10 memorable play-off moments

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The EFL play-off finals will be played this weekend at Wembley as the English domestic season reaches its traditional, nail-biting conclusion.

Here Press Association Sport looks back at 10 of the most memorable moments.

FOURTH DIVISION PLAY-OFF FINAL, 1987: Aldershot 3 Wolves 0 (on aggregate)

Graham Turner
Graham Turner’s Wolves were well beaten by Aldershot (Matthew Ashton/EMPICS)

SECOND DIVISION FINAL, 1990: Sunderland 0 Swindon 1

Swindon are the only team to win a play-off final – and get relegated (Andrew Matthews/PA)

FIRST DIVISION PLAY-OFF FINAL, 1993: Leicester 3 Swindon 4

Paul Bodin
Paul Bodin sealed Swindon’s place in the top flight (Paul Marriott/EMPICS)

FIRST DIVISION PLAY-OFF FINAL, 1995: Bolton 4 Reading 3

Stuart Lovell

Stuart Lovell’s missed penalty after 34 minutes proved crucial as Bolton struck back to clinch victory in extra-time. Reading dominated the early stages and led 3-0 but Lovell’s miss changed the course of the game. Owen Coyle and Fabian de Freitas pulled Bolton level and Mixu Paatelainen gave the Trotters the lead in extra-time. De Freitas’ second effectively sealed Bolton’s win before shell-shocked Reading grabbed a late consolation.

FIRST DIVISION PLAY-OFF FINAL, 1998: Charlton 4 Sunderland 4 (Charlton 7-6 pens)

Clive Mendonca
Sunderland fan Clive Mendonca scored a stunning hat-trick (Adam Butler/PA)


Nicky Weaver
Nicky Weaver’s heroics sealed promotion for Manchester City (David Rawcliffe/EMPICS)

CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF FINAL 2008: Bristol City 0 Hull 1

Dean Windass
Dean Windass secured Hull’s historic promotion (Nick Potts/PA)

LEAGUE ONE PLAY-OFF FINAL, 2014: Leyton Orient 2 Rotherham 2 (Rotherham 4-3 pens)

Soccer – Sky Bet League One – Play Off – Final – Leyton Orient v Rotherham United – Wembley Stadium
Alex Revell struck a spectacular goal for Rotherham (Nigel French/EMPICS)

LEAGUE TWO PLAY-OFF FINAL 2016: Wimbledon 2 Plymouth 0

Adebayo Akinfenwa
Wimbledon’s play-off final win secured their sixth promotion (Mike Egerton/PA)

CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF FINAL 2017: Huddersfield 0 Reading 0 (Huddersfield 4-3 penalties)

Christopher Schindler
Christopher Schindler’s penalty sent Huddersfield back into the top-flight (Mike Egerton/PA)

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