League positions before and after Checkatrade Trophy final over the past 10 seasons

Pompey take on Sunderland for the right to be crowned 2019 Checkatrade Trophy champions.

Friday, 29th March 2019, 2:24 pm
Updated Friday, 29th March 2019, 2:26 pm
Portsmouth celebrate the Checkatrade Trophy semi-final win over Bury. Picture by Daniel Chesterton/phcimages.com/PinPep

The League One promotion rivals are set to do battle in front of more than 80,000 supporters at Wembley. And the final is almost certain to be the highest attended match in the competition’s history. Here we take a look at the finalists’ league positions before and after the Checkatrade Trophy showpiece in the past 10 years.

Lincoln beat Shrewsbury 1-0 in Checkatrade Trophy final last year. The Imps sat sixth in League Two on the weekend of the final. Danny Cowley's men ended the season in seventh, securing a play-off spot.
Shrewsbury suffered a 1-0 final defeat to Lincoln last season. The Shrews sat third in League One on the weekend of the final, ending the campaign in the same position. But they failed to win the play-offs.

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Coventry were 2-1 victors over Oxford in the final. Although they suffered relegation from League One that season, finishing 23rd. The Sky Blues were rock bottom as they prepared for the final.
Michael Appleton's Oxford suffered a final defeat at the hands of Coventry. The U's ended the season eighth in League One, missing out on the play-offs. They sat ninth going into the final.
Adam Hamill (pictured) netted in Barnsley's 3-2 final win over Oxford. They also achieved promotion via the play-offs in League One having finished sixth. The Tykes sat eighth ahead of the final.
Oxford would avenge their final defeat to Barnsley. They finished the season second in League Two, achieving promotion. The U's sat behind leaders Northampton as they headed to Wembley.
Steve Cotterill guided Bristol City to a 2-0 win over Walsall in 2015. They also won the League One title that season. The Robins were ten points clear at the summit when they met the Saddlers.
Dean Smith led Walsall to the 2015 final, where they lost to Briston City. The Saddlers ended the season 14th in League One. That was two places higher than they sat before they took on eventual double winners Robins.
Peterborough were 3-1 winners over Paul Cook's Chesterfield in the final. They ended the season sixth in League One, clinching a play-off place. That is the same position they occupied ahead of the final.
Paul Cook's Chesterfield suffered a final defeat. Although they were crowned League Two champions in the same season. They climbed from third to win the title after going down against Peterborough.
League One Crewe were crowned champions in 2013 after beating Southend at Wembley. They finished the league season sitting in 11th. That was two places higher than prior to the final victory over the Shrimpers.
Phil Brown's Southend went down 2-0 against Crewe at Wembley. They went on to end the campaign 11th in League Two. The Shrimpers moved up a place from the position they occupied prior to the final.
Chesterfield won the EFL Trophy courtesy of a 2-0 win over Swindon at Wembley. But the Spireites were relegated from League One, finished 22nd. They were rock bottom as they lifted the trophy at Wembley.
Paolo Di Canio took Swindon to Wembley but they lost to Chesterfield in the final. But they did win League Two the same season. The Robins were four points clear when they travelled to Wembley for the final.
Carlisle overcame Brentford 1-0 in the Wembley showpiece. The Cumbrians claimed a mid-table League One finish, ending the campaign in 12th. They climbed up a climb from where they sat prior to beating the Bees.
Nicky Forster's Brentford came up short in the final. They were ninth in League One at the time and looking to finish in the play-offs. But they fell away, ending the campaign 11th.
Southampton were emphatic 4-1 winners at Wembley against Carlisle. But they just missed out on a League One play-off place, finishing seventh. Although that was three places higher than tenth they sat before the final.
Carlisle suffered a 4-1 defeat in the final at the hands of Alan Pardew's Southampton. A 14th-placed finish followed in League One come the end of the campaign. Three places below their placing before the game at Wembley.
Luton needed extra-time to beat Scunthorpe 3-2 in the final. But they finished bottom of the Football League that season, dropping into the Conference. They were 11 points adrift heading into the final.
Scunthorpe were stunned by Luton in the final, who were bottom of the Football League. The Iron did clinch a League One play-off place that season, finishing sixth. That was the same place they sat prior to the trip to Wembley