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Checkatrade Trophy final sees record crowd

Sunday's Checkatrade Trophy Final between Coventry City and Oxford United was played out in front of the biggest attendance for the competition at the new Wembley.

The match was one of the highest attended matches in Europe across the weekend, with only Manchester United and Bayern Munich attracting larger crowds.

Coventry won the match 2-1 with the winning goal scored by one of Coventry's homegrown players George Thomas.

The final has regularly drawn large crowds, as nearly 500,000 supporters combined have watched the last nine finals since it returned to Wembley in 2008.

The previous highest attendance at the New Wembley in the competition was 73,476 when Southampton beat Carlisle in 2010. The highest ever attendance in the EFL Trophy final was in 1988 when 80,­841 watched Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Burnley 2-0.

The attendance at the final has been the complete opposite of attendances in early rounds this season as many clubs had record low crowds or crowds significantly down on previous seasons with fans boycotting matches due to the introduction of 'B teams' to the competition.

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