1997 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season1996–97
Champions Crystal Palace
(First Division)
Crewe Alexandra
(Second Division)
Northampton Town
(Third Division)
Matches played15
Goals scored38 (2.53 per match)
Biggest home win Swansea 3–0 Chester
(Third Division)
Biggest away win Bristol City 1–2 Brentford
(Second Division)
Highest scoring Northampton 3–2 Cardiff
(5 goals)
Highest attendance64,383 – Crystal Palace v Sheffield United
(First Division final)
Lowest attendance5,104 – Chester v Swansea
(Third Division semi-final)
Average attendance21,403
1996
1998

The Football League play-offs for the 1996–97 season were held in May 1997, with the finals taking place at the old Wembley Stadium in London. The play-off semi-finals will be played over two legs and will be contested by the teams who finish 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 will go through to the finals, with the winner of the matches gaining promotion for the following season.

Contents

First Division

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 462210146851+1776
4 Ipswich Town 462014126850+1874
5 Sheffield United 462013137552+2373
6 Crystal Palace 461914137848+3071

Semi-finals

First leg
Crystal Palace 3–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Shipperley Soccerball shade.svg 68'
Freedman Soccerball shade.svg 89', 90'
Smith Soccerball shade.svg 90'
Selhurst Park, London
Attendance: 21,053
Referee: Neale Barry

Sheffield United 1–1 Ipswich Town
Fjørtoft Soccerball shade.svg 41' Stockwell Soccerball shade.svg 78'
Bramall Lane, Sheffield
Attendance: 22,312
Referee: Roy Pearson
Second leg
Ipswich Town 2–2 (a.e.t.) Sheffield United
Scowcroft Soccerball shade.svg 32'
Gudmundsson Soccerball shade.svg 73'
Kachura Soccerball shade.svg 9'
Walker Soccerball shade.svg 77'
Portman Road, Ipswich
Attendance: 21,467
Referee: Terry Heilbron

Ipswich Town 3–3 Sheffield United on aggregate. Sheffield United won on away goals.


Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Crystal Palace
Atkins Soccerball shade.svg 30'
Williams Soccerball shade.svg 85'
Hopkin Soccerball shade.svg 66'
Molineux, Wolverhampton
Attendance: 26,403
Referee: Clive Wilkes

Crystal Palace won 4–3 on aggregate.

Final

Crystal Palace 1–0 Sheffield United
Hopkin Soccerball shade.svg 90'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 64,383
Referee: Neale Barry

Second Division

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Luton Town 462115105941+1878
4 Brentford 462014125643+1374
5 Bristol City 462110156951+1873
6 Crewe Alexandra 46227175647+973

Semi-finals

First leg
Bristol City 1–2 Brentford
Owers Soccerball shade.svg 28' Smith Soccerball shade.svg 13'
Taylor Soccerball shade.svg 30'
Ashton Gate, Bristol
Attendance: 15,581

Crewe Alexandra 2–1 Luton Town
Rivers Soccerball shade.svg 53'
Little Soccerball shade.svg 68'
Oldfield Soccerball shade.svg 3'
Gresty Road, Crewe
Attendance: 5,467
Second leg
Brentford 2–1 Bristol City
Taylor Soccerball shade.svg 67'
Bent Soccerball shade.svg 79'
Barnard Soccerball shade.svg 49'
Griffin Park, London
Attendance: 9,496
Referee: John Kirkby

Brentford won 4–2 on aggregate.


Luton Town 2–2 Crewe Alexandra
Oldfield Soccerball shade.svg 20', 31' Little Soccerball shade.svg 32'
Smith Soccerball shade.svg 62'
Kenilworth Road, Luton
Attendance: 8,168
Referee: Roy Pearson

Crewe Alexandra won 4–3 on aggregate.

Final

Brentford 0–1 Crewe Alexandra
Smith Soccerball shade.svg 34'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 34,149
Referee: Uriah Rennie

Third Division

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Northampton Town 462012146744+2372
5 Swansea City 46218176258+471
6 Chester City 461816125543+1270
7 Cardiff City 46209175654+269

Semi-finals

First leg
Cardiff City 0–1 Northampton Town
Parrish Soccerball shade.svg 77'
Ninian Park, Cardiff
Attendance: 11,369

Chester City 0–0 Swansea City
Deva Stadium, Chester
Attendance: 5,104
Second leg
Swansea City 3–0 Chester City
Thomas Soccerball shade.svg 39'
Torpey Soccerball shade.svg 43'
Heggs Soccerball shade.svg 64'
Vetch Field, Swansea
Attendance: 10,027

Swansea City won 3–0 on aggregate.


Northampton Town 3–2 Cardiff City
Sampson Soccerball shade.svg 23'
Warburton Soccerball shade.svg 68'
Gayle Soccerball shade.svg 77'
Fowler Soccerball shade.svg 36'
Haworth Soccerball shade.svg 90'
Sixfields, Northampton
Attendance: 7,302

Northampton Town won 4–2 on aggregate.

Final

Northampton Town 1–0 Swansea City
Frain Soccerball shade.svg 90'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 46,804
Referee: Terry Heilbron

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