1993 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season1992–93
Champions Swindon Town
(First Division)
West Bromwich Albion
(Second Division)
York City
(Third Division)
Matches played15
Goals scored47 (3.13 per match)
Biggest home win Crewe 5–1 Walsall
(Third Division)
Biggest away win Walsall 2–4 Crewe
(Third Division)
Highest scoring Leicester 3–4 Swindon
(7 goals)
Highest attendance73,802 – Leicester v Swindon
(First Division final)
Lowest attendance6,196 – Crewe v Walsall
(Third Division semi-final)
Average attendance21,320
1992
1994

The Football League play-offs for the 1992–93 season were held in May 1993, with the finals taking place at Wembley Stadium in London. The play-off semi-finals were played over two legs and were contested by the teams who finished in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place in the Football League First Division and Football League Second Division and the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th placed teams in the Football League Third Division table. The winners of the semi-finals progressed through to the finals, with the winner of these matches gaining promotion 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.

First Division

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Portsmouth 462610108046+3488
4 Tranmere Rovers 462310137256+1679
5 Swindon Town 462113127459+1576
6 Leicester City 462210147164+776

Portsmouth, whose top scorer Guy Whittingham had found the net 42 times in Division One, only missed out on automatic promotion on goal difference. Fourth placed Tranmere Rovers had recorded the highest finish of their history and had yet to play in the top flight of English football. Swindon Town, who finished fifth, had won the playoff final three years earlier but promotion was then withdrawn due to financial irregularities. The last playoff place went to the previous season's beaten finalists, Leicester City.

In the end, it was Leicester and Swindon who went through to the final. Swindon took a 3-0 lead before Leicester clawed back to make it 3-3, only for Paul Bodin to score the winner and deliver top flight football to Swindon for the first time in their history.

Glenn Hoddle's impressive two-year spell as player-manager of Swindon attracted attention of bigger clubs, and soon after this famous victory he was appointed player-manager of Chelsea, while losers Leicester had now been beaten in all of their six appearances at Wembley.

Semi-finals

First leg
Leicester City 1–0 Portsmouth
Joachim Soccerball shade.svg 86'
Forest Ground, Nottingham
Attendance: 24,538
Referee: Keith Hackett

Swindon Town 3–1 Tranmere Rovers
Vickers Soccerball shade.svg 2' (o.g.)
Mitchell Soccerball shade.svg 3'
Maskell Soccerball shade.svg 27'
Morrissey Soccerball shade.svg 58'
County Ground, Swindon
Attendance: 14,230
Referee: Allan Gunn
Second leg
Tranmere Rovers 3–2 Swindon Town
Proctor Soccerball shade.svg 45'
Nevin Soccerball shade.svg 64'
Irons Soccerball shade.svg 83' (pen.)
Moncur Soccerball shade.svg 28'
Maskell Soccerball shade.svg 81'
Prenton Park, Birkenhead
Attendance: 16,083
Referee: Paul Durkin

Swindon Town won 5–4 on aggregate.


Portsmouth 2–2 Leicester City
McLoughlin Soccerball shade.svg 51'
Kristensen Soccerball shade.svg 72'
Ormondroyd Soccerball shade.svg 53'
Thompson Soccerball shade.svg 69'
Fratton Park, Portsmouth
Attendance: 25,438
Referee: Roger Milford

Leicester City won 3–2 on aggregate.

Final

Leicester City 3–4 Swindon Town
Joachim Soccerball shade.svg 57'
Walsh Soccerball shade.svg 68'
Thompson Soccerball shade.svg 69'
Hoddle Soccerball shade.svg 42'
Maskell Soccerball shade.svg 47'
Taylor Soccerball shade.svg 53'
Bodin Soccerball shade.svg 84' (pen.)
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 73,802
Referee: David Elleray

Second Division

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Port Vale 46261197944+3589
4 West Bromwich Albion 462510118854+3485
5 Swansea City 462013136547+1873
6 Stockport County 461915128157+2472

Semi-finals

First leg
Stockport County 1–1 Port Vale
Gannon Soccerball shade.svg 5' (pen.) Glover Soccerball shade.svg 24'
Edgeley Park, Stockport
Attendance: 7,856
Referee: Alan Wilkie

Swansea City 2–1 West Bromwich Albion
McFarlane Soccerball shade.svg 50'
Hayes Soccerball shade.svg 65'
McFarlane Soccerball shade.svg 72' (o.g.)
Vetch Field, Swansea
Attendance: 13,917
Second leg
Port Vale 1–0 Stockport County
Foyle Soccerball shade.svg 84'
Vale Park, Stoke-on-Trent
Attendance: 12,689
Referee: David Elleray

Port Vale won 2–1 on aggregate.


West Bromwich Albion 2–0 Swansea City
Hunt Soccerball shade.svg 10'
Hamilton Soccerball shade.svg 20'
The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Attendance: 26,045

West Bromwich Albion won 3–2 on aggregate.

Final

Port Vale 0–3 West Bromwich Albion
Hunt Soccerball shade.svg 66'
Reid Soccerball shade.svg 82'
Donovan Soccerball shade.svg 90'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 53,471
Referee: Roger Milford

Third Division

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 York City 46211297245+2775
5 Walsall 46227137661+1573
6 Crewe Alexandra 46217137556+1970
7 Bury 46189156355+863

Semi-finals

First leg
Bury 0–0 York City
Gigg Lane, Bury
Attendance: 6,520

Crewe Alexandra 5–1 Walsall
Naylor Soccerball shade.svg 19', 39'
Clarkson Soccerball shade.svg 49'
Edwards Soccerball shade.svg 50'
Ward Soccerball shade.svg 83'
Cecere Soccerball shade.svg 38'
Gresty Road, Crewe
Attendance: 6,196
Second leg
Walsall 2–4 Crewe Alexandra
Clarke Soccerball shade.svg 18'
O'Connor Soccerball shade.svg 78'
Naylor Soccerball shade.svg 31', 42', 88'
Ward Soccerball shade.svg 77'
Bescot Stadium, Walsall
Attendance: 7,398

Crewe Alexandra won 9–3 on aggregate.


York City 1–0 Bury
Swann Soccerball shade.svg 59'
Bootham Crescent, York
Attendance: 9,206

York City won 1–0 on aggregate.

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