2008 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season 2007–08
Champions Hull City
(Championship)
Doncaster Rovers
(League One)
Stockport County
(League Two)
Matches played 15
Goals scored 40 (2.67 per match)
Biggest home win Doncaster 5–1 Southend
(League One)
Biggest away win Watford 0–2 Hull City
(Championship)
Carlisle United 0–2 Leeds
(League One)
Highest scoring Doncaster 5–1 Southend
(6 goals)
Highest attendance 86,703 – Bristol City v Hull
(Championship final)
Lowest attendance 6,371 – Wycombe v Stockport
(League Two semi-final)
Average attendance 25,469
2007
2009

The Football League play-offs for the 2007–08 season were held in May 2008, with the finals taking place at Wembley Stadium in London. The play-off semi-finals were played over two legs and were contested by the teams who finished in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place in the Football League Championship and League One tables, and the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th placed teams in League Two. The semi-final winners progressed to the finals, with the winner of each match earning promotion for the following season.

Hull City won promotion to the Premier League after defeating Bristol City in the Championship final, 1–0 with a goal from their leading scorer Dean Windass. This marked the Tigers' first entry to the top division of English football in their existence.

In the League One final, another 1–0 victory saw Doncaster Rovers promoted ahead of Leeds United. Stockport County defeated Rochdale 3–2 in the League Two final. This meant all three clubs who had finished immediately below the automatic promotion places in their divisions were promoted.

Background[edit]

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

In the Championship, Hull City finished four points behind second-placed Stoke City, who were promoted with champions West Bromwich Albion. Bristol City - who were aiming to return to the top flight for the first time since 1980 - finished in fourth place in their first season at Championship level for nine years. The other entrants, Crystal Palace and Watford, had both played in the Premier League before, with Palace's last spell in the top division ending in a final day relegation in 2005, a year after having won the play-offs. Watford had been relegated from the top flight in the previous season, having finished bottom, and were looking to return at the first attempt.

Championship[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Hull City 46 21 12 13 65 47 +18 75
4 Bristol City 46 20 14 12 54 53 0+1 74
5 Crystal Palace 46 18 17 11 58 42 +16 71
6 Watford 46 18 16 12 62 56 0+6 70

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
10 May 2008
12:15
Crystal Palace 1–2 Bristol City
Watson Goal 87' (pen.) Report Carey Goal 53'
Noble Goal 90'
Selhurst Park, London
Attendance: 22,869
Referee: Mike Jones

11 May 2008
12:00
Watford 0–2 Hull City
Report Barmby Goal 8'
Windass Goal 23'
Vicarage Road, Watford
Attendance: 14,713
Referee: Kevin Friend
Second leg
13 May 2008
19:45
Bristol City 2–1 (a.e.t.) Crystal Palace
Trundle Goal 104'
McIndoe Goal 110'
Report Watson Goal 24'
Ashton Gate, Bristol
Attendance: 18,842
Referee: Howard Webb

Bristol City won 4–2 on aggregate.


14 May 2008
19:45
Hull City 4–1 Watford
Barmby Goal 43'
Folan Goal 70'
Garcia Goal 88'
Doyle Goal 90'
Report Henderson Goal 12'
KC Stadium, Hull
Attendance: 23,155
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Hull City won 6–1 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

24 May 2008
15:00
Bristol City 0–1 Hull City
Report Windass Goal 38'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 86,703
Referee: Alan Wiley

League One[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Doncaster Rovers 46 23 11 12 83 47 +24 80
4 Carlisle United 46 23 11 12 64 46 +18 80
5 Leeds United 46 27 10 9 72 38 +34 76*
6 Southend United 46 22 10 14 70 55 +15 76
  • Leeds United were deducted 15 points by the Football League due to the club not following Football League rules on clubs entering administration.[1][2]

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
9 May 2008
19:45
Southend United 0–0 Doncaster Rovers
Report
Roots Hall, Southend
Attendance: 9,109
Referee: Paul Taylor

12 May 2008
19:45
Leeds United 1–2 Carlisle United
Freedman Goal 90' Report Graham Goal 32'
Bridge-Wilkinson Goal 50'
Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 36,297
Referee: Anthony Bates
Second leg
15 May 2008
19:45
Carlisle United 0–2 Leeds United
Report Howson Goal 10'90'
Brunton Park, Carlisle
Attendance: 12,873
Referee: Alan Wiley

Leeds United won 3–2 on aggregate.


16 May 2008
19:45
Doncaster Rovers 5–1 Southend United
Stock Goal 11' (pen.)
Barrett Goal 21' (o.g.)
Coppinger Goal 39'52'80'
Report Bailey Goal 88'
Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster
Attendance: 13,081
Referee: Mark Halsey

Doncaster Rovers won 5–1 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

25 May 2008
15:00
Doncaster Rovers 1–0 Leeds United
Hayter Goal 48' Report
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 75,132
Referee: Andy D'Urso

League Two[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Stockport County 46 24 10 12 72 54 +18 82
5 Rochdale 46 23 11 12 77 54 +23 80
6 Darlington 46 22 12 12 67 40 +27 78
7 Wycombe Wanderers 46 22 12 12 56 42 +14 78

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
10 May 2008
17:35
Darlington 2–1 Rochdale
Kennedy Goal 28'
Miller Goal 90'
Report Dagnall Goal 70'
Darlington Arena, Darlington
Attendance: 8,057
Referee: Paul Armstrong

11 May 2008
18:00
Wycombe Wanderers 1–1 Stockport County
Facey Goal 37' Report Gleeson Goal 82'
Adams Park, High Wycombe
Attendance: 6,371
Referee: Darren Deadman
Second leg
17 May 2008
18:00
Stockport County 1–0 Wycombe Wanderers
Dickinson Goal 7' Report
Edgeley Park, Stockport
Attendance: 9,245
Referee: Andy D'Urso

Stockport County won 2–1 on aggregate.


Rochdale 3–3 Darlington on aggregate. Rochdale won 5–4 on penalties.

Final[edit]

26 May 2008
15:00
Rochdale 2–3 Stockport County
McArdle Goal 24'
Rundle Goal 77'
Report Stanton Goal 34' (o.g.)
Pilkington Goal 49'
Dickinson Goal 67'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 35,715
Referee: Stuart Attwell

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coca Cola Football League One Table". The Football League. 2008-05-03. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  2. ^ "Leeds United hit with 15 point deduction". The Football League. 2007-08-03. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 

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