2009 Football League One play-off Final

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2009 Football League One play-off final
Event Football League One 2008-09
Date 24 May 2009
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
Attendance 59,661
Weather Sunny

The 2009 Football League One play-off Final was a football match played at Wembley Stadium on 24 May 2009, at the end of the 2008–09 season. The match determined the third and final team to gain promotion from League One to the Championship, and was contested by Millwall, who finished fifth during the league season, and Scunthorpe United, who finished sixth. The teams reached the final by defeating Leeds United and Milton Keynes Dons respectively in the two-legged semi-finals.

Route to the final[edit]

Millwall finished the regular season in 5th place in the League One table, one position above Scunthorpe. In the play-off semi-finals, Millwall faced 4th-placed Leeds United. Neil Harris scored to give them a 1–0 victory in the first leg at The Den.[1] In the second match, Jermaine Beckford missed a first-half penalty for Leeds before Luciano Becchio scored to level the tie for Leeds. However Abdou equalised for Millwall and sent them through 2–1 on aggregate.

Scunthorpe met Milton Keynes Dons in their semi-final. The first leg at Glanford Park finished 1–1, with Aaron Wilbraham cancelling out Martyn Woolford's opener for Scunthorpe. The second match ended 0–0 after extra-time and the match was decided on a penalty shoot-out.

Match details[edit]

24 May 2009
Millwall 2 – 3 Scunthorpe United
Alexander Goal 37'39' Report Sparrow Goal 6'70'
Woolford Goal 86'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 59,661
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
Scunthorpe United
GK 1 Republic of Ireland David Forde
RB 7 Republic of Ireland Alan Dunne
CB 15 England Tony Craig YC 83'
CB 6 United States Zak Whitbread
LB 3 England Andy Frampton Substituted off 90'
RM 10 England Lewis Grabban Substituted off 63'
CM 32 England Adam Bolder
CM 26 France Nadjim Abdou Substituted off 46'
LM 21 England David Martin
CF 9 England Neil Harris
CF 8 England Gary Alexander
GK 40 England Lenny Pidgeley
DF 5 England Paul Robinson Substituted in 90'
DF 16 England Scott Barron
MF 12 England Chris Hackett Substituted in 63'
MF 24 Scotland Marc Laird Substituted in 46'
Wales Kenny Jackett
GK 1 Republic of Ireland Joe Murphy
RB 6 Republic of Ireland Cliff Byrne
CB 15 England David Mirfin
CB 4 England Andy Crosby
LB 27 Republic of Ireland Ian Morris
RM 7 England Matt Sparrow YC 16'
CM 18 England Sam Togwell YC 10' Substituted off 55'
CM 17 Northern Ireland Grant McCann
LM 16 England Martyn Woolford
CF 10 England Gary Hooper Substituted off 80'
CF 9 England Paul Hayes
GK 22 England Josh Lillis
MF 8 England Garry Thompson
MF 24 England Andrew Wright
MF 32 England Liam Trotter Substituted in 55'
FW 19 Barbados Jonathan Forte Substituted in 80'
England Nigel Adkins


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fletcher, Paul (9 May 2009). "Millwall 1–0 Leeds". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 

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