2011 Football League Two play-off Final

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2011 Football League Two play-off Final
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Old Trafford hosted the match due to the double-booking of the usual venue Wembley Stadium
Event 2010–11 Football League Two
Date 28 May 2011
Venue Old Trafford, Manchester
Referee Darren Deadman
Attendance 11,484

The 2011 Football League Two play-off Final was a football match contested by Stevenage and Torquay United on 28 May 2011 at Old Trafford in Manchester to decide the fourth team to be promoted from League Two to League One for the 2011–12 season.

Under League Two play-off rules, the final is contested by the two teams which secured an aggregate victory over two-legged semi-finals, with the team that finished seventh in the league table (Torquay United) having played fourth (Shrewsbury Town), and sixth (Stevenage) having played fifth (Accrington Stanley).

The format of the match was 90 minutes of normal playing time, with an additional 30 minutes of extra time if the score was tied. A penalty shoot-out would determine the winner if the score remains tied at the end of extra time. Each team was permitted to make three substitutions from seven named substitutes during the course of the match.

Stevenage won the final by a scoreline of 1–0, John Mousinho scoring the only goal of the game on 41 minutes.

Venue controversy[edit]

Due to the UEFA Champions League 2011 final being held at Wembley Stadium on 28 May 2011, it appeared that the three Football League play-off finals may have to be played at a different venue for the first time since 2007 due to the double-booking of Wembley.

Manchester United's Old Trafford had been confirmed as a possible alternative, while Arsenal's Emirates Stadium and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff were also said to be under consideration to host the Championship, League One and League Two play-off finals.[1]

It was later confirmed that Wembley would host the Championship play-off final on 30 May, while Old Trafford would host the League Two and League One finals on 28 and 29 May respectively.[2]

Route to the final[edit]

The two-legged semi-finals determined that the final would be contested by Stevenage and Torquay United.

First legs[edit]

Torquay United 2–0 Shrewsbury Town
Zebroski Goal 29'
O'Kane Goal 45+3'
Attendance: 4,130
Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire)

Stevenage 2–0 Accrington Stanley
Long Goal 24'
Byrom Goal 45'
Attendance: 4,424
Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)

Second legs[edit]

Shrewsbury Town 0–0 Torquay United
Attendance: 8,452
Referee: Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire)

Torquay United won 2–0 on aggregate.

Accrington Stanley 0–1 Stevenage
Report Beardsley Goal 90'
Attendance: 4,185
Referee: Russell Booth (Nottinghamshire)

Stevenage won 3–0 on aggregate.



Stevenage were bidding for back-to-back promotions.[3] The season prior, the Hertfordshire club won the Conference Premier title with 99 points,[4] and the 2010–11 season was Stevenage's fledgling season in the Football League.[5] Manager Graham Westley was in his second spell as Stevenage manager,[6][7] and overseeing the most successful period of the club's history.[3] Stevenage secured a play-off place after a run of nine victories out of eleven, propelling the club up the league table and into the play-off positions.[8][9] This included winning six games on the trot, a sequence only matched by Bury during the regular season.[10][11] A 3–3 draw on the last day of the season against Bury confirmed Stevenage's place in the play-offs, finishing sixth with 69 points.[12][13] This meant that they faced fifth placed Accrington Stanley over two legs in the play-off semi-finals, winning both legs and securing an aggregate 3–0 win.[14][15] The club had never competed at League One level in its history.[3]

Torquay were aiming to return to League One, where they last played in the 2004–05 season. Having been relegated from the Football League in 2007,[16] the Devon club returned two seasons later via the play-offs.[17] Torquay went into the match having lost one of their last fourteen in all competitions, with seven clean sheets out of the last nine. Manager Paul Buckle was appointed in June 2007;[18] his team lost the 2008 FA Trophy Final,[19] but returned to Wembley one year later for play-off success against Cambridge United.[17]


Stevenage secured back-to-back promotions with a 1–0 win, thanks to a 41st-minute John Mousinho shot from the edge of the penalty box. The first half was largely dominated by Stevenage, but Torquay United improved after the interval, with Jake Robinson striking the crossbar with a 20-yard shot.[20]


Stevenage 1–0 Torquay United
Mousinho Goal 41' Report
Attendance: 11,484
Torquay United
GK 16 Chris Day
DF 3 Scott Laird
DF 14 Mark Roberts (c)
DF 24 Michael Bostwick
DF 25 Ronnie Henry
DF 4 Darius Charles Substituted off 85'
MF 2 Lawrie Wilson
MF 8 Stacy Long
MF 13 Joel Byrom Substituted off 57'
MF 21 John Mousinho Yellow card 59'
FW 10 Craig Reid Substituted off 62'
GK 29 Joe Welch
DF 5 Jon Ashton
MF 7 Darren Murphy Substituted in 57'
MF 17 Peter Winn
FW 12 Ben May
FW 20 Chris Beardsley Substituted in 85'
FW 26 Byron Harrison Yellow card 90+4' Substituted in 62'
Graham Westley
GK 1 Scott Bevan
DF 3 Kevin Nicholson Substituted off 83'
DF 5 Chris Robertson
DF 7 Lee Mansell (c)
DF 23 Guy Branston
MF 8 Billy Kee
MF 9 Jake Robinson Substituted off 83'
MF 10 Eunan O'Kane
MF 22 Damon Lathrope Substituted off 79'
FW 15 Gavin Tomlin
FW 26 Chris Zebroski Yellow card 55'
GK 16 Danny Potter
DF 2 Lathaniel Rowe-Turner Substituted in 83'
DF 18 Joe Oastler Yellow card 80' Substituted in 79'
DF 4 Mark Ellis
MF 17 Saul Halpin
MF 19 Danny Stevens Substituted in 83'
MF 14 Lloyd Macklin
Paul Buckle

Match rules:

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


[20] Stevenage Torquay United
Goals scored 1 0
Total shots 8 16
Shots on target 4 3
Ball possession 54% 46%
Corner kicks 3 7
Fouls committed 14 10
Offsides 1 2
Yellow cards 2 2
Red cards 0 0


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