1993 Football League Third Division play-off Final

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1993 Football League Third Division play-off Final
Event Football League Third Division 1992–93
York City won 5–3 on penalties
Date 29 May 1993
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Allan Gunn (Sussex)
Attendance 22,416
1992
1994

The 1993 Football League Third Division play-off Final was a football match played at Wembley Stadium on 29 May 1993, at the end of the 1992–93 season. It was the seventh play-off final to be played at the fourth level of English football. The match determined the fourth and final team to gain promotion from the Third Division to the Second Division, and was contested by York City, who had finished fourth during the league season, and Crewe Alexandra, who had finished sixth. The teams reached the final by defeating Bury and Walsall respectively in the two-legged semi-finals.

After a 0–0 draw at full-time, the match went into extra time, and York took the lead through a Gary Swann goal. However, Dave McKearney scored a penalty kick a minute before the end of time to initiate a penalty shootout. York won the shootout 5–3, with Wayne Hall converting the decisive penalty.

Route to the final[edit]

1992–93 Football League Third Division:
final table, leading positions
Pos Team P W D L F A Pts
1. Cardiff City 42 25 08 09 77 47 83
2. Wrexham 42 23 11 08 75 52 80
3. Barnet 42 23 10 09 66 48 79
4. York City 42 21 12 09 72 45 75
5. Walsall 42 22 07 13 76 61 73
6. Crewe Alexandra 42 21 07 14 75 56 70
7. Bury 42 18 09 15 63 55 63
Pos=Position P=Games played W=Wins D=Draws
L=Losses F=Goals for A=Goals against Pts=Points

York City finished the season in fourth place in the Third Division table with 75 points, four points short of the automatic promotion places.[1] In the play-off semi-final they faced seventh placed Bury, with the first leg away at Gigg Lane on 16 May 1993 finishing 0–0.[2] In the second match at Bootham Crescent three days later, Gary Swann scored the only goal as York won 1–0 to reach the final.[3]

Crewe Alexandra finished the season in sixth place; two places and five points behind York.[1] Crewe faced fifth placed Walsall in the play-off semi-final, who they played at home in the first leg, and won by a score of 5–1 at the Alexandra Stadium.[4] Their progression to the final was confirmed with a 4–2 victory at the Bescot Stadium, which ended the tie with an aggregate score of 9–3.[5]

York City Round Crewe Alexandra
Opponent Result Legs Semi-finals Opponent Result Legs
Bury 1–0 0–0 away; 1–0 home Walsall 9–3 5–1 home; 4–2 away

Match summary[edit]

Match details[edit]

Details[edit]

YORK CITY:
GK 1 England Dean Kiely
RB 2 South Africa Andy McMillan Booked 62'
LB 3 England Wayne Hall
CM 4 England Nigel Pepper Booked 95'
CB 5 England Paul Atkin
CB 6 England Paul Stancliffe (c) Substituted off 108'
RM 7 England Jon McCarthy
LM 8 England Tony Canham
CF 9 England Paul Barnes
CM 10 England Gary Swann
CF 11 England Ian Blackstone
Substitutes:
DF 12 England Steve Tutill Substituted in 108'
FW 14 England John Borthwick
Manager:
England Alan Little
CREWE ALEXANDRA:
GK 1 England Mark Smith
RB 2 England Dave McKearney
LB 3 England Shaun Smith
CB 4 England Stewart Evans (c)
CB 5 England Darren Carr
CM 6 England Gareth Whalley
CF 7 England Ashley Ward
CF 8 England Tony Naylor
CM 9 Northern Ireland Neil Lennon
RM 10 England Steve Walters Substituted off 104'
LM 11 England Rob Edwards Substituted off 70'
Substitutes:
DF 12 England Andy Woodward Substituted in 70'
MF 14 England Phil Clarkson Substituted in 104'
Manager:
England Dario Gradi

MATCH RULES

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Final 1992/1993 Football League Two Table". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  2. ^ "Bury 0 (0) - 0 (0) York". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  3. ^ Batters, Dave (2008). "Season Statistics". York City The Complete Record. The Breedon Books Publishing Company Limited. p. 380. ISBN 978-1-85983-633-0. 
  4. ^ "Crewe 5 (2) - 1 (1) Walsall". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  5. ^ "Walsall 2 (1) - 4 (2) Crewe". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 

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