Auto Windscreens Shield - 1996/97

Participating teams

48: 24 each from the Second and Third Divisions. 24 teams in each area group.
North: Blackpool, Burnley, Bury, Carlisle, Chester, Chesterfield, Crewe, Darlington, Doncaster, Hartlepool, Hull, Lincoln, Mansfield, Notts County, Preston, Rochdale, Rotherham, Scarborough, Scunthorpe, Shrewsbury, Stockport, Wigan, Wrexham, York.
South: Barnet, Bournemouth, Brentford, Brighton, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Cambridge, Cardiff, Colchester, Exeter, Fulham, Gillingham, Hereford, Leyton Orient, Luton, Millwall, Northampton, Peterborough, Plymouth, Swansea, Torquay, Walsall, Watford, Wycombe.

Format

First round: 8 single-game ties in each area, with 8 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 Wembley.

First round

North

Byes: Crewe, Lincoln, Mansfield, Scunthorpe, Shrewsbury, Wigan, Wrexham, York.

9 Dec Chesterfield 0 - 2 Preston
10 Dec Bury 3 - 1 Darlington
Carlisle 2 - 0 Rochdale
Doncaster 1 - 2 Stockport
Hartlepool 0 - 2 Burnley
Hull 3 - 1 Chester
Rotherham 0 - 1 Blackpool
Scarborough 0 - 1 Notts County

South

Byes: Barnet, Bristol City, Exeter, Northampton, Peterborough, Torquay, Walsall, Watford.

7 Dec Hereford 0 - 4 Millwall
10 Dec Bristol Rovers 1 - 2 Brentford
Cambridge 0 - 1 Colchester
Gillingham 1 - 2 Cardiff (aet)
Luton 2 - 1 Leyton Orient
Plymouth 2 - 0 Bournemouth
17 Dec Brighton 3 - 2 Fulham (aet)
8 Jan Swansea 1 - 1 Wycombe (aet)
(Swansea won on penalties)

Second round

North

13 Jan Bury 6 - 0 Mansfield
14 Jan Blackpool 4 - 0 Lincoln
Shrewsbury 3 - 2 Wigan (aet)
21 Jan York 1 - 0 Preston
28 Jan Carlisle 4 - 0 Hull
Scunthorpe 1 - 1 Notts County (aet)
(Scunthorpe won on penalties)
Wrexham 0 - 1 Crewe
4 Feb Burnley 0 - 1 Stockport

South

7 Jan Brentford 2 - 1 Barnet (aet)
Millwall 2 - 3 Colchester (aet)
Watford 2 - 1 Torquay
14 Jan Cardiff 1 - 1 Exeter (aet)
(Exeter won on penalties)
Plymouth 1 - 0 Brighton
21 Jan Peterborough 2 - 0 Walsall
Swansea 0 - 1 Bristol City
4 Feb Northampton 1 - 0 Luton

Area quarter-finals

North

4 Feb Crewe 1 - 0 Blackpool
York 0 - 2 Carlisle
11 Feb Bury 1 - 2 Stockport (aet)
Shrewsbury 2 - 1 Scunthorpe (aet)

South

28 Jan Brentford 0 - 1 Colchester
Exeter 0 - 1 Peterborough
11 Feb Plymouth 0 - 2 Northampton
Watford 2 - 1 Bristol City

Area semi-finals

North

18 Feb Shrewsbury 1 - 2 Carlisle
4 Mar Crewe 1 - 1 Stockport (aet)
(Stockport won on penalties)

South

18 Feb Colchester 2 - 1 Northampton
Watford 0 - 1 Peterborough

Area finals

North

18 Mar Carlisle 2 - 0 Stockport
25 Mar Stockport 0 - 0 Carlisle
(Carlisle won 2-0 on aggregate)

South

11 Mar Peterborough 2 - 0 Colchester
18 Mar Colchester 3 - 0 Peterborough (aet)
(Colchester won 3-2 on aggregate)

Final

Sunday 20th April 1997, at Wembley

Carlisle United 0 - 0 Colchester United (aet)
(Carlisle won 4-3 on penalties)