2005 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season 2004–05
Champions West Ham United
(Championship)
Sheffield Wednesday
(League One)
Southend United
(League Two)
Matches played 15
Goals scored 29 (1.93 per match)
Biggest home win Preston 2–0 Derby
(Championship)
Hartlepool 2–0 Tranmere
(League One)
Tranmere 2–0 Hartlepool
(League One)
Biggest away win Ipswich 0–2 West Ham
(Championship)
Highest scoring Hartlepool 2–4 Sheffield Wednesday
(6 goals)
Highest attendance 70,275 – Preston v West Ham
(Championship final)
Lowest attendance 5,223 – Macclesfield v Lincoln
(League Two semi-final)
Average attendance 23,500
2004
2006

The Football League play-offs for the 2004–05 season will be held in May 2005, with the finals taking place at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The play-off semi-finals will be played over two legs and will contested by the teams who finish in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place in the Football League Championship and League One and the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th placed teams in the League Two 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.

Background[edit]

The Football League play-offs have been held every year since 1987. They take place for each division following the conclusion of the regular season and are contested by the four clubs finishing below the automatic promotion places.

In the Championship, Ipswich Town, who were aiming to return to the top flight for the first time since 2002, finished 2 points behind second placed Wigan Athletic, who in turn finished 7 points behind champions Sunderland, who returned to the top flight at the second attempt after relegation from the Premier League in 2003. Derby County who were also relegated along with Ipswich from the top flight in 2002, finished in fourth place in the table. Preston North End who have not been in the top flight since 1961, finished in fifth place. West Ham United finished 2 points behind Preston North End and were looking for a place back in the Premiership after 2 seasons outside the top division.

Championship[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Ipswich Town 46 24 13 9 85 56 +29 85
4 Derby County 46 22 10 14 71 60 +11 76
5 Preston North End 46 21 12 13 67 58 0+9 75
6 West Ham United 46 21 10 15 66 56 +10 73

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
14 May 2005
12:15
West Ham United 2–2 Ipswich Town
Harewood Goal 7'
Zamora Goal 13'
Report Walker Goal 45' (o.g.)
Kuqi Goal 74'
Upton Park, London
Attendance: 33,723
Referee: Uriah Rennie

15 May 2005
12:00
Preston North End 2–0 Derby County
Nugent Goal 38'
Cresswell Goal 90'
Report
Deepdale, Preston
Attendance: 20,315
Referee: Andre Marriner
Second leg
18 May 2005
19:45
Ipswich Town 0–2 West Ham United
Report Zamora Goal 61'72'
Portman Road, Ipswich
Attendance: 30,010
Referee: Steve Dunn

West Ham United won 4–2 on aggregate.


19 May 2005
19:45
Derby County 0–0 Preston North End
Report
Pride Park, Derby
Attendance: 31,310
Referee: Richard Beeby

Preston North End won 2–0 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

30 May 2005
15:00
Preston North End 0–1 West Ham United
Report Zamora Goal 57'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 70,275
Referee: Mike Riley

League One[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Tranmere Rovers 46 22 13 11 73 55 +18 79
4 Brentford 46 22 9 15 57 60 -3 75
5 Sheffield Wednesday 46 19 15 12 77 59 +18 72
6 Hartlepool United 46 21 8 17 76 66 +10 71

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
12 May 2005
19:45
Sheffield Wednesday 1–0 Brentford
McGovern Goal 12' Report
Hillsborough, Sheffield
Attendance: 28,625
Referee: Mike Jones

13 May 2005
19:45
Hartlepool United 2–0 Tranmere Rovers
Boyd Goal 32'68' Report
Victoria Park, Hartlepool
Attendance: 6,604
Referee: Brian Curson
Second leg
16 May 2005
19:45
Brentford 1–2 Sheffield Wednesday
Frampton Goal 87' Report Peacock Goal 27'
Brunt Goal 53'
Griffin Park, Brentford
Attendance: 10,823
Referee: Tony Leake

Sheffield Wednesday won 3–1 on aggregate.


Tranmere Rovers 2–2 Hartlepool United on aggregate. Hartlepool United won 6–5 on penalties.

Final[edit]

29 May 2005
15:00
Hartlepool United 2–4 (a.e.t.) Sheffield Wednesday
Williams Goal 47'
Daly Goal 71'
Report McGovern Goal 45'
MacLean Goal 82' (pen.)
Whelan Goal 94'
Talbot Goal 120'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 59,808
Referee: Phil Crossley

League Two[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Southend United 46 22 12 12 65 46 +19 78
5 Macclesfield Town 46 22 9 15 60 49 +11 75
6 Lincoln City 46 20 12 14 64 47 +17 72
7 Northampton Town 46 20 12 14 62 51 +11 72

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
14 May 2005
17:15
Lincoln City 1–0 Macclesfield Town
McAuley Goal 11' Report
Sincil Bank, Lincoln
Attendance: 7,032
Referee: Graham Laws

15 May 2005
17:15
Northampton Town 0–0 Southend United
Report
Sixfields Stadium, Northampton
Attendance: 6,601
Referee: Lee Mason
Second leg
21 May 2005
12:05
Macclesfield Town 1–1 Lincoln City
Harsley Goal 76' Report McAuley Goal 15'
Moss Rose, Macclesfield
Attendance: 5,223
Referee: Phil Crossley

Lincoln City won 2–1 on aggregate.


21 May 2005
18:15
Southend United 1–0 Northampton Town
Eastwood Goal 49' (pen.) Report
Roots Hall, Southend
Attendance: 9,152
Referee: Barry Knight

Southend United won 1–0 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

28 May 2005
15:00
Lincoln City 0–2 (a.e.t.) Southend United
Report Eastwood Goal 105'
Jupp Goal 110'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 19,653
Referee: Martin Atkinson

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