2005 Football League Two play-off Final
|Date||28 May 2005|
|Venue||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff|
|Man of the Match||Freddy Eastwood|
|Referee||Martin Atkinson (Yorkshire)|
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.
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.
Route to the final
|Southend United||Round||Lincoln City|
|Northampton Town||1–0||0–0 away; 1–0 home||Macclesfield Town||2–1||1–0 home; 1–1 away|
|Southend United||2–0||Lincoln City|