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Take the train…to the Carling Cup Final

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Off to Wembley for the Carling Cup Final? Avoid the pricey petrol pumps and choose the comfort of the train – so you can sit back and relax after all the excitement.

And you could save enough to pay for your match-day pie and pint by checking out our journey planner for cheap train tickets before you set off.

On Sunday 26 February, Cardiff City and Liverpool will be heading off to Wembley to fight it out for the Carling Cup, in the first domestic trophy final of 2012. And whether you’re planning to be there to cheer on the blues or the reds, taking the train is the perfect travel option.

The Bluebirds certainly haven’t had an easy journey to the final. Their first match, against Oxford United, went to extra time before they sealed the win (3-1), and whilst a 5-3 win against Huddersfield propelled them into the third round, their home tie with Leicester went down to the wire with a penalty shootout.

Cardiff eventually won the match (7-6) and went on to beat Burnley 1-0 in order to secure a place in the quarter-finals. A 2-0 win against Blackburn put them into the semi-finals for the first time since 1966 – and although Crystal Palace were ahead after the first leg, Cardiff turned it around in the second leg. An own goal from Palace’s Anthony Gardener levelled the score in the seventh minute, but neither team could break through to win before the final whistle.

After a goalless extra time, the match went to a penalty shootout – and Cardiff won a place in the final, largely due to two fantastic saves by keeper Tom Heaton.

Liverpool’s route to the final was slightly more straightforward. After a convincing away win against Exeter City (1-3), the Reds travelled to Brighton to defeat the Seagulls at the Falmer Stadium (1-2). Next on the list was Stoke City – and although Kenwyne Jones rewarded home fans with a goal just before half-time, Liverpool pulled it back by scoring two more to book the Reds a place in the quarter-finals.

A win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge resulted in a home semi-final tie against Newcastle – and goals from Bellamy and Gerrard resulted in a 3-1 win for Liverpool and a place in the Wembley final.

However challenging your team’s journey to the Carling Cup Final has been, you can get there easily – by taking the train to London. So pull on your footie shirt, grab your scarf and head off to support them this February.

If your team isn’t playing, don’t worry – you can still back them in league and cup matches wherever they are playing, thanks to our cheap train tickets.

And don’t forget to check out our guide to travelling to away matches for some great footie stats and travel tips.

Will you be heading off to watch the Carling Cup Final this month? Leave us a comment and let us know…

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