1987 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season1986–87
Champions Charlton Athletic
(Second Division)
Swindon Town
(Third Division)
Aldershot
(Fourth Division)
Matches played20
Goals scored45 (2.25 per match)
Biggest home win Aldershot 2–0 Wolves
(Fourth Division)
Biggest away win Colchester 0–2 Wolves
(Fourth Division)
Highest scoring Sunderland 4–3 Gillingham
(7 goals)
Highest attendance31,395 – Leeds v Charlton
(Second Division final)
Lowest attendance4,164 – Aldershot v Bolton
(Fourth Division semi-final)
Average attendance15,469
1988

The Football League play-offs for the 1986–87 season were held in May 1987, with the two-legged finals taking place at the finalists home stadiums. The play-off semi-finals were also played over two legs and were contested by the teams who finished in 3rd, 4th and 5th place in the Football League Second Division and Football League Third Division and the 4th, 5th, 6th placed teams in the Football League Fourth Division table, along with a team from the league above. The winners of the semi-finals progressed through to the finals, with the winner of these matches either gaining promotion or avoiding relegation for the following season.

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Background

The Football League play-offs have been held every year since 1987. They take place for each division following the conclusion of the regular season and are contested by the four clubs finishing below the automatic promotion places. For the first three seasons the final was played over two legs but this was changed to a single match at Wembley Stadium from 1990. Additionally, for the 1986–87 and 1987–88 play-offs the semi-finals included a team from the next league who had finished above the relegation positions up, e.g. one team from the first tier and three teams from the second tier. The team from the higher division would be relegated if they failed to win the play-offs, with the play-off winner being promoted in their place.

Second Division

First Division relegation places
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
19 Charlton Athletic 421111204555–1044
20 Leicester City 42119225476–2242
21 Manchester City 42815193657–2139
22 Aston Villa 42812224579–3436
Second Division play-off places
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Oldham Athletic 42229116544+2175
4 Leeds United 421911125844+1468
5 Ipswich Town 421713125943+1664

Semi-finals

First leg
Leeds United 1–0 Oldham Athletic
Edwards Soccerball shade.svg 89'
Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 29,472
Referee: George Tyson

Ipswich Town 0–0 Charlton Athletic
Portman Road, Ipswich
Attendance: 18,465
Referee: Dennis Hedges
Second leg
Charlton Athletic 2–1 Ipswich Town
Melrose Soccerball shade.svg 18', 20' McCall Soccerball shade.svg 85'
Selhurst Park, London
Attendance: 11,234
Referee: Lester Shapter

Charlton Athletic won 2–1 on aggregate.


Oldham Athletic 2–1 (a.e.t.) Leeds United
Williams Soccerball shade.svg 18'
Cecere Soccerball shade.svg 89'
Edwards Soccerball shade.svg 90'
Boundary Park, Oldham
Attendance: 19,216
Referee: George Courtney

Oldham Athletic 2–2 Leeds United on aggregate. Leeds United won on away goals.

Final

First leg
Charlton Athletic 1–0 Leeds United
Melrose Soccerball shade.svg 87'
Selhurst Park, London
Attendance: 16,680
Referee: Roger Milford
Second leg
Leeds United 1–0 Charlton Athletic
Ormsby Soccerball shade.svg 54'
Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 31,395
Referee: Bob Nixon

Leeds United 1–1 Charlton Athletic on aggregate.

Replay
Charlton Athletic 2–1 (a.e.t.) Leeds United
Shirtliff Soccerball shade.svg 113', 117' Sheridan Soccerball shade.svg 99'
St Andrew's, Birmingham
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Allan Gunn

Third Division

Second Division relegation places
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
20 Sunderland 421212184959–1048
21 Grimsby Town 421014183959–2044
22 Brighton & Hove Albion 42912213754–1739
Third Division play-off places
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Swindon Town 46251297747+3087
4 Wigan Athletic 462510118360+2385
5 Gillingham 46239146548+1778

Semi-finals

First leg
Gillingham 3–2 Sunderland
Cascarino Soccerball shade.svgSoccerball shade.svg 64'Soccerball shade.svg Proctor Soccerball shade.svg 29' (pen.)Soccerball shade.svg
Priestfield, Gillingham
Attendance: 13,804
Referee: Brian Hill

Wigan Athletic 2–3 Swindon Town
Thompson Soccerball shade.svg 3'
Lowe Soccerball shade.svg 15'
Bamber Soccerball shade.svg
Quinn Soccerball shade.svg
Coyne Soccerball shade.svg
Springfield Park, Wigan
Attendance: 5,718
Referee: Keith Hackett
Second leg
Sunderland 4–3 (a.e.t.) Gillingham
Gates Soccerball shade.svg 17'Soccerball shade.svg 21'
Bennett Soccerball shade.svg 88'
Bertschin Soccerball shade.svg 108'
Pritchard Soccerball shade.svg 2'
Cascarino Soccerball shade.svg 51', 92'
Roker Park, Sunderland
Attendance: 25,470
Referee: Michael Peck

Sunderland 6–6 Gillingham on aggregate. Gillingham won on away goals.


Swindon Town 0–0 Wigan Athletic
County Ground, Swindon
Attendance: 12,485
Referee: Allan Gunn

Swindon Town won 3–2 on aggregate.

Final

First leg
Gillingham 1–0 Swindon Town
Smith Soccerball shade.svg 81'
Priestfield, Gillingham
Attendance: 16,775
Referee: Alf Buksh
Second leg
Swindon Town 2–1 Gillingham
Coyne Soccerball shade.svg 61'
Henry Soccerball shade.svg 80'
Elsey Soccerball shade.svg 15'
County Ground, Swindon
Attendance: 14,382
Referee: Lester Shapter

Swindon Town 2–2 Gillingham on aggregate.

Replay
Gillingham 0–2 Swindon Town
White Soccerball shade.svg 2', 65'
Selhurst Park, London
Attendance: 18,491
Referee: John Martin

Fourth Division

Third Division relegation places
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
21 Bolton Wanderers 461015214658–1245
22 Carlisle United 46108283978–3938
23 Darlington 46716234577–3237
24 Newport County 46813254986–3737
Fourth Division play-off places
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46247156950+1979
5 Colchester United 46217186456+870
6 Aldershot 462010166457+770

Semi-finals

First leg
Colchester United 0–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Kelly Soccerball shade.svg 28'
Bull Soccerball shade.svg 32'
Layer Road, Colchester
Attendance: 4,829

Aldershot 1–0 Bolton Wanderers
Johnson Soccerball shade.svg 87'
Recreation Ground, Aldershot
Attendance: 4,164
Second leg
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–0 Colchester United
Molineux, Wolverhampton
Attendance: 16,330

Wolverhampton Wanderers won 2–0 on aggregate.


Bolton Wanderers 2–2 (a.e.t.) Aldershot
Caldwell Soccerball shade.svg 50' (pen.), 81' Anderson Soccerball shade.svg
Burvill Soccerball shade.svg
Burnden Park, Bolton
Attendance: 7,445

Aldershot won 3–2 on aggregate.

Final

First leg
Aldershot 2–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
McDonald Soccerball shade.svg 4'
Barnes Soccerball shade.svg 47' (pen.)
Recreation Ground, Aldershot
Attendance: 5,069
Referee: Allan Gunn
Second leg
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–1 Aldershot
Barnes Soccerball shade.svg 81'
Molineux, Wolverhampton
Attendance: 19,962
Referee: Keith Hackett

Aldershot won 3–0 on aggregate.

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