1995 Football League First Division play-off Final

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1995 Football League Division One play-off Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
After Extra Time (Score after 90 minutes 2-2)
Date 29 May 1995
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Peter Foakes
Attendance 64,107

The 1995 Football League Division One play-off Final was an epic contest between Bolton Wanderers and Reading at Wembley Stadium, London. Bolton Wanderers won the match 4-3, after extra time.


The Premier League was going to be made smaller, so only two clubs went up and four would go down to Division Two. Reading had only just gone up, as champions, from Division Two the year before. Bolton had only finished 14th in Division One. Middlesbrough was the side to go up as First Division Champions.

Route to the Final[edit]

  • Reading: Reading beat Tranmere Rovers 3-1 on aggregate after 3-1 win and a 0-0 draw.
  • Bolton: Bolton beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 on aggregate after a 2-1 loss and a 2-0 win, Bolton Wanderers won 1-0 in the second leg, however the game went into extra time.[1]

Match Summary[edit]

Reading went 1-0 up after four minutes, Nogan with the goal. Williams made it 2-0 within 12 minutes. Lovell missed a penalty for Reading on 34 minutes, and that was the turning point. Bolton scored a 75th-minute goal to give them hope and with four minutes to go, De Freitas scored the leveler for Wanderers. Bolton went 3-2 up in extra time, Paatelainen scored on 105 minutes, De Freitas scored Wanderers' 4th goal on 118, while Reading player-manager Quinn scored a late goal.[2][3]

Match details[edit]

29 May 1995
Bolton Wanderers 4 - 3 (a.e.t.) Reading
Coyle Goal 75'
de Freitas Goal 86'118'
Paatelainen Goal 105'
(Report) Nogan Goal 4'
Williams Goal 12'
Quinn Goal 119'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 64,107
Referee: Peter Foakes (Clacton-on-Sea).
Bolton Wanderers
Bolton Wanderers:
GK 1 England Keith Branagan
DF 2 England Scott Green
DF 3 England Jimmy Phillips
DF 5 Iceland Guðni Bergsson
DF 6 England Alan Stubbs
MF 7 England Neil McDonald Substituted off 46'
MF 4 Republic of Ireland Jason McAteer
MF 9 Finland Mixu Paatelainen
MF 11 England Alan Thompson
FW 8 Republic of Ireland Owen Coyle
FW 10 Scotland John McGinlay
GK 16 England Peter Shilton
DF 14 England John Dreyer
FW 12 Suriname Fabian de Freitas Substituted in 46'
Scotland Bruce Rioch
GK 1 England Shaka Hislop
RWB 2 Australia Andy Bernal Substituted off 67'
DF 4 England Keith McPherson
DF 6 Poland Dariusz Wdowczyk
DF 5 Wales Adrian Williams
LWB 7 England Michael Gilkes
MF 8 England Mick Gooding
MF 3 England Simon Osborn
MF 11 England Scott Taylor
FW 9 Wales Lee Nogan Substituted off 62'
FW 10 Australia Stuart Lovell
GK 15 England Simon Sheppard
DF 14 Wales Jeff Hopkins Substituted in 67'
FW 12 Northern Ireland Jimmy Quinn Substituted in 62'
Northern Ireland Jimmy Quinn & England Mick Gooding


  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.
  • 3 named substitutes.
  • Maximum of 3 substitutions.

Post Match[edit]

Wanderers were relegated from the Premier League after one season, but would eventually enjoy an uninterrupted 11-year stay between 2001 and 2012. Reading were promoted as First Division Champions in 2006 and remained in the Premier League for two seasons before being relegated, but went on to win promotion once more in 2012 (again as champions of the second tier Championship division) in the same season as Bolton were relegated. However, they only lasted one season before being relegated back to the Championship in 2013.


  1. ^ http://www.reading-mad.co.uk/footydb/loadlgt.asp?divno=13&ssnno=124 Royals Mad shows the table and play-off results. Accessed 2009-05-04. Archived 2009-05-11.
  2. ^ http://www.royals.org/matdoc/290595.html Hob Nob. Accessed 2009-05-04. Archived 2009-05-11.
  3. ^ "WANDERERS MEMORIES: Bolton Wanderers 4 Reading 3 - May 1995". The Bolton News. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2017.