1987–88 Football League Trophy

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The Football League Trophy 1987–88, known as the Sherpa Van Trophy 1987–88 for sponsorship reasons (although the competition began under its previous title of the Freight Rover Trophy), was the 5th staging of the Football League Trophy, a knockout competition for English football clubs in the Third and Fourth Divisions (now known as League One and Two).

The winners were Wolverhampton Wanderers, who defeated Burnley 2–0 in the final. This marked the only time two previous English champions have met in the final of this competition, and made Wolves the only former champions to have won the trophy.

The competition began on 13 October 1987 and ended with the final on 29 May 1988. The tournament begins with clubs divided into a Northern and a Southern section, and teams entering a preliminary group stage. Each section then gradually eliminates the qualifying teams in knock-out fashion until each has a winning finalist. At this point, the two winning finalists face each other in the combined final for the honour of the trophy.

Preliminary round[edit]

Northern Section[edit]

Southern Section[edit]

First round[edit]


Area semi-finals[edit]

Area finals[edit]

Northern Area final[edit]

12 April 1988
19:45 BST
Burnley 0–0 Preston North End
Turf Moor, Burnley
Attendance: 15,680

19 April 1988
19:45 BST
Preston North End 1–3 (a.e.t.) Burnley
Brazil Goal Oghani Goal
Hoskin Goal
Comstive Goal
Deepdale, Preston
Attendance: 17,592

Burnley won 3–1 on aggregate.

Southern Area final[edit]

12 April 1988
19:30 BST
Notts County 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
McParland Goal Bull Goal
Meadow Lane, Nottingham
Attendance: 10,041

19 April 1988
19:30 BST
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–0 Notts County
Bull GoalGoal
Downing Goal
Molineux, Wolverhampton
Attendance: 18,413

Wolverhampton Wanderers won 4–1 on aggregate.


29 May 1988
15:00 BST
Burnley 0–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Mutch Goal 22'
Dennison Goal 51'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 80,841
Referee: Roger Milford (Somerset)

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