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Checkatrade Trophy: “A fitting finale” - EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey

2 April 2017

Shaun Harvey believes the Checkatrade Trophy Final had it all, after Coventry City beat Oxford United thanks to a winner from Academy graduate George Thomas.

In front of a competition attendance record at the new Wembley, 20-year-old Thomas hit a stunning half-volley to seal a 2-1 victory for the Sky Blues on their first visit to the national stadium since 1987.

It capped off a memorable afternoon in the capital, and one that was a fitting finale to the competition for Harvey, the EFL’s Chief Executive.

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“It’s the second EFL final of the year, and the second time that the football on the pitch has not let it down,” he reflected.

“The final whistle stands out for me as a highlight, because you could see the relief and joy on the faces of Coventry City fans.”

The crowd of 74,434 at the final surpassed the previous new Wembley competition record of 73,476, which was set in 2010, and it was also the second-highest attendance in the country over the weekend.

Read more: Click here to read more about the Checkatrade Trophy attendance record

Although it was Coventry supporters who left happy, both clubs’ fans were treated to an enthralling game of football, which was settled by Thomas, a player who joined the Sky Blues at Under-8 level.

“The attendance was magnificent,” Harvey added. “It shows the strength and depth of English football.

“A day out in a competition final is a massive occasion for any football fan. It’s the reason we have to keep working to improve competitions like this.

“For the winning goal to be scored by a 20-year-old, English-qualified player who came through the club’s own academy is the cherry on top of a great occasion.”

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