2006 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season 2005–06
Champions Watford
(Championship)
Barnsley
(League One)
Cheltenham Town
(League Two)
Matches played 15
Goals scored 31 (2.07 per match)
Biggest home win Grimsby 2–1 Lincoln
(League Two)
Biggest away win Crystal Palace 0–3 Watford
(Championship)
Highest scoring Hud'field 1–3 Barnsley
Barnsley 2–2 Swansea
(4 goals)
Highest attendance 64,736 – Leeds v Watford
(Championship final)
Lowest attendance 5,936 – Wycombe v Cheltenham
(League Two semi-final)
Average attendance 22,720
2005
2007

The Football League play-offs for the 2005–06 season will be held in May 2006, with the finals taking place at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for the last time. 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, Watford, who were aiming to return to the top flight for the first time since 2000, finished 9 points behind second placed Sheffield United, who in turn finished 16 points behind champions Reading, who were promoted to the top flight for the first time in the club's history. Preston North End who missed out on promotion from playoffs the season before and have not been in the top flight since 1961, finished in fourth place in the table. Leeds United who are aiming to bounce back to the Premier League at the second attempt, finished in fifth place. Crystal Palace finished 3 points behind Leeds United and were looking for a place back in the Premiership after relegation on final day of last season.

Championship[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Watford 46 22 15 9 77 53 +24 81
4 Preston North End 46 20 20 6 59 30 +29 80
5 Leeds United 46 21 15 11 57 38 +19 78
6 Crystal Palace 46 21 12 14 67 48 +19 75

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
5 May 2006
19:45
Leeds United 1–1 Preston North End
Lewis Goal 74' Report Nugent Goal 48'
Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 35,239
Referee: Phil Crossley

6 May 2006
12:15
Crystal Palace 0–3 Watford
Report King Goal 46'
Young Goal 67'
Spring Goal 85'
Selhurst Park, London
Attendance: 22,880
Referee: Mike Jones
Second leg
8 May 2006
19:45
Preston North End 0–2 Leeds United
Report Hulse Goal 56'
Richardson Goal 61'
Deepdale, Preston
Attendance: 20,383
Referee: Mike Thorpe

Leeds United win 3–1 on aggregate.


9 May 2006
19:45
Watford 0–0 Crystal Palace
Report
Vicarage Road, Watford
Attendance: 19,041
Referee: Steve Tanner

Watford won 3–0 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

21 May 2006
15:00
Leeds United 0–3 Watford
Report DeMerit Goal 25'
Sullivan Goal 57' (o.g.)
Henderson Goal 84' (pen.)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 64,736
Referee: Mike Dean

League One[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Brentford 46 20 16 10 72 52 +20 76
4 Huddersfield Town 46 19 16 11 72 59 +13 73
5 Barnsley 46 18 18 10 62 44 +18 72
6 Swansea City 46 18 17 11 78 55 +23 71

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
11 May 2006
19:45
Barnsley 0–1 Huddersfield Town
Report Taylor-Fletcher Goal 85'
Oakwell, Barnsley
Attendance: 16,127
Referee: Keith Stroud

11 May 2006
19:45
Swansea City 1–1 Brentford
Ricketts Goal 87' Report Tabb Goal 29'
Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Attendance: 19,060
Referee: Paul Taylor
Second leg
14 May 2006
12:15
Brentford 0–2 Swansea City
Report Knight Goal 8'15'
Griffin Park, Brentford
Attendance: 10,652
Referee: Graham Laws

Swansea City won 3–1 on aggregate.


15 May 2006
19:45
Huddersfield Town 1–3 Barnsley
Worthington Goal 65' Report Hayes Goal 58' (pen.)
Reid Goal 71'
Nardiello Goal 78'
Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield
Attendance: 19,223
Referee: Chris Foy

Barnsley won 3–2 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

27 May 2006
15:00
Barnsley 2–2 (a.e.t.) Swansea City
Hayes Goal 19'
Nardiello Goal 62'
Report Fallon Goal 28'
Robinson Goal 40'
  Penalties  
Hayes Penalty scored
McPhail Penalty scored
Heckingbottom Penalty scored
Kay Penalty scored
4–3 Penalty scored Trundle
Penalty scored Britton
Penalty missed Akinfenwa
Penalty scored Tudur Jones
Penalty missed Tate
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 55,419
Referee: Lee Mason

League Two[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Grimsby Town 46 22 12 12 64 44 +20 78
5 Cheltenham Town 46 19 15 12 65 53 +12 72
6 Wycombe Wanderers 46 18 17 11 72 56 +16 71
7 Lincoln City 46 15 21 10 65 53 +12 66

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
13 May 2006
12:05
Lincoln City 0–1 Grimsby Town
Report Jones Goal 22'
Sincil Bank, Lincoln
Attendance: 8,037
Referee: Lee Mason

13 May 2006
18:05
Wycombe Wanderers 1–2 Cheltenham Town
Mooney Goal 90' Report Finnigan Goal 43'
Guinan Goal 75'
Adams Park, High Wycombe
Attendance: 5,936
Referee: Andy Hall
Second leg
16 May 2006
19:45
Grimsby Town 2–1 Lincoln City
Futcher Goal 60'
Jones Goal 82'
Report Robinson Goal 27'
Blundell Park, Grimsby
Attendance: 8,062
Referee: Mike Dean

Grimsby Town won 3–1 on aggregate.


18 May 2006
19:45
Cheltenham Town 0–0 Wycombe Wanderers
Report
Whaddon Road, Cheltenham
Attendance: 6,813
Referee: Nigel Miller

Cheltenham Town won 2–1 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

28 May 2006
15:00
Cheltenham Town 1–0 Grimsby Town
Guinan Goal 63' Report
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 29,196
Referee: Paul Taylor

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