1997 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season 1996–97
Champions Crystal Palace
(First Division)
Crewe Alexandra
(Second Division)
Northampton Town
(Third Division)
Matches played 15
Goals scored 38 (2.53 per match)
Biggest home win Swansea 3–0 Chester
(Third Division)
Biggest away win Bristol City 1–2 Brentford
(Second Division)
Highest scoring Northampton 3–2 Cardiff
(5 goals)
Highest attendance 64,383 – Crystal Palace v Sheffield United
(First Division final)
Lowest attendance 5,104 – Chester v Swansea
(Third Division semi-final)
Average attendance 21,403
1996
1998

The Football League play-offs for the 1996–97 season were held in May 1997, with the finals taking place at the old Wembley Stadium in London. The play-off semi-finals will be played over two legs and will be contested by the teams who finish in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place in the Football League First Division and Football League Second Division and the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th placed teams in the Football League Third Division table. The winners of the semi-finals will go through to the finals, with the winner of the matches gaining promotion for the following season.

First Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 22 10 14 68 51 +17 76
4 Ipswich Town 46 20 14 12 68 50 +18 74
5 Sheffield United 46 20 13 13 75 52 +23 73
6 Crystal Palace 46 19 14 13 78 48 +30 71

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
10 May 1997
15:00
Crystal Palace 3–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Shipperley Goal 68'
Freedman Goal 89'90'
Smith Goal 90'
Selhurst Park, London
Attendance: 21,053
Referee: Neale Barry

10 May 1997
15:00
Sheffield United 1–1 Ipswich Town
Fjørtoft Goal 41' Stockwell Goal 78'
Bramall Lane, Sheffield
Attendance: 22,312
Referee: Roy Pearson
Second leg
14 May 1997
19:45
Ipswich Town 2–2 (a.e.t.) Sheffield United
Scowcroft Goal 32'
Gudmundsson Goal 73'
Kachura Goal 9'
Walker Goal 77'
Portman Road, Ipswich
Attendance: 21,467
Referee: Terry Heilbron

Ipswich Town 3–3 Sheffield United on aggregate. Sheffield United won on away goals.


14 May 1997
19:45
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Crystal Palace
Atkins Goal 30'
Williams Goal 85'
Hopkin Goal 66'
Molineux, Wolverhampton
Attendance: 26,403
Referee: Clive Wilkes

Crystal Palace won 4–3 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

26 May 1997
15:00
Crystal Palace 1–0 Sheffield United
Hopkin Goal 90'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 64,383
Referee: Neale Barry

Second Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Luton Town 46 21 15 10 59 41 +18 78
4 Brentford 46 20 14 12 56 43 +13 74
5 Bristol City 46 21 10 15 69 51 +18 73
6 Crewe Alexandra 46 22 07 17 56 47 0+9 73

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
11 May 1997
13:00
Bristol City 1–2 Brentford
Owers Goal 28' Smith Goal 13'
Taylor Goal 30'
Ashton Gate, Bristol
Attendance: 15,581

11 May 1997
15:00
Crewe Alexandra 2–1 Luton Town
Rivers Goal 53'
Little Goal 68'
Oldfield Goal 3'
Gresty Road, Crewe
Attendance: 5,467
Second leg
14 May 1997
19:45
Brentford 2–1 Bristol City
Taylor Goal 67'
Bent Goal 79'
Barnard Goal 49'
Griffin Park, London
Attendance: 21,467
Referee: John Kirkby

Brentford won 4–2 on aggregate.


14 May 1997
19:45
Luton Town 2–2 Crewe Alexandra
Oldfield Goal 20'31' Little Goal 32'
Smith Goal 62'
Kenilworth Road, Luton
Attendance: 8,168
Referee: Roy Pearson

Crewe Alexandra won 4–3 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

25 May 1997
15:00
Brentford 0–1 Crewe Alexandra
Smith Goal 34'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 34,149
Referee: Uriah Rennie

Third Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Northampton Town 46 20 12 14 67 44 +23 72
5 Swansea City 46 21 8 17 62 58 0+4 71
6 Chester City 46 18 16 12 55 43 +12 70
7 Cardiff City 46 20 9 17 56 54 0+2 69

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
11 May 1997
12:00
Cardiff City 0–1 Northampton Town
Parrish Goal 77'
Ninian Park, Cardiff
Attendance: 11,369

11 May 1997
15:00
Chester City 0–0 Swansea City
Deva Stadium, Chester
Attendance: 5,104
Second leg
14 May 1997
19:30
Swansea City 3–0 Chester City
Thomas Goal 39'
Torpey Goal 43'
Heggs Goal 64'
Vetch Field, Swansea
Attendance: 10,027

Swansea City won 3–0 on aggregate.


14 May 1997
19:45
Northampton Town 3–2 Cardiff City
Sampson Goal 23'
Warburton Goal 68'
Gayle Goal 77'
Fowler Goal 36'
Haworth Goal 90'
Sixfields, Northampton
Attendance: 7,302

Northampton Town won 4–2 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

24 May 1997
15:00
Northampton Town 1–0 Swansea City
Frain Goal 90'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 46,804
Referee: Terry Heilbron

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