2006–07 Football League Trophy

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The Football League Trophy 2006–07, known as the Johnstone's Paint Trophy 2006–07 for sponsorship reasons, was the 23rd staging of the Football League Trophy, a knockout competition for English football clubs in Leagues One and Two. The winners were Doncaster Rovers from League One and the runners-up were Bristol Rovers from League Two.

The competition began on 17 October 2006 and ended with the final on 1 April 2007. The final was the last to take place at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.In the first round, there are four sections: Northern Section–West, Northern Section–East, Southern Section–West and Southern Section–East. In the second round this narrows to simply a Northern and a Southern section, whereupon 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.

Swansea City were the defending champions, but lost to Peterborough United in the second round.

Doncaster Rovers won the final, beating Bristol Rovers 3–2 after extra time, having been 2–0 up after just 5 minutes before Bristol Rovers scored twice in the second half to make the score 2–2 after 90 minutes.

First round[edit]

Sixteen teams received byes to the second round. The other remaining teams start in a single-legged knockout. Should the scores be level after 90 minutes, the match entered a penalty shootout phase, with no extra-time being played.

Second round[edit]

In the second round, the sixteen winning teams from the first round were joined by the teams with byes. Again, there were eight one-legged matches in each section (North and South), with a penalty shootout if a draw occurred after 90 minutes.

Area quarter-finals[edit]

In the third round, the winning teams from the second round play in eight one-legged matches, four in each section (North and South). Again, a penalty shootout followed if the match was drawn after 90 minutes. Matches were played on 28 November and 29 November 2006.

Area semi-finals[edit]

Matches were played on 8 January 2008.

Area finals[edit]

Northern Area final[edit]

30 January 2007
Crewe Alexandra 3 – 3 Doncaster Rovers
Moss Goal 51'
Lowe Goal 63'
Varney Goal 86'
Heffernan Goal 29' (pen.)
Stock Goal 40'
Heffernan Goal 74'
Alexandra Stadium, Crewe
Attendance: 4,631
Referee: Clive Oliver (Northumberland)

12 February 2007
Doncaster Rovers 3 – 2 Crewe Alexandra
Heffernan Goal 63'
Heffernan Goal 83' (pen.)
Price Goal 89'
Varney Goal 32'
Lowe Goal 36'
Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster
Attendance: 12,561
Referee: Trevor Kettle (Berkshire)
  • Doncaster Rovers won 6–5 on aggregate and progressed to the final.

Southern Area final[edit]

The Southern Area final produced the first Bristol derby played in over five years.[1]

21 February 2007
Bristol City 0 – 0 Bristol Rovers
Ashton Gate, Bristol
Attendance: 18,730
Referee: Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire)

27 February 2007
Bristol Rovers 1 – 0 Bristol City
Lambert Goal 65'
Memorial Stadium, Bristol
Attendance: 11,530
Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex)
  • Bristol Rovers won 1–0 on aggregate and progressed to the final.


The 2007 final was the last major Football Association final to be held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. All subsequent finals were held at Wembley Stadium in London.

1 April 2007
Bristol Rovers 2 – 3 (a.e.t.) Doncaster Rovers
Walker Goal 49' (pen.)
Igoe Goal 62'
Report Forte Goal 1'
Heffernan Goal 5'
Lee Goal 110'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 59,024
Referee: Graham Laws (Northumberland)


  1. ^ "Head to Head - Bristol Rovers FC". Bristol Rovers Mad. Footy Mad. Retrieved 11 February 2010.