26 May 2013

Northern Ireland Players in the Championship Play-Off Final

The Football League introduced the play-off system in 1986/87 season. The four teams who finish outside the automatic promotion places (usually those placed third to sixth) play-off over two-legged semi-finals and a final to decide who will play in the higher division the following season.

Originally the play-offs involved one team from the higher division (who finished just above the automatic relegation places, e.g. Chelsea in 1988) and three teams from the lower division. Prior to 1990 the play-off finals were played over two legs and the finalists home grounds before changing to a single match at Wembley Stadium. Between 2001 and 2006 the play-off finals were hosted by the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff as Wembley was being re-built.

The Championship Play-Off final (previously the Second Division Play-Off final until 1992 and the First Division Play-Off final from 1993-2004) is regarded as the richest single match in world football, promotion to the Premier League being valued at over £100 million to the successful team.

The following Northern Ireland players and managers have been involved in this most valuable of matches...


Year
Winners
Runners-Up
1987






1988



Chelsea

1989






1990






1991






1992



Leicester C.

1993



Leicester C.

1994






1995



Reading
(s/m/1)
1996
Leicester C.




Leicester C.
(s)



Leicester C.
(m)



1997






1998






1999
Watford




2000
Ipswich Town




2001



Preston.N.E.




Preston.N.E.

2002
Birmingham C.
(u)
Norwich C.




Norwich C.




Norwich C.
(m)
2003






2004
Crystal Palace

West Ham

Crystal Palace
(m)



2005






2006



Leeds U.
(s)
2007
Derby Co.
(u)



2008



Bristol City
(s)
2009
Burnley

Sheffield U.
(s) _
Burnley




2010



Cardiff
(u)
2011






2012
West Ham
(s)
Blackpool
(u)
2013






2014



Q.P.R.
(u)
2015

Key:
(s) appeared as substitute
(u) unused substitute
(1) number of goals scored
(m) team manager
_ sent-off

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