LDV Vans Trophy - 2002/03

Participating teams

60: 24 each from the Second and Third Divisions, and 12 invited teams from the Conference. 30 teams in each area group.
North: Barnsley, Blackpool, Bury, Carlisle, Chesterfield, Crewe, Darlington, Doncaster, Halifax, Hartlepool, Huddersfield, Hull, Leigh, Lincoln, Macclesfield, Mansfield, Morecambe, Notts County, Oldham, Port Vale, Rochdale, Scarborough, Scunthorpe, Shrewsbury, Southport, Stockport, Tranmere, Wigan, Wrexham, York.
South: Boston, Bournemouth, Brentford, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Chester, Colchester, Dagenham & Redbridge, Exeter, Hereford, Kidderminster, Leyton Orient, Luton, Northampton, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, QPR, Rushden & Diamonds, Southend, Stevenage, Swansea, Swindon, Torquay, Woking, Wycombe, Yeovil.

Format

First round: 14 single-game ties in each area, with 2 teams receiving byes to the second round. Winners advance to the second round.
Second round: 8 single-game ties in each area. Winners advance to the area quarter-finals.
Area quarter-finals: 4 single-game ties in each area. Winners advance to the area semi-finals.
Area semi-finals: 2 single-game ties in each area. Winners advance to the area finals.
Area finals: 1 two-legged tie in each area. Winners advance to the national final.
Final: a single game, played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

First round

North

Byes: Barnsley, Macclesfield.

22 Oct Chesterfield 2 - 0 Halifax
Lincoln 4 - 3 York
Mansfield 0 - 4 Crewe
Notts County 2 - 3 Wigan
Oldham 3 - 4 Carlisle (aet)
Port Vale 3 - 1 Hull
Rochdale 0 - 1 Bury
Scarborough 1 - 2 Doncaster (aet)
Scunthorpe 2 - 3 Blackpool
Shrewsbury 3 - 0 Morecambe
Southport 3 - 4 Leigh
Stockport 1 - 0 Darlington
Tranmere 5 - 0 Hartlepool
Wrexham 2 - 1 Huddersfield

South

Byes: Brentford, Cardiff.

22 Oct Cambridge 4 - 0 Rushden & Diamonds
Cheltenham 4 - 1 Colchester
Chester 1 - 2 Plymouth
Dagenham & Redbridge 1 - 3 Kidderminster
Exeter 1 - 0 Bristol Rovers
Hereford 3 - 4 Northampton (aet)
Leyton Orient 3 - 2 Peterborough
Oxford 2 - 3 Bournemouth
QPR 0 - 0 Bristol City (aet)
(Bristol City won on penalties)
Stevenage 2 - 1 Swansea
Swindon 6 - 1 Southend
Torquay 0 - 4 Wycombe
Woking 0 - 2 Luton
23 Oct Boston 4 - 2 Yeovil

Second round

North

12 Nov Bury 1 - 0 Barnsley
Carlisle 1 - 0 Stockport (aet)
Crewe 2 - 0 Blackpool
Leigh 3 - 4 Wrexham (aet)
Lincoln 1 - 2 Shrewsbury (aet)
Macclesfield 1 - 2 Tranmere (aet)
Port Vale 1 - 1 Chesterfield (aet)
(Port Vale won on penalties)
Wigan 0 - 1 Doncaster

South

12 Nov Bournemouth 1 - 0 Leyton Orient
Cheltenham 1 - 2 Wycombe (aet)
Exeter 0 - 3 Cardiff
Kidderminster 3 - 2 Swindon (aet)
Northampton 2 - 4 Cambridge
Plymouth 0 - 1 Brentford
Stevenage 3 - 4 Luton
13 Nov Boston 1 - 2 Bristol City (aet)

Area quarter-finals

North

10 Dec Bury 2 - 0 Tranmere
Carlisle 2 - 0 Wrexham
Crewe 8 - 0 Doncaster
Shrewsbury 2 - 1 Port Vale (aet)

South

10 Dec Bournemouth 2 - 1 Cardiff (aet)
Brentford 2 - 1 Kidderminster
Luton 1 - 2 Cambridge (aet)
11 Dec Bristol City 3 - 0 Wycombe

Area semi-finals

North

21 Jan Carlisle 3 - 2 Bury (aet)
29 Jan Shrewsbury 4 - 2 Crewe

South

21 Jan Bournemouth 1 - 3 Bristol City
Brentford 1 - 2 Cambridge (aet)

Area finals

North

25 Feb Carlisle 1 - 0 Shrewsbury
4 Mar Shrewsbury 0 - 0 Carlisle
(Carlisle won 1-0 on aggregate)

South

18 Feb Bristol City 4 - 2 Cambridge
25 Feb Cambridge 0 - 3 Bristol City
(Bristol City won 7-2 on aggregate)

Final

Sunday 6th April 2003, at the Millennium Stadium

Bristol City 2 - 0 Carlisle United