2005 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season2004–05
Champions West Ham United
(Championship)
Sheffield Wednesday
(League One)
Southend United
(League Two)
Matches played15
Goals scored29 (1.93 per match)
Biggest home win Preston 2–0 Derby
(Championship)
Hartlepool 2–0 Tranmere
(League One)
Tranmere 2–0 Hartlepool
(League One)
Biggest away win Ipswich 0–2 West Ham
(Championship)
Highest scoring Hartlepool 2–4 Sheffield Wednesday
(6 goals)
Highest attendance70,275 – Preston v West Ham
(Championship final)
Lowest attendance5,223 – Macclesfield v Lincoln
(League Two semi-final)
Average attendance23,500
2004
2006

The Football League play-offs for the 2004–05 season were held in May 2005, with the finals taking place at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. 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 Championship and League One and the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th placed teams in the League Two table. The winners of the semi-finals progressed to the finals, with the winner of the 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.

In the Championship, Ipswich Town, who were aiming to return to the top flight for the first time since 2002, finished 2 points behind second placed Wigan Athletic, who in turn finished 7 points behind champions Sunderland, who returned to the top flight at the second attempt after relegation from the Premier League in 2003. Derby County who were also relegated along with Ipswich from the top flight in 2002, finished in fourth place in the table. Preston North End who have not been in the top flight since 1961, finished in fifth place. West Ham United finished 2 points behind Preston North End and were looking for a place back in the Premiership after 2 seasons outside the top division.

Championship

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
3 Ipswich Town 46241398556+2985
4 Derby County 462210147160+1176
5 Preston North End 462112136758+975
6 West Ham United 462110156656+1073

Semi-finals

First leg
West Ham United 2–2 Ipswich Town
Harewood Soccerball shade.svg 7'
Zamora Soccerball shade.svg 13'
Report Walker Soccerball shade.svg 45' (o.g.)
Kuqi Soccerball shade.svg 74'
Upton Park, London
Attendance: 33,723
Referee: Uriah Rennie

Preston North End 2–0 Derby County
Nugent Soccerball shade.svg 38'
Cresswell Soccerball shade.svg 90'
Report
Deepdale, Preston
Attendance: 20,315
Referee: Andre Marriner
Second leg
Ipswich Town 0–2 West Ham United
Report Zamora Soccerball shade.svg 61', 72'
Portman Road, Ipswich
Attendance: 30,010
Referee: Steve Dunn

West Ham United won 4–2 on aggregate.


Derby County 0–0 Preston North End
Report
Pride Park, Derby
Attendance: 31,310
Referee: Richard Beeby

Preston North End won 2–0 on aggregate.

Final

Preston North End 0–1 West Ham United
Report Zamora Soccerball shade.svg 57'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 70,275
Referee: Mike Riley

League One

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
3 Tranmere Rovers 462213117355+1879
4 Brentford 46229155760-375
5 Sheffield Wednesday 461915127759+1872
6 Hartlepool United 46218177666+1071

Semi-finals

First leg
Sheffield Wednesday 1–0 Brentford
McGovern Soccerball shade.svg 12' Report
Hillsborough, Sheffield
Attendance: 28,625
Referee: Mike Jones

Hartlepool United 2–0 Tranmere Rovers
Boyd Soccerball shade.svg 32', 68' Report
Victoria Park, Hartlepool
Attendance: 6,604
Referee: Brian Curson
Second leg
Brentford 1–2 Sheffield Wednesday
Frampton Soccerball shade.svg 87' Report Peacock Soccerball shade.svg 27'
Brunt Soccerball shade.svg 53'
Griffin Park, Brentford
Attendance: 10,823
Referee: Tony Leake

Sheffield Wednesday won 3–1 on aggregate.


Tranmere Rovers 2–2 Hartlepool United on aggregate. Hartlepool United won 6–5 on penalties.

Final

Hartlepool United 2–4 (a.e.t.) Sheffield Wednesday
Williams Soccerball shade.svg 47'
Daly Soccerball shade.svg 71'
Report McGovern Soccerball shade.svg 45'
MacLean Soccerball shade.svg 82' (pen.)
Whelan Soccerball shade.svg 94'
Talbot Soccerball shade.svg 120'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 59,808
Referee: Phil Crossley

League Two

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
4 Southend United 462212126546+1978
5 Macclesfield Town 46229156049+1175
6 Lincoln City 462012146447+1772
7 Northampton Town 462012146251+1172

Semi-finals

First leg
Lincoln City 1–0 Macclesfield Town
McAuley Soccerball shade.svg 11' Report
Sincil Bank, Lincoln
Attendance: 7,032
Referee: Graham Laws

Northampton Town 0–0 Southend United
Report
Sixfields Stadium, Northampton
Attendance: 6,601
Referee: Lee Mason
Second leg
Macclesfield Town 1–1 Lincoln City
Harsley Soccerball shade.svg 76' Report McAuley Soccerball shade.svg 15'
Moss Rose, Macclesfield
Attendance: 5,223
Referee: Phil Crossley

Lincoln City won 2–1 on aggregate.


Southend United 1–0 Northampton Town
Eastwood Soccerball shade.svg 49' (pen.) Report
Roots Hall, Southend
Attendance: 9,152
Referee: Barry Knight

Southend United won 1–0 on aggregate.

Final

Lincoln City 0–2 (a.e.t.) Southend United
Report Eastwood Soccerball shade.svg 105'
Jupp Soccerball shade.svg 110'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 19,653
Referee: Martin Atkinson

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