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All you need to know ahead of the Papa Johns Trophy Final

It’s Papa Johns Trophy Final week!

1 April 2022

The Papa Johns Trophy Final 2022 is almost upon us. This time next week, either Rotherham United and Sutton United will be crowned winners of this year’s competition in what is poised to be a historic showpiece.

Ahead of the showdown, here’s all you need to know whether you’re travelling to the capital or watching along from home…

What have the managers said before the Papa Johns Trophy Final?

When and where is the Final taking place?

The Papa Johns Trophy Final takes place at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 3 April, as Rotherham lock horns with Sutton for the silverware.

Millers supporters will be housed in the West side of the National Stadium, whilst U’s fans will be located in the West side of Wembley.

The order of events for the day is as follows:

13:00: Turnstiles open

14:00: Team news

14:10: Players warm-up

14:53: Players enter the pitch

14:26: National anthem

15:00: Kick-off

15:45: Half-time

16:45: Full-time*

*In the event of the scores remaining level after 90 minutes, half an hour of extra-time will be played. Should the scores remain level at the end of extra-time, the winner will be decided by the taking of penalties at an end of the stadium to be determined by the referee.

What is the history behind the game?

Some of those packed into the west side of Wembley will remember Rotherham's previous triumph in this competition. Last year marked the 25-year anniversary of that 1996 EFL Trophy Final, when the Millers ran out 2-1 winners against Shrewsbury. 

It could be argued that the Millers, who will feel somewhat at home in the capital, have been spoiled with four trips to the National Stadium since 1996 – three ending in victory.

Sutton, on the other hand, are not too far behind their opponents in terms of Wembley visits, despite not having the chance to play at the National Stadium in almost four decades. The Yellows have clocked up three appearances under the arch, although the taste of victory has evaded them, reaching the FA Amateur Cup Final on two separate occasions, as well as the FA Trophy Final.

Known architects of a ‘cup-set’, Sutton have witnessed their fair share of ‘giant-killings’ over the years. Notably, the U’s overthrew former champions Coventry City in Round Three of the FA Cup in 1989. More recently, they reached the fifth round of the competition for the first time in the Club’s history, overcoming Leeds United en-route before bowing out to Arsenal.

Who is officiating the game?

Referee Sebastian Stockbridge will take charge of this year’s Final, alongside Assistant Referees Andrew Aylott and Lisa Rashid. The trio will also be joined by Fourth Official Ben Toner and Reserve Assistant Referee: Daniel Flynn.

How can I purchase tickets?

Details of how to purchase tickets for the Final can be found via the Clubs' official websites. Rotherham United supporters can book their seat at Wembley here, whilst Sutton United supporters are able to buy tickets here.

Pricing categories at Wembley Stadium are split into five sections and there is also a concession rate for supporters aged 60 and over as well as for children aged 16 and under. Price categories will be sold on a first come first served basis and are subject to availability.

How can I follow the Final?

The game is being broadcast live on Sky Sports Football from 2.30pm. Highlights will also be shown on Quest on Sunday evening at 9pm.

For those unable to attend the showpiece, live updates can be found on the EFL’s official social media channels. Follow us on Twitter (@PapaJohnsTrophy) and the #PapaJohnsTrophy hashtag for all the build-up and in-game updates, along with Instagram and Facebook (@EFL) to ensure you don’t miss a moment of the action.

What else do I need to know if I'm travelling to the game?

All you need to know on fan guidance when travelling to Wembley Stadium can be found here.

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