1989 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season 1988–89
Champions Crystal Palace
(Second Division)
Port Vale
(Third Division)
Leyton Orient
(Fourth Division)
Matches played 18
Goals scored 38 (2.11 per match)
Biggest home win C. Palace 3–0 Blackburn
(Second Division)
Biggest away win Fulham 0–4 Bristol Rovers
(Third Division)
Highest scoring Blackburn 3–1 C. Palace
Fulham 0–4 Bristol Rovers
Port Vale 3–1 Preston
Wrexham 3–1 Scunthorpe
(4 goals)
Highest attendance 30,000 – Crystal Palace v Blackburn
(Second Division final)
Lowest attendance 4,377 – Scarborough v Leyton Orient
(Fourth Division semi-final)
Average attendance 12,994
1988
1990

The Football League play-offs for the 1988–89 season were held in May 1989, 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, 5th and 6th place in the Football League Second Division and Football League Third Division and the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th placed teams in the Football League Fourth Division table. 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.

Second Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Crystal Palace 46 23 12 11 71 49 +22 81
4 Watford 46 22 12 12 74 48 +26 78
5 Blackburn Rovers 46 22 11 13 74 49 +15 77
6 Swindon Town 46 20 16 10 68 53 +15 76

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
21 May 1989
15:00
Blackburn Rovers 0–0 Watford
Ewood Park, Blackburn
Attendance: 14,028

21 May 1989
15:00
Swindon Town 1–0 Crystal Palace
Hopkins Goal  (o.g.)
County Ground, Swindon
Attendance: 16,658
Second leg
24 May 1989
19:45
Watford 1–1 (a.e.t.) Blackburn Rovers
Redfearn Goal Garner Goal
Vicarage Road, Watford
Attendance: 13,852

Watford 1–1 Blackburn Rovers on aggregate. Blackburn Rovers won on away goals.


24 May 1989
20:00
Crystal Palace 2–0 Swindon Town
Bright Goal
Wright Goal
Selhurst Park, London
Attendance: 23,677

Crystal Palace won 2–1 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

First leg
31 May 1989
19:45
Blackburn Rovers 3–1 Crystal Palace
Gayle Goal 21'27'
Garner Goal 90'
McGoldrick Goal 86'
Ewood Park, Blackburn
Attendance: 16,421
Referee: Joe Worrall
Second leg
3 June 1989
15:00
Crystal Palace 3–0 (a.e.t.) Blackburn Rovers
Wright Goal 17'117'
Madden Goal  (pen.)
Selhurst Park, London
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: George Courtney

Crystal Palace won 4–3 on aggregate.

Third Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Port Vale 46 24 12 10 78 48 +30 84
4 Fulham 46 22 9 15 69 67 0+2 75
5 Bristol Rovers 46 19 17 10 67 51 +16 74
6 Preston North End 46 19 15 12 79 60 +19 72

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
21 May 1989
15:00
Bristol Rovers 1–0 Fulham
Penrice Goal
Twerton Park, Bath
Attendance: 9,029

22 May 1989
19:45
Preston North End 1–1 Port Vale
Jemson Goal Earle Goal
Deepdale, Preston
Attendance: 14,321
Second leg
25 May 1989
19:30
Fulham 0–4 Bristol Rovers
Clark Goal
Holloway Goal
Bailey Goal
Reece Goal
Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 10,188

Bristol Rovers won 5–0 on aggregate.


25 May 1989
19:30
Port Vale 3–1 Preston North End
Beckford GoalGoalGoal Patterson Goal
Vale Park, Stoke-on-Trent
Attendance: 13,416

Port Vale won 4–2 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

First leg
31 May 1989
20:00
Bristol Rovers 1–1 Port Vale
Penrice Goal Earle Goal 73'
Twerton Park, Bath
Attendance: 9,042
Referee: Allan Gunn
Second leg
3 June 1989
15:00
Port Vale 1–0 Bristol Rovers
Earle Goal 52'
Vale Park, Stoke-on-Trent
Attendance: 17,353
Referee: Keith Hackett

Port Vale won 2–1 on aggregate.

Fourth Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Scunthorpe United 46 21 14 11 77 57 +20 77
5 Scarborough 46 21 14 11 67 52 +15 77
6 Leyton Orient 46 21 12 13 86 50 +36 75
7 Wrexham 46 19 14 13 77 63 +14 71

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
21 May 1989
12:00
Leyton Orient 2–0 Scarborough
Cooper GoalGoal
Brisbane Road, London
Attendance: 9,298

21 May 1989
14:00
Wrexham 3–1 Scunthorpe United
Wright Goal
Kearns GoalGoal
Cowling Goal
Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Attendance: 5,449
Second leg
24 May 1989
19:30
Scarborough 1–0 Leyton Orient
Russell Goal
McCain Stadium, Scarborough
Attendance: 4,377

Leyton Orient won 2–1 on aggregate.


25 May 1989
19:30
Scunthorpe United 0–2 Wrexham
Russell GoalGoal
Glanford Park, Scunthorpe
Attendance: 5,516

Wrexham won 5–1 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

First leg
30 May 1989
19:45
Wrexham 0–0 Leyton Orient
Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Attendance: 7,915
Referee: Terry Holbrook
Second leg
3 June 1989
12:00
Leyton Orient 2–1 Wrexham
Harvey Goal 45'
Cooper Goal
Bowden Goal 47'
Brisbane Road, London
Attendance: 13,355
Referee: John Martin

Leyton Orient won 2–1 on aggregate.

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