2008 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season2007–08
Champions Hull City
(Championship)
Doncaster Rovers
(League One)
Stockport County
(League Two)
Matches played15
Goals scored40 (2.67 per match)
Biggest home win Doncaster 5–1 Southend
(League One)
Biggest away win Watford 0–2 Hull City
(Championship)
Carlisle United 0–2 Leeds
(League One)
Highest scoring Doncaster 5–1 Southend
(6 goals)
Highest attendance86,703 – Bristol City v Hull
(Championship final)
Lowest attendance6,371 – Wycombe v Stockport
(League Two semi-final)
Average attendance25,469
2007
2009

The Football League play-offs for the 2007–08 season were held in May 2008, 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 Championship and League One tables, and the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th placed teams in League Two. The semi-final winners progressed to the finals, with the winner of each match earning promotion for the following season.

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Hull City won promotion to the Premier League after defeating Bristol City in the Championship final, 1–0 with a goal from their leading scorer Dean Windass. This marked the Tigers' first entry to the top division of English football in their existence.

In the League One final, another 1–0 victory saw Doncaster Rovers promoted ahead of Leeds United. Stockport County defeated Rochdale 3–2 in the League Two final. This meant all three clubs who had finished immediately below the automatic promotion places in their divisions were promoted.

Background

The Football League play-offs have been held every year since 1987. They take place for each of the three Football League divisions following the conclusion of the regular season and are contested by the four clubs finishing immediately below the automatic promotion places.

In the Championship, Hull City finished four points behind second-placed Stoke City, who were promoted with champions West Bromwich Albion. Bristol City - who were aiming to return to the top flight for the first time since 1980 - finished in fourth place in their first season at Championship level for nine years. The other entrants, Crystal Palace and Watford, had both played in the Premier League before, with Palace's last spell in the top division ending in a final day relegation in 2005, a year after having won the play-offs. Watford had been relegated from the top flight in the previous season, having finished bottom, and were looking to return at the first attempt.

Championship

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Hull City 462112136547+1875
4 Bristol City 462014125453+174
5 Crystal Palace 461817115842+1671
6 Watford 461816126256+670

Semi-finals

First leg
Crystal Palace 1–2 Bristol City
Watson Soccerball shade.svg 87' (pen.) Report Carey Soccerball shade.svg 53'
Noble Soccerball shade.svg 90+2'
Selhurst Park, London
Attendance: 22,869
Referee: Mike Jones

Watford 0–2 Hull City
Report Barmby Soccerball shade.svg 8'
Windass Soccerball shade.svg 23'
Vicarage Road, Watford
Attendance: 14,713
Referee: Kevin Friend
Second leg
Bristol City 2–1 (a.e.t.) Crystal Palace
Trundle Soccerball shade.svg 104'
McIndoe Soccerball shade.svg 110'
Report Watson Soccerball shade.svg 24'
Ashton Gate, Bristol
Attendance: 18,842
Referee: Howard Webb

Bristol City won 4–2 on aggregate.


Hull City 4–1 Watford
Barmby Soccerball shade.svg 43'
Folan Soccerball shade.svg 70'
Garcia Soccerball shade.svg 88'
Doyle Soccerball shade.svg 90'
Report Henderson Soccerball shade.svg 12'
KC Stadium, Hull
Attendance: 23,155
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Hull City won 6–1 on aggregate.

Final

Bristol City 0–1 Hull City
Report Windass Soccerball shade.svg 38'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 86,703
Referee: Alan Wiley

League One

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Doncaster Rovers 462311128347+2480
4 Carlisle United 462311126446+1880
5 Leeds United 46271097238+3476*
6 Southend United 462210147055+1576

Semi-finals

First leg
Southend United 0–0 Doncaster Rovers
Report
Roots Hall, Southend
Attendance: 9,109
Referee: Paul Taylor

Leeds United 1–2 Carlisle United
Freedman Soccerball shade.svg 90' Report Graham Soccerball shade.svg 32'
Bridge-Wilkinson Soccerball shade.svg 50'
Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 36,297
Referee: Anthony Bates
Second leg
Carlisle United 0–2 Leeds United
Report Howson Soccerball shade.svg 10', 90'
Brunton Park, Carlisle
Attendance: 12,873
Referee: Alan Wiley

Leeds United won 3–2 on aggregate.


Doncaster Rovers 5–1 Southend United
Stock Soccerball shade.svg 11' (pen.)
Barrett Soccerball shade.svg 21' (o.g.)
Coppinger Soccerball shade.svg 39', 52', 80'
Report Bailey Soccerball shade.svg 88'
Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster
Attendance: 13,081
Referee: Mark Halsey

Doncaster Rovers won 5–1 on aggregate.

Final

Doncaster Rovers 1–0 Leeds United
Hayter Soccerball shade.svg 48' Report
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 75,132
Referee: Andy D'Urso

League Two

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Stockport County 462410127254+1882
5 Rochdale 462311127754+2380
6 Darlington 462212126740+2778
7 Wycombe Wanderers 462212125642+1478

Semi-finals

First leg
Darlington 2–1 Rochdale
Kennedy Soccerball shade.svg 28'
Miller Soccerball shade.svg 90'
Report Dagnall Soccerball shade.svg 70'
Darlington Arena, Darlington
Attendance: 8,057
Referee: Paul Armstrong

Wycombe Wanderers 1–1 Stockport County
Facey Soccerball shade.svg 37' Report Gleeson Soccerball shade.svg 82'
Adams Park, High Wycombe
Attendance: 6,371
Referee: Darren Deadman
Second leg

Rochdale 3–3 Darlington on aggregate. Rochdale won 5–4 on penalties.


Stockport County 1–0 Wycombe Wanderers
Dickinson Soccerball shade.svg 7' Report
Edgeley Park, Stockport
Attendance: 9,245
Referee: Andy D'Urso

Stockport County won 2–1 on aggregate.

Final

Rochdale 2–3 Stockport County
McArdle Soccerball shade.svg 24'
Rundle Soccerball shade.svg 77'
Report Stanton Soccerball shade.svg 34' (o.g.)
Pilkington Soccerball shade.svg 49'
Dickinson Soccerball shade.svg 67'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 35,715
Referee: Stuart Attwell

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