2009 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season2008–09
Champions Burnley
(Championship)
Scunthorpe United
(League One)
Gillingham
(League Two)
Matches played15
Goals scored23 (1.53 per match)
Biggest home win Gillingham 2–1 Rochdale
(League Two)
Biggest away win Reading 0–2 Burnley
(Championship)
Highest scoring Millwall 2-3 Scunthorpe
(5 goals)
Highest attendance80,518 – Burnley v Sheffield United
(Championship final)
Lowest attendance4,450 – Rochdale v Gillingham
(League Two semi-final)
Average attendance25,298
2008
2010

The Football League play-offs for the 2008–09 season were held in May 2009, 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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Burnley and Sheffield United contested the Championship play-off final, having defeated Reading and Preston North End respectively in the semi-finals. Burnley secured promotion to the Premier League with a 10 victory, courtesy of a goal from Wade Elliott. In the League One final, Scunthorpe United won 32 against Millwall; Leeds United and MK Dons were the other teams to reach the play-offs. In League Two, Gillingham won their semi-final against Rochdale and then secured promotion with a 10 victory against Shrewsbury, who had beaten Bury in their semi-final.

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, Sheffield United, who had been relegated from the Premier League under controversial circumstances in 2007, finished 3 points behind second placed Birmingham City, who in turn had finished 7 points off the champions Wolverhampton Wanderers. Reading - who were aiming to return to the Premier League at the first attempt - were in fourth place in the table. Burnley and Preston North End were only a couple of points further back on 76 and 74 respectively. Neither of the latter had played in the Premier League before, with Preston's last spell in the top division ending in 1961. Burnley were relegated from in the top flight in 1976.

Championship

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Sheffield United 462214106439+2580
4 Reading 462114117240+3277
5 Burnley 462113127260+1276
6 Preston North End 462111146654+1274

Semi-finals

First leg
Preston North End 1–1 Sheffield United
St Ledger Soccerball shade.svg 21' Report Howard Soccerball shade.svg 46'
Deepdale, Preston
Attendance: 19,840
Referee: Andre Marriner

Burnley 1–0 Reading
Alexander Soccerball shade.svg 84' (pen.) Report
Turf Moor, Burnley
Attendance: 18,005
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Second leg
Sheffield United 1–0 Preston North End
Halford Soccerball shade.svg 59' Report
Bramall Lane, Sheffield
Attendance: 26,354
Referee: Alan Wiley

Sheffield United won 2–1 on aggregate.


Reading 0–2 Burnley
Report Paterson Soccerball shade.svg 51'
Thompson Soccerball shade.svg 58'
Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 19,909
Referee: Mike Riley

Burnley won 3–0 on aggregate.

Final

Burnley 1–0 Sheffield United
Elliott Soccerball shade.svg 13' Report
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 80,518
Referee: Mike Dean

League One

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Milton Keynes Dons 46269118347+3687
4 Leeds United 46266147749+2884
5 Millwall 46257146353+1082
6 Scunthorpe United 462210148263+1976

Semi-finals

First leg
Scunthorpe United 1–1 Milton Keynes Dons
Woolford Soccerball shade.svg 13' Report Wilbraham Soccerball shade.svg 27'
Glanford Park, Scunthorpe
Attendance: 6,599
Referee: Scott Mathieson

Millwall 1–0 Leeds United
Harris Soccerball shade.svg 71' Report
The New Den, Bermondsey
Attendance: 13,228
Referee: Clive Oliver
Second leg
Leeds United 1–1 Millwall
Becchio Soccerball shade.svg 53' Report Abdou Soccerball shade.svg 74'
Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 37,036
Referee: Mark Halsey

Millwall won 2–1 on aggregate.


Milton Keynes Dons 1–1 Scunthorpe United on aggregate. Scunthorpe United won 7–6 on penalties.

Final

Millwall 2–3 Scunthorpe United
Alexander Soccerball shade.svg 37', 39' Report Sparrow Soccerball shade.svg 6', 70'
Woolford Soccerball shade.svg 85'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 59,661
Referee: Michael Oliver

League Two

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Bury 462115106343+2078
5 Gillingham 462112135855+375
6 Rochdale 461913147059+1170
7 Shrewsbury Town 461718116144+1769

Semi-finals

First leg
Shrewsbury Town 0–1 Bury
Report Ashton Soccerball shade.svg 81' (o.g.)
Prostar Stadium, Shrewsbury
Attendance: 8,429
Referee: Graham Laws

Rochdale 0–0 Gillingham
Report
Spotland, Rochdale
Attendance: 4,450
Referee: Kevin Friend
Second leg

Bury 1–1 Shrewsbury Town on aggregate. Shrewsbury Town won 4–3 on penalties.


Gillingham 2–1 Rochdale
Jackson Soccerball shade.svg 13', 58' (pen.) Report Dagnall Soccerball shade.svg 36'

Gillingham won 2–1 on aggregate.

Final

Gillingham 1–0 Shrewsbury Town
Jackson Soccerball shade.svg 90' Report
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 53,706
Referee: Clive Oliver

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