Walsall v Bristol City is set to be attended by over 72,000 fans on Sunday making it the largest viewed game in England this weekend and one of the largest in Europe.
Both the Football League and Johnstone’s Paint have released statements this afternoon beaming with pride at the interest shown by both Walsall and Bristol City supporters.
Drew Barrand, The Football League`s Marketing Director said: “The projected attendance number is compelling evidence that this Sunday`s Johnstone`s Paint Trophy Final will be the biggest game of a very busy football weekend in the UK.’
“The overwhelming response from fans to the opportunity to see their club play at Wembley in a major showpiece Final is an indicator of the continued high levels of support that Football League competitions receive.”
Ben Wilde, Brand and Sponsorship Manager for Johnstone`s Paint, said: “We are delighted that the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy has captured the imagination of supporters once again and that a huge crowd will be at Wembley to see one of the showpiece matches of the football season.
“We met thousands of supporters during our Trophy Tour and the excitement and anticipation was obvious. We hope they have a fantastic day.”
The attendance proves that there is no need for introduction of Premier League B sides to improve the competition or to widen the interest – its not broke, so dont fix it.