2009 Football League Championship play-off Final

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2009 Football League Championship play-off Final
Event 2008–09 Football League Championship
Date 25 May 2009
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Mike Dean
Attendance 80,518
Weather Sunny

The 2009 Football League Championship play-off Final was a football match played at Wembley Stadium on 25 May 2009, at the end of the 2008–09 season. The match determined the third and final team to gain promotion from the Championship to the Premier League, and was contested by Sheffield United, who finished third during the league season, and Burnley, who finished fifth. The teams reached the final by defeating Preston North End and Reading respectively in the two-legged semi-finals. Burnley won the match 1–0, Wade Elliott scoring the only goal of the game.

Match details[edit]

Burnley 1–0 Sheffield United
Elliott Goal 13' Report
Attendance: 80,518
Referee: Mike Dean (Cheshire)
Sheffield United
GK 12 Brian Jensen
RB 4 Michael Duff
CB 5 Clarke Carlisle Yellow card 23'
CB 6 Steven Caldwell
LB 3 Christian Kalvenes Yellow card 90'
RM 11 Wade Elliott
CM 2 Graham Alexander
CM 16 Chris McCann Substituted off 27'
LM 20 Robbie Blake Substituted off 69'
CF 30 Steven Thompson Substituted off 72'
CF 10 Martin Paterson
GK 1 Diego Penny
MF 7 Kevin McDonald
MF 8 Joey Guðjónsson Substituted in 27'
MF 33 Chris Eagles Substituted in 69'
FW 19 Jay Rodriguez Substituted in 72'
Owen Coyle
GK 1 Paddy Kenny
RB 34 Kyle Walker
CB 5 Chris Morgan
CB 6 Matthew Kilgallon
LB 30 Kyle Naughton
DM 17 Nick Montgomery
RM 4 David Cotterill Substituted off 58'
CM 20 Brian Howard Substituted off 82'
CM 28 Stephen Quinn Substituted off 85'
LM 2 Greg Halford
CF 19 Craig Beattie
GK 13 Ian Bennett
DF 32 Leigh Bromby
MF 11 Lee Hendrie Substituted in 85' Yellow cardYellow cardYellow cardRed card
FW 9 Arturo Lupoli Yellow card 90+5' Substituted in 82'
FW 18 Jamie Ward Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 75', 79' Substituted in 58'
Kevin Blackwell

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.


Burnley Sheffield United
Total shots 11 11
Shots on target 5 9
Ball possession 44% 56%
Corner kicks 9 3
Fouls committed 12 12
Offsides 1 1
Yellow cards 2 5
Red cards 0 2

Source: ESPN[1]

  • Lee Hendrie (Sheffield United) was sent off after the final whistle for swearing at and pushing referee Mike Dean. Jamie Ward was also sent off in the second half (79 minutes) after two blatant handballs in quick succession. A yellow card was given for each offence.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Elliott super-strike sends Clarets up". ESPN Soccernet. 25 May 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2012.