1998 Football League First Division play-off Final

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1998 Football League First Division play-off final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Charlton won 7–6 on penalties
Date 25 May 1998
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee E Wolstenholme
Attendance 77,739
1997
1999

The 1998 Football League First Division play-off Final was a football match played at Wembley Stadium, London on 25 May 1998 at the end of the 1997–98 season. The match determined the third and final team to gain promotion from First Division to the Premiership, and was contested by Charlton Athletic, who finished 4th during the league season, and Sunderland, who finished 3rd. The teams reached the final by defeating Ipswich Town and Sheffield United respectively in the two-legged semi-finals.

The match was eventually won by Charlton on penalties after a dramatic match that ended 3-3 after normal time and 4-4 after extra time. Michael Gray missed the crucial penalty that sent Charlton into the Premiership.

Route to the final[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
3 Sunderland 46 26 12 8 86 50 +36 90
4 Charlton Athletic 46 26 10 10 80 49 +31 88
5 Ipswich Town 46 23 14 9 77 43 +34 83
6 Sheffield United 46 19 17 10 69 54 +15 74

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
10 May 1998
13:00
Sheffield United 2 – 1 Sunderland
Marcelo Goal 57'
Borbokis Goal 76'
Report Ball Goal 17'
Bramall Lane, Sheffield
Attendance: 23,800
Referee: Clive Wilkes

10 May 1998
13:00
Ipswich Town 0 – 1 Charlton Athletic
Report Clapham Goal 12' (o.g.)
Portman Road, Ipswich
Attendance: 21,681
Referee: Mick Fletcher
Second leg
13 May 1998
19:45
Sunderland 2 – 0 Sheffield United
Marker Goal 21' (o.g.)
Phillips Goal 38'
Statistics
Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Attendance: 40,092
Referee: Mick Pierce

Sunderland won 3–2 on aggregate.


13 May 1998
19:45
Charlton Athletic 1 – 0 Ipswich Town
Newton Goal 36' Statistics
The Valley, London
Attendance: 15,585
Referee: Eddie Wolstenholme

Charlton Athletic won 2–0 on aggregate.


Match details[edit]

25 May 1998
15:00
Charlton Athletic 4–4 (a.e.t.) Sunderland
Mendonca Goal 23'71'103'
Rufus Goal 85'
Report Quinn Goal 50'73'
Phillips Goal 58'
Summerbee Goal 99'
  Penalties  
Mendonca Penalty scored
Brown Penalty scored
Jones Penalty scored
Kinsella Penalty scored
Bowen Penalty scored
Robinson Penalty scored
Newton Penalty scored
7–6 Penalty scored Summerbee
Penalty scored Johnston
Penalty scored Ball
Penalty scored Makin
Penalty scored Rae
Penalty scored Quinn
Penalty missed Gray
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 77,739
Referee: Eddie Wolstenholme
Charlton Athletic:
GK 1 Serbia Saša Ilić
RB 2 England Danny Mills Substituted off 76'
CB 5 England Richard Rufus Booked
CB 6 England Eddie Youds
LB 3 Wales Mark Bowen
CM 4 England Keith Jones
CM 7 England Shaun Newton
CM 8 Republic of Ireland Mark Kinsella (c) Booked
CF 9 England Neil Heaney Substituted off 65'
CF 10 England Clive Mendonca Booked
CF 17 England Mark Bright Substituted off 93'
Substitutes:
MF 11 Wales John Robinson Substituted in 76'
DF 12 England Steve Brown Substituted in 93'
FW 14 England Steve Jones Substituted in 65'
Manager:
England Alan Curbishley
Sunderland:
GK 1 France Lionel Pérez
RB 2 England Darren Holloway Booked Substituted off 45'
CB 5 England Jody Craddock
CB 6 England Darren Williams Booked
LB 3 England Michael Gray
RM 7 England Nicky Summerbee
CM 4 England Lee Clark Substituted off 100'
CM 8 England Kevin Ball (c)
LM 11 Scotland Allan Johnston
CF 9 Republic of Ireland Niall Quinn
CF 10 England Kevin Phillips Booked Substituted off 73'
Substitutes:
DF 12 England Chris Makin Substituted in 45'
MF 13 Scotland Alex Rae Substituted in 100'
FW 14 England Danny Dichio Substituted in 73'
Manager:
England Peter Reid

MATCH RULES

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.
  • Maximum of 3 substitutions.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Soccerbase football statistics". Soccer Base. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  2. ^ "Football | Charlton clinch nail-biter". BBC News. 1998-05-25. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 

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