2000 Football League Third Division play-off Final

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2000 Football League Division Three play-off Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Date 26 May 2000
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Mike Dean
Attendance 33,383

The 2000 Football League Division Three play-off Final was contested by Peterborough United and Darlington. This was the last Third Division play-off final to be played at the old Wembley Stadium before moving to Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.


Route to the Final[edit]

  • Peterborough United: Peterborough United beat Barnet 2-1 at Barnet's Underhill Stadium, and went through 5-1 on aggregate after winning 3-0 at home in the second leg.
  • Darlington: Darlington beat Hartlepool United 2-0 in the first leg, and went through 3-0 on aggregate after winning 1-0 at home in the second leg.

Match Summary[edit]

The only goal of the game came in the 74th minute when Andy Clarke slotted the rebound in to the bottom right hand corner of the goal after Andy Collett made a good save with Clarke's first attempt.

The result was harsh on Darlington as they dominated most of the game but failed to convert their chances into goals.[1]

Match details[edit]

26 May 2000
19:45 BST
Peterborough United 1 - 0 Darlington
Clarke Goal 74' (Report)
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 33,383
Referee: Mike Dean
Peterborough United
Peterborough United:
GK 1 England Mark Tyler
DF 3 England Adam Drury Substituted off 44'
DF 4 England Richard Scott
DF 6 England Andy Edwards
DF 19 England Gareth Jelleyman
MF 34 England Simon Rea
MF 7 England David Farrell YC
MF 11 England Jon Cullen
MF 30 England Steve Castle
MF 40 Australia David Oldfield
FW 9 England Andy Clarke Substituted off 89'
DF 5 England Matt Wicks
GK 7 Netherlands Bart Griemink
MF 18 England Ritchie Hanlon Substituted in 44'
MF 12 England Matthew Gill
FW 14 England Francis Green Substituted in 89'
England Barry Fry
GK 1 England Andy Collett
DF 4 England Craig Liddle
DF 5 England Steve Tutill
DF 6 England Neil Aspin
DF 15 England Paul Heckingbottom Substituted off 68'
MF 8 England Martin Gray
MF 12 England Michael Oliver
MF 11 England Brian Atkinson Substituted off 86'
MF 24 England Neil Heaney
FW 10 England Marco Gabbiadini
FW 9 England Peter Duffield Substituted off 84'
GK 22 England Mark Samways
DF 4 England Phil Brumwell
MF 34 England Paul Holsgrove Substituted in 86'
FW 16 England Glenn Naylor Substituted in 68'
FW 28 Wales Lee Nogan Substituted in 84'
England David Hodgson


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