Sunderland at Wembley: Lincoln, Coventry, Barnsley and more - how the last 10 Checkatrade Trophy finalists have fared after the event

There's not long to go until Sunderland's trip to Wembley in the Checkatrade Trophy - but how have previous finalist fared after the big day?

By Joe Nicholson
Saturday, 23 March, 2019, 09:14
Lincoln won the Checkatrade Trophy in 2018 but missed out on promotion in the League Two play-offs.

We take a closer look at the last ten sides who have reached the showpiece event and how their seasons have panned out.

After lifting the trophy, Lincoln held onto a play-off spot in League Two. They missed out on promotion after losing 3-1 to Exeter on aggregate.
Shrewsbury were still in with a shout of automatic promotion after losing at Wembley. They dropped into the League One play-offs though, before losing to Rotherham in the final.
Coventry were bottom of League One when they won the competition in April. Lifting the trophy at Wembley was a consolation at least, as the Sky Blues were relegated with just 39 points.
Oxford were just outside the play-off spots in League One before they lost at Wembley. They finished eighth in the table, four points off the top six.
The Tykes claimed two victories at Wembley in the space of two months in 2016. After winning the Johnstone Paint Trophy in April, Barnsley won promotion via the League One play-offs in May, following a sixth-place finish.

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Despite suffering disappointment at Wembley, Oxford held onto an automatic promotion spot in League Two. They finished just one point above the play-offs.
The Robbins were nine points clear at the top of League One when they won the Johnstone Paint Trophy at Wembley. They comfortably won the division with 99 points.
Walsall were 15th in League One before the Wembley final. Their results didn't change much, as the Saddlers finished one place higher to end up 14th.
Posh were sixth in League One before their success at Wembley. They hung on to a play-off spot before losing to Leyton Orient over two legs.
The Spireites bounced back after losing at Wembley in March. Chesterfield didn't lose another game in League Two as they rose from third to first to win promotion.