Right here, we check out among the standout Finals from the competition’s history…
1984 – AFC Bournemouth 2-1 Hull City
The competition’s inaugural Final might need been played at Hull City’s then-home ground of Boothferry Park, nevertheless it was Harry Redknapp’s AFC Bournemouth that triumphed on the day, due to Paul Morrell’s second-half header. It was a goal which capped a formidable debut marketing campaign for the young defender, who would go on to make over 400 appearances for the Cherries, and one which secured them just a second piece of silverware of their history, following their 1946 Division Three (South) Cup victory. The 1984 Affiliate Members’ Cup Final – because it was then recognized – was initially alleged to have been played at Wembley Stadium, however was moved to Boothferry Park because the hallowed turf had been churned up by the Horse of the 12 months Present. Within the end, Redknapp’s Cherries received the Trophy 2-1 in entrance of a crowd of 6,544. A memorable day for a lot of causes, and the primary of many basic Finals.
1988 – Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Burnley
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Wembley assembly with Burnley was the fifth version of the competition’s Final and, not like the 1984 model, was watched by over 80,000 supporters, setting a new document which might not be damaged till 2019. On the pitch, it was Wolves – contemporary from winning the Fourth Division title – who got here out on top, with goals in both half from Andy Mutch and Robbie Dennison proving decisive. It was the primary time within the competition’s history that two earlier English champions had met within the Final, and Wolves had been the primary of the former champions to have received the Trophy. The sport and the win represented a part of the membership’s rejuvenation, just eight years on from their League Cup triumph over Nottingham Forest on the identical venue, and will reside lengthy within the memory of the Wolves followers fortunate sufficient to have snapped up a ticket.
1995 – Birmingham City 1-0 Carlisle United
A primary sport at Wembley to be determined by the golden goal rule, the 1995 Auto Windscreens Shields Trophy – because it was recognized then – will go down in history. Greater than 76,000 followers packed out Wembley Stadium to witness Birmingham City raise the trophy, with Paul Tait the golden-goal hero. It was the primary leg of a double for Barry Fry’s Blues, who went on to win the Second Division Championship, with Tait once more scoring the decisive goal on the last day of the season.
2000 – Bristol City 1-2 Stoke City
The last of the EFL Trophy Finals to be played at Wembley earlier than the stadium closed its doorways for redevelopment was one other entertaining and dramatic affair, as 75,000 travelled to the capital for the event. Either side had been concerned within the race for promotion to the First Division, with each hoping to make use of the momentum of a Wembley win to attain it. Stoke City followers dedicated the final to Stanley Matthews, who sadly handed away in February 2000 and they made it a day to recollect by overcoming Bristol City late on. A Graham Kavanagh goal was cancelled out by Paul Holland with 15 minutes to play, earlier than Peter Thorne acquired on the end of a Kavanagh cross to earn Stoke a third win at Wembley and stroll away with the Trophy.
2017 – Coventry City 2-1 Oxford United
One other packed out Wembley Stadium, noticed 74,434 followers journey to the capital for the 2017 EFL Trophy Final. The sport was, on the time, the highest-attended EFL Trophy Final because the opening of the new Wembley Stadium, solely to be crushed in 2019 by the 85,021 Portsmouth and Sunderland followers that flocked to London for a similar event. With Coventry backside of league One and Oxford United difficult for promotion, the Sky Blues went in as underdogs, however a Gael Bigirimana strike and an impressed performance from George Thomas noticed Mark Robins’ side come out on top to earn Coventry a primary main trophy since victory within the 1987 FA Cup Final. The win was a spotlight for Sky Blues’ followers whose season led to disappointment following relegation to Sky Bet League Two, however that day at Wembley will reside lengthy within the memory nonetheless.
This characteristic initially appeared within the official 2020/21 Papa John’s Trophy Final programmes.