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Anglo-Italian Cup[]

The Anglo-Italian Cup was a half-arsed attempt to bring exotic fixtures into the League calendar by pitting Championship (as it is now) sides against those from Serie B.

It was fun for a brief time as fans of teams like Port Vale got to go to Pisa and make a holiday of it. But hardly anyone did, because most games were midweek, and in any case you had to play other English teams before you even got a go at the Italians.

Most sides never faced Italian opposition in their Anglo-Italian Cup adventure.

To make matters worse, the Italians always won the trophy in the end. They soon put a stop to this pointless competition.