2005 Football League play-offs

Football League play-offs
Season 2004–05
Champions West Ham United
Sheffield Wednesday
(League One)
Southend United
(League Two)
Matches played 15
Goals scored 29 (1.93 per match)
Biggest home win Preston 2–0 Derby
Hartlepool 2–0 Tranmere
(League One)
Tranmere 2–0 Hartlepool
(League One)
Biggest away win Ipswich 0–2 West Ham
Highest scoring Hartlepool 2–4 Sheffield Wednesday
(6 goals)
Highest attendance 70,275 – Preston v West Ham
(Championship final)
Lowest attendance 5,223 – Macclesfield v Lincoln
(League Two semi-final)
Average attendance 23,500

The Football League play-offs for the 2004–05 season will be held in May 2005, with the finals taking place at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The play-off semi-finals will be played over two legs and will contested by the teams who finish 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 will go through to the finals, with the winner of the matches gaining promotion for the following season.


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, Ipswich Town, who were aiming to return to the top flight for the first time since 2002, finished 2 points behind second placed Wigan Athletic, who in turn finished 7 points behind champions Sunderland, who returned to the top flight at the second attempt after relegation from the Premier League in 2003. Derby County who were also relegated along with Ipswich from the top flight in 2002, finished in fourth place in the table. Preston North End who have not been in the top flight since 1961, finished in fifth place. West Ham United finished 2 points behind Preston North End and were looking for a place back in the Premiership after 2 seasons outside the top division.


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3Ipswich Town 46241398556+2985
4Derby County 462210147160+1176
5Preston North End 462112136758+975
6West Ham United 462110156656+1073


First leg

14 May 2005
West Ham United 2–2 Ipswich Town
Harewood  7'
Zamora  13'
Report Walker  45' (o.g.)
Kuqi  74'
Upton Park, London
Attendance: 33,723
Referee: Uriah Rennie

15 May 2005
Preston North End 2–0 Derby County
Nugent  38'
Cresswell  90'
Deepdale, Preston
Attendance: 20,315
Referee: Andre Marriner
Second leg

18 May 2005
Ipswich Town 0–2 West Ham United
Report Zamora  61', 72'
Portman Road, Ipswich
Attendance: 30,010
Referee: Steve Dunn

West Ham United won 4–2 on aggregate.

Preston North End won 2–0 on aggregate.


League One

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3Tranmere Rovers 462213117355+1879
4Brentford 46229155760-375
5Sheffield Wednesday 461915127759+1872
6Hartlepool United 46218177666+1071


First leg

12 May 2005
Sheffield Wednesday 1–0 Brentford
McGovern  12' Report
Hillsborough, Sheffield
Attendance: 28,625
Referee: Mike Jones

13 May 2005
Hartlepool United 2–0 Tranmere Rovers
Boyd  32', 68' Report
Victoria Park, Hartlepool
Attendance: 6,604
Referee: Brian Curson
Second leg

16 May 2005
Brentford 1–2 Sheffield Wednesday
Frampton  87' Report Peacock  27'
Brunt  53'
Griffin Park, Brentford
Attendance: 10,823
Referee: Tony Leake

Sheffield Wednesday won 3–1 on aggregate.

Tranmere Rovers 2–2 Hartlepool United on aggregate. Hartlepool United won 6–5 on penalties.


29 May 2005
Hartlepool United 2–4 (a.e.t.) Sheffield Wednesday
Williams  47'
Daly  71'
Report McGovern  45'
MacLean  82' (pen.)
Whelan  94'
Talbot  120'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 59,808
Referee: Phil Crossley

League Two

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4Southend United 462212126546+1978
5Macclesfield Town 46229156049+1175
6Lincoln City 462012146447+1772
7Northampton Town 462012146251+1172


First leg

14 May 2005
Lincoln City 1–0 Macclesfield Town
McAuley  11' Report
Sincil Bank, Lincoln
Attendance: 7,032
Referee: Graham Laws

Second leg

21 May 2005
Macclesfield Town 1–1 Lincoln City
Harsley  76' Report McAuley  15'
Moss Rose, Macclesfield
Attendance: 5,223
Referee: Phil Crossley

Lincoln City won 2–1 on aggregate.

Southend United won 1–0 on aggregate.


28 May 2005
Lincoln City 0–2 (a.e.t.) Southend United
Report Eastwood  105'
Jupp  110'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 19,653
Referee: Martin Atkinson

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