2007–08 Football League Trophy

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The Football League Trophy 2007–08, known as the Johnstone's Paint Trophy 2007–08 for sponsorship reasons, was the 24th staging of the Football League Trophy, a knockout competition for English football clubs in Leagues One and Two. The winners were MK Dons and the runners-up were Grimsby Town F.C., both from League Two.

The competition began on 18 September 2007 and ended with the final on 30 March 2008. The final took place at Wembley Stadium for the first time since 2000.

In the first round, there are four sections: North West, North East, South West and South East. In the second round this narrows to simply a Northern and a Southern section, whereupon each section gradually eliminates 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.

Doncaster Rovers were the defending champions, but lost to Grimsby on penalties in the Third round.

Milton Keynes Dons won the final, beating Grimsby 2-0.

First round[edit]

16 teams received byes to the second round from each section. The other remaining teams start in a single-legged knockout. Should the scores be level after 90 minutes, the match entered a penalty shootout phase, with no extra-time being played.

Second round[edit]

In the second round, the sixteen winning teams from the first round were joined by the teams with byes. Again, there were eight one-legged matches in each section (North and South), with a penalty shootout if a draw occurred after 90 minutes.

The teams that received byes in the Northern section were Bury, Carlisle United, Darlington, Leeds United, Lincoln City, Port Vale, Rochdale and Stockport County, while Barnet, Brighton & Hove Albion, Bristol Rovers, Cheltenham Town, Gillingham, Hereford United, Milton Keynes Dons and Wycombe Wanderers received byes in the Southern section.

Area quarter-finals[edit]

In the third round, the winning teams from the second round play in eight one-legged matches, four in each section (North and South). Again, a penalty shootout followed if the match was drawn after 90 minutes. Matches were played on 13 November and 14 November 2007.

Northern Section[edit]

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Carlisle United 0 – 3 Stockport County 3,395
2 Hartlepool United 1 – 1 Morecambe 2,776
Morecambe won 4 – 2 on penalties
3 Leeds United 1 – 2 Bury 18,809
4 Grimsby Town 2 – 2 Doncaster Rovers 4,011
Grimsby Town won 5 – 4 on penalties

Southern Section[edit]

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Bournemouth 0 – 2 Milton Keynes Dons 3,247
2 Swansea City 1 – 0 Yeovil Town 6,644
3 Gillingham 4 – 0 Dagenham & Redbridge 2,904
4 Brighton & Hove Albion 4 – 1 Cheltenham Town 2,490

Area semi-finals[edit]

Matches were played on 8 January 2008.

Northern Section[edit]

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Morecambe 2 – 0 Bury 2,434
2 Stockport County 1 – 2 Grimsby Town 3,679

Southern Section[edit]

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Gillingham 1 – 1 Milton Keynes Dons 3,717
Milton Keynes Dons won 5 – 4 on penalties
2 Swansea City 1 – 0 Brighton & Hove Albion 6,066

Area finals[edit]

Northern Area final[edit]

2008-02-26
19:45
Morecambe 0 – 1 Grimsby Town
Bolland Goal 69'
Christie Park, Morecambe
Attendance: 3,207
Referee: Nigel Miller (County Durham)

2008-03-04
19:45
Grimsby Town 0 – 0 Morecambe
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes
Attendance: 7,417
Referee: Paul Taylor (Hertfordshire)

Southern Area final[edit]

2008-02-19
19:45
Swansea City 0 – 1 Milton Keynes Dons
Johnson Goal 69'
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 10,125
Referee: Tony Bates (Staffordshire)

2008-02-25
19:45
Milton Keynes Dons 0 – 1
(5 – 4 pen.)
Swansea City
Scotland Goal 20' (pen.)
stadium:mk, Milton Keynes
Attendance: 9,757
Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex)

Final[edit]

2008-03-30
13:15
Grimsby Town 0 – 2 Milton Keynes Dons
(Report) Andrews Goal 74' (pen.)
O'Hanlon Goal 81'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 56,618
Referee: Phil Joslin (Nottinghamshire)

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