1997–98 Football League Trophy

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1997–98 Football League Trophy
Auto Windscreens Shield
Country England
Teams 48
Champions Grimsby Town
Runners-up Bournemouth
Matches played 49

The Football League Trophy 1997–98, known as the Auto Windscreens Shield 1997–98 for sponsorship reasons, was the 15th staging of the Football League Trophy, a knock-out competition for English football clubs in Second and Third Division. The winners were Grimsby Town and the runners-up were Bournemouth.

The competition began on 6 December 1997 and ended with the final on 19 April 1998 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]

Blackpool, Burnley, Macclesfield, Mansfield Town, Notts County, Rotherham United, Wrexham and York City from the North section all received byes.

Brentford, Bournemouth, Brighton & Hove Albion, Bristol City, Exeter City, Luton Town, Swansea City and Torquay United from the South section all received byes.

Second round[edit]


Area semi-finals[edit]

Area finals[edit]

Northern Area final[edit]

10 March 1998
Grimsby Town 1–1 Burnley
Groves Goal 78' Payton Goal 23'
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes
Attendance: 6,064

17 March 1998
Burnley 0–2 Grimsby Town
Nogan Goal 10'
Donovan Goal 57'
Turf Moor, Burnley
Attendance: 10,257

Grimsby Town beat Burnley 3–1 on aggregate.

Southern Area final[edit]

10 March 1998
Walsall 0–2 Bournemouth
Rolling Goal 13'
Beardsmore Goal 30'
Bescot Stadium, Walsall
Attendance: 6,017

17 March 1998
Bournemouth 2–3 Walsall
Evans Goal 55' (o.g.)
Rolling Goal 82'
Thomas Goal 47'
Boli Goal 53'
Tholot Goal 80'
Dean Court, Bournemouth
Attendance: 8,972

Bournemouth beat Walsall 4–3 on aggregate.


19 April 1998
15:00 BST
Bournemouth 1–2 Grimsby Town
Bailey Goal 31' Glass Goal 75' (o.g.)
BurnettGolden goal 112'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 62,432
Referee: M.E. Pierce
Grimsby Town
GK 1 Jimmy Glass
DF 2 Neil Young
DF 3 Jamie Vincent
DF 4 Eddie Howe YC
DF 5 Ian Cox
MF 6 John Bailey YC
MF 7 Russell Beardsmore Substituted off 105'
MF 8 Steve Robinson
FW 9 Mark Stein
FW 10 Steve Fletcher
MF 11 Christer Warren Substituted off 90'
DF Franck Rolling
MF Jason Brissett Substituted in 90'
MF John O'Neil Substituted in 105'
Mel Machin
GK 1 Aidan Davison
DF 2 John McDermott YC
DF 3 Tony Gallimore Substituted off 55'
DF 4 Peter Handyside
DF 5 Mark Lever
MF 6 Wayne Burnett YC
MF 7 Kevin Donovan
MF 8 David Smith YC
FW 9 Daryl Clare Substituted off 55'
FW 10 Lee Nogan Substituted off 93'
MF 11 Paul Groves (c)
FW 12 Steve Livingstone YC Substituted in 55'
MF 13 Kingsley Black Substituted in 55'
MF 14 Kevin Jobling Substituted in 93'
Alan Buckley

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Golden goal in extra time
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Maximum of three substitutions


  1. ^ a b c d e after extra time

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