The build up is now on for this weekends Johnstone Paint Trophy which seed Carlisle United make the return trip, having lost to Southampton in last years final. This time they will start as slight favourites despite their recent defeat to their challengers Brentford, who have lost both their previous appearances in the final.
Carlisle have been in the final on 5 previous occasions, winning in 1997 and losing the other four, however apart from last years thrashing they have normally given a good account of themselves.
Whoever wins the clubs will at least have gained a welcome financial windfall, and Carlise, who despite dwindling crowds recently reported a £110,000 half year profit, expect to generate an additional £250,000 in revenue from the game. This sum would only be enough to pay a top Premier League players wage for a couple of weeks, however for League One clubs this can make the difference between success and administration.