Football : Season Details : 1961
Final English Top Division Football (soccer) Table and Cup Final(s)
|League Cup Final First Leg||Rotherham United 2 Aston Villa 0|
|League Cup Final Second Leg||Aston Villa 3 Rotherham United 0 (agg 3 - 2)|
|FA Cup Final||Tottenham Hotspur 2 Leicester City 0|
|European Cup Final||Benfica 3 Barcelona 2|
|Fairs Cup Final First Leg||Birmingham City 2 AS Roma 2|
|Fairs Cup Final Second Leg||AS Roma 2 Birmingham City 0 (agg 4 - 2)|
|Cup Winners Cup Final First Leg||Rangers 0 Fiorentina 2|
|Cup Winners Cup Final Second Leg||Fiorentina 2 Rangers 1 (agg 4 - 1)|
At this time, the Fairs Cup had a rule of "one city, one club". This explains the peculiar qualification of clubs for this competition. Birmingham City reach their second successive Fairs Cup final.
Leicester City qualified for the Cup Winners Cup as FA Cup finalists because Tottenham Hotspur had qualified for the European Cup.
The League Cup began. This was a new knock-out competition with a two-legged final open only to League clubs (levels 1 to 4). Many clubs refused to enter (including Arsenal, Sheffield Wednesday, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers). Aston Villa were the first winners, beating Rotherham United, a team from the second level.
The maximum wage (then £20) was abolished. Contracts binding players to clubs for life were scrapped.