Football League Centenary Trophy

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1988 Football League Centenary Trophy
Country England
Dates 29 August 1988 – 9 October 1988
Teams 8
Champions Arsenal
Runners-up Manchester United
Matches played 7
Goals scored 17 (2.43 per match)
Attendance 130,025 (18,575 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Brian Marwood
(2 goals)

The Football League Centenary Trophy was an English football tournament held during the 1988–89 season to celebrate the 100th birthday of The Football League. The competition was known as the Mercantile Credit Centenary Trophy for sponsorship reasons.

The competition was played on a knockout basis between the top eight sides from the Football League First Division the previous season, with the final between Arsenal and Manchester United taking place at the birthplace of League Football, Aston Villa's home ground, Villa Park on 9 October 1988. Goals from Paul Davis and Michael Thomas gave Arsenal a 2–1 victory, with Clayton Blackmore the scorer for United.[1]

It was the second competition staged to celebrate the centenary of the Football League following the Football League Centenary Tournament, a friendly tournament competed between 16 clubs at Wembley Stadium in April 1988. Despite most of the country's leading clubs being involved, crowds for the Centenary Trophy were generally disappointing and only the semi–final match between Arsenal and Liverpool attracted more than 25,000.[2]

Qualification[edit]

The top 8 finishers from the 1987–88 edition of the Football League First Division qualified for the tournament.[3] The tournament was held in part due to the 5-year European ban for English sides and was similar in format to the Football League Super Cup held two seasons earlier.[4] The top 8 was as follows:[2]

Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 40 26 12 2 87 24 +63 90
2 Manchester United 40 23 12 5 71 38 +33 81
3 Nottingham Forest 40 20 13 7 67 39 +28 73
4 Everton 40 19 13 8 53 27 +26 70
5 Queens Park Rangers 40 19 10 11 48 38 +10 67
6 Arsenal 40 18 12 10 58 39 +19 66
7 Wimbledon 40 14 15 11 58 47 +11 57
8 Newcastle United 40 14 14 12 55 53 +2 56

Matches[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

29 August 1988
Liverpool 4–1 Nottingham Forest
Venison Goal 50'
Mølby Goal 70' (pen.)
Houghton Goal 75'
Barnes Goal 84'
Webb Goal 90'
Anfield
Attendance: 20,141

29 August 1988
Manchester United 1–0 Everton
Strachan Goal 66'
Old Trafford
Attendance: 16,439

29 August 1988
Newcastle United 1–0 Wimbledon
O'Neill
St James' Park
Attendance: 17,141

31 August 1988
Queens Park Rangers 0–2 Arsenal
Adams
Marwood
Loftus Road
Attendance: 10,019

Semi-finals[edit]

20 September 1988
Arsenal 2–1 Liverpool
Groves Goal 33'
Marwood Goal 82'
Staunton Goal 80'
Highbury Stadium
Attendance: 29,135

21 September 1988
Manchester United 2–0 (a.e.t.) Newcastle United
Bruce Goal 91'
McClair Goal 101'
Old Trafford
Attendance: 14,968

Final[edit]

09 October 1988
Arsenal 2–1 Manchester United
Davis Goal 36'
Thomas Goal 40'
Blackmore Goal 84'
Villa Park
Attendance: 22,182

Goalscorers[edit]

2 goals
1 goal
1 Own Goal

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rollin, Jack (1989). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1989–1990. Queen Anne Press. p. 604. ISBN 0-356-17910-9. 
  2. ^ a b Pye, Steven. "How Arsenal won the Centenary Trophy, the least celebrated title in their history". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 May 2017. 
  3. ^ Bloomfield, Craig. "Is the Europa League history? Top 10 cups that died a death: ZDS, Intertoto, Rous Cup and more". Talksport. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 
  4. ^ Groves, Perry (2007). We All Live in a Perry Groves World. John Blake Publishing. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 

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