2005 Conference National play-off Final

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2005 Football Conference play-off Final
Event 2004–05 Football Conference
Date 14 May 2005
Venue Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent
Man of the Match Derek Holmes (Carlisle United)
Referee Jonathan Moss (West Yorkshire)
Attendance 13,422

The 2004–05 Conference National Playoff Final took place on 14 May 2005 and was contested between Stevenage Borough and Carlisle United. It was held at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke and had an attendance of 13,422.

Match summary[edit]

Carlisle had the first major chance when the ball fell to Derek Holmes and he turned and shot, but Alan Julian in the Stevenage goal saved comfortably. Stevenage's first chance came when they had a corner which they took quickly and Anthony Elding shot just wide from outside the area. The same corner routine had paid off in the semi-final as it had led to Dino Maamria's winning goal against Hereford.

At the other end, Holmes flicked on a long ball for Glenn Murray who controlled the ball on his chest and shot in one movement from 14 yards out, but Julian again saved well. Carlisle then took the lead in the 23rd minute after Tom Cowan's cross was headed into the bottom corner by Peter Murphy. Stevenage pressed forward looking for the equaliser, with Jon Brady finding Darryn Stamp at the back post with a good cross, whose header was deflected over. At the other end, Goodliffe cleared a header off the line to keep Stevenage in the match.

The second half saw Stevenage try everything to get an equaliser.Elding blazed over from just inside the area, George Boyd hit a well worked free kick over the crossbar while Michael Warner had a good run into the area, cutting inside onto his left foot before seeing his goalbound shot saved by the feet of Matt Glennon. In stoppage time there was a late flurry with the ball bouncing around in the Carlisle penalty area with shots raining in from all angles. But Stevenage could not break Carlisle down and it was the Cumbrians who won and gained promotion back to the Football League at the first time of asking.

Match details[edit]

14 May 2005
19:30 BST
Stevenage Borough 0–1 Carlisle United
Report Murphy Goal 23'
Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent
Attendance: 13,422
Referee: Jonathan Moss (West Yorkshire)
GK 1 Alan Julian
DF 2 Michael Warner Booked
DF 5 Jason Goodliffe (c) Substituted off 81'
DF 6 Barry Laker Substituted off 52'
DF 25 Ronnie Henry
MF 15 Dannie Bulman
MF 33 Justin Gregory
MF 7 Jon Brady
FW 9 Dino Maamria
FW 37 Anthony Elding
FW 27 Darryn Stamp Substituted off 66'
GK 17 Mark Westhead
MF 4 Rob Quinn
MF 23 Simon Weatherstone Substituted in 81'
MF 21 George Boyd Substituted in 52'
FW 20 Jon Nurse Substituted in 66'
Graham Westley
GK 1 Matt Glennon
DF 3 Tom Cowan
DF 6 Kevin Gray (c)
DF 21 Danny Livesey
DF 16 David Beharall
MF 17 Chris Lumsdon
MF 7 Brendan McGill Booked
MF 8 Chris Billy
MF 4 Peter Murphy Booked
FW 25 Glenn Murray Booked Substituted off 71'
FW 9 Derek Holmes Substituted off 86'
GK 20 Keiren Westwood
DF 2 Paul Arnison
MF 28 Adam Murray
FW 23 Magno Vieira Booked Substituted in 71'
FW 19 Karl Hawley Substituted in 86'
Paul Simpson


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