1998 FA Trophy Final

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1998 FA Trophy Final
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Event 1997–98 FA Trophy
Date 17 May 1998 (1998-05-17)
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Man of the Match Brian Butler (Southport)
Referee Gary Willard (Sussex)
Attendance 26,837

The 1998 FA Trophy Final was the 29th final of The Football Association's cup competition for levels 5–8 of the English football league system. It was contested by Cheltenham Town and Southport on 17 May 1998 at Wembley, London.

Cheltenham Town won the match 1–0 to win not only their first major silverware in the club's history but also the competition for the first time in their history.[1]



17 May 1998 (1998-05-17)
15:00 BST
Cheltenham Town 1–0 Southport
Eaton Goal 79' Report
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 26,837
Referee: Gary Willard (Sussex)
Cheltenham Town
GK England Steve Book
RB Northern Ireland Michael Duff
CB England Mark Freeman
CB England Chris Banks
LB England Jamie Victory
RM England Keith Knight Substituted off 77'
CM Australia Lee Howells
CM England Bob Bloomer
LM England Clive Walker Substituted off 77'
RF England Jason Eaton
LF England Dale Watkins
MF England Darren Wright
MF England Russell Milton Substituted in 77'
FW England Jimmy Smith Substituted in 77'
England Steve Cotterill
GK England Billy Stewart
RB England Phil Horner
CB England Paul Futcher
CB England Andy Farley
LB England Tim Ryan
RM England Brian Butler
CM England David Thompson Substituted off 86'
CM England Ged Kielty
LM England David Gamble
RF England Kevin Formby Substituted off 80'
LF England Brian Ross
FW England Paul Mitten
FW England Andy Whittaker Substituted in 80'
DF England Phil Bolland Substituted in 86'
Player Manager:
England Paul Futcher

Man of the match

  • Brian Butler (Southport)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.
  • Three named substitutes.
  • Maximum of two substitutions.


  1. ^ Rupert Metcalf (18 May 1998). "Idyllic end for Cheltenham". The Independent. Retrieved 7 June 2012.