2009 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season 2008–09
Champions Burnley
(Championship)
Scunthorpe United
(League One)
Gillingham
(League Two)
Matches played 15
Goals scored 23 (1.53 per match)
Biggest home win Gillingham 2–1 Rochdale
(League Two)
Biggest away win Reading 0–2 Burnley
(Championship)
Highest scoring Millwall 5–1 Scunthorpe
(5 goals)
Highest attendance 80,518 – Burnley v Sheffield United
(Championship final)
Lowest attendance 4,450 – Rochdale v Gillingham
(League Two semi-final)
Average attendance 25,298
2008
2010

The Football League play-offs for the 2008–09 season were held in May 2009, 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.

Burnley and Sheffield United contested the Championship play-off final, having defeated Reading and Preston North End respectively in the semi-finals. Burnley secured promotion to the Premier League with a 1–0 victory, courtesy of a goal from Wade Elliott. In the League One final, Scunthorpe United won 3–2 against Millwall; Leeds United and MK Dons were the other teams to reach the play-offs. In League Two, Gillingham won their semi-final against Rochdale and then secured promotion with a 1–0 victory against Shrewsbury, who had beaten Bury in their semi-final.

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, Sheffield United, who had been relegated from the Premier League under controversial circumstances in 2007, finished 3 points behind second placed Birmingham City, who in turn had finished 7 points off the champions Wolverhampton Wanderers. Reading - who were aiming to return to the Premier League at the first attempt - were in fourth place in the table. Burnley and Preston North End were only a couple of points further back on 76 and 74 respectively. Neither of the latter had played in the Premier League before, with Preston's last spell in the top division ending in 1961. Burnley were relegated from in the top flight in 1976.

Championship[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Sheffield United 46 22 14 10 64 39 +25 80
4 Reading 46 21 14 11 72 40 +32 77
5 Burnley 46 21 13 12 72 60 +12 76
6 Preston North End 46 21 11 14 66 54 +12 74

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
8 May 2009
19:45
Preston North End 1–1 Sheffield United
St Ledger Goal 21' Report Howard Goal 46'
Deepdale, Preston
Attendance: 19,840
Referee: Andre Marriner

9 May 2009
17:20
Burnley 1–0 Reading
Alexander Goal 84' (pen.) Report
Turf Moor, Burnley
Attendance: 18,005
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Second leg
11 May 2009
19:45
Sheffield United 1–0 Preston North End
Halford Goal 59' Report
Bramall Lane, Sheffield
Attendance: 26,354
Referee: Alan Wiley

Sheffield United won 2–1 on aggregate.


12 May 2009
19:45
Reading 0–2 Burnley
Report Paterson Goal 51'
Thompson Goal 58'
Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 19,909
Referee: Mike Riley

Burnley won 3–0 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

25 May 2009
15:00
Burnley 1–0 Sheffield United
Elliott Goal 13' Report
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 80,518
Referee: Mike Dean

League One[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Milton Keynes Dons 46 26 9 11 83 47 +36 87
4 Leeds United 46 26 6 14 77 49 +28 84
5 Millwall 46 25 7 14 63 53 +10 82
6 Scunthorpe United 46 22 10 14 82 63 +19 76

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
8 May 2009
19:45
Scunthorpe United 1–1 Milton Keynes Dons
Woolford Goal 13' Report Wilbraham Goal 27'
Glanford Park, Scunthorpe
Attendance: 6,599
Referee: Scott Mathieson

9 May 2009
12:45
Millwall 1–0 Leeds United
Harris Goal 71' Report
The New Den, Bermondsey
Attendance: 13,228
Referee: Clive Oliver
Second leg
14 May 2009
19:45
Leeds United 1–1 Millwall
Becchio Goal 53' Report Abdou Goal 74'
Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 37,036
Referee: Mark Halsey

Millwall won 2–1 on aggregate.


Milton Keynes Dons 1–1 Scunthorpe United on aggregate. Scunthorpe United won 7–6 on penalties.

Final[edit]

24 May 2009
15:00
Millwall 2–3 Scunthorpe United
Alexander Goal 37'39' Report Sparrow Goal 6'70'
Woolford Goal 85'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 59,661
Referee: Michael Oliver

League Two[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Bury 46 21 15 10 63 43 +20 78
5 Gillingham 46 21 12 13 58 55 0+3 75
6 Rochdale 46 19 13 14 70 59 +11 70
7 Shrewsbury Town 46 17 18 11 61 44 +17 69

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
7 May 2009
19:45
Shrewsbury Town 0–1 Bury
Report Ashton Goal 81' (o.g.)
Prostar Stadium, Shrewsbury
Attendance: 8,429
Referee: Graham Laws

7 May 2009
19:45
Rochdale 0–0 Gillingham
Report
Spotland, Rochdale
Attendance: 4,450
Referee: Kevin Friend
Second leg

Bury 1–1 Shrewsbury Town on aggregate. Shrewsbury Town won 4–3 on penalties.


10 May 2009
18:30
Gillingham 2–1 Rochdale
Jackson Goal 13'58' (pen.) Report Dagnall Goal 36'

Gillingham won 2–1 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

23 May 2009
15:00
Gillingham 1–0 Shrewsbury Town
Jackson Goal 90' Report
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 53,706
Referee: Clive Oliver

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