1998 Football League Third Division play-off Final

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1998 Football League Third Division play-off final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event1997–98 Football League Third Division
Date22 May 1998
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeMick Fletcher
Attendance19,486[1]
1997
1999

The 1998 Football League Third Division play-off final was a football match contested by Colchester United and Torquay United on 22 May 1998 at Wembley Stadium to decide the third team to be promoted from Third Division to Second Division for the 1998–99 season.

Under Third Division play-off rules, the final is contested by the two teams which secured an aggregate victory over two-legged semi-finals, with the team that finished seventh in the league table (Barnet) having played fourth place (Colchester United), and sixth place (Scarborough) having played fifth place (Torquay United).

Route to the final[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
4 Colchester United 46 21 11 14 72 60 +12 74
5 Torquay United 46 21 11 14 68 59 0+9 74
6 Scarborough 46 19 15 12 67 58 0+9 72
7 Barnet 46 19 13 14 61 51 +10 70

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
Barnet1–0Colchester United
Heald Goal 48'
Devine Red card 82'
Report Branston Yellow card 82' Red card
Attendance: 3,858

Scarborough1–3Torquay United
Rockett Goal 40' Report Jack Goal 22'
Gittens Goal 50'
McFarlane Goal 72'
Attendance: 5,246
Referee: Mike Pierce
Second leg
Colchester United3–1 (a.e.t.)Barnet
Gregory Goal 12' (pen.)95'
Greene Goal 65'
Report Goodhind Goal 41'
Howarth Red card 59'
Attendance: 5,863

Colchester United won 3–2 on aggregate.


Torquay United4–1Scarborough
Jack Goal 6' (7)
McCall Goal 38'
Gibbs Goal 55'
Report Rockett Goal 22'
Williams Yellow card 28' Red card
Attendance: 5,386
Referee: Rob Harris

Torquay United won 7–2 on aggregate.

Match[edit]

Details[edit]

Colchester United1–0Torquay United
Gregory Goal 22' (pen.) Report
[2]
Attendance: 19,486
Referee: Mick Fletcher
GK 1 Carl Emberson
DF 2 Joe Dunne
DF 3 Simon Betts Yellow card
DF 4 Aaron Skelton Substituted off 82'
DF 5 David Greene
MF 6 David Gregory
MF 7 Richard Wilkins Yellow card
MF 8 Paul Buckle
MF 11 Steve Forbes
FW 9 Mark Sale Yellow card
FW 10 Neil Gregory Substituted off 70'
Substitutes:
FW 12 Tony Lock Substituted in 70'
MF 13 Karl Duguid Substituted in 82'
MF 14 Paul Abrahams
Manager:
Steve Wignall
GK 1 Matt Gregg
DF 2 Andy Gurney
DF 3 Paul Gibbs Yellow card
DF 4 Jamie Robinson
DF 5 Jon Gittens
DF 6 Alex Watson
MF 7 Gary Clayton Yellow card
MF 8 Chris Leadbitter Yellow card
MF 11 Steve McCall Yellow card Substituted off 72'
FW 9 Rodney Jack Yellow card
FW 10 Andy McFarlane Substituted off 84'
Substitutes:
FW 12 Tony Bedeau Substituted in 72'
DF 13 Wayne Thomas Substituted in 84'
MF 14 Kevin Hill
Manager:
Kevin Hodges

Match rules:

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colchester United – Match Details". coludata.co.uk. Archived from the original on 5 June 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  2. ^ Riley, Catherine (23 May 1998). "Gregory's goal lifts Colchester". The Independent. London. Retrieved 1 December 2014.