2008–09 Football League Trophy

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The Football League Trophy 2008–09, known as the Johnstone's Paint Trophy 2008–09 for sponsorship reasons, is the 25th Football League Trophy, a knockout competition for English football clubs in Leagues One and Two, the third and fourth tiers of English football. Luton Town won the competition, beating Scunthorpe United 3–2 after extra time in the final. However, Luton were unable to defend their trophy as they were relegated from the Football League at the end of the season.

The format was the same as that which had been used since 1996, with four first round regions; North-West, North-East, South-West and South-East and a two-region format from the second round; North and South. The resulting regional winners then meet in the final.

First round[edit]

The First Round draw was conducted on 16 August 2008. The teams to be granted byes to the Second Round were drawn first, with the remaining teams drawn for the First Round ties. The First Round matches were played in the week commencing 1 September 2008.

First round byes[edit]

Second round[edit]

The Second Round draw was conducted on 6 September 2008, with matches played in the week commencing 6 October 2008.

Area quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the area quarter-finals was conducted on 11 October 2008. The matches were played in the week commencing 3 November 2008, with the exception of the match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Swindon Town, which was played on 12 November 2008.

Area semi-finals[edit]

The draw for the area semi-finals was conducted on 8 November 2008, and matches were played in the week commencing 15 December 2008.

Area finals[edit]

The area finals, which serve as the semi-finals for the entire competition, are contested over two legs, home and away. The first legs were played on 20 January 2009; the second legs were played on 17 February 2009.

Northern Section[edit]

20 January 2009
19:30
Scunthorpe United 2 – 0 Rotherham United
Woolford Goal 60'
Pearce Goal 67'
Report
Glanford Park, Scunthorpe
Attendance: 6,038
Referee: Clive Oliver (Northumberland)

17 February 2009
19:45
Rotherham United 0 – 1 Scunthorpe United
Report Hooper Goal 74'

Scunthorpe United won 3–0 on aggregate.

Southern Section[edit]

20 January 2009
19:45
Brighton & Hove Albion 0 – 0 Luton Town
Report

17 February 2009
19:45
Luton Town 1 – 1 Brighton & Hove Albion
Craddock Goal 1' Report Forster Goal 20'
  Penalties  
Martin Penalty scored
Craddock Penalty scored
Hall Penalty scored
Charles Penalty scored
4 – 3 Penalty scored Forster
Penalty scored Virgo
Penalty scored Elphick
Penalty missed Jarrett
Penalty missed Birchall
Kenilworth Road, Luton
Attendance: 8,711
Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex)

Brighton & Hove Albion 1–1 Luton Town on aggregate. Luton Town won 4–3 on penalties.

Final[edit]

5 April 2009
13:15 BST
Luton Town 3 – 2 (a.e.t.) Scunthorpe United
Martin Goal 32'
Craddock Goal 70'
Gnakpa Goal 95'
Report Hooper Goal 14'
McCann Goal 88'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 55,378
Referee: Phil Crossley (Kent)

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