The 2009 Football League One play-off Final was a football match played at Wembley Stadium on 24 May 2009, at the end of the 2008–09 season. The match determined the third and final team to gain promotion from League One to the Championship, and was contested by Millwall, who finished fifth during the league season, and Scunthorpe United, who finished sixth. The teams reached the final by defeating Leeds United and Milton Keynes Dons respectively in the two-legged semi-finals.

Route to the final

Millwall finished the regular season in 5th place in the League One table, one position above Scunthorpe. In the play-off semi-finals, Millwall faced 4th-placed Leeds United. Neil Harris scored to give them a 1–0 victory in the first leg at The Den. [2] In the second match, Jermaine Beckford missed a first-half penalty for Leeds before Luciano Becchio scored to level the tie for Leeds. However Abdou equalised for Millwall and sent them through 2–1 on aggregate.

Scunthorpe met Milton Keynes Dons in their semi-final. The first leg at Glanford Park finished 1–1, with Aaron Wilbraham cancelling out Martyn Woolford's opener for Scunthorpe. The second match ended 0–0 after extra time and the match was decided on a penalty shoot-out.

Match

Details

24 May 2009
15:00
Millwall 2–3 Scunthorpe United
Alexander Goal 37' , 39' Sparrow Goal 6' , 70'
Woolford Goal 86'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 59,661
Referee: Michael Oliver ( Northumberland)
Millwall
Scunthorpe United
GK 1 David Forde
RB 7 Alan Dunne
CB 15 Tony Craig YC 83'
CB 6 Zak Whitbread
LB 3 Andy Frampton Substituted off 90'
RM 10 Lewis Grabban Substituted off 63'
CM 32 Adam Bolder
CM 26 Nadjim Abdou Substituted off 46'
LM 21 David Martin
CF 9 Neil Harris
CF 8 Gary Alexander
Substitutes:
GK 40 Lenny Pidgeley
DF 5 Paul Robinson Substituted in 90'
DF 16 Scott Barron
MF 12 Chris Hackett Substituted in 63'
MF 24 Marc Laird Substituted in 46'
Manager:
Kenny Jackett
GK 1 Joe Murphy
RB 6 Cliff Byrne
CB 15 David Mirfin
CB 4 Andy Crosby
LB 27 Ian Morris
RM 7 Matt Sparrow YC 16'
CM 18 Sam Togwell YC 10' Substituted off 55'
CM 17 Grant McCann
LM 16 Martyn Woolford
CF 10 Gary Hooper Substituted off 80'
CF 9 Paul Hayes
Substitutes:
GK 22 Josh Lillis
MF 8 Garry Thompson
MF 24 Andrew Wright
MF 32 Liam Trotter Substituted in 55'
FW 19 Jonathan Forte Substituted in 80'
Manager:
Nigel Adkins

Match rules:

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.

See also