LONDON - Swansea City ended Bradford City's League Cup fairytale with a record-breaking 5-0 victory in the final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday to crown the club's centenary year with a first major trophy.
Bradford had accounted for Arsenal, Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic en route to the final, but they fell well short in their bid to become the first team from England's fourth division to lift one of the game's most coveted prizes.
Goals from Nathan Dyer and Michu gave Swansea a 2-0 half-time lead, with Dyer doubling his tally early in the second half before Jonathan de Guzman added a fourth with a penalty after Bradford goalkeeper Matt Duke was sent off.
De Guzman made it five in injury time as Swansea broke the victory margin record set by Manchester United against Wigan in 2006.
"As a player, I had the luck to play in the biggest teams in different countries," Swansea's Danish manager Michael Laudrup, a European Cup-winner with Barcelona in 1992, told BBC radio.
"Swansea is not the biggest team in the Premier League, but we are here winning a trophy and that is fantastic. To win a trophy with a smaller club is outstanding."
Bradford mustered just one attempt at goal over the course of the 90 minutes, but their fans nonetheless revelled in the achievement of being the first English fourth-tier side to reach a major Wembley final.