2020–21 EFL Trophy

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2020–21 EFL Trophy
CountryEngland
Wales
Teams64
Defending championsSalford City
ChampionsSunderland (1st title)
Runners-upTranmere Rovers
Matches played127
Goals scored420 (3.31 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Harvey Saunders
Charlie Wyke
(5 goals each)

The 2020–21 EFL Trophy, known as the Leasing.com Trophy before 28 October 2020 and later the Papa John’s Trophy for sponsorship reasons, was the 37th season in the history of the competition, a knock-out tournament for English football clubs in League One and League Two of the English football system, and also including 16 Premier League and Championship "Academy teams" with Category One status.[1]

Salford City were the defending champions; however, the 2019-20 tournament's final was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic until the day prior to the 2021 final. Hence, for most of the tournament, Portsmouth (who were also in the 2020 final) were the most recent champions.

Sunderland won the trophy for the first time after beating Tranmere Rovers 1–0 in the final.

Participating clubs[edit]

  • 48 clubs from League One and League Two.
  • 16 invited Category One Academy teams.
  • Expelled clubs were automatically eliminated from the tournament.
  • Category One teams relegated to League One missed out on having academies participate in the following tournament.

Four Premier League clubs with Category One academies did not participate: Burnley and Crystal Palace, both in their first full season of Category One status, and Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, who both played in the previous year's competition but declined to participate in this one. A fifth Premier League club's academy, Sheffield United, did not have Category One status. As a result, the academy of Championship-side Norwich City was invited instead.

League One League Two Academies
Clubs
Total 24 24 16

Eligibility criteria for players[edit]

For EFL clubs[2]
  • Minimum of four qualifying outfield players in their starting XI. A qualifying outfield player was one who met any of the following requirements:
    • Any player who started the previous or following first-team fixture.
    • Any player who was in the top 10 players at the club who had made the most starting appearances in league and domestic cup competitions that season.
    • Any player with forty or more first-team appearances in their career.
    • Any player on loan from a Premier League club or any EFL Category One Academy club.
  • A club could play any eligible goalkeeper in the competition.

Competition format[edit]

Group stage
  • Sixteen groups of four teams were organised on a regionalised basis.
  • All groups included one invited club.
  • All clubs played each other once, either home or away (Academies played all group matches away from home).
  • Clubs were awarded three points for a win and one point for a draw.
  • In the event of a drawn game (after 90 minutes), a penalty shoot-out was held with the winning team earning an additional point.
  • Clubs expelled from the EFL were knocked out of the tournament automatically.
  • The top two teams progressed to the knockout stage.
Knockout stage
  • Round 2 and 3 of the competition were drawn on a regionalised basis.
  • In Round 2, the group winners were seeded and the group runners-up were unseeded in the draw.
  • In Round 2, teams who played in the same group as each other in the group stage were kept apart from each other.
  • Academy teams were kept apart from Round 2 to the semi-finals.[3]

Group stage[edit]

Northern Section[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Div Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L1 Fleetwood Town 3 3 0 0 0 8 2 +6 9 Advance to Round 2
2 L1 Sunderland 3 2 0 0 1 14 6 +8 6
3 L2 Carlisle United 3 1 0 0 2 7 9 −2 3
4 ACA Aston Villa U21 3 0 0 0 3 2 14 −12 0
Source: EFL.com
1 September 2020 (2020-09-01) Carlisle United 1–3 Fleetwood Town Carlisle
19:00 BST Touré Goal 36' Red card 90' Report Camps Goal 44'
Saunders Goal 57'68'
Stadium: Brunton Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ben Speedie
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Sunderland 8–1 Aston Villa U21 Stadium of Light
19:00 BST Wyke Goal 15'50'
Feeney Goal 21'
Scowen Goal 75'
Power Goal 77'
Graham Goal 82'
Dobson Goal 84'
O'Brien Goal 90'
Report Vassilev Goal 47' (pen.) Attendance: 0
Referee: Carl Boyeson
6 October 2020 (2020-10-06) Fleetwood Town 3–0 Aston Villa U21 Highbury Stadium
19:45 BST Saunders Goal 3'4'15' Attendance: 0
Referee: Peter Wright
6 October 2020 (2020-10-06) Sunderland 5–3 Carlisle United Stadium of Light
19:45 BST Maguire Goal 26'54'
Hume Goal 37'
Wyke Goal 69'
Diamond Goal 90+1'
Alessandra Goal 6' (pen.)
Mellish Goal 72'82'
Attendance: 0
10 November 2020 (2020-11-10) Fleetwood Town 2–1 Sunderland Highbury Stadium
19:45 GMT McKay Goal 51'
Duffy Goal 59'
McFadzean Goal 15' Attendance: 0
17 November 2020 (2020-11-17) Carlisle United 3–1 Aston Villa U21 Brunton Park
19:00 GMT Obiero Goal 32'
Touré Goal 55'
Reilly Goal 68'
Sohna Goal 82' Attendance: 0

Group B[edit]

Pos Div Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L2 Salford City 3 2 0 0 1 4 7 −3 6 Advance to Round 2
2 ACA Manchester United U21 3 1 1 0 1 6 4 +2 5
3 L1 Rochdale 3 1 0 1 1 3 3 0 4
4 L2 Morecambe 3 1 0 0 2 5 4 +1 3
Source: EFL.com
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Morecambe 1–2 Rochdale Globe Arena
19:45 BST Lavelle Goal 23' Report Tavares Goal 86'
Newby Goal 90+3'
Attendance: 0
Referee: Samuel Barrott
9 September 2020 (2020-09-09) Salford City 0–6 Manchester United U21 Moor Lane
19:45 BST Report Mejbri Goal 8'
Puigmal Goal 19'
Helm Goal 46'73'
McCann Goal 70'
Elanga Goal 74'
Attendance: 0
Referee: Peter Wright
29 September 2020 (2020-09-29) Rochdale 0–0
(4–5 p)
Manchester United U21 Spotland Stadium
19:45 BST Report Attendance: 0
Referee: Martin Coy
Penalties
Morley Penalty missed
Newby Penalty scored
Tavares Penalty scored
Keohane Penalty scored
Rathbone Penalty scored
Hopper Penalty missed
Mejbri Penalty scored
McCann Penalty scored
Wellens Penalty missed
Hansen-Aaröen Penalty scored
Elanga Penalty scored
Hugill Penalty scored
29 September 2020 (2020-09-29) Salford City 2–0 Morecambe Moor Lane
19:45 BST Wilson Goal 45'
Hunter Goal 90+2'
Report Attendance: 0
Referee: James Bell
10 November 2020 (2020-11-10) Rochdale 1–2 Salford City Spotland Stadium
19:00 GMT Attendance: 0
18 November 2020 (2020-11-18) Morecambe 4–0 Manchester United U21 Globe Arena
18:30 GMT Attendance: 0

Group C[edit]

Pos Div Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L1 Shrewsbury Town 3 3 0 0 0 9 4 +5 9 Advance to Round 2
2 L1 Crewe Alexandra 3 2 0 0 1 7 6 +1 6
3 L2 Bolton Wanderers 3 1 0 0 2 6 7 −1 3
4 ACA Newcastle United U21 3 0 0 0 3 2 7 −5 0
Source: EFL.com
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Bolton Wanderers 2–3 Crewe Alexandra University of Bolton Stadium
19:00 BST Delaney Goal 53'
Miller Goal 75'
Report Mandron Goal 15'89' (pen.)
Dale Goal 66'
Attendance: 0
Referee: Anthony Backhouse
22 September 2020 (2020-09-22) Shrewsbury Town 3–0 Newcastle United U21 New Meadow
17:30 BST High Goal 11'
Barnett Goal 18'
Cummings Goal 55'
Report Attendance: 0
Referee: Scott Oldham
29 September 2020 (2020-09-29) Crewe Alexandra 1–0 Newcastle United U21 Gresty Road
19:00 BST Pickering Goal 66' Report Attendance: 0
Referee: Robert Lewis
6 October 2020 (2020-10-06) Shrewsbury Town 2–1 Bolton Wanderers New Meadow
19:00 BST Attendance: 0
10 November 2020 (2020-11-10) Crewe Alexandra 3–4 Shrewsbury Town Gresty Road
19:00 GMT Attendance: 0

Group D[edit]

Pos Div Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L2 Port Vale 3 2 1 0 0 7 3 +4 8 Advance to Round 2
2 L2 Tranmere Rovers 3 1 1 1 0 5 4 +1 6
3 L1 Wigan Athletic 3 1 0 1 1 9 6 +3 4
4 ACA Liverpool U21 3 0 0 0 3 5 13 −8 0
Source: EFL.com
22 September 2020 (2020-09-22) Wigan Athletic 6–1 Liverpool U21 DW Stadium
19:45 BST Naismith Goal 47'
Jolley Goal 59'66'
Crankshaw Goal 79'90'
Garner Goal 81' (pen.)
Report Clarkson Goal 44' Attendance: 0
Referee: Andy Haines
29 September 2020 (2020-09-29) Tranmere Rovers 3–2 Liverpool U21 Prenton Park
19:00 BST Vaughan Goal 74'75'
Payne Goal 90'
Report Cain Goal 50'
Longstaff Goal 83'
Attendance: 0
Referee: Scott Oldham
6 October 2020 (2020-10-06) Wigan Athletic 1–3 Port Vale DW Stadium
19:45 BST Pearce Goal 79' Report Robinson Goal 13'30'
Montaño Goal 55'
Attendance: 0
Referee: Samuel Barrott
10 November 2020 (2020-11-10) Port Vale 4–2 Liverpool U21 Vale Park
19:00 GMT Cullen Goal 12'
Hurst Goal 19'
McKirdy Goal 61'
Rodney Goal 64'
Report Millar Goal 11'34' Attendance: 0
Referee: Thomas Bramall
11 November 2020 (2020-11-11) Tranmere Rovers 2–2
(3–1 p)
Wigan Athletic Birkenhead
18:30 GMT Woolery Goal 45+1'
Morris Goal 72'
Report Keane Goal 19'
McHugh Goal 45+3'
Stadium: Prenton Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ben Speedie
Penalties
Ferrier Penalty missed
Lloyd Penalty scored
Smith Penalty missed
Banks Penalty scored
Morris Penalty scored
James Penalty scored
Joseph Penalty missed
Perry Penalty missed
Crankshaw Penalty missed

Group E[edit]

Pos Div Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 ACA Manchester City U21 3 2 0 1 0 8 1 +7 7 Advance to Round 2
2 L1 Lincoln City 3 1 2 0 0 5 3 +2 7
3 L2 Mansfield Town 3 1 0 0 2 3 7 −4 3
4 L2 Scunthorpe United 3 0 0 1 2 2 7 −5 1
Source: EFL.com
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Mansfield Town 0–3 Manchester City U21 Field Mill
18:00 BST Report Bernabé Goal 25'
Delap Goal 89'90+1'
Attendance: 0
Referee: Tom Nield
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Lincoln City 1–1
(4–2 p)
Scunthorpe United Sincil Bank
19:00 BST Anderson Goal 80' Report Cordner Goal 38' Attendance: 0
Referee: James Oldham
Penalties
Howarth Penalty scored
Montsma Penalty scored
Scully Penalty scored
Jones Penalty scored
Jarvis Penalty missed
Vincent Penalty scored
Hippolyte Penalty missed
Gilliead Penalty scored
29 September 2020 (2020-09-29) Scunthorpe United 0–4 Manchester City U21 Glanford Park
19:00 BST Report Knight Goal 17'63'
Edozie Goal 58'66'
Attendance: 0
Referee: James Adcock
6 October 2020 (2020-10-06) Mansfield Town 1–3 Lincoln City Field Mill
19:00 BST Menayese Goal 72' Report Soule Goal 31'
Scully Goal 49'
Archibald Goal 62'
Attendance: 0
10 November 2020 (2020-11-10) Scunthorpe United 1–2 Mansfield Town Glanford Park
19:00 GMT Attendance: 0
17 November 2020 (2020-11-17) Lincoln City 1–1
(4–3 p)
Manchester City U21 Sincil Bank
19:00 GMT Attendance: 0

Group F[edit]

Pos Div Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L2 Oldham Athletic 3 3 0 0 0 9 1 +8 9 Advance to Round 2
2 ACA Wolverhampton Wanderers U21 3 1 1 0 1 3 6 −3 5
3 L2 Bradford City 3 0 0 2 1 2 4 −2 2
4 L1 Doncaster Rovers 3 0 1 0 2 1 4 −3 2
Source: EFL.com
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Doncaster Rovers 0–0
(4–1 p)
Bradford City Keepmoat Stadium
19:30 BST Report Attendance: 0
Referee: Seb Stockbridge
Penalties
Whiteman Penalty scored
Okenabirhie Penalty scored
Coppinger Penalty scored
Williams Penalty scored
Guthrie Penalty scored
Pritchard Penalty missed
Longridge Penalty missed
15 September 2020 (2020-09-15) Oldham Athletic 4–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers U21 Boundary Park
19:45 BST Rowe Goal 42'
Grant Goal 85'
McAleny Goal 88'90+1'
Report Attendance: 0
Referee: Graham Salisbury
6 October 2020 (2020-10-06) Oldham Athletic 2–0 Doncaster Rovers Boundary Park
19:45 BST Attendance: 0
10 November 2020 (2020-11-10) Bradford City 1–3 Oldham Athletic Valley Parade
19:30 GMT Attendance: 0

Group G[edit]

Pos Div Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L1 Accrington Stanley 3 2 1 0 0 9 1 +8 8 Advance to Round 2
2 L1 Blackpool 3 1 1 1 0 4 1 +3 6
3 L2 Barrow 3 0 1 1 1 2 3 −1 3
4 ACA Leeds United U21 3 0 0 1 2 2 12 −10 1
Source: EFL.com
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Accrington Stanley 7–0 Leeds United U21 Crown Ground
19:00 BST Uwakwe Goal 5'22'72'
Burgess Goal 14'
Charles Goal 30'
Cassidy Goal 38'55'
Report Attendance: 0
Referee: Ben Toner
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Blackpool 0–0
(5–3 p)
Barrow Bloomfield Road
19:00 BST Report Attendance: 0
Referee: Martin Coy
Penalties
Yates Penalty scored
Lubala Penalty scored
Anderson Penalty scored
Ward Penalty scored
Kemp Penalty scored
Quigley Penalty scored
Brown Penalty missed
Gribbin Penalty scored
Taylor Penalty scored
5 October 2020 (2020-10-05) Barrow 2–2
(4–3 p)
Leeds United U21 Holker Street
19:45 BST Angus Goal 62'
Taylor Goal 80'
Report Dean Goal 11'38' Attendance: 0
Referee: Marc Edwards
Penalties
Angus Penalty scored
James Penalty scored
Taylor Penalty missed
Hird Penalty missed
Kay Penalty scored
Taylor Penalty scored
Summerville Penalty scored
Shackleton Penalty missed
Galloway Penalty scored
Gibbon Penalty missed
Dean Penalty scored
Jenkins Penalty missed
6 October 2020 (2020-10-06) Accrington Stanley 1–1
(4–3 p)
Blackpool Crown Ground
19:00 BST Bishop Goal 79' Report Anderson Goal 10' Attendance: 0
Referee: Ben Speedie
Penalties
Bishop Penalty missed
Charles Penalty scored
Sykes Penalty scored
Pritchard Penalty scored
Scully Penalty scored
Yates Penalty scored
Robson Penalty scored
Anderson Penalty scored
Ward Penalty missed
Kemp Penalty missed
10 November 2020 (2020-11-10) Barrow 0–1 Accrington Stanley Holker Street
19:45 GMT Attendance: 0
11 November 2020 (2020-11-11) Blackpool 3–0 Leeds United U21 Bloomfield Road
19:45 GMT Attendance: 0

Group H[edit]

Pos Div Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L1 Hull City 3 2 0 0 1 6 2 +4 6 Advance to Round 2
2 ACA Leicester City U21 3 2 0 0 1 6 5 +1 6
3 L2 Harrogate Town 3 1 0 1 1 5 5 0 4
4 L2 Grimsby Town 3 0 1 0 2 3 8 −5 2
Source: EFL.com
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Hull City 1–2 Leicester City U21 KCOM Stadium
17:30 BST Lewis-Potter Goal 66' Report Wright Goal 50'
Hirst Goal 90+5'
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ross Joyce
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Grimsby Town 2–2
(5–4 p)
Harrogate Town Blundell Park
19:45 BST Gibson Goal 36' (pen.)
Boyd Goal 74'
Khouri Red card 90'
Report Kiernan Goal 81'
Lokko Goal 86'
Attendance: 0
Referee: David Hunt
Penalties
Gibson Penalty scored
Taylor Penalty scored
Edwards Penalty scored
Starbuck Penalty scored
Jackson Penalty scored
Thompson Penalty scored
Martin Penalty scored
Beck Penalty scored
Burrell Penalty scored
Kerry Penalty missed
6 October 2020 (2020-10-06) Harrogate Town 3–1 Leicester City U21 Keepmoat Stadium[a]
19:45 BST Attendance: 0
10 November 2020 (2020-11-10) Grimsby Town 1–3 Leicester City U21 Blundell Park
19:45 GMT Attendance: 0
10 November 2020 (2020-11-10) Harrogate Town 0–2 Hull City Wetherby Road
19:45 GMT Attendance: 0
17 November 2020 (2020-11-17) Hull City 3–0 Grimsby Town KCOM Stadium
19:45 BST Attendance: 0
  1. ^ Match played at Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster due to ongoing pitch renovations at Wetherby Road.

Southern Section[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Div Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 ACA West Ham United U21 3 3 0 0 0 5 1 +4 9 Advance to Round 2
2 L1 Portsmouth 3 2 0 0 1 5 1 +4 6
3 L2 Colchester United 3 1 0 0 2 6 4 +2 3
4 L2 Southend United 3 0 0 0 3 2 12 −10 0
Source: EFL.com
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Southend United 1–3 West Ham United U21 Roots Hall
17:30 BST Humphrys Goal 13' Report Odubeko Goal 2'84'
Coventry Goal 90+1'
Attendance: 0
Referee: David Rock
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Portsmouth 2–0 Colchester United Fratton Park
19:00 BST Harness Goal 37'38' Report Attendance: 0
Referee: Craig Hick
29 September 2020 (2020-09-29) Colchester United 0–1 West Ham United U21 Colchester Community Stadium
19:00 BST Report Coventry Goal 61' Attendance: 0
Referee: Sam Purkiss
6 October 2020 (2020-10-06) Southend United 0–3 Portsmouth Roots Hall
19:45 BST Attendance: 0
10 November 2020 (2020-11-10) Colchester United 6–1 Southend United Colchester Community Stadium
19:30 GMT Attendance: 0
10 November 2020 (2020-11-10) Portsmouth 0–1 West Ham United U21 Fratton Park
19:45 GMT Attendance: 0

Group B[edit]

Pos Div Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 ACA Arsenal U21 3 2 1 0 0 5 3 +2 8 Advance to Round 2
2 L1 Gillingham 3 1 0 1 1 3 4 −1 4
3 L2 Crawley Town 3 1 0 0 2 4 4 0 3
4 L1 Ipswich Town 3 1 0 0 2 3 4 −1 3
Source: EFL.com
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Gillingham 2–1 Crawley Town Priestfield Stadium
17:30 BST Coyle Goal 40'
Oliver Goal 50'
Report Ferguson Goal 78' Attendance: 0
Referee: Paul Howard
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Ipswich Town 1–2 Arsenal U21 Portman Road
19:45 BST Nolan Goal 26' Report Lewis Goal 45+1'
Balogun Goal 54'
Attendance: 0
Referee: Neil Hair
6 October 2020 (2020-10-06) Ipswich Town 2–0 Gillingham Portman Road
19:00 BST Dobra Goal 57' Report Attendance: 0
Referee: Charles Breakspear
13 October 2020 (2020-10-13) Crawley Town 1–2 Arsenal U21 Broadfield Stadium
19:45 BST Watters Goal 37' Report McEneff Goal 15'
Azeez Goal 55'
Attendance: 0
Referee: Alan Young
10 November 2020 (2020-11-10) Crawley Town 2–0 Ipswich Town Broadfield Stadium
19:00 GMT Galach Goal 17'55' Report Attendance: 0
Referee: Sam Purkiss
10 November 2020 (2020-11-10) Gillingham 1–1
(2–4 p)
Arsenal U21 Priestfield Stadium
19:00 GMT Coyle Goal 56' Report Cîrjan Goal 6' Attendance: 0
Referee: Will Finnie
Penalties
Coyle Penalty scored
Samuel Penalty missed
McKenzie Penalty missed
Eccles Penalty scored
Balogun Penalty scored
Moller Penalty scored
Cottrell Penalty scored
Cîrjan Penalty scored

Group C[edit]

Pos Div Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L1 Milton Keynes Dons 3 2 0 0 1 7 5 +2 6 Advance to Round 2
2 L1 Northampton Town 3 1 1 0 1 6 3 +3 5
3 L2 Stevenage 3 1 0 1 1 4 4 0 4
4 ACA Southampton U21 3 1 0 0 2 3 8 −5 3
Source: EFL.com
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Milton Keynes Dons 3–1 Northampton Town Stadium MK
19:00 BST Poole Goal 34'
Nombe Goal 74'
Sorinola Goal 77'
Report Mills Goal 13' Attendance: 0
Referee: Christopher Pollard
22 September 2020 (2020-09-22) Stevenage 2–1 Southampton U21 Broadhall Way
19:45 BST Dinanga Goal 45+3'
Marsh Goal 90+2'
Report Slattery Goal 37' Attendance: 0
Referee: Alan Young
6 October 2020 (2020-10-06) Northampton Town 5–0 Southampton U21 Sixfields Stadium
19:45 BST Attendance: 0
6 October 2020 (2020-10-06) Stevenage 2–3 Milton Keynes Dons Broadhall Way
19:45 BST Attendance: 0
11 November 2020 (2020-11-11) Milton Keynes Dons 1–2 Southampton U21 Stadium MK
19:45 GMT Attendance: 0
17 November 2020 (2020-11-17) Northampton Town 0–0
(4–2 p)
Stevenage Sixfields Stadium
19:30 GMT Attendance: 0

Group D[edit]

Pos Div Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L1 Oxford United 3 2 1 0 0 4 2 +2 8 Advance to Round 2
2 L1 Bristol Rovers 3 1 0 2 0 7 6 +1 5
3 L2 Walsall 3 0 1 1 1 3 4 −1 3
4 ACA Chelsea U21 3 0 1 0 2 5 7 −2 2
Source: EFL.com
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Bristol Rovers 2–2
(2–4 p)
Walsall Memorial Stadium
19:45 BST Mehew Goal 16' Ayunga Goal 71' Jules Goal 29' Gordon Goal 64' Attendance: 0
Penalties
Kelly Penalty missed
Harries Penalty missed
Hare Penalty scored
Ayunga Penalty scored
Norman Penalty scored
McDonald Penalty scored
Holden Penalty missed
Lavery Penalty scored
Gordon Penalty scored
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Oxford United 2–1 Chelsea U21 Kassam Stadium
19:45 BST Agyei Goal 17'
Osei Goal 45+2'
Report Russell Goal 53' Attendance: 0
Referee: Trevor Kettle
29 September 2020 (2020-09-29) Walsall 1–1
(3–5 p)
Chelsea U21 Bescot Stadium
19:45 BST McDonald Goal 53' Report Simeu Goal 69' Attendance: 0
Referee: Brett Huxtable
Penalties
Norman Penalty missed
Holden Penalty scored
Adebayo Penalty scored
Lavery Penalty scored
Russell Penalty scored
Flabema Penalty scored
Ballo Penalty scored
Simeu Penalty scored
Maatsen Penalty scored
6 October 2020 (2020-10-06) Oxford United 1–1
(4–3 p)
Bristol Rovers Kassam Stadium
19:00 BST Osei Goal 89' Report Mehew Goal 12' Attendance: 0
Referee: Neil Hair
Penalties
Osei Penalty scored
Agyei Penalty missed
McGuane Penalty scored
Hall Penalty scored
Brannagan Penalty scored
Leahy Penalty scored
Upson Penalty missed
Hare Penalty scored
Hargreaves Penalty scored
Baldwin Penalty missed
10 November 2020 (2020-11-10) Walsall 0–1 Oxford United Bescot Stadium
19:45 GMT Attendance: 0
18 November 2020 (2020-11-18) Bristol Rovers 4–3 Chelsea U21 Memorial Stadium
19:45 GMT Attendance: 0

Group E[edit]

Pos Div Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L2 Exeter City 3 3 0 0 0 11 5 +6 9 Advance to Round 2
2 L2 Forest Green Rovers 3 1 0 0 2 5 4 +1 3
3 L1 Swindon Town 3 1 0 0 2 6 7 −1 3
4 ACA West Bromwich Albion U21 3 1 0 0 2 3 9 −6 3
Source: EFL.com
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Exeter City 3–2 Forest Green Rovers St James Park
17:30 BST Ajose Goal 45+1'
Jay Goal 57'
Key Goal 67'
Report Stevens Goal 5'51' Attendance: 0
Referee: Sam Allison
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Swindon Town 2–3 West Bromwich Albion U21 County Ground
19:45 BST Smith Goal 72'
Caddis Goal 75'
Report Dyce Goal 27'
Windsor Goal 47'
Gardner-Hickman Goal 74'
Attendance: 0
Referee: Chris Sarginson
6 October 2020 (2020-10-06) Swindon Town 3–4 Exeter City County Ground
19:00 BST Attendance: 0
10 November 2020 (2020-11-10) Forest Green Rovers 0–1 Swindon Town The New Lawn
19:00 GMT Attendance: 0
17 November 2020 (2020-11-17) Exeter City 4–0 West Bromwich Albion U21 St James Park
19:45 GMT Attendance: 0

Group F[edit]

Pos Div Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L2 Cheltenham Town 3 3 0 0 0 4 0 +4 9 Advance to Round 2
2 ACA Norwich City U21 3 2 0 0 1 8 3 +5 6
3 L1 Plymouth Argyle 3 1 0 0 2 5 6 −1 3
4 L2 Newport County 3 0 0 0 3 1 9 −8 0
Source: EFL.com
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Newport County 0–1 Cheltenham Town Rodney Parade
19:00 BST Report Reid Goal 70' Attendance: 0
Referee: James Adcock
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Plymouth Argyle 2–3 Norwich City U21 Home Park
19:45 BST Lolos Goal 39' (pen.)
Telford Goal 63'
Report Hondermarck Goal 26'
Omotoye Goal 54'
Dennis Goal 67'
Attendance: 0
Referee: Andy Davies
6 October 2020 (2020-10-06) Newport County 0–5 Norwich City U21 Rodney Parade
19:00 BST Attendance: 0
6 October 2020 (2020-10-06) Cheltenham Town 2–0 Plymouth Argyle Whaddon Road
19:45 BST Attendance: 0
10 November 2020 (2020-11-10) Plymouth Argyle 3–1 Newport County Home Park
19:00 GMT Attendance: 0
10 November 2020 (2020-11-10) Cheltenham Town 1–0 Norwich City U21 Whaddon Road
19:00 GMT Attendance: 0

Group G[edit]

Pos Div Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L2 Leyton Orient 3 2 0 0 1 6 5 +1 6 Advance to Round 2
2 L1 AFC Wimbledon 3 2 0 0 1 4 3 +1 6
3 L1 Charlton Athletic 3 1 1 0 1 5 4 +1 5
4 ACA Brighton & Hove Albion U21 3 0 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1
Source: EFL.com
1 September 2020 (2020-09-01) AFC Wimbledon 2–1 Charlton Athletic Loftus Road[a]
17:30 BST Roscrow Goal 46'
Thomas Goal 58'
Report Oztumer Goal 21' Attendance: 0
Referee: Carl Brook
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Leyton Orient 3–2 Brighton & Hove Albion U21 Brisbane Road
19:00 BST Ling Goal 36'
Johnson Goal 55'
Wilkinson Goal 90+5'
Report Wilson Goal 84'88' Attendance: 0
Referee: Sam Purkiss
22 September 2020 (2020-09-22) AFC Wimbledon 2–0 Brighton & Hove Albion U21 Broadfield Stadium[b]
18:00 BST Robinson Goal 20'
Roscrow Goal 87'
Report Attendance: 0
Referee: Craig Hicks
30 September 2020 (2020-09-30) Charlton Athletic 1–1
(4–1 p)
Brighton & Hove Albion U21 The Valley
19:00 BST Morgan Goal 48' Report Lapslie Goal 30' (o.g.) Attendance: 0
Referee: Lee Swabey
Penalties
Vennings Penalty scored
Morgan Penalty scored
Henry Penalty scored
Davison Penalty scored
Spong Penalty missed
Yapi Penalty scored
Vukoje Penalty missed
6 October 2020 (2020-10-06) Leyton Orient 2–0 AFC Wimbledon Brisbane Road
19:00 BST Angol Goal 33'
Wilkinson Goal 74'
Report Attendance: 0
Referee: Sam Allison
10 November 2020 (2020-11-10) Charlton Athletic 3–1 Leyton Orient The Valley
19:00 GMT Aouachria Goal 12'
Mingi Goal 64'
Maddison Goal 74'
Report Dennis Goal 67' Attendance: 0
Referee: Charles Breakspear
  1. ^ Match played at Loftus Road in White City, London due to ongoing construction at Plough Lane.
  2. ^ Match played at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley due to ongoing construction at Plough Lane.

Group H[edit]

Pos Div Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L2 Cambridge United 3 2 1 0 0 7 3 +4 8 Advance to Round 2
2 L1 Peterborough United 3 1 1 1 0 8 6 +2 6
3 L1 Burton Albion 3 0 1 1 1 6 8 −2 3
4 ACA Fulham U21 3 0 0 1 2 3 7 −4 1
Source: EFL.com
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Peterborough United 3–3
(5–4 p)
Burton Albion London Road Stadium
19:00 BST Clarke Goal 3'
Reed Goal 23'
Mason Goal 68'
Report Lawless Goal 44'
Powell Goal 52'55'
Attendance: 0
Referee: Will Finnie
Penalties
Burrows Penalty scored
Hamilton Penalty scored
Reed Penalty scored
Eisa Penalty scored
Clarke Penalty scored
Bostwick Penalty scored
Fox Penalty scored
Powell Penalty scored
O'Toole Penalty scored
Gilligan Penalty missed
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) Cambridge United 2–0 Fulham U21 Abbey Stadium
19:45 BST Knowles Goal 24'
Mullin Goal 84'
Report Attendance: 862[4]
Referee: Darren Drysdale
6 October 2020 (2020-10-06) Burton Albion 2–4 Cambridge United Pirelli Stadium
19:45 BST Akins Goal 3'
Powell Goal 4'
Report Knibbs Goal 27'
Hannant Goal 31'86'
Darling Goal 79'
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ross Joyce
6 October 2020 (2020-10-06) Peterborough United 4–2 Fulham U21 London Road Stadium
19:45 BST Eisa Goal 24'
Szmodics Goal 49'
Clarke Goal 56'
Boyd Goal 76'
Report Harris Goal 52'
Tiehi Goal 72'
Attendance: 0
Referee: Trevor Kettle
10 November 2020 (2020-11-10) Burton Albion 1–1
(4–1 p)
Fulham U21 Pirelli Stadium
19:45 GMT Edwards Goal 34' Report Hemmings Goal 10' (o.g.) Attendance: 0
Referee: Robert Lewis
Penalties
Hemmings Penalty scored
Lawless Penalty scored
Hart Penalty scored
Gilligan Penalty scored
Biereth Penalty missed
Harris Penalty missed
Pajaziti Penalty scored
10 November 2020 (2020-11-10) Cambridge United 1–1
(3–1 p)
Peterborough United Abbey Stadium
19:45 GMT Worman Goal 86' Report Clarke Goal 48' Attendance: 0
Referee: John Busby
Penalties
Dunk Penalty scored
Knowles Penalty scored
Dallas Penalty scored
Burrows Penalty missed
Hamilton Penalty scored
Tasdemir Penalty missed
Eisa Penalty missed

Round 2[edit]

Northern section[edit]

8 December 2020 (2020-12-08) Shrewsbury Town1–4 Lincoln City Shrewsbury
19:00 GMT Tracey Goal 44' Report Scully Goal 18'
Elbouzedi Goal 40'
Howarth Goal 67'
Grant Goal 78' (pen.)
Stadium: New Meadow
8 December 2020 (2020-12-08) Port Vale 2–1Wolverhampton Wanderers U21Burslem
19:00 GMT McKirdy Goal 30'
Mills Goal 80'
Report Perry Goal 20' Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 0
8 December 2020 (2020-12-08) Tranmere Rovers 2–1Manchester City U21Birkenhead
19:00 GMT Lloyd Goal 27'
Banks Goal 88' (pen.)
Report Delap Goal 17' Stadium: Prenton Park
8 December 2020 (2020-12-08) Accrington Stanley 3–2Manchester United U21Accrington
19:00 GMT Burgess Goal 8'
Pritchard Goal 67'85'
Report Pellistri Goal 39'
Elanga Goal 61'
Stadium: Crown Ground
Attendance: 0
Referee: Thomas Bramall
8 December 2020 (2020-12-08) Oldham Athletic1–2 Sunderland Oldham
19:00 GMT Grant Goal 13' Report Maguire Goal 30'
Scowen Goal 64'
Stadium: Boundary Park
Attendance: 0

Southern section[edit]

8 December 2020 (2020-12-08) AFC Wimbledon 3–0Arsenal U21Wimbledon, London
18:00 GMT
Report Stadium: Plough Lane
Referee: Christopher Pollard
8 December 2020 (2020-12-08) Milton Keynes Dons 6–0Norwich City U21Milton Keynes
19:00 GMT
Report Stadium: Stadium MK
Referee: Will Finnie
8 December 2020 (2020-12-08) Peterborough United 3–0West Ham United U21Peterborough
19:00 GMT
Report Stadium: London Road Stadium
Referee: Paul Howard
8 December 2020 (2020-12-08) Exeter City1–2 Northampton Town Exeter
19:00 GMT
Report
Stadium: St James Park
Referee: Carl Brook
8 December 2020 (2020-12-08) Cheltenham Town0–3 Portsmouth Cheltenham
19:00 GMT Report
Stadium: Whaddon Road
Referee: Kevin Johnson
8 December 2020 (2020-12-08) Leyton Orient1–2 Bristol Rovers Leyton, London
19:00 GMT
Report
Stadium: Brisbane Road
Attendance: 574
Referee: Alan Young
8 December 2020 (2020-12-08) Cambridge United 2–0GillinghamCambridge
19:45 GMT
Report Stadium: Abbey Stadium
Referee: David Rock

Round 3[edit]

Northern section[edit]

12 January 2021 Sunderland 2–0Port ValeSunderland
18:00 GMT O'Brien Goal 21'
McGeady Goal 90+7' (pen.)
Stadium: Stadium of Light
Referee: Declan Bourne
12 January 2021 Lincoln City 4–0Accrington StanleyLincoln
19:00 GMT Elbouzedi Goal 32'
Gotts Goal 53'
Johnson Goal 62'
Grant Goal 90+2'
Stadium: Sincil Bank
Referee: Chris Sarginson
12 January 2021 Hull City 3–2Fleetwood TownKingston upon Hull
17:30 GMT Wilks Goal 78'
Lewis-Potter Goal 80'
Coyle Goal 90+4'
Madden Goal 8'
Burns Goal 53'
Stadium: KCOM Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ross Joyce
13 January 2021 Tranmere Rovers 4–2Leicester City U21Birkenhead
19:30 GMT Ferrier Goal 4'
Lloyd Goal 37'45+1'
Blackett-Taylor Goal 53'
Wakeling Goal 36'
Suengchitthawon Goal 56'
Stadium: Prenton Park
Referee: Marc Edwards

Southern section[edit]

12 January 2021 Bristol Rovers0–1 AFC Wimbledon Bristol
19:00 GMT Rudoni Goal 61' Stadium: Memorial Stadium
Referee: John Busby
12 January 2021 Northampton Town0–2 Milton Keynes Dons Northampton
19:45 GMT Walker Goal 27'83' (pen.) Stadium: Sixfields Stadium
Referee: Craig Hicks
12 January 2021 Oxford United 1–0Cambridge UnitedOxford
19:45 GMT Hall Goal 74' Stadium: Kassam Stadium
Referee: Charles Breakspear
12 January 2021 Peterborough United 5–1PortsmouthPeterborough
19:45 GMT Taylor Goal 15'
Clarke-Harris Goal 29'
Kent Goal 45+1'
Dembélé Goal 52'
Hamilton Goal 87'
Harrison Goal 90+2' Stadium: London Road Stadium
Referee: Robert Lewis

Quarter-finals[edit]

2 February 2021 Milton Keynes Dons0–3 Sunderland Milton Keynes
18:30 GMT Report Lewington Goal 12' (o.g.)
McGeady Goal 76'
Wyke Goal 82'
Stadium: Stadium MK
Attendance: 0
Referee: Thomas Bramall
2 February 2021 Oxford United 3–1AFC WimbledonOxford
19:00 GMT Winnall Goal 13'29'
Shodipo Goal 52'
Chislett Goal 78' Stadium: Kassam Stadium
2 February 2021 Hull City1–1
(3–4 p)
Lincoln City Kingston upon Hull
19:45 GMT Docherty Goal 60' Anderson Goal 7' Stadium: KCOM Stadium

Semi-finals[edit]

16 February 2021 Oxford United0–2 Tranmere Rovers Oxford
18:00 GMT Report
Stadium: Kassam Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Craig Hicks
17 February 2021 Sunderland 1–1
(5–3 p)
Lincoln CitySunderland
18:00 GMT
Report
Stadium: Stadium of Light
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ben Toner

Final[edit]

Sunderland1–0Tranmere Rovers
Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Charles Breakspear

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About The Competition". EFL.com. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  2. ^ The Bolton News: "Bolton Wanderers boss Ian Evatt plans changes for Crewe EFL Trophy clash"
  3. ^ "EFL Trophy explained". Premier League. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Fans return to competitive football as Cambridge beat Fulham Under-21s". Yahoo News. 8 September 2020. Retrieved 9 September 2020.