2000 Football League Trophy Final

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2000 Football League Trophy Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event 1999–2000 Football League Trophy
Date 16 April 2000
Venue Wembley, London
Referee K.M.Lynch (Kirk Hammerton)
Attendance 75,057

The 2000 Football League Trophy Final (known as the Auto Windscreens Shield for sponsorship reasons) was the 17th final of the domestic football cup competition for teams from the Second and Third Division of the Football League. The match was played at Wembley on 16 April 2000, and was the last Football League Trophy final to be played there before the stadium closed for redevelopment. The match was contested by Bristol City and Stoke City. The match was won by Stoke City, with Graham Kavanagh and Peter Thorne scoring in the 2–1 victory.[1][2]


The 1999–2000 season saw both Bristol City and Stoke City involved in the race for promotion to the First Division. Stoke had been in the top six for most of the campaign whilst Bristol battled with city rivals Bristol Rovers to gain a play-off spot. The two sides had played each other twice before the final.[2] Firstly on 14 November 1999 at Stoke's Britannia Stadium the score ending 1–1 with goals from Nicky Mohan and Brian Tinnion. The second match at Ashton Gate also ended in a draw this time 2–2 with goals from Kyle Lightbourne, Graham Kavanagh and a brace from Tony Thorpe.[2]

Route to the final[edit]

Both sides had a fairly easy route to the final, Bristol were handed a first round bye whilst Stoke over came Darlington 3–2 thanks to a Kyle Lightbourne golden goal. Bristol beat Cheltenham Town 3–1 in the second round and Stoke overcame Oldham Athletic again via a golden goal.[2] In the quarters Bristol eased past Bournemouth on penalties as Stoke beat Blackpool 2–1. The semi-finals saw Bristol cruise past Reading 4–0 whilst Stoke needed a late goal from James O'Connor to progress. In the area finals Bristol beat Exeter City 5–1 over two legs and Stoke won equality as easily beating Rochdale 4–1.[2]

Home teams listed first.

Bristol City[edit]

Second round: Bristol City 3–1 Cheltenham Town

Quarter final: Bristol City 1–1 (4–1 pens) Bournemouth

Semi final: Bristol City 4–0 Reading

Area final 1st leg: Bristol City 4–0 Exeter City

Area final 2nd leg: Exeter City 1–1 Bristol City

Stoke City[edit]

First round: Stoke City 3–2 Darlington

Second round: Oldham Athletic 0–1 Stoke City

Quarter final: Blackpool 1–2 Stoke City

Semi final: Chesterfield 0–1 Stoke City

Area final 1st leg: Rochdale 1–3 Stoke City

Area final 2nd leg: Stoke City 1–0 Rochdale

Match review[edit]

Over 75,000 fans packed into Wembley to see Bristol City take on Stoke City in the Football League Trophy final for which Stoke fans dedicated to Stanley Matthews who had died in February 1999.[2] Stoke made the bright start of the two sides enjoying a decent amount of possession and took the lead through Graham Kavanagh after 32 minutes after his shot beat the Robins 'keeper Billy Mercer at his near post. Leading 1–0 Stoke dropped deeper in the second half as they looked to cancel out the threat from the dangerous Scott Murray and Tony Thorpe. It looked to be working but with 15 minutes left Paul Holland headed in a corner to make the scores 1–1.[2] However it was Stoke who had the final say, a counterattack by Stoke was halted when Bjarni Guðjónsson was fouled by Louis Carey to conceded a free-kick. Whilst Bristol complied about the awarding of the free-kick, Guðjónsson played a quick pass to Kavanagh who crossed in to Peter Thorne to earn Stoke their third win at Wembley.[2]

Match details[edit]

18 April 1999
13:30 BST
Bristol City 1–2 Stoke City
Holland Goal 74' Kavanagh Goal 32'
Thorne Goal 82'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 75,057
Referee: K.M.Lynch
Bristol City
Stoke City
GK 2 England Billy Mercer
DF 6 England Louis Carey Substituted off 87'
DF 27 England Andy Jordan
DF 46 England Keith Millen
DF 3 England Michael Bell
MF 17 England Aaron Brown Substituted off 68'
MF 26 Scotland Scott Murray YC
MF 10 England Paul Holland
MF 11 England Brian Tinnion
FW 20 England Peter Beadle
FW 21 England Tony Thorpe
GK 15 England Steve Phillips
DF 43 England Kevin Amankwaah Substituted in 87'
DF 32 England Matt Hill
MF 33 England Joe Burnell
FW 34 England Damian Spencer Substituted in 68'
England David Burnside
GK 1 England Gavin Ward
DF 5 England Nicky Mohan
DF 15 Sweden Mikael Hansson
DF 22 Republic of Ireland Clive Clarke
MF 2 Iceland Brynjar Gunnarsson
MF 8 Republic of Ireland Graham Kavanagh
MF 17 Republic of Ireland James O'Connor YC
MF 25 Iceland Bjarni Guðjónsson
MF 36 Iceland Arnar Gunnlaugsson YC Substituted off 62'
FW 9 England Peter Thorne
FW 12 Bermuda Kyle Lightbourne Substituted off 89'
GK 14 England Carl Muggleton
DF 32 Norway Anders Jacobsen
DF 34 England Richard Dryden Substituted in 62'
MF 35 England Steve Melton
FW 31 Scotland Chris Iwelumo Substituted in 89'
Iceland Guðjón Þórðarson


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


  1. ^ "Wembley glory for Stoke City". BBC Sport. 29 June 2000. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Stoke honour Sir Stan with Wembley win". The Sentinel. 5 May 2013. 

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