2005 Football League Two play-off Final

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2005 Football League Two Play-off Final
Millennium Stadium North.jpg
Date28 May 2005
VenueMillennium Stadium, Cardiff
Man of the MatchFreddy Eastwood
RefereeMartin 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.[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]

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



Southend United2–0Lincoln City
Eastwood Goal 105'
Jupp Goal 110'
Southend United
Lincoln City
GK 13 Darryl Flahavan
RB 2 Duncan Jupp
CB 15 Spencer Prior
CB 6 Adam Barrett
LB 18 Che Wilson
RM 10 Carl Pettefer
CM 8 Kevin Maher (c)
CM 9 Mark Bentley Yellow card
LM 3 Nicky Nicolau Substituted off 119'
FW 23 Freddy Eastwood Substituted off 118'
FW 14 Wayne Gray Substituted off 81'
GK 1 Bart Griemink
DF 5 Andy Edwards Substituted in 118'
MF 7 Mark Gower Substituted in 119'
MF 29 Luke Guttridge
FW 11 Lawrie Dudfield Substituted in 81'
Steve Tilson
GK 1 Alan Marriott
WB 17 Gareth McAuley
CB 23 Jamie McCombe
CB 5 Paul Morgan (c)
CB 4 Ben Futcher Yellow card
WB 3 Kevin Sandwith
CM 8 Richard Butcher
CM 11 Peter Gain
FW 27 Gary Taylor-Fletcher Substituted off 94'
FW 9 Simon Yeo Substituted off 90'
FW 30 Francis Green Substituted off 105'
GK 13 Simon Rayner
DF 2 Lee Beevers Substituted in 105'
DF 14 Matt Bloomer Substituted in 94'
MF 16 Ritchie Hanlon
FW 7 Derek Asamoah Substituted in 90'
Keith Alexander

Match rules:

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three 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. London. Retrieved 20 January 2010.

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