1989 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season1988–89
Champions Crystal Palace
(Second Division)
Port Vale
(Third Division)
Leyton Orient
(Fourth Division)
Matches played18
Goals scored38 (2.11 per match)
Biggest home win C. Palace 3–0 Blackburn
(Second Division)
Biggest away win Fulham 0–4 Bristol Rovers
(Third Division)
Highest scoring Blackburn 3–1 C. Palace
Fulham 0–4 Bristol Rovers
Port Vale 3–1 Preston
Wrexham 3–1 Scunthorpe
(4 goals)
Highest attendance30,000 – Crystal Palace v Blackburn
(Second Division final)
Lowest attendance4,377 – Scarborough v Leyton Orient
(Fourth Division semi-final)
Average attendance12,994
1988
1990

The Football League play-offs for the 1988–89 season were held in May 1989, 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, 5th and 6th place in the Football League Second Division and Football League Third Division and the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th placed teams in the Football League Fourth Division table. 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.

Second Division

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
3 Crystal Palace 462312117149+2281
4 Watford 462212127448+2678
5 Blackburn Rovers 462211137449+1577
6 Swindon Town 462016106853+1576

Semi-finals

First leg
Blackburn Rovers 0–0 Watford
Ewood Park, Blackburn
Attendance: 14,028

Swindon Town 1–0 Crystal Palace
Hopkins Soccerball shade.svg (o.g.)
County Ground, Swindon
Attendance: 16,658
Second leg
Watford 1–1 (a.e.t.) Blackburn Rovers
Redfearn Soccerball shade.svg Garner Soccerball shade.svg
Vicarage Road, Watford
Attendance: 13,852

Watford 1–1 Blackburn Rovers on aggregate. Blackburn Rovers won on away goals.


Crystal Palace 2–0 Swindon Town
Bright Soccerball shade.svg
Wright Soccerball shade.svg
Selhurst Park, London
Attendance: 23,677

Crystal Palace won 2–1 on aggregate.

Final

First leg
Blackburn Rovers 3–1 Crystal Palace
Gayle Soccerball shade.svg 21', 27'
Garner Soccerball shade.svg 90'
McGoldrick Soccerball shade.svg 86'
Ewood Park, Blackburn
Attendance: 16,421
Referee: Joe Worrall
Second leg
Crystal Palace 3–0 (a.e.t.) Blackburn Rovers
Wright Soccerball shade.svg 17', 117'
Madden Soccerball shade.svg 47' (pen.)
Selhurst Park, London
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: George Courtney

Crystal Palace won 4–3 on aggregate.

Third Division

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
3 Port Vale 462412107848+3084
4 Fulham 46229156967+275
5 Bristol Rovers 461917106751+1674
6 Preston North End 461915127960+1972

Semi-finals

First leg
Bristol Rovers 1–0 Fulham
Penrice Soccerball shade.svg
Twerton Park, Bath
Attendance: 9,029

Preston North End 1–1 Port Vale
Jemson Soccerball shade.svg Earle Soccerball shade.svg
Deepdale, Preston
Attendance: 14,321
Second leg
Fulham 0–4 Bristol Rovers
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Holloway Soccerball shade.svg
Bailey Soccerball shade.svg
Reece Soccerball shade.svg
Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 10,188

Bristol Rovers won 5–0 on aggregate.


Port Vale 3–1 Preston North End
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Vale Park, Stoke-on-Trent
Attendance: 13,416

Port Vale won 4–2 on aggregate.

Final

First leg
Bristol Rovers 1–1 Port Vale
Penrice Soccerball shade.svg Earle Soccerball shade.svg 73'
Twerton Park, Bath
Attendance: 9,042
Referee: Allan Gunn
Second leg
Port Vale 1–0 Bristol Rovers
Earle Soccerball shade.svg 52'
Vale Park, Stoke-on-Trent
Attendance: 17,353
Referee: Keith Hackett

Port Vale won 2–1 on aggregate.

Fourth Division

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
4 Scunthorpe United 462114117757+2077
5 Scarborough 462114116752+1577
6 Leyton Orient 462112138650+3675
7 Wrexham 461914137763+1471

Semi-finals

First leg
Leyton Orient 2–0 Scarborough
Cooper Soccerball shade.svgSoccerball shade.svg
Brisbane Road, London
Attendance: 9,298

Wrexham 3–1 Scunthorpe United
Wright Soccerball shade.svg
Kearns Soccerball shade.svgSoccerball shade.svg
Cowling Soccerball shade.svg
Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Attendance: 5,449
Second leg
Scarborough 1–0 Leyton Orient
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McCain Stadium, Scarborough
Attendance: 4,377

Leyton Orient won 2–1 on aggregate.


Scunthorpe United 0–2 Wrexham
Russell Soccerball shade.svgSoccerball shade.svg
Glanford Park, Scunthorpe
Attendance: 5,516

Wrexham won 5–1 on aggregate.

Final

First leg
Wrexham 0–0 Leyton Orient
Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Attendance: 7,915
Referee: Terry Holbrook
Second leg
Leyton Orient 2–1 Wrexham
Harvey Soccerball shade.svg 45'
Cooper Soccerball shade.svg
Bowden Soccerball shade.svg 47'
Brisbane Road, London
Attendance: 13,355
Referee: John Martin

Leyton Orient won 2–1 on aggregate.

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