1997 Football League Second Division play-off Final

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1997 Football League Second Division play-off Final
Date25 May 1997
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchDanny Murphy (Crewe Alexandra)
RefereeUriah Rennie (Sheffield)

The 1997 Football League Second Division play-off Final was a football match played at Wembley Stadium on 25 May 1997, at the end of the 1996–97 season. It was the 11th play-off final in all at the third level of English football. The match determined the third and final team to gain promotion from the Second Division to the First Division, and was contested by Brentford, who had finished fourth during the league season, and Crewe Alexandra, who had finished sixth. Shaun Smith scored the only goal of the game to give Crewe a 1–0 victory.

Match details[edit]

Crewe Alexandra1–0Brentford
Smith Goal 34' Report
Attendance: 34,149
Crewe Alexandra:
GK 1 Jason Kearton
RB 2 Lee Unsworth
LB 3 Shaun Smith
CB 4 Ashley Westwood
CB 5 Steve Macauley
CM 6 Phil Charnock Substituted off 88'
CM 7 Gareth Whalley Yellow card
RW 8 Colin Little
CF 9 Dele Adebola
AM 10 Danny Murphy Substituted off 86'
LW 11 Mark Rivers Substituted off 69'
DF Chris Lightfoot Substituted in 88'
MF Steve Garvey Substituted in 69'
MF Seth Johnson Substituted in 86'
Dario Gradi
GK 1 Kevin Dearden
RB 2 Gus Hurdle Substituted off 75' Yellow card
LB 3 Ijah Anderson Yellow card
CM 4 Carl Hutchings
CB 5 Jamie Bates Yellow card
CB 6 David McGhee
CF 7 Carl Asaba
CM 8 Paul Smith
CF 9 Marcus Bent Substituted off 46'
CM 10 Brian Statham Yellow card Red card 73'
CF 11 Robert Taylor
GK Tamer Fernandes
DF Barry Ashby Substituted in 75'
MF Scott Canham Substituted in 46' Yellow card
David Webb

Match rules:

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Three


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