2013 Football League Two play-off Final

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2013 Football League Two play-off final
Event 2012–13 Football League Two
Date 18 May 2013
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Man of the Match Nahki Wells[1]
Referee Keith Stroud
Attendance 47,127

The 2013 Football League Two play-off final was a football match contested by Bradford City and Northampton Town on 18 May 2013 at Wembley Stadium to decide the fourth and final team to be promoted from League Two to League One for the 2013–14 season.[2] The two teams had earned their place in the final with aggregate victories over the two-legged semi-finals.[3]

Bradford City won the game 3–0, with all three goals scored in the opening 28 minutes, to return to League One after a seven-year absence. It was their second appearance at Wembley during the season, having reached the League Cup Final.[4][5][6]

Match details[edit]

18 May 2013
13:30 BST
Bradford City 3–0 Northampton Town
Hanson Goal 15'
McArdle Goal 19'
Wells Goal 28'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 47,127
Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire)
Bradford City
Northampton Town
GK 1 Scotland Jon McLaughlin
RB 2 England Stephen Darby
CB 23 Northern Ireland Rory McArdle
CB 5 England Andrew Davies
LB 3 Australia James Meredith
RM 11 England Garry Thompson
CM 18 England Gary Jones
CM 24 England Nathan Doyle Booked 84' Substituted off 87'
LM 7 England Kyel Reid Substituted off 78'
CF 9 England James Hanson Booked 88'
CF 21 Bermuda Nahki Wells Substituted off 85'
GK 12 England Matt Duke
DF 16 Republic of Ireland Carl McHugh
DF 22 England Michael Nelson
MF 4 England Ricky Ravenhill Substituted in 87'
MF 14 England Will Atkinson Substituted in 78'
FW 17 England Alan Connell Substituted in 85'
FW 20 England Zavon Hines
England Phil Parkinson
GK 21 England Lee Nicholls
RB 12 England Ben Tozer
CB 30 England Clarke Carlisle Booked 66'
CB 15 England Nathan Cameron
LB 6 England Lee Collins Substituted off 53'
RM 11 England Chris Hackett
CM 8 England Ben Harding
CM 4 England Luke Guttridge
LM 7 England Ishmel Demontagnac Substituted off 70'
CF 28 Republic of Ireland Roy O'Donovan Booked 29'
CF 9 England Clive Platt Booked 20' Substituted off 55'
GK 13 England Dean Snedker
DF 2 England John Johnson
DF 3 England Joe Widdowson Substituted in 53'
DF 5 England Kelvin Langmead
MF 22 England Lewis Hornby Substituted in 70'
FW 10 England Adebayo Akinfenwa Substituted in 55'
FW 17 England Jake Robinson
England Aidy Boothroyd

Man of the Match:
Nahki Wells (Bradford City)[1]

Assistant referees:
Steve Copeland and Jake Hillier
Fourth official:
Geoff Eltringham
Reserve Assistant Referee:
Marc Perry

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


  1. ^ a b "League Two play-off final". Sky Sports. 18 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Football League Key Dates
  3. ^ League Two Table
  4. ^ "Bradford 0–5 Swansea". BBC Sport. 24 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bradford City 3 Northampton Town 0: match report". Daily Telegraph. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bradford City smash Northampton Town in half an hour in play-off final". Guardian. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013.