1995 Football League Third Division play-off Final

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1995 Football League Third Division Play-off Final
The main entrance of a football stadium.
Date 27 May 1995
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Man of the Match Billy Stewart
Referee Paul Alcock
Attendance 22,814[1]

The 1995 Football League Third Division play-off Final was a football match played at Wembley Stadium on 27 May 1995, to determine the third and final team to gain promotion from the Third Division to the Second Division of the Football League in the 1994–95 season.

It was contested by Chesterfield, who finished third in the Third Division table, and Bury, who finished fourth. The teams reached the final by defeating Mansfield Town and Preston North End respectively in the two-legged semi-finals.

Chesterfield won the match 2–0 thanks to goals from Tony Lormor and Phil Robinson to gain promotion back to the third tier of English football five seasons after being relegated. For the club's manager, John Duncan, it was his second success with Chesterfield as a manager, having won the Fourth Division title in 1985. His counterpart, Mike Walsh, parted company with Bury less than four months later.

Route to the final[edit]

Football League Third Division
final table, leading positions
Pos Team P W D L F A Pts
1. Carlisle United 42 27 10 5 67 31 91
2. Walsall 42 24 11 7 75 40 83
3. Chesterfield 42 23 12 7 62 37 81
4. Bury 42 23 11 8 73 36 80
5. Preston North End 42 19 10 13 58 41 67
6. Mansfield Town 42 18 11 13 84 59 65

Chesterfield had finished the 1994–95 Football League season in third place in the Third Division, one place ahead of Bury. Therefore, both missed out on the two automatic promotion places and instead took part in the play-offs to determine who would join Carlisle United, and Walsall as the third promoted team.[2] On the final day of the league season, Chesterfield had the opportunity to finish second in the table and thereby clinch the final automatic promotion place but a 2–2 draw at Saltergate against Colchester United was not enough to overtake Walsall,[3] after they also drew 0–0 away to Bury.[4]

In the play-off semi-finals, Bury were paired with fifth-placed Preston North End and Chesterfield with sixth-place finishers Mansfield Town. Bury won their first leg tie 1–0 at Deepdale courtesy of a goal from David Pugh.[5] They also won the second leg by the same scoreline at Gigg Lane with Tony Rigby on the scoresheet.[6]

Chesterfield drew the first leg of their semi-final tie 1–1 at Field Mill after Robinson's opener for the visiting side was cancelled out by Stewart Hadley.[5] They then came through the second leg at Saltergate after Mansfield had forced extra-time with 10-men. Two goals from Nicky Law and further strikes from Jonathan Howard, Lormor, and Robinson ensured their progress, 6–3 on aggregate.[6]

Chesterfield Round Bury
Opponent Result Legs Semi-finals Opponent Result Legs
Mansfield Town 6–3 1–1 away; 5–2 home Preston North End 2–0 1–0 away; 1–0 home

Match summary[edit]

First half[edit]

Second half[edit]


Match details[edit]

27 May 1995
15:00 BST
Chesterfield 2 – 0 Bury
Lormor Goal 23'
Robinson Goal 41'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 22,814
Referee: Paul Alcock
GK 1 England Billy Stewart
WB 2 England Jamie Hewitt
CB 5 England Darren Carr
CB 6 England Nicky Law (c)
WB 3 England Lee Rogers
WG 7 England Phil Robinson
CM 4 England Tom Curtis
CM 8 England Jonathan Howard Substituted off 77'
WG 11 England Des Hazel
CF 9 England Tony Lormor Substituted off 85'
CF 10 England Andy Morris
GK 12 Scotland Jim Brown
MF 13 England Chris Perkins Substituted in 77'
FW 14 England Kevin Davies Substituted in 85'
Scotland John Duncan
GK 1 Republic of Ireland Gary Kelly
WB 2 England Andy Woodward
CB 5 England Chris Lucketti
CB 6 England Michael Jackson
WB 3 England Roger Stanislaus
WG 7 Republic of Ireland Jimmy Mulligan Substituted off 61'
CM 4 England Nick Daws
CM 8 England Tony Rigby
WG 11 England David Pugh (c)
FW 9 England Mark Carter Substituted off 46'
FW 10 England Phil Stant
GK 12 England Lee Bracey
DF 13 Wales Ian Hughes Substituted in 61'
FW 14 South Africa John Paskin Substituted in 46'
England Mike Walsh


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Stewart maintains a tradition" The Independent. 29 May 1995. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Final 1994–95 Football League Two Table" Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Chesterfield 2–2 Colchester United" Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Bury 0–0 Walsall" Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Preston made to pay for profligacy" The Independent. 15 May 1995. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Miller brings Rovers their reward" The Independent. 18 May 1995. Retrieved 12 March 2010.

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