2006 Football League play-offs

Football League play-offs
Season 2005–06
Champions Watford
(League One)
Cheltenham Town
(League Two)
Matches played 15
Goals scored 31 (2.07 per match)
Biggest home win Grimsby 2–1 Lincoln
(League Two)
Biggest away win Crystal Palace 0–3 Watford
Highest scoring Hud'field 1–3 Barnsley
Barnsley 2–2 Swansea
(4 goals)
Highest attendance 64,736 – Leeds v Watford
(Championship final)
Lowest attendance 5,936 – Wycombe v Cheltenham
(League Two semi-final)
Average attendance 22,720

The Football League play-offs for the 2005–06 season will be held in May 2006, with the finals taking place at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for the last time. 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, Watford, who were aiming to return to the top flight for the first time since 2000, finished 9 points behind second placed Sheffield United, who in turn finished 16 points behind champions Reading, who were promoted to the top flight for the first time in the club's history. Preston North End who missed out on promotion from playoffs the season before and have not been in the top flight since 1961, finished in fourth place in the table. Leeds United who are aiming to bounce back to the Premier League at the second attempt, finished in fifth place. Crystal Palace finished 3 points behind Leeds United and were looking for a place back in the Premiership after relegation on final day of last season.


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3Watford 46221597753+2481
4Preston North End 46202065930+2980
5Leeds United 462115115738+1978
6Crystal Palace 462112146748+1975


First leg

5 May 2006
Leeds United 1–1 Preston North End
Lewis  74' Report Nugent  48'
Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 35,239
Referee: Phil Crossley

6 May 2006
Crystal Palace 0–3 Watford
Report King  46'
Young  67'
Spring  85'
Selhurst Park, London
Attendance: 22,880
Referee: Mike Jones
Second leg

8 May 2006
Preston North End 0–2 Leeds United
Report Hulse  56'
Richardson  61'
Deepdale, Preston
Attendance: 20,383
Referee: Mike Thorpe

Leeds United win 3–1 on aggregate.

9 May 2006
Watford 0–0 Crystal Palace
Vicarage Road, Watford
Attendance: 19,041
Referee: Steve Tanner

Watford won 3–0 on aggregate.


21 May 2006
Leeds United 0–3 Watford
Report DeMerit  25'
Sullivan  57' (o.g.)
Henderson  84' (pen.)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 64,736
Referee: Mike Dean

League One

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3Brentford 462016107252+2076
4Huddersfield Town 461916117259+1373
5Barnsley 461818106244+1872
6Swansea City 461817117855+2371


First leg

11 May 2006
Barnsley 0–1 Huddersfield Town
Report Taylor-Fletcher  85'
Oakwell, Barnsley
Attendance: 16,127
Referee: Keith Stroud

11 May 2006
Swansea City 1–1 Brentford
Ricketts  87' Report Tabb  29'
Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Attendance: 19,060
Referee: Paul Taylor
Second leg

14 May 2006
Brentford 0–2 Swansea City
Report Knight  8', 15'
Griffin Park, Brentford
Attendance: 10,652
Referee: Graham Laws

Swansea City won 3–1 on aggregate.

15 May 2006
Huddersfield Town 1–3 Barnsley
Worthington  65' Report Hayes  58' (pen.)
Reid  71'
Nardiello  78'
Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield
Attendance: 19,223
Referee: Chris Foy

Barnsley won 3–2 on aggregate.


League Two

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4Grimsby Town 462212126444+2078
5Cheltenham Town 461915126553+1272
6Wycombe Wanderers 461817117256+1671
7Lincoln City 461521106553+1266


First leg

13 May 2006
Lincoln City 0–1 Grimsby Town
Report Jones  22'
Sincil Bank, Lincoln
Attendance: 8,037
Referee: Lee Mason

13 May 2006
Wycombe Wanderers 1–2 Cheltenham Town
Mooney  90' Report Finnigan  43'
Guinan  75'
Adams Park, High Wycombe
Attendance: 5,936
Referee: Andy Hall
Second leg

16 May 2006
Grimsby Town 2–1 Lincoln City
Futcher  60'
Jones  82'
Report Robinson  27'
Blundell Park, Grimsby
Attendance: 8,062
Referee: Mike Dean

Grimsby Town won 3–1 on aggregate.

18 May 2006
Cheltenham Town 0–0 Wycombe Wanderers
Whaddon Road, Cheltenham
Attendance: 6,813
Referee: Nigel Miller

Cheltenham Town won 2–1 on aggregate.


28 May 2006
Cheltenham Town 1–0 Grimsby Town
Guinan  63' Report
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 29,196
Referee: Paul Taylor

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