Contested between Premier League sides Bolton Wanderers and Middlesbrough, both of whom had never won in their previous appearances in the final.
Bolton’s run to the final included a win away to holders Liverpool in the fourth round, while requiring extra time against Southampton in the next round and losing the second leg of the semi-final against Aston Villa.
Middlesbrough needed extra time against Brighton & Hove Albion in their first game, and later advanced on penalty shootouts against top-flight Everton and Tottenham Hotspur;
Boro then won home and away against league leaders Arsenal in the semi-finals.