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Papa Johns Final Preview and Information

1 April 2022

Here's all you need to know about Sunday's Papa Johns Trophy final against Rotherham United at Wembley as U's make a first visit to the National Stadium since 1981, with information for before, during and after the game. Should anyone have any doubt, we will be wearing amber.

We have so far sold just under 14,000 tickets for Sunday's big day at Wembley, but there are still plenty left so encourage your friends and families to come along and see if we can turn the east end of Wembley in to a sea of amber and chocolate.

Tickets can be bought on line until 7am on Sunday morning to be collected from the East Ticket Office at Wembley. Directions are below. You will need to give your name and booking reference, and provide photographic ID. You can find all details of pricing and how to buy tickets on line here.

After 7am on Sunday morning tickets are no longer available on line, but from 11am can be bought in person from the East Ticket Office, subject to availability in the blocks opened for Sutton supporters. 

DIRECTIONS TO EAST TICKET OFFICE: The Sutton United ticket window is located in the East ticket office on the Mezzanine Level, also called B1 Level. From Wembley Park station, head down Olympic Way until you reach the Olympic steps. Go up the steps and head towards the stadium. You will then reach the Mezzanine/B1 Level. Enter through the gates under the 'Ticket Office/Wembley Store' banner, and the ticket office is located just inside these gates on the right. 


All the Supporters' Club coaches are now fully booked with parking in the Green area at Wembley stadium coach parking.
Please note the following instructions from Wembley Stadium. NO ALCOHOL is allowed on ANY coaches. Coaches will be subject to random mandatory security prior to entry to the parking area..
Coaches are due to arrive at the car park at the ground for 10.00am  and will be numbered accordingly. Please make sure you are on the coach number that you were allocated when booking, and please do not board until checked in by the person who is charge of the coach. Our aim with the above procedure is to leave no later than 10.30am.

Please note that there will be no general parking for supporters at the club on 2nd/3rd April. Any disabled fans travelling on the supporters' coaches who need a parking spot should email Stewards will only admit drivers named on their list.

Our thanks to Bruton's Coaches who are providing our coaches.

Wembley Stadium is served by three stations, Wembley Park (London Underground Metropolitan and Jubilee Lines), Wembley Stadium (National Rail from Marylebone) and, slightly further away and less convenient for our East End of the ground, Wembley Central (London Overground from Euston). If travelling from Victoria change at Oxford Circus for the Bakerloo Line then Baker Street for the Metropolitan Line. The Metropolitan Line also connects with the Thameslink at Farringdon. Anyone using the Jubilee Line should change to the Metropolitan Line at Finchley Road.
Drivers should be aware that the Boat Race is on Sunday afternoon and roads around West London are likely to be very busy.


A no street-drinking zone on Olympic Way and surrounding areas will be in operation ahead of the match.

There is a wide range of bars, pubs, fan zones and restaurants available to enjoy in Brent before the game – you can find further details here, including a list of pubs and bars in the Wembley Stadium East zone which are open to Sutton supporters.

The ban on street drinking in public will be enforced by a team of officers from Brent Council, Wembley National Stadium, Wembley Park, The Metropolitan Police Service, Transport for London and the British Transport Police with fans being required to hand over their alcoholic drinks or face a £100 fine. 


The Club Shop is open until 4pm on Friday and will be open on  Saturday between 10am and 4pm for the sale of scarves, flags and all the other exclusive Papa Johns Trophy final merchandise which has been officially licensed and approved by the EFL, Papa Johns and Wembley Stadium. So if you haven't bought yours yet, get down to the Club Shop before Sunday to get yourself ready for the big day.

Sutton came top of a group that included Portsmouth, AFC Wimbledon and Crystal Palace Under 21s, winning all three games without conceding a goal. In the first knock out round a goalless draw with Stevenage was followed by a penalty shootout which we won 4-3, Dean Bouzanis saving three penalties in a row. Colchester were beaten 2-1 at the VBS in the round of 16, and a Craig Eastmond goal on his 300th appearance was enough to beat Harrogate in the quarter finals. At Wigan in the semi final, after Will Randall's goal had been cancelled out by James McLean, we again prevailed in a shootout 7-6, Dean Bouzanis saving twice and also converting one of our penalties.
Rotherham, who are currently top of League One, also had a 100% record in a group that included Doncaster Rovers, Scunthorpe and Manchester City Under 21s, scoring fifteen goals and conceding one. In the first knock out round they beat Port Vale 5-3 in a shootout after a 1-1 draw, then won 4-2 at Crewe before another penalties win over Cambridge in the quarter finals, 7-6 after a 1-1 draw. Their semi final at Hartlepool also went to penalties, finishing 2-2 before Rotherham won 5-4 on penalties. 
Manager Matt Gray spoke to SUFCtv to preview the game and give the latest news on who is likely to be available. Click here to watch

The official programme for the game, full of features and interviews, will be on sale at Wembley, price £10, but can also be ordered on line by clicking here


If you can't get to Wembley on Sunday here's how you can follow the game on TV and radio.

TV: The game is being shown live on Sky Sports Football with the broadcast starting at 2.30pm, with half an hour of build up including interviews with Sutton players, management, staff and supporters recorded at the club last week. The feed is being taken live by broadcasters in a number of overseas countries, including ESPN(USA, South America and Africa), beIN Sports (Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East), and various channels in Europe, although it is up to the broadcaster in that country whether to show the game live or in highlights form.

Radio: There is live free-to-air commentary on Talksport 2, with the programme on air from 2pm. BBC Radio London will also be providing extensive coverage and there will be updates on BBC Five Live, in both cases involving some familiar voices to Sutton supporters.

With the game being on Sky we cannot live stream it in the UK, or any country where the feed is being taken, through our iFollow service. The game will be available for £10 in any country with no TV agreement to broadcast the game, and you can check on this link to see if the game is available in your country. With free commentary available on Talksport 2 we will not be providing our own audio commentary through iFollow on this occasion as there would be a considerable expense to have the necessary equipment installed at Wembley, an issue we do not have for standard league games home or away, and we have been told that the sound quality and reliability of a commentary down a mobile phone line cannot be guaranteed. 

Unlike in all previous rounds, should the scores be level after 90 minutes there will be extra time before the game goes to penalties.
Both teams can use five substitutes from seven named, having three opportunities(excluding half time)  to make those substitutions. Should the game go to extra time a further substitution can be made.

Referee Seb Stockbridge is from Tyne and Wear and in his ninth season as an EFL referee. He has not taken charge of a Sutton game before.  His assistants are Andrew Aylott(Bedfordshire) and Lisa Rashid (West Midlands), the reserve referee is Ben Toner (Lancashire) and the reserve assistant Daniel Flynn(Bristol).


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Match Reports

Match report for Rotherham United 4 Sutton United 2

3 April 2022

As had happened 41 years previously, Sutton suffered last minute agony at Wembley as, within seconds of what would have been a thoroughly deserved victory against the Sky Bet League One leaders, an equaliser by Rotherham substitute Jordi Osei-Tutu in the sixth minute of stoppage time sent the game in to extra time, in which The Millers scored twice to lift the Papa Johns Trophy.

It was a heartbreaking end for U's, who would have been good value for the victory that the 15,000 or so supporters had begun celebrating when Osei-Tutu shot high in to the net in the sixth of seven added minutes, but who found their opposition taking the game away from them in the extra period, even though Harry Beautyman and Isaac Olaofe both missed good chances either side of Cheidozie Ogbene's goal six minutes in to the extra period.

After a first ten minutes in which both sides had taken time  in to their stride, U's created the first real chance when afine tackle by Beautyman in midfield gave David Ajiboye the chance to slice through the Rotherham defence before laying the ball off to Will Randall, who appeared to do everything right as he beat one defender, but then pulled his shot in to the side netting. It was a sign that U's were growing in to the game the quicker, and just before the half hour reward came when, after Rob Milsom's corner had been cleared, Ajiboye's cross bounced off Micheal Smith and was laid back by Randall for Donovan Wilson, who steadied himself before firing low in to the net.

Rotherham had barely troubled Sutton, their one chance falling to Ogbene, who shot high over the bar, but just when their supporters were beginning to sound restless they produced an equaliser out of nothing four minutes before half time as Joshua Kayode battled to hold the ball up on the edge of the penalty area and laid it back to Ben Wiles, who created space and sent a fine shot that grazed the underside of the crossbar on its way in, Dean Bouzanis having no chance.

It was the League One leaders who finished the half with their tails up, Bouzanis down to hold a low shot from Oliver Rathbone and then holding a near post Smith volley, which may have hit Louis John's hand on its way to the keeper, and the trend threatened to continue right at the start of the second half as Bouzanis saved again from Wiles. However U's broke immediately, Ajiboye was put through by some superb work from Randall, and pulled the ball back for Craig Eastmond, whose first shot was blocked by Michael Ihiekwe but whose second found the net.

Rotherham made a double substitution on the hour, Freddie Ladapo and Wes Harding replacing Kayode and Rathbone, and they might have levelled soon afterwards when a poor clearance by Eastmond allowed Ogbene to cross for Smith, whose header went over, and then Bouzanis had to scramble to save a deflected low shot by Wiles, but it was the introduction of Isaac Olaofe six minutes later that almost bore more immediate results as within a minute he raced clear on the right and shot in to the side netting. 

Ladapo did test Bouzanis with a looping header just before U's lost Ben Goodliffe with a calf injury, Coby Rowe his replacement, and then had a golden chance when he was put clear through the middle by a glorious pass from Wiles, but couldn't beat Bouzanis. Both sides then made wholesale changes for the last ten minutes, and it seemed as though U's had done enough, even in seven minutes of stoppage time, with Ben Wyatt's outstanding block diverting a Smith shot wide midway through the stoppage period. However just after Eastmond had been named Man of the Match, Ladapo sent the ball in to the area one last time and, with Kizzi unable to do more than touch it on it fell for one of the late replacements, Osei-Tutu, who found the top corner of the net.

Unsurprisingly given that body blow it was Rotherham who were on the front foot early in extra time, and Shane Ferguson's free kick was deflected just wide after Joe Kizzi had been booked for a foul on Ladapo. However U's then went close themselves as Kizzi returned a corner to the edge of the area and Beautyman shot just over, but within a minute Ogbene collected Ladapo's lay off and lashed a right foot shot past Bouzanis from twenty yards. It was the first time in the entire tournament U's had trailed in a game, and Ihiekwe almost added to the misery when his header bounced off a post and Ladapo was denied well by Bouzanis after the resulting scramble. 

U's had one clear chance, when Olaofe wriggled clear of Ferguson but shot over, but were finished off when Ihiekwe headed in Ferguson's corner soon after the start of the second period.

Sutton: D Bouzanis, J Kizzi, R Milsom (sub B Wyatt 82), C Eastmond(sub K Davis 81)B Goodliffe(sub C Rowe 73), L John, D Ajiboye, D Wilson(sub I Olaofe 66), O Bugiel(sub R Bennett 81) H Beautyman, W Randall. Subs n/u S Nelson, E Boldewijn. Booked: John, Kizzi

Rotherham: V Johansson, M Ihiekwe, J Mattock(sub S Ferguson 80), D Barlaser(sub J Lindsay 90+4), O Rathbone (sub W Harding 60), R Wood, M Miller(sub J Osei-Tutu 80), B Wiles, M Smith, J Kayode(sub F Ladapo 60), C Ogbene. Subs n/u J Chapman, R Edmonds-Green. Booked: Wiles

Referee: S Stockbridge

Attendance: 30,688

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