1988 Football League play-offs

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Football League play-offs
Season 1987–88
Champions Middlesbrough
(Second Division)
Walsall
(Third Division)
Swansea City
(Fourth Division)
Matches played 19
Goals scored 50 (2.63 per match)
Biggest home win Walsall 4–0 Bristol City
(Third Division)
Biggest away win Notts County 1–3 Walsall
(Third Division)
Bristol City 1–3 Walsall
(Third Division)
Highest scoring Torquay 3–3 Swansea
(6 goals)
Highest attendance 40,550 – Chelsea v Middlesbrough
(Second Division final)
Lowest attendance 4,602 – Torquay v Scunthorpe
(Fourth Division semi-final)
Average attendance 16,094
1987
1989

The Football League play-offs for the 1987–88 season were held in May 1988, with the two-legged finals taking place at the finalists home stadiums. The play-off semi-finals were also played over two legs and were contested by the teams who finished in 3rd, 4th and 5th place in the Football League Second Division and Football League Third Division and the 4th, 5th, 6th placed teams in the Football League Fourth Division table, along with a team from the league above. The winners of the semi-finals progressed through to the finals, with the winner of these matches either gaining promotion or avoiding relegation for the following season.

Background[edit]

The Football League play-offs have been held every year since 1987. They take place for each division following the conclusion of the regular season and are contested by the four clubs finishing below the automatic promotion places. For the first three seasons the final was played over two legs but this was changed to a single match at Wembley Stadium from 1990. Additionally, for the 1986-87 and 1987-88 play-offs the semi-finals included a team from the next league who had finished above the relegation positions up, e.g. one team from the first tier and three teams from the second tier. The team from the higher division would be relegated if they failed to win the play-offs, with the play-off winner being promoted in their place.

Second Division[edit]

First Division relegation places
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
18 Chelsea 40 9 15 16 50 68 –18 42
19 Portsmouth 40 7 14 19 36 66 –30 35
20 Watford 40 7 11 22 27 51 –24 32
21 Oxford United 40 6 13 21 44 80 –36 31
Second Division play-off places
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Middlesbrough 44 22 12 10 63 36 +27 78
4 Bradford City 44 22 11 11 74 54 +20 77
5 Blackburn Rovers 44 21 14 9 68 52 +16 77

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
15 May 1988
12:00
Bradford City 2–1 Middlesbrough
Goddard Goal 67'
McCall Goal
Senior Goal 68'
Valley Parade, Bradford
Attendance: 16,017
Referee: David Scott

15 May 1988
15:00
Blackburn Rovers 0–2 Chelsea
Durie Goal 46'
Nevin Goal 68'
Ewood Park, Blackburn
Attendance: 16,568
Referee: John Key
Second leg
18 May 1988
19:30
Chelsea 4–1 Blackburn Rovers
Wilson Goal 26'77'
Dixon Goal 55'
Durie Goal 83'
Sellars Goal 61'
Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 22,757
Referee: Allan Gunn

Chelsea won 6–1 on aggregate.


18 May 1988
19:30
Middlesbrough 2–0 (a.e.t.) Bradford City
Slaven Goal 35'
Hamilton Goal 91'
Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough
Attendance: 25,868
Referee: Joe Worrall

Middlesbrough won 3–2 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

First leg
25 May 1988
19:30
Middlesbrough 2–0 Chelsea
Slaven Goal 30'
Senior Goal 81'
Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough
Attendance: 25,531
Referee: Keith Hackett
Second leg
28 May 1988
15:00
Chelsea 1–0 Middlesbrough
Durie Goal 18'
Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 40,550
Referee: Brian Hill

Middlesbrough won 2–1 on aggregate.

Third Division[edit]

Second Division relegation places
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
21 Sheffield United 44 13 7 24 45 74 –29 46
22 Reading 44 10 12 22 44 70 –26 42
23 Huddersfield Town 44 6 10 28 41 100 –59 28
Third Division play-off places
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Walsall 46 23 13 10 68 50 +18 82
4 Notts County 46 23 12 11 82 49 +33 81
5 Bristol City 46 21 12 13 77 62 +15 75

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
15 May 1988
15:30
Notts County 1–3 Walsall
Yates Goal Kelly GoalGoal
Shakespeare Goal
Meadow Lane, Nottingham
Attendance: 11,522

15 May 1988
18:00
Bristol City 1–0 Sheffield United
Walsh Goal
Ashton Gate, Bristol
Attendance: 25,335
Second leg
18 May 1988
19:30
Sheffield United 1–1 Bristol City
Morris Goal 49' Shutt Goal 17'
Bramall Lane, Sheffield
Attendance: 19,056
Referee: George Courtney

Bristol City won 2–1 on aggregate.


18 May 1988
19:30
Walsall 1–1 Notts County
Christie Goal 60' Yates Goal 12'
Fellows Park, Walsall
Attendance: 8,901

Walsall won 4–2 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

First leg
25 May 1988
19:45
Bristol City 1–3 Walsall
Walsh Goal 40' Christie Goal 60'
Kelly Goal 78'90'
Ashton Gate, Bristol
Attendance: 25,128
Referee: Joe Worrall
Second leg
28 May 1988
15:00
Walsall 0–2 Bristol City
Newman Goal 31'
Shutt Goal 64'
Fellows Park, Walsall
Attendance: 13,941
Referee: George Tyson

Walsall 3–3 Bristol City on aggregate - Walsall won 4-2 on pens to decide who would host the replay.

Replay
30 May 1988
15:00
Walsall 4–0 Bristol City
Kelly Goal 12'17'63'
Hawker Goal 19'
Fellows Park, Walsall
Attendance: 13,007
Referee: George Courtney

Fourth Division[edit]

Third Division relegation places
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
21 Rotherham United 46 12 16 18 50 66 –16 52
22 Grimsby Town 46 12 14 20 48 58 –10 50
23 York City 46 8 9 29 48 91 –43 33
24 Doncaster Rovers 46 8 9 29 40 84 –44 33
Fourth Division play-off places
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Scunthorpe United 46 20 17 9 76 51 +25 77
5 Torquay United 46 21 14 11 66 41 +25 77
6 Swansea City 46 20 10 16 62 56 0+6 70

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
15 May 1988
12:00
Torquay United 2–1 Scunthorpe United
Dobson Goal
Caldwell Goal
Flounders Goal 71'
Plainmoor, Torquay
Attendance: 4,602

15 May 1988
15:00
Swansea City 1–0 Rotherham United
McCarthy Goal 85'
Vetch Field, Swansea
Attendance: 9,148
Second leg
18 May 1988
19:30
Rotherham United 1–1 Swansea City
Johnson Goal 46' McCarthy Goal 19'
Millmoor, Rotherham
Attendance: 5,558

Swansea City won 2–1 on aggregate.


18 May 1988
19:30
Scunthorpe United 1–1 Torquay United
Lister Goal 81' (pen.) Loram Goal
Old Showground, Scunthorpe
Attendance: 6,483

Torquay United won 3–2 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

First leg
25 May 1988
19:30
Swansea City 2–1 Torquay United
McCarthy Goal
Love Goal 25'
McNichol Goal 90'
Vetch Field, Swansea
Attendance: 10,825
Referee: Roger Milford
Second leg
28 May 1988
15:00
Torquay United 3–3 Swansea City
McNichol GoalGoal
Caldwell Goal
Raynor Goal
McCarthy Goal .' (pen.)
Davies Goal
Plainmoor, Torquay
Attendance: 5,000

Swansea City won 5–4 on aggregate.

External links[edit]