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1988 Football League Trophy Final

1988 Football League Trophy Final
Event 1987–88 Football League Trophy
Date 29 May 1988
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Man of the Match Floyd Streete (Wolves)
Referee Roger Milford (Somerset)
Attendance 80,841

The 1988 Football League Trophy Final, known as the Sherpa Van Trophy Final for sponsorship reasons was the 5th final of the domestic football cup competition for teams from the Third and Fourth Divisions.

The final was played at Wembley Stadium in London on 29 May 1988, The game was contested by Burnley and Wolverhampton Wanderers before a crowd of 80,841, a record for the trophy. Wolves won the match 2–0 thanks to goals in either half by Andy Mutch and Robbie Dennison.


The match took place three weeks after the end of the domestic league programme. Wolves had already won the Fourth Division title in their second ever season at that level, and boasted the division's top goalscorer in Steve Bull (34 league goals; 52 in total). Burnley had finished tenth in the division and would take four further seasons before being promoted. Wolves had won both league games between the two clubs that season 3–0.

This fixture marked the only time two previous English champions have met in the final of this competition, and also made Wolves the only former champions to date to have won the trophy.

Match details

29 May 1988
15:00 BST
Burnley 0–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Mutch Goal 23'
Dennison Goal 51'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 80,841
Referee: Roger Milford (Somerset)
Wolverhampton Wanderers
GK 1 England Chris Pearce
RB 2 England Peter Daniel
LB 3 England Ray Deakin (c)
CM 4 Scotland Ian Britton
CB 5 England Steve Davis Booked
CB 6 England Steve Gardner
RM 7 England Andy Farrell
CF 8 England George Oghani
CF 9 England Steve Taylor
CM 10 England Paul Comstive
LM 11 England Shaun McGrory Substituted off 61'
DF 12 England Ashley Hoskin
MF 14 Wales Leighton James Substituted in 61'
England Brian Miller
GK 1 Wales Mark Kendall
RB 2 England Gary Bellamy
LB 3 England Andy Thompson
CB 4 Jamaica Floyd Streete
CB 5 Scotland Ally Robertson (c) Substituted off 47'
CM 6 England Phil Robinson
RM 7 Northern Ireland Robbie Dennison
CM 8 England Keith Downing Booked
CF 9 England Steve Bull
CF 10 England Andy Mutch
LM 11 England Micky Holmes Substituted off 45'
MF 12 Wales Nigel Vaughan Substituted in 45'
FW 14 England Jackie Gallagher Substituted in 47'
England Graham Turner


  • Assistant referees:
  • Reserve referee: Michael Peck (Kendal)


  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Two named substitutes
  • Maximum of two substitutions.

Road to Wembley


Northern Section Group 1 Tranmere Rovers 1–2 Burnley
Northern Section Group 1 Burnley 3–2 Rochdale
Northern Section First Round Burnley 1–0 Chester City
Northern Section Quarter-finals Bury 0–1 Burnley
Northern Section Semi-final Burnley 0–0 Halifax Town
  Burnley won 5–3 on Penalties
Northern Section Final 1st Leg Burnley 0–0 Preston North End
Northern Section Final 2nd Leg Preston North End 1–3 Burnley

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Southern Section Group 1 Swansea City 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Southern Section Group 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–1 Bristol City
Southern Section First Round Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–0 Brentford
Southern Section Quarter-finals Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–0 Peterborough United
Southern Section Semi-final Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Torquay United
Southern Section Final 1st Leg Notts County 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Southern Section Final 2nd Leg Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–0 Notts County

External links

  • Official website
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