2012 Football League Championship play-off Final

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2012 Football League Championship play-off Final
View from Wembley Way, Playoff Final 2012.jpg
Event2011–12 Football League Championship
Date19 May 2012
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchJames Tomkins (West Ham)[1]
RefereeHoward Webb[2]

The 2012 Football League Championship play-off Final was a football match contested between West Ham United and Blackpool on 19 May 2012 at Wembley Stadium to decide the third team to be promoted from the Championship to the Premier League for the 2012–13 season.[4] Under Championship play-off rules, the final is contested by the two teams which secured an aggregate victory over two-legged semi-finals.

Route to the final[edit]

The two-legged semi-finals will determine the competitors in the final.

First legs[edit]

Cardiff City0–2West Ham United
Report Collison Goal 9'41'
Attendance: 23,029
Blackpool1–0Birmingham City
Davies Goal 45' (o.g.) Report
Bloomfield Road, Blackpool
Attendance: 13,832
Referee: Mark Halsey

Second legs[edit]

West Ham United3–0Cardiff City
Nolan Goal 15'
Vaz Tê Goal 40'
Maynard Goal 90'
Attendance: 34,682
Referee: Mike Dean

West Ham United won 5–0 on aggregate.

Birmingham City2–2Blackpool
Žigić Goal 64'
Davies Goal 73'
Report Dobbie Goal 45'
M. Phillips Goal 48'
St Andrew's, Birmingham
Attendance: 28,483
Referee: Chris Foy

Blackpool won 3–2 on aggregate.



Blackpool1–2West Ham United
Ince Goal 48' Report Cole Goal 35'
Vaz Tê Goal 87'
Attendance: 78,523[3]
West Ham United
GK 1 Matt Gilks
DF 5 Neal Eardley
DF 6 Ian Evatt
DF 15 Alex Baptiste
DF 3 Stephen Crainey
MF 23 Matt Phillips
MF 16 Barry Ferguson (c)
MF 31 Ángel Martínez Substituted off 90'
FW 7 Stephen Dobbie Substituted off 90'
FW 9 Kevin Phillips Substituted off 71'
FW 36 Tom Ince
DF 20 Craig Cathcart
MF 4 Keith Southern
MF 14 Ludovic Sylvestre Substituted in 71'
MF 32 Nouha Dicko Substituted in 90'
FW 35 Roman Bednář Substituted in 90'
Ian Holloway
GK 1 Robert Green
DF 20 Guy Demel Substituted off 57'
DF 2 Winston Reid
DF 5 James Tomkins
DF 14 Matthew Taylor
MF 10 Jack Collison
MF 16 Mark Noble
MF 4 Kevin Nolan (c)
MF 32 Gary O'Neil Substituted off 53'
FW 9 Carlton Cole
FW 12 Ricardo Vaz Tê Yellow card 89'
GK 13 Stephen Henderson
DF 3 George McCartney Substituted in 53'
DF 18 Julien Faubert Substituted in 57'
MF 22 Henri Lansbury
FW 8 Nicky Maynard
Sam Allardyce

Man of the Match:
James Tomkins (West Ham United)[1]

Assistant referees:
Peter Kirkup[2]
Mike Mullarkey[2]
Fourth official:
Kevin Friend[2]
Reserve Assistant Referee:
Sian Massey[2]

Match rules:

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


Blackpool West Ham United
Total shots 14 12
Shots on target 7 4
Ball possession 52% 48%
Corner kicks 4 5
Fouls committed 6 8
Offsides 3 5
Yellow cards 0 1
Red cards 0 0

Source: BBC Sport[3]

A panorama of Wembley before the final


  1. ^ a b "Tonks' final flourish". West Ham United F.C. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Match Official Appointments". The Football League. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Fletcher, Paul (19 May 2012). "West Ham clinch Premier League return". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  4. ^ "npower Championship Play-off dates confirmed". The Football League. Archived from the original on 4 April 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2012.