1998 Football League Second Division play-off Final

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1998 Football League Second Division play-off final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Date 24 May 1998
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee T Heilbron
Attendance 62,988
1997
1999

The 1998 Football League Second Division play-off Final was a football match played at Wembley Stadium, London on 24 May 1998 at the end of the 1997–98 season. The match determined the third and final team to gain promotion from Second Division to the First Division, and was contested by Grimsby Town, who finished 3rd during the league season, and Northampton Town, who finished 4th. The teams reached the final by defeating Fulham and Bristol Rovers respectively in the two-legged semi-finals.

Grimsby won the final 1-0 thanks to a goal from Kevin Donovan in the 20th minute to seal their place in the second tier of English football.[1][2] Grimsby had to wait 120 years to reach Wembley and before this game had won the Auto Windscreens Shield earlier on in the season.

Route to the final[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Grimsby Town 46 19 15 12 55 37 +18 72
4 Northampton Town 46 18 17 11 52 37 +15 71
5 Bristol Rovers 46 20 10 16 70 64 0+6 70
6 Fulham 46 20 10 16 60 43 +17 70

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg

9 May 1998
15:00
Fulham 1 – 1 Grimsby Town
Beardsley Goal 45' (pen) Report Smith Goal 53'
Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 13,954
Referee: Terry Heilbron

10 May 1998
15:00
Bristol Rovers 3 – 1 Northampton Town
Beadle Goal 30' (pen.)
Bennett Goal 37'
Hayles Goal 46'
Report Gayle Goal 74'
Memorial Ground, Bristol
Attendance: 9,173
Referee: Rob Harris
Second leg

13 May 1998
19:45
Grimsby Town 1 – 0 Fulham
Donovan Goal 81' Report
Blundell Park, Cleethorpes
Attendance: 8,689
Referee: Clive Wilkes

Grimsby Town won 2–1 on aggregate.


13 May 1998
19:45
Northampton Town 3 – 0 Bristol Rovers
Heggs Goal 34'
Clarkson Goal 61'
Warburton Goal 77'
Report
Sixfields Stadium, Northampton
Attendance: 7,501
Referee: Mick Fletcher

Northampton Town won 4–3 on aggregate.

Match details[edit]

24 May 1998
15:00
Grimsby Town 1–0 Northampton Town
Donovan Goal 19' Report
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 62,988
Referee: Terry Heilbron
Grimsby Town:
GK Northern Ireland Aidan Davison
DF England John McDermott
DF England Tony Gallimore Booked
DF England Mark Lever
DF Scotland Peter Handyside
MF England Wayne Burnett
MF England Paul Groves
MF England Kevin Donovan
MF England David Smith Substituted off 66'
FW England Jack Lester
FW Wales Lee Nogan Substituted off 60'
Substitutes:
MF England Kevin Jobling
MF Northern Ireland Kingsley Black Substituted in 66'
FW England Steve Livingstone Substituted in 60'
Manager:
England Alan Buckley
Northampton Town:
GK England Andy Woodman
DF England Ian Clarkson
DF England John Frain Booked
DF Northern Ireland Colin Hill Substituted off 60'
DF England Ian Sampson
DF England Ray Warburton
MF England Dean Peer Substituted off 100'
MF England James Hunt
FW England John Gayle Substituted off 56'
FW England Chris Freestone
FW England Carl Heggs
Substitutes:
MF England Jason Dozzell
MF England Ali Gibb Substituted in 60'
FW Australia David Seal Substituted in 56'
Manager:
England Ian Atkins

MATCH RULES

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Soccerbase football statistics". Soccer Base. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  2. ^ "Grimsby bounce back to Division 1". BBC News. 1998-05-24. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 

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