2009 Football League Championship play-off Final

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2009 Football League Championship play-off final
Event Football League Championship 2008-09
Date 25 May 2009
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Mike Dean
Attendance 80,518
Weather Sunny

The 2009 Football League Championship play-off Final was a football match played at Wembley Stadium on 25 May 2009, at the end of the 2008–09 season. The match determined the third and final team to gain promotion from the Championship to the Premier League, and was contested by Sheffield United, who finished third during the league season, and Burnley, who finished fifth. The teams reached the final by defeating Preston North End and Reading respectively in the two-legged semi-finals. Burnley won the match 1–0, Wade Elliott scoring the only goal of the game.

Match details[edit]

25 May 2009
Burnley 1 – 0 Sheffield United
Elliott Goal 13' Report
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 80,518
Referee: Mike Dean (Cheshire)
Sheffield United
GK 12 Denmark Brian Jensen
RB 4 Northern Ireland Michael Duff
CB 5 England Clarke Carlisle YC 23'
CB 6 Scotland Steven Caldwell
LB 3 Norway Christian Kalvenes YC 90'
RM 11 England Wade Elliott
CM 2 Scotland Graham Alexander
CM 16 Republic of Ireland Chris McCann Substituted off 27'
LM 20 England Robbie Blake Substituted off 69'
CF 30 Scotland Steven Thompson Substituted off 72'
CF 10 Northern Ireland Martin Paterson
GK 1 Peru Diego Penny
MF 7 Scotland Kevin McDonald
MF 8 Iceland Joey Guðjónsson Substituted in 27'
MF 33 England Chris Eagles Substituted in 69'
FW 19 England Jay Rodriguez Substituted in 72'
Scotland Owen Coyle
GK 1 Republic of Ireland Paddy Kenny
RB 34 England Kyle Walker
CB 5 England Chris Morgan
CB 6 England Matthew Kilgallon
LB 30 England Kyle Naughton
DM 17 Scotland Nick Montgomery
RM 4 Wales David Cotterill Substituted off 58'
CM 20 England Brian Howard Substituted off 82'
CM 28 Republic of Ireland Stephen Quinn Substituted off 85'
LM 2 England Greg Halford
CF 19 Scotland Craig Beattie
GK 13 England Ian Bennett
DF 32 England Leigh Bromby
MF 11 England Lee Hendrie Substituted in 85' Yellow cardYellow cardRed card
FW 9 Italy Arturo Lupoli YC 90+5' Substituted in 82'
FW 18 Northern Ireland Jamie Ward Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 75', 79' Substituted in 58'
England Kevin Blackwell

Match rules

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


Burnley Sheffield United
Total shots 11 11
Shots on target 5 9
Ball possession 44% 56%
Corner kicks 9 3
Fouls committed 12 12
Offsides 1 1
Yellow cards 2 5
Red cards 0 2

Source: ESPN[1]

  • Lee Hendrie (Sheffield United) was sent off after the final whistle for swearing at and pushing referee Mike Dean. Jamie Ward was also sent off in the second half (79 minutes) after two blatant handballs in quick succession. A yellow card was given for each offence.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Elliott super-strike sends Clarets up". ESPN Soccernet. 25 May 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 

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