1987 Football League Second Division play-off Final

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1987 Football League Second Division play-off Final
First leg
Date 23 May 1987 (1987-05-23)
Venue Selhurst Park, London
Referee Roger Milford
Attendance 16,680
Second leg
Date 25 May 1987 (1987-05-25)
Venue Elland Road, Leeds
Referee Brian Hill
Attendance 31,395
Date 29 May 1987 (1987-05-29)
Venue St Andrew's, Birmingham
Referee Allan Gunn
Attendance 18,000

The 1987 Football League Second Division play-off Final was contested by Leeds United and Charlton Athletic.

After two legs at Elland Road and Selhurst Park (Charlton's home ground at the time) the two teams were tied 1–1 on aggregate, each team having won their home tie 1–0 meaning the away goal rule couldn't separate the sides. A one-off decider was arranged at St. Andrews.

After full-time the score was 0–0, meaning extra time was needed. John Sheridan scored first for Leeds in the 99th minute, however, Peter Shirtliff scored twice in the 113th and 117th minute to ensure Charlton kept their top flight status.

Match details[edit]

First leg[edit]

23 May 1987
15:00 BST
Charlton Athletic 1–0 Leeds United
Melrose Goal 87' Report
Selhurst Park, London
Attendance: 16,680
Referee: Roger Milford

Second leg[edit]

25 May 1987
19:30 BST
Leeds United 1–0 Charlton Athletic
Ormsby Goal 52' Report
Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 31,395
Referee: Brian Hill


29 May 1987
15:00 BST
Leeds United 1–2 (a.e.t.) Charlton Athletic
Sheridan Goal 99' Report Shirtliff Goal 113'117'
St Andrews, Birmingham
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Allan Gunn
Leeds United
Charlton Athletic
GK 1 England Mervyn Day
RB 2 England Neil Aspin
LB 3 Scotland Bobby McDonald
CB 5 Scotland Jack Ashurst
CB 6 England Brendan Ormsby Substituted off 44'
RM 4 Wales Mark Aizlewood
CM 7 England John Stiles
CM 8 Republic of Ireland John Sheridan
CF 9 England John Pearson
CF 10 England Ian Baird
LM 11 England Micky Adams
CF 12 England Keith Edwards Substituted in 44'
Scotland Billy Bremner
GK 1 England Bob Bolder
RB 2 England John Humphrey
CB 5 England Peter Shirtliff
CB 6 England Paul Miller
LB 3 Scotland Mark Reid
CM 7 England Steve Gritt
CM 4 England Andy Peake
RW 8 England Rob Lee
CF 9 Scotland Jim Melrose Substituted off 96'
LW 10 England Garth Crooks
CM 11 Scotland Colin Walsh
FW 12 England Mark Stuart Substituted in 96'
England Lennie Lawrence


  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.