2004 Football Conference play-off Final

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2004 Football Conference play-off Final
Event 2003–04 Football Conference
Shrewsbury Town won 3–0 on penalties
Date 16 May 2004
Venue Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent
Referee Keith Stroud (Hampshire)
Attendance 19,216

The 2003–04 Football Conference Playoff Final took place on 16 May 2004 and was contested between Aldershot Town and Shrewsbury Town. It was held at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent. A crowd of 19,216 attended the game (a Conference Play-off final record at the time), with just over 15,000 travelling from Shropshire.

Match summary[edit]

Aldershot had the first real chance of the game when Roscoe DSane got on the end of a ball over the top of the defence and held off Shrews captain Darren Tinson, only to drag his shot wide. Jon Challinor then had a chance but failed to connect properly with Aaron McLean's cutback. At the other end it took a crucial intervention from Dominic Sterling to deny Jamie Tolley after a good surging run from the midfielder.

Aldershot took the lead in the 36th minute when Shots captain Ray Warburton headed on a free kick and McLean powered the ball into the net. However Shrewsbury were level just minutes later, with Duane Darby smashing in an almost identical goal. In the second half the Shropshire side should have taken the lead when Luke Rodgers crossed for Ryan Lowe, who blazed over from inside the area.

With the scores level at 1–1, silver goal extra time was required, and Lee Charles had a couple of chances to win it for the Shots. Ultimately the match needed a penalty shoot-out to be settled. After Rodgers had missed Shrewsbury's first kick, goalkeeper Scott Howie was the hero, saving all three of Aldershot's penalties while teammates Tolley, Jake Sedgemore and finally Trevor Challis scored theirs to send Shrewsbury back into the Football League.

Match details[edit]

16 May 2004
13:00 BST
Aldershot Town 1–1 (a.e.t.) Shrewsbury Town
McLean Goal 35' Report Darby Goal 43'
Sills Penalty missed
Giles Penalty missed
Gosling Penalty missed
0–3 Penalty missed Rodgers
Penalty scored Tolley
Penalty scored Sedgemore
Penalty scored Challis
Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent
Attendance: 19,216
Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire)
GK 1 Nikki Bull
DF 16 Simon Downer Substituted off 66'
DF 6 Dominic Sterling YC
DF 5 Ray Warburton (c)
DF 37 Will Antwi
MF 8 Chris Giles
MF 18 Jamie Gosling
MF 19 Jon Challinor
MF 26 Adam Miller
FW 10 Roscoe D'Sane Substituted off 86'
FW 11 Aaron McLean Substituted off 60'
GK 22 Richard Barnard
DF 3 Jason Chewins
DF 2 Dean Hooper Substituted in 66'
FW 23 Lee Charles Substituted in 86'
FW 9 Tim Sills Substituted in 60'
Terry Brown
GK 25 Scott Howie
DF 15 Trevor Challis
DF 5 Darren Tinson (c) Substituted off 91'
DF 6 David Ridler YC
MF 8 Jake Sedgemore
MF 11 Sam Aiston
MF 12 Martin O'Connor YC Substituted off 84'
MF 4 Jamie Tolley
FW 17 Ryan Lowe YC
FW 18 Duane Darby Substituted off 93'
FW 9 Luke Rodgers
GK 30 Joe Hart
DF 27 Lee Lawrence Substituted in 91'
MF 21 David Edwards
MF 29 Kevin Street Substituted in 84'
FW 10 Colin Cramb Substituted in 93'
Jimmy Quinn


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