2006 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season2005–06
Champions Watford
(Championship)
Barnsley
(League One)
Cheltenham Town
(League Two)
Matches played15
Goals scored31 (2.07 per match)
Biggest home win Grimsby 2–1 Lincoln
(League Two)
Biggest away win Crystal Palace 0–3 Watford
(Championship)
Highest scoring Hud'field 1–3 Barnsley
Barnsley 2–2 Swansea
(4 goals)
Highest attendance64,736 – Leeds v Watford
(Championship final)
Lowest attendance5,936 – Wycombe v Cheltenham
(League Two semi-final)
Average attendance22,720
2005
2007

The Football League play-offs for the 2005–06 season were held in May 2006, with the finals taking place at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for the last time. 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 advanced to the finals, with the winners 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.

In the Championship, Watford, who were aiming to return to the top flight for the first time since 2000, finished 9 points behind second placed Sheffield United, who in turn finished 16 points behind champions Reading, who were promoted to the top flight for the first time in the club's history. Preston North End who missed out on promotion from playoffs the season before and have not been in the top flight since 1961, finished in fourth place in the table. Leeds United who are aiming to bounce back to the Premier League at the second attempt, finished in fifth place. Crystal Palace finished 3 points behind Leeds United and were looking for a place back in the Premiership after relegation on final day of last season.

Championship

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
3 Watford 46221597753+2481
4 Preston North End 46202065930+2980
5 Leeds United 462115115738+1978
6 Crystal Palace 462112146748+1975

Semi-finals

First leg
Leeds United 1–1 Preston North End
Lewis Soccerball shade.svg 74' Report Nugent Soccerball shade.svg 48'
Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 35,239
Referee: Phil Crossley

Crystal Palace 0–3 Watford
Report King Soccerball shade.svg 46'
Young Soccerball shade.svg 67'
Spring Soccerball shade.svg 85'
Selhurst Park, London
Attendance: 22,880
Referee: Mike Jones
Second leg
Preston North End 0–2 Leeds United
Report Hulse Soccerball shade.svg 56'
Richardson Soccerball shade.svg 61'
Deepdale, Preston
Attendance: 20,383
Referee: Mike Thorpe

Leeds United win 3–1 on aggregate.


Watford 0–0 Crystal Palace
Report
Vicarage Road, Watford
Attendance: 19,041
Referee: Steve Tanner

Watford won 3–0 on aggregate.

Final

Leeds United 0–3 Watford
Report DeMerit Soccerball shade.svg 25'
Sullivan Soccerball shade.svg 57' (o.g.)
Henderson Soccerball shade.svg 84' (pen.)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 64,736
Referee: Mike Dean

League One

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
3 Brentford 462016107252+2076
4 Huddersfield Town 461916117259+1373
5 Barnsley 461818106244+1872
6 Swansea City 461817117855+2371

Semi-finals

First leg
Barnsley 0–1 Huddersfield Town
Report Taylor-Fletcher Soccerball shade.svg 85'
Oakwell, Barnsley
Attendance: 16,127
Referee: Paul Taylor

Swansea City 1–1 Brentford
Ricketts Soccerball shade.svg 87' Report Tabb Soccerball shade.svg 29'
Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Attendance: 19,060
Referee: Keith Stroud
Second leg
Brentford 0–2 Swansea City
Report Knight Soccerball shade.svg 8', 15'
Griffin Park, Brentford
Attendance: 10,652
Referee: Graham Laws

Swansea City won 3–1 on aggregate.


Huddersfield Town 1–3 Barnsley
Heckingbottom Soccerball shade.svg 65' (o.g.) Report Hayes Soccerball shade.svg 58' (pen.)
Reid Soccerball shade.svg 71'
Nardiello Soccerball shade.svg 78'
Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield
Attendance: 19,223
Referee: Chris Foy

Barnsley won 3–2 on aggregate.

Final

League Two

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
4 Grimsby Town 462212126444+2078
5 Cheltenham Town 461915126553+1272
6 Wycombe Wanderers 461817117256+1671
7 Lincoln City 461521106553+1266

Semi-finals

First leg
Lincoln City 0–1 Grimsby Town
Report Jones Soccerball shade.svg 22'
Sincil Bank, Lincoln
Attendance: 8,037
Referee: Lee Mason

Wycombe Wanderers 1–2 Cheltenham Town
Mooney Soccerball shade.svg 90' Report Finnigan Soccerball shade.svg 43'
Guinan Soccerball shade.svg 75'
Adams Park, High Wycombe
Attendance: 5,936
Referee: Andy Hall
Second leg
Grimsby Town 2–1 Lincoln City
Futcher Soccerball shade.svg 60'
Jones Soccerball shade.svg 82'
Report Robinson Soccerball shade.svg 27'
Blundell Park, Grimsby
Attendance: 8,062
Referee: Mike Dean

Grimsby Town won 3–1 on aggregate.


Cheltenham Town 0–0 Wycombe Wanderers
Report
Whaddon Road, Cheltenham
Attendance: 6,813
Referee: Nigel Miller

Cheltenham Town won 2–1 on aggregate.

Final

Cheltenham Town 1–0 Grimsby Town
Guinan Soccerball shade.svg 63' Report
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 29,196
Referee: Paul Taylor

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