1995 Football League Third Division play-off Final

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1995 Football League Third Division Play-off Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Date27 May 1995
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchBilly Stewart
RefereePaul Alcock

The 1995 Football League Third Division play-off Final was a football match played at Wembley Stadium on 27 May 1995, to determine the third and final team to gain promotion from the Third Division to the Second Division of the Football League in the 1994–95 season.

It was contested by Chesterfield, who finished third in the Third Division table, and Bury, who finished fourth. The teams reached the final by defeating Mansfield Town and Preston North End respectively in the two-legged semi-finals.

Chesterfield won the match 2–0 thanks to goals from Tony Lormor and Phil Robinson to gain promotion back to the third tier of English football five seasons after being relegated. For the club's manager, John Duncan, it was his second success with Chesterfield as a manager, having won the Fourth Division title in 1985. His counterpart, Mike Walsh, parted company with Bury less than four months later.

Route to the final[edit]

Football League Third Division
final table, leading positions
Pos Team P W D L F A Pts
1. Carlisle United 42 27 10 5 67 31 91
2. Walsall 42 24 11 7 75 40 83
3. Chesterfield 42 23 12 7 62 37 81
4. Bury 42 23 11 8 73 36 80
5. Preston North End 42 19 10 13 58 41 67
6. Mansfield Town 42 18 11 13 84 59 65

Chesterfield had finished the 1994–95 Football League season in third place in the Third Division, one place ahead of Bury. Therefore, both missed out on the two automatic promotion places and instead took part in the play-offs to determine who would join Carlisle United, and Walsall as the third promoted team.[2] On the final day of the league season, Chesterfield had the opportunity to finish second in the table and thereby clinch the final automatic promotion place but a 2–2 draw at Saltergate against Colchester United was not enough to overtake Walsall,[3] after they also drew 0–0 away to Bury.[4]

In the play-off semi-finals, Bury were paired with fifth-placed Preston North End and Chesterfield with sixth-place finishers Mansfield Town. Bury won their first leg tie 1–0 at Deepdale courtesy of a goal from David Pugh.[5] They also won the second leg by the same scoreline at Gigg Lane with Tony Rigby on the scoresheet.[6]

Chesterfield drew the first leg of their semi-final tie 1–1 at Field Mill after Robinson's opener for the visiting side was cancelled out by Stewart Hadley.[5] They then came through the second leg at Saltergate after Mansfield had forced extra-time with 10-men. Two goals from Nicky Law and further strikes from Jonathan Howard, Lormor, and Robinson ensured their progress, 6–3 on aggregate.[6]

Chesterfield Round Bury
Opponent Result Legs Semi-finals Opponent Result Legs
Mansfield Town 6–3 1–1 away; 5–2 home Preston North End 2–0 1–0 away; 1–0 home



Lormor Goal 23'
Robinson Goal 41'
Attendance: 22,814
Referee: Paul Alcock
GK 1 Billy Stewart
WB 2 Jamie Hewitt
CB 5 Darren Carr
CB 6 Nicky Law (c)
WB 3 Lee Rogers
WG 7 Phil Robinson
CM 4 Tom Curtis
CM 8 Jonathan Howard Substituted off 77'
WG 11 Des Hazel
CF 9 Tony Lormor Substituted off 85'
CF 10 Andy Morris
GK 12 Jim Brown
MF 13 Chris Perkins Substituted in 77'
FW 14 Kevin Davies Substituted in 85'
John Duncan
GK 1 Gary Kelly
WB 2 Andy Woodward
CB 5 Chris Lucketti
CB 6 Michael Jackson
WB 3 Roger Stanislaus
WG 7 Jimmy Mulligan Substituted off 61'
CM 4 Nick Daws
CM 8 Tony Rigby
WG 11 David Pugh (c)
FW 9 Mark Carter Substituted off 46'
FW 10 Phil Stant
GK 12 Lee Bracey
DF 13 Ian Hughes Substituted in 61'
FW 14 John Paskin Substituted in 46'
Mike Walsh

Match rules:

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Stewart maintains a tradition". The Independent. London. 29 May 1995. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Final 1994–95 Football League Two Table". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Chesterfield 2–2 Colchester United". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Bury 0–0 Walsall". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Preston made to pay for profligacy". The Independent. London. 15 May 1995. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Miller brings Rovers their reward". The Independent. London. 18 May 1995. Retrieved 12 March 2010.

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