1996–97 Football League Trophy

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The Football League Trophy 1996–97, known as the Auto Windscreens Shield 1996–97 for sponsorship reasons, was the 14th staging of the Football League Trophy, a knock-out competition for English football clubs in Second and Third Division. The winners were Carlisle United and the runners-up were Colchester United.[1]

The competition began on 7 December 1996 and ended with the final on 20 April 1997 at the Wembley Stadium.

In the first round, there were two sections: 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.

First round[edit]

Crewe Alexandra, Lincoln City, Mansfield Town, Scunthorpe United, Shrewsbury Town, Wigan Athletic, Wrexham and York City from the North section all received byes.

Barnet, Bristol City, Exeter City, Northampton Town, Peterborough United, Torquay United, Walsall and Watford from the South section all received byes.

Second round[edit]


Area semi-finals[edit]

Area finals[edit]

Northern Area final[edit]

18 March 1997
Carlisle United 2–0 Stockport County
Archdeacon Goal 56', Goal 90' (pen)
Brunton Park, Carlisle
Attendance: 7,057

25 March 1997
Stockport County 0–0 Carlisle United
Edgeley Park, Stockport
Attendance: 8,593

Carlisle United beat Stockport County 2–0 on aggregate.

Southern Area final[edit]

11 March 1997
Peterborough United 2–0 Colchester United
Otto Goal 15'
Charlery Goal 35'
London Road Stadium, Peterborough
Attendance: 4,556

18 March 1997
Colchester United 3 – 0
Peterborough United
Fry Goal 37'
Buckle Goal 81'
Abrahams Goal 99'
Layer Road, Colchester
Attendance: 4,705

Colchester United beat Peterborough United 3–2 on aggregate.


GK Tony Caig
DF Dean Walling
DF Will Varty
DF Stéphane Pounewatchy
MF Rory Delap
MF Steve Hayward (c) YC
MF Warren Aspinall YC
MF Paul Conway YC
MF Owen Archdeacon
FW Allan Smart Substituted off 24'
FW Lee Peacock
MF Tony Hopper
FW Rod Thomas Substituted in 24' Substituted off 95'
FW Matt Jansen Substituted in 95'
Mervyn Day
GK Carl Emberson
DF Joe Dunne YC
DF David Greene YC
DF Peter Cawley YC
DF Paul Gibbs YC Substituted off 105'
MF David Gregory YC Substituted off 85'
MF Richard Wilkins (c)
MF Steve Whitton
MF Paul Abrahams Substituted off 91'
FW Tony Adcock
FW Mark Sale
MF Karl Duguid Substituted in 91'
MF Chris Fry Substituted in 105'
MF Adam Locke Substituted in 85'
Steve Wignall


  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Maximum of 3 substitutions.


  1. ^ "Carlisle 0–0 Colchester (Carlisle win on penalties)". Carlisle United FC Online. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m after extra time

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