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Checkatrade Trophy 2017/18: In Numbers

8 April 2018

A look at some of the facts and figures regarding the 2017/18 season and the competition’s history.

0 — No team has beaten Lincoln City in this year’s tournament, while Shrewsbury Town lost their final Group Stage game against Walsall.

1 — Lincoln City are appearing at Wembley Stadium for the first time in their 134-year history

2 — This will be Shrewsbury Town’s second appearance in the final of this competition. The first was a 1996 defeat to Rotherham United, when current boss Paul Hurst was among the opposition XI.

3 — Shrewsbury Town have lost all three of their previous Wembley visits. The aforementioned loss against the Millers, along with Play-Off defeats in 2007 and 2009.

5 — Shrewsbury Town have conceded just five goals en route to today’s Final, keeping three clean sheets along the way.

6 — Shrewsbury Town have won six cup ties in a row against sides from the division below. Lincoln City have won five of their last eight against higher-tier opponents.

7 — Lincoln City and Shrewsbury Town go head-to-head for the first time in seven years; the last meeting coming in February 2011.

16 — Lincoln City have netted 16 times in this season’s Checkatrade Trophy, more than any other side.

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3 — Brentford and Southend United have both reached three Trophy finals, losing them all.

4 — Oxford United midfielder Jack Payne and Chelsea U21's Callum Hudson-Odoi lead the goalscoring charts with four apiece.

9 — The most common scoreline in this fixture is 2-1, with Coventry City’s win over Oxford United last year the latest narrow triumph.

12 — The highest-scoring game of this season’s competition came at Priestfield Stadium, where Gillingham beat Reading U21 7-5 in a thriller.

14 — Group Stage attendances rose by 14 per cent from last season, and eight per cent overall in the 2017/18 competition.

23 — Birmingham City, Trophy winners in 1995, have never had the chance to defend the title won 23 years ago due to playing their football in the top two tiers ever since.

26 — The victors of today’s final will become the 26th team to win the competition.

35 — Today will be the 35th final in the competition’s history. Eleven have taken place at the new Wembley.

126 — The total number of matches which have led to today’s final.

293 — The number of penalty kicks that have been taken across the tournament’s 29 penalty shoot-outs to date. Of those, 223 have been converted successfully.

390 — The amount of goals scored in the 2017/18 Checkatrade Trophy so far.

2,300 — More than 2,300 players under the age of 21 appeared on teamsheets across all 64 teams in this season’s competition.

3,000,000 — The total prize pot has increased this season and, following the semi-finals, the following sums have been allocated.

· £1,420,000 to League One clubs
· £1,100,000 to League Two clubs
· £290,000 to Category One clubs

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