1988–89 Football League Trophy

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The 1988–89 Football League Trophy, known as the 1988–89 Sherpa Vans Trophy, was the sixth 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 Bolton Wanderers and the runners-up were Torquay United.

The competition began on 21 November 1988 and ended with the final on 28 May 1989 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]

First Round[edit]


Area semi-finals[edit]

Area finals[edit]

Northern Area final[edit]

18 April 1989
Blackpool (1) 1 – 1 (2) Bolton Wanderers

Southern Area final[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d e f After extra-time.