2005 Football League Two play-off Final

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2005 Football League Two Play-off Final
Millennium Stadium North.jpg
Date 28 May 2005
Venue Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Man of the Match Freddy Eastwood
Referee Martin Atkinson (Yorkshire)
Attendance 19,653

The 2005 Football League Two Play-off Final was a football match played at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on 28 May 2005 at the end of the 2004–05 season. The match determined the fourth and final team to gain promotion from League Two to League One. It was contested by Southend United, who finished fourth in the league table, and Lincoln City, who finished sixth. The teams reached the final by defeating Macclesfield Town and Northampton Town respectively in the two-legged semi-finals.[1]

Southend United overcame Northampton Town 1–0 on aggregate to get to this stage; drawing the first leg 0–0 at Sixfields before winning the second leg 1–0 at Roots Hall. Whilst Lincoln City got past Macclesfield Town 2–1 on aggregate; winning the first leg 1–0 at Sincil Bank before drawing the second leg 1–1 at Moss Rose. The winning goals were scored by Freddy Eastwood and Duncan Jupp, after extra time, to take Southend United back to the third-tier of English football.[2]

Route to the final[edit]

For more details on this topic, see The Football League 2004–05.
Southend United Round Lincoln City
Opponent Result Legs Semi-finals Opponent Result Legs
Northampton Town 1–0 0–0 away; 1–0 home Macclesfield Town 2–1 1–0 home; 1–1 away

Match details[edit]

28 May 2005
15:00 BST
Southend United 2 – 0 Lincoln City
Eastwood Goal 105'
Jupp Goal 110'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 19,653
Referee: Martin Atkinson (Yorkshire)
Southend United
Lincoln City
GK 13 England Darryl Flahavan
RB 2 Scotland Duncan Jupp
CB 15 England Spencer Prior
CB 6 England Adam Barrett
LB 18 England Che Wilson
RM 10 England Carl Pettefer
CM 8 England Kevin Maher (c)
CM 9 England Mark Bentley Booked
LM 3 England Nicky Nicolau Substituted off 119'
FW 23 Wales Freddy Eastwood Substituted off 118'
FW 14 England Wayne Gray Substituted off 81'
GK 1 Netherlands Bart Griemink
DF 5 England Andy Edwards Substituted in 118'
MF 7 England Mark Gower Substituted in 119'
MF 29 England Luke Guttridge
FW 11 England Lawrie Dudfield Substituted in 81'
England Steve Tilson
GK 1 England Alan Marriott
WB 17 Northern Ireland Gareth McAuley
CB 23 England Jamie McCombe
CB 5 Northern Ireland Paul Morgan (c)
CB 4 England Ben Futcher Booked
WB 3 England Kevin Sandwith
CM 8 England Richard Butcher
CM 11 England Peter Gain
FW 27 England Gary Taylor-Fletcher Substituted off 94'
FW 9 England Simon Yeo Substituted off 90'
FW 30 England Francis Green Substituted off 105'
GK 13 Canada Simon Rayner
DF 2 Wales Lee Beevers Substituted in 105'
DF 14 England Matt Bloomer Substituted in 94'
MF 16 England Ritchie Hanlon
FW 7 Ghana Derek Asamoah Substituted in 90'
Saint Lucia Keith Alexander


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 2004-05 League Two Play-off's Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  2. ^ Eastwood Turns Dream Into Reality The Independent. Retrieved 20 January 2010.

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