1998 Football League First Division play-off Final
|Charlton won 7–6 on penalties|
|Date||25 May 1998|
|Venue||Wembley Stadium, London|
The 1998 Football League First Division play-off Final was a football match played at Wembley Stadium, London on 25 May 1998 at the end of the 1997–98 season. The match determined the third and final team to gain promotion from First Division to the Premiership, and was contested by Charlton Athletic, who finished 4th during the league season, and Sunderland, who finished 3rd. The teams reached the final by defeating Ipswich Town and Sheffield United respectively in the two-legged semi-finals.
The match was eventually won by Charlton on penalties after a dramatic match that ended 3-3 after normal time and 4-4 after extra time. Michael Gray missed the crucial penalty that sent Charlton into the Premiership.
Route to the final
- First leg
|Sheffield United||2 – 1||Sunderland|
|Ipswich Town||0 – 1||Charlton Athletic|
|Report||Clapham 12' (o.g.)|
- Second leg
|Sunderland||2 – 0||Sheffield United|
|Marker 21' (o.g.)
Sunderland won 3–2 on aggregate.
|Charlton Athletic||1 – 0||Ipswich Town|
Charlton Athletic won 2–0 on aggregate.
|Charlton Athletic||4–4 (a.e.t.)||Sunderland|
|Mendonca 23', 71', 103'
|Report||Quinn 50', 73'