2007 Football League Two play-off Final

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2007 Football League Two play-off Final
Bristol Rovers v Shrewsbury Town, League 2 Play Off Final, Wembley 2007 (515914825).jpg
Date26 May 2007
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeMike Jones
Attendance61,589
2006
2008

The 2007 Football League Two play-off Final was an association football match which was on 26 May 2007 at Wembley Stadium, London, between Bristol Rovers and Shrewsbury Town to determine the third and final team to gain promotion from Football League Two to Football League One. The top two teams of the 2006–07 Football League Two season gained automatic promotion to League One, while the teams placed from third to sixth place in the table partook in play-off semi-finals; the winners of these semi-finals competed for the final place for the 2007–08 season in League One. It was the third League Two play-off final since the Football League's rebranding in 2004, the 21st play-off final overall at the fourth level of the English football league system and the first play-off match to take place at the rebuilt Wembley Stadium.

Bristol Rovers had reached the play-off final in their sixth season back in the fourth tier of English football, having been relegated from the Second Division (equivalent of League One) in the 2000–01 season and Shrewsbury in their third season, after their promotion from the Football Conference in the 2003–04 season. The 2007 final was watched by a crowd of 61,589 people, a record for a fixture played at the fourth tier of English football, and refereed by Mike Jones. Shrewsbury opened the scoring through Stewart Drummond, but two goals from Richard Walker and one from Sammy Igoe gave Bristol Rovers a 3–1 victory.

Shrewsbury Town ended the next season in 18th place, eight points above the relegation zone. Bristol Rovers finished 16th in the 2007–08 Football League One, five points above the relegation zone, keeping their place in the third tier.

Route to the final[edit]

2006–07 Football League Two:
final table, leading positions
Pos Team P W D L F A Pts
1. Walsall 46 25 14 07 66 34 89
2. Hartlepool United 46 26 10 10 65 40 88
3. Swindon Town 46 25 10 11 58 38 85
4. Milton Keynes Dons 46 25 09 12 76 58 84
5. Lincoln City 46 21 11 14 70 59 74
6. Bristol Rovers 46 20 12 14 49 42 72
7. Shrewsbury Town 46 18 17 11 68 46 71
Pos=Position P=Games played W=Wins D=Draws
L=Losses F=Goals for A=Goals against Pts=Points

Bristol Rovers finished the season in sixth place in League Two, 13 points short of the automatic promotion places and one point ahead of Shrewsbury Town in seventh.[1]

Match[edit]

Details[edit]

Bristol Rovers3–1Shrewsbury Town
Walker Goal 21'35'
Igoe Goal 90'
(Report) Drummond Goal 3'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 61,589
Referee: Mike Jones
Bristol Rovers
Shrewsbury Town
GK 1 Steve Phillips
RB 2 Ryan Green
CB 6 Steve Elliott
CB 15 Byron Anthony
LB 11 Chris Carruthers
RM 4 Sammy Igoe
CM 7 Stuart Campbell (c) Yellow card
CM 20 Craig Disley
LM 26 Lewis Haldane Substituted off 64'
CF 9 Rickie Lambert
CF 10 Richard Walker Yellow card
Substitutes:
GK 31 Mike Green
DF 17 Andy Sandell
DF 32 Aaron Lescott
MF 22 Chris Lines
FW 27 Sean Rigg Substituted in 74'
Manager:
Paul Trollope
GK 21 Chris Mackenzie
RB 12 Ben Herd Substituted off 84'
CB 5 Richard Hope (c)
CB 8 Kelvin Langmead
LB 23 Marc Tierney Red card 89'
RM 10 Derek Asamoah
CM 2 Danny Hall
CM 4 Stewart Drummond
LM 3 Neil Ashton
CF 9 Andy Cooke Yellow card Substituted off 73'
CF 24 Michael Symes Substituted off 80'
Substitutes:
GK 1 Ryan Esson
DF 28 Sagi Burton Substituted in 84'
MF 18 Steve Leslie
MF 22 Chris Humphrey Substituted in 73'
FW 29 Leo Fortune-West Substituted in 80'
Manager:
Gary Peters

See also[edit]

Sammy Igoe rolls in Bristol Rovers' third goal to seal their promotion to League One.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Final 2006/2007 Football League Two Table". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 25 May 2009.