2010 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season 2009–10
Champions Blackpool
(Championship)
Millwall
(League One)
Dagenham & Redbridge
(League Two)
Matches played 15
Goals scored 47 (3.13 per match)
Biggest home win Dagenham 6–0 Morecambe
(League Two)
Biggest away win Nottm Forest 3–4 Blackpool
(Championship)
Highest scoring Nottm Forest 3–4 Blackpool
(7 goals)
Highest attendance 82,244 – Blackpool v Cardiff
(Championship final)
Lowest attendance 4,566 – Dagenham v Morecambe
(League Two semi-final)
Average attendance 24,670
2009
2011

The Football League play-offs for the 2009–10 season were held in May 2010, with the finals taking place at Wembley Stadium in London. The play-off semi-finals were played over two legs, contested by the teams who finished 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 went through to the finals, with the winner of the final 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, Nottingham Forest, who were aiming to return to the top flight for the first time since 1999, finished 12 points behind second placed West Bromwich Albion, who in turn finished 11 points behind champions Newcastle United, who returned to the top flight at the first attempt after relegation from the Premier League on the last day the season before. Cardiff City who haven't been in the top flight since 1962, finished in fourth place in the table. Leicester City who finished as champions of League One the season before, finished in fifth place looking for a return to the top flight for the first time in 6 years. Blackpool finished 6 points behind Leicester and Cardiff on 70 points, looking for a first spell back in the top flight since 1971.

Championship[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Nottingham Forest 46 22 13 11 65 40 +25 79
4 Cardiff City 46 22 10 14 73 54 +19 76
5 Leicester City 46 21 13 12 61 45 +16 76
6 Blackpool 46 19 13 14 74 58 +16 70

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
8 May 2010
12:45
Blackpool 2–1 Nottingham Forest
Southern Goal 26'
Adam Goal 57' (pen.)
Report Cohen Goal 13'
Bloomfield Road, Blackpool
Attendance: 11,805
Referee: Phil Dowd

9 May 2010
13:15
Leicester City 0–1 Cardiff City
Report Whittingham Goal 78'
Walkers Stadium, Leicester
Attendance: 29,165
Referee: Alan Wiley
Second leg
11 May 2010
19:45
Nottingham Forest 3–4 Blackpool
Earnshaw Goal 7'66'
Adebola Goal 90+2'
Report Campbell Goal 56'76'79'
Dobbie Goal 72'
City Ground, Nottingham
Attendance: 28,358
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Blackpool won 6–4 on aggregate.


12 May 2010
19:45
Cardiff City 2–3 (a.e.t.) Leicester City
Chopra Goal 21'
Whittingham Goal 69' (pen.)
Report Fryatt Goal 25'
Hudson Goal 36' (o.g.)
King Goal 49'
  Penalties  
Chopra Penalty scored
McCormack Penalty scored
Ledley Penalty scored
Kennedy Penalty scored
4–3 Penalty scored Berner
Penalty scored Howard
Penalty scored Solano
Penalty missed Kermorgant
Penalty missed Waghorn
Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 26,033
Referee: Howard Webb

Cardiff City 3–3 Leicester City on aggregate. Cardiff City won 4–3 on penalties.

Final[edit]

22 May 2010
15:00
Blackpool 3–2 Cardiff City
Adam Goal 13'
Taylor-Fletcher Goal 41'
Ormerod Goal 45+1'
Report Chopra Goal 9'
Ledley Goal 37'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 82,244
Referee: Andre Marriner

League One[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Millwall 46 24 13 9 76 44 32 85
4 Charlton Athletic 46 23 15 8 71 48 23 84
5 Swindon Town 46 22 16 8 73 57 16 82
6 Huddersfield Town 46 23 11 12 82 56 26 80

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
14 May 2010
19:45
Swindon Town 2–1 Charlton Athletic
Austin Goal 52'
Ward Goal 60'
Report Burton Goal 65'
The County Ground, Swindon
Attendance: 13,560
Referee: James Linington

15 May 2010
12:15
Huddersfield Town 0–0 Millwall
Report
Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield
Attendance: 14,654
Referee: Darren Deadman
Second leg
17 May 2010
19:45
Charlton Athletic 2–1 (a.e.t.) Swindon Town
Ferry Goal 27' (o.g.)
Mooney Goal 45'
Report Ward Goal 74'
  Penalties  
Burton Penalty scored
Bailey Penalty missed
Forster Penalty scored
Dailly Penalty scored
Richardson Penalty scored
4–5 Penalty scored McGovern
Penalty scored Austin
Penalty scored Amankwaah
Penalty scored Ward
Penalty scored Darby
The Valley, London
Attendance: 21,521
Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Charlton Athletic 3–3 Swindon Town on aggregate. Swindon Town won 5–4 on penalties.


18 May 2010
19:45
Millwall 2–0 Huddersfield Town
Morison Goal 23'
Robinson Goal 82'
Report
The Den, London
Attendance: 15,463
Referee: Anthony Bates

Millwall won 2–0 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

29 May 2010
Millwall 1–0 Swindon Town
Robinson Goal 39' Report
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 73,108
Referee: Colin Webster

League Two[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Morecambe 46 20 13 13 73 64 0+9 73
5 Rotherham United 46 21 10 15 55 52 0+3 73
6 Aldershot Town 46 20 12 14 69 56 +13 72
7 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 20 12 14 69 58 +11 72

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
15 May 2010
18:00
Aldershot Town 0–1 Rotherham United
Report Le Fondre Goal 88'
Recreation Ground, Aldershot
Attendance: 5,470
Referee: Andy D'Urso

16 May 2010
13:30
Dagenham & Redbridge 6–0 Morecambe
Benson Goal 4'66'
Scott Goal 35'48'54'69'
Report
Victoria Road, Dagenham
Attendance: 4,566
Referee: Colin Webster
Second leg
19 May 2010
19:45
Rotherham United 2–0 Aldershot Town
le Fondre Goal 43'
Ellison Goal 68'
Report
Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield
Attendance: 7,082
Referee: Fred Graham

Rotherham United won 3–0 on aggregate.


20 May 2010
19:45
Morecambe 2–1 Dagenham & Redbridge
Duffy Goal 81'
Artell Goal 90'
Report Benson Goal 85'
Christie Park, Morecambe
Attendance: 4,972
Referee: Eddie Ilderton

Dagenham & Redbridge won 7–2 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

30 May 2010
15:00
Dagenham & Redbridge 3–2 Rotherham United
Benson Goal 38'
Green Goal 56'
Nurse Goal 70'
Report Taylor Goal 39'61'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 32,054
Referee: James Linington

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