List of FA Trophy finals
The Football Association Challenge Trophy, commonly known as the FA Trophy, is a knockout cup competition in English football, organised by and named after The Football Association (the FA). It was staged for the first time in the 1969–70 season, and was initially open to all semi-professional teams, complementing the existing FA Amateur Cup. After the abolition of official amateur status by the FA in 1974, the leading teams from the Amateur Cup entered the Trophy, while lower-level teams competed in the new FA Vase. As of 2008, the Trophy is open to all clubs in the top four levels of the National League System, equivalent to levels five to eight of the overall English football league system, although a club's home stadium must meet certain requirements before the club can enter the tournament.
The record for the most wins is jointly held by Scarborough, Telford United, and Woking, with three each. Scarborough and Telford United are both defunct and therefore not able to add any further wins. Scarborough, Woking, Grays Athletic and Kingstonian have each won the Trophy in two consecutive seasons. Manager Mark Stimson has the unique distinction of having managed the winning team in three consecutive finals. The Trophy is currently held by Cambridge United, who beat Gosport Borough in the 2014 final.
The first FA Trophy final was won by Macclesfield Town, who also won the championship of the Northern Premier League in the same season. Northern Premier League clubs dominated the first decade of the competition, with Telford United the only Southern League team to break the northern clubs' hold on the competition. Scarborough reached the final four times in five seasons and won the Trophy three times between 1973 and 1977. In 1979, the leading Southern and Northern Premier League teams formed the new Alliance Premier League, and teams from this league dominated the Trophy during the 1980s. In the 1980–81 season, however, Bishop's Stortford of the comparatively lowly Isthmian League First Division won through nine rounds to reach the final, where they beat Sutton United. Telford United's win in 1989 made them the second team to win the Trophy three times.
Between 1990 and 2000, a smaller number of clubs claimed the Trophy, as Wycombe Wanderers and Kingstonian each won the competition twice, and Woking became the third team to win it three times. Manager Geoff Chapple led Woking and Kingstonian to all their victories, a total of five wins in seven seasons. After Chapple's period of success, Mark Stimson became the first man to manage the Trophy-winning team in three successive seasons, when he led Grays Athletic to victory in 2005 and 2006 and repeated the feat with his new club Stevenage Borough in 2007.
Originally, if the final finished with the scores level after extra time, the teams would play again in a replay at a later date; more recently the final has always been decided on the day, with a penalty shootout as required. The winning club receives the FA Trophy itself and, as of 2008, prize money of £50,000, in addition to that accumulated for winning earlier rounds.
|*||Match went to extra time|
|†||Match decided by a penalty shootout after extra time|
Results by team
Teams shown in italics are no longer in existence. Teams shown in bold compete in the Premier League or Football League as of 2013 and therefore do not enter the FA Trophy. Additionally, Bangor City switched to the Welsh football league system in 1992, making the club ineligible to compete in the competition from then onwards.
|Club||Wins||Last final won||Runners-up||Last final lost|
|Forest Green Rovers||0||–||2||2001|
|Dagenham & Redbridge||0||–||1||1997|
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