1987 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season1986–87
ChampionsCharlton Athletic
(Second Division)
Swindon Town
(Third Division)
Aldershot
(Fourth Division)
Matches played20
Goals scored45 (2.25 per match)
Biggest home winAldershot 2–0 Wolves
(Fourth Division)
Biggest away winColchester 0–2 Wolves
(Fourth Division)
Highest scoringSunderland 4–3 Gillingham
(7 goals)
Highest attendance31,395 – Leeds v Charlton
(Second Division final)
Lowest attendance4,164 – Aldershot v Bolton
(Fourth Division semi-final)
Average attendance15,469
1988

The Football League play-offs for the 1986–87 season were held in May 1987, with the two-legged finals taking place at the finalists home stadiums. The play-off semi-finals were also played over two legs and were contested by the teams who finished in 3rd, 4th and 5th place in the Football League Second Division and Football League Third Division and the 4th, 5th, 6th placed teams in the Football League Fourth Division table, along with a team from the league above. The winners of the semi-finals progressed through to the finals, with the winner of these matches either gaining promotion or avoiding relegation for the following season.

Background[edit]

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. For the first three seasons the final was played over two legs but this was changed to a single match at Wembley Stadium from 1990. Additionally, for the 1986-87 and 1987-88 play-offs the semi-finals included a team from the next league who had finished above the relegation positions up, e.g. one team from the first tier and three teams from the second tier. The team from the higher division would be relegated if they failed to win the play-offs, with the play-off winner being promoted in their place.

Second Division[edit]

First Division relegation places
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
19 Charlton Athletic 42 11 11 20 45 55 –10 44
20 Leicester City 42 11 9 22 54 76 –22 42
21 Manchester City 42 8 15 19 36 57 –21 39
22 Aston Villa 42 8 12 22 45 79 –34 36
Second Division play-off places
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Oldham Athletic 42 22 9 11 65 44 +21 75
4 Leeds United 42 19 11 12 58 44 +14 68
5 Ipswich Town 42 17 13 12 59 43 +16 64

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
Leeds United1–0Oldham Athletic
Edwards Goal 89'
Attendance: 29,472
Referee: George Tyson

Ipswich Town0–0Charlton Athletic
Attendance: 18,465
Referee: Dennis Hedges
Second leg
Charlton Athletic2–1Ipswich Town
Melrose Goal 18'20' McCall Goal 85'
Attendance: 11,234

Charlton Athletic won 2–1 on aggregate.


Oldham Athletic2–1 (a.e.t.)Leeds United
Williams Goal 18'
Cecere Goal 89'
Edwards Goal 90'
Attendance: 19,216

Oldham Athletic 2–2 Leeds United on aggregate. Leeds United won on away goals.

Final[edit]

First leg
Charlton Athletic1–0Leeds United
Melrose Goal 87'
Attendance: 16,680
Referee: Roger Milford
Second leg
Leeds United1–0Charlton Athletic
Ormsby Goal 54'
Attendance: 31,395
Referee: Bob Nixon

Leeds United 1–1 Charlton Athletic on aggregate.

Replay
Charlton Athletic2–1 (a.e.t.)Leeds United
Shirtliff Goal 113'117' Sheridan Goal 99'
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Allan Gunn

Third Division[edit]

Second Division relegation places
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
20 Sunderland 42 12 12 18 49 59 –10 48
21 Grimsby Town 42 10 14 18 39 59 –20 44
22 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 9 12 21 37 54 –17 39
Third Division play-off places
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Swindon Town 46 25 12 9 77 47 +30 87
4 Wigan Athletic 46 25 10 11 83 60 +23 85
5 Gillingham 46 23 9 14 65 48 +17 78

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
Gillingham3–2Sunderland
Cascarino GoalGoalGoal Proctor GoalGoal '' (pen)
Attendance: 13,804
Referee: Brian Hill

Second leg
Sunderland4–3 (a.e.t.)Gillingham
Gates GoalGoal 21'
Bennett Goal 88'
Bertschin Goal 108'
Pritchard Goal 2'
Cascarino Goal 51'92'
Attendance: 25,470
Referee: Michael Peck

Sunderland 6–6 Gillingham on aggregate. Gillingham won on away goals.


Swindon Town0–0Wigan Athletic
Attendance: 12,485
Referee: Allan Gunn

Swindon Town won 3–2 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

First leg
Gillingham1–0Swindon Town
Smith Goal
Attendance: 16,775
Referee: Alf Buksh
Second leg
Swindon Town2–1Gillingham
Coyne Goal 61'
Henry Goal 80'
Elsey Goal 15'
Attendance: 14,382

Swindon Town 2–2 Gillingham on aggregate.

Replay
Gillingham0–2Swindon Town
White Goal 2'65'
Attendance: 18,491
Referee: John Martin

Fourth Division[edit]

Third Division relegation places
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
21 Bolton Wanderers 46 10 15 21 46 58 –12 45
22 Carlisle United 46 10 8 28 39 78 –39 38
23 Darlington 46 7 16 23 45 77 –32 37
24 Newport County 46 8 13 25 49 86 –37 37
Fourth Division play-off places
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 24 7 15 69 50 +19 79
5 Colchester United 46 21 7 18 64 56 0+8 70
6 Aldershot 46 20 10 16 64 57 0+7 70

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
Colchester United0–2Wolverhampton Wanderers
Kelly Goal 28'
Bull Goal 32'
Attendance: 4,829

Aldershot1–0Bolton Wanderers
Johnson Goal 87'
Attendance: 4,164
Second leg
Wolverhampton Wanderers0–0Colchester United
Attendance: 16,330

Wolverhampton Wanderers won 2–0 on aggregate.


Bolton Wanderers2–2 (a.e.t.)Aldershot
Caldwell Goal 50' (pen.)81' Anderson Goal
Burvill Goal
Attendance: 7,445

Aldershot won 3–2 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

First leg
Aldershot2–0Wolverhampton Wanderers
McDonald Goal 4'
Barnes Goal 47' (pen.)
Attendance: 5,069
Referee: Allan Gunn
Second leg
Wolverhampton Wanderers0–1Aldershot
Barnes Goal 81'
Attendance: 19,962
Referee: Keith Hackett

Aldershot won 3–0 on aggregate.

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