
Prior to the match, tournament organiser Gigi Peronace stressed that it was imperative for an Italian club to win back the trophy. After 90 minutes the score was 1–1 and the match went into extra-time, during which Micky Burns scored the winning goal for Blackpool. Blackpool qualified for the final again in 1972, but were unsuccessful in their defence of the title, with Roma winning 3–1. In 1973, points were no longer awarded for each goal scored, Newcastle United went on to win the final 2–1 against Fiorentina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on 3 June 1973. Due to lack of interest the tournament did not continue, it was not until 1976 that it re-emerged as a semi-professional competition. In March 1976, the Anglo-Italian Cup was re-introduced as a semi-professional tournament, with six entrants from each country. Wimbledon and Monza reached the final, with Monza winning the final 1–0, making them unbeaten for the tournament. For the next two years Bath City were the English finalists but they lost to Lecco in 1977, Udinese in 1978, when the tournament was renamed the Alitalia Challenge Cup.
In 1979, each country had four entrants and Sutton United defeated Italian finalists Chieti 2–1 to become the first and only English winners of the competition during its time as a semi-professional competition. Attempting to defend their title the following year, Sutton United reached the final but were defeated by Triestina. In 1981, the tournament was called the Talbot Challenge Cup and Modena were the winners; the following year the tournament was renamed the Gigi Peronace Memorial, after the man who organised the tournament, reduced to four teams. The new format consisted of two Anglo-Italian semi-finals, which meant the final was not contested by an English and an Italian team; that year, Modena defended their title in a final against Sutton United, who were the last English team to reach the final of the semi-professional tournament. From 1983 to 1986, the finals were all-Italian contests, after the 1986 instalment the tournament was discontinued; the competition was re-established in 1992–93 as a replacement for the Full Members Cup.
It was a professional tournament for teams competing in the second tier of football—the newly renamed First Division in England and Serie B in Italy. The new version of the tournament began with preliminary rounds – 24 English teams competed in 8 groups of three teams; each team played the others once, the eight group winners progressed to the main competition. The main competition consisted of two groups, each with four English, four Italian teams; each team would play four group games – against every team in its group from the other nation. The top team in each group from each nation competed in semi-finals: an all-English semi-final, an all-Italian semi-final; the final was a single match played at Wembley. In the 1992–93 tournament, Derby County lost the final 3–1 to Cremonese. Brescia won the final in 1994 against Notts County, but Notts County reached the final again in 1995 and defeated Ascoli 2–1; the last instalment of the competition was held in 1995–96, Genoa triumphed 5–2 over Port Vale in the final on 17 March 1996.
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