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.



24 May 2009
Millwall2–3Scunthorpe United
Alexander Goal 37'39'Sparrow Goal 6'70'
Woolford Goal 86'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 59,661
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
Scunthorpe United
GK1David Forde
RB7Alan Dunne
CB15Tony CraigYC 83'
CB6Zak Whitbread
LB3Andy FramptonSubstituted off 90'
RM10Lewis GrabbanSubstituted off 63'
CM32Adam Bolder
CM26Nadjim AbdouSubstituted off 46'
LM21David Martin
CF9Neil Harris
CF8Gary Alexander
GK40Lenny Pidgeley
DF5Paul RobinsonSubstituted in 90'
DF16Scott Barron
MF12Chris HackettSubstituted in 63'
MF24Marc LairdSubstituted in 46'
Kenny Jackett
GK1Joe Murphy
RB6Cliff Byrne
CB15David Mirfin
CB4Andy Crosby
LB27Ian Morris
RM7Matt SparrowYC 16'
CM18Sam TogwellYC 10'Substituted off 55'
CM17Grant McCann
LM16Martyn Woolford
CF10Gary HooperSubstituted off 80'
CF9Paul Hayes
GK22Josh Lillis
MF8Garry Thompson
MF24Andrew Wright
MF32Liam TrotterSubstituted in 55'
FW19Jonathan Forte Substituted in 80'
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