1985–86 Football League Trophy

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The 1985–86 Football League Trophy, known as the 1985–86 Freight Rover Trophy, was the third staging of the Football League Trophy, a knock-out competition for English football clubs in the Third Division and the Fourth Division. The winners were Bristol City and the runners-up were Bolton Wanderers.

The competition began on 14 January 1986 and ended with the final on 24 May 1986 at Wembley Stadium.

In the first round, there were two sections split into eight groups: North and South. In the following rounds 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.

Preliminary round[edit]

Northern Section[edit]

Southern Section[edit]


Area semi-finals[edit]

Area finals[edit]

Northern Area final[edit]

Southern Area final[edit]


24 May 1986
Bristol City 3–0 Bolton Wanderers
Riley Goal, Goal
Pritchard Goal
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 54,502
Referee: G.Tyson (Sunderland)


  1. ^ a b After extra-time.