2010 Football League Championship play-off final

2010 Football League Championship play-off Final
Event 2009–10 Football League Championship
Date 22 May 2010
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Man of the Match Keith Southern (Blackpool)
Referee Andre Marriner (West Midlands)
Attendance 82,244
Weather Sunny, 28 °C (82 °F)

The 2010 Football League Championship play-off Final was a football match played at Wembley Stadium in London on 22 May 2010 to decide the third team to be promoted from The Championship to the Premier League for the 2010–11 season.

The culmination of the 2010 Football League Championship play-offs saw Blackpool beat Cardiff City to earn promotion alongside the Championship champions Newcastle United and runners-up West Bromwich Albion. In the match, Blackpool twice came back from going a goal behind, before taking the lead for the first time just before half-time.[1] With no score from either team in the second half, the final result was 3–2 to Blackpool in normal time.[2]

Blackpool entered the play-offs having finished sixth in the 2009–10 Football League Championship, bottom of the play-off places, while Cardiff finished two places above in fourth. Blackpool reached the play-off final after a 6–4 aggregate semi-final victory over third-place finishers Nottingham Forest, while Cardiff in their semi-final beat fifth-placed Leicester City by virtue of a penalty shoot-out.

As a consequence of winning promotion, Blackpool's Bloomfield Road stadium, which has a capacity of just over 16,000, became the smallest stadium to host Premier League football. It also meant Blackpool returned to the top flight of English League football for the first time since the 1970–71 season, when they spent one season in the old First Division, finishing bottom.

Route to the Final

First leg

8 May 2010
12:45 BST
Blackpool 2 – 1 Nottingham Forest
Southern Goal 26'
Adam Goal 57' (pen.)
Report Cohen Goal 13'
Bloomfield Road, Blackpool
Attendance: 11,805
Referee: Phil Dowd

9 May 2010
13:15 BST
Leicester City 0 – 1 Cardiff City
Report Whittingham Goal 73'
Walkers Stadium, Leicester
Attendance: 29,165
Referee: Alan Wiley

Second leg

11 May 2010
19:45 BST
Nottingham Forest 3 – 4 Blackpool
Earnshaw Goal 7'66'
Adebola Goal 90+2'
Report Campbell Goal 56'76'79'
Dobbie Goal 72'
City Ground, Nottingham
Attendance: 28,358
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Blackpool won 6–4 on aggregate.

12 May 2010
19:45 BST
Cardiff City 2 – 3
Leicester City
Chopra Goal 21'
Whittingham Goal 69' (pen.)
Report Fryatt Goal 25'
Hudson Goal 36' (o.g.)
King Goal 49'
Chopra Penalty scored
McCormack Penalty scored
Ledley Penalty scored
Kennedy Penalty scored
4 – 3 Penalty scored Berner
Penalty scored Howard
Penalty scored Solano
Penalty missed Kermorgant
Penalty missed Waghorn
Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 26,033
Referee: Howard Webb

Cardiff City 3–3 Leicester City on aggregate. Cardiff City won 4–3 on penalties.

Match details

22 May 2010
15:00 BST
Blackpool England 3 – 2 Wales Cardiff City
Adam Goal 13'
Taylor-Fletcher Goal 39'
Ormerod Goal 45+1'
Report Chopra Goal 9'
Ledley Goal 36'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 82,244
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)
Cardiff City
GK 21 England Matthew Gilks
RB 31 Republic of Ireland Séamus Coleman
CB 15 England Alex Baptiste
CB 6 England Ian Evatt
LB 3 Scotland Stephen Crainey
RM 11 Wales David Vaughan Substituted off 90+2'
CM 4 England Keith Southern
LM 26 Scotland Charlie Adam (c)
RW 19 England D. J. Campbell
LW 10 England Brett Ormerod Substituted off 60'
CF 12 England Gary Taylor-Fletcher Substituted off 53'
GK 1 England Paul Rachubka
DF 24 Wales Rob Edwards
MF 29 Scotland Barry Bannan Substituted in 90+2'
FW 7 Republic of Ireland Billy Clarke
FW 9 Republic of Ireland Ben Burgess Substituted in 53'
FW 18 Jamaica Jason Euell
FW 33 Scotland Stephen Dobbie Substituted in 60'
England Ian Holloway
GK 1 Scotland David Marshall
RB 2 Scotland Kevin McNaughton Substituted off 74'
CB 5 England Mark Hudson (c)
CB 23 Wales Darcy Blake
LB 3 Republic of Ireland Mark Kennedy
RM 11 Scotland Chris Burke Substituted off 58'
CM 10 Republic of Ireland Stephen McPhail
CM 16 Wales Joe Ledley
LM 7 England Peter Whittingham
CF 9 England Jay Bothroyd Substituted off 15'
CF 8 England Michael Chopra
GK 20 Finland Peter Enckelman
DF 12 Northern Ireland Tony Capaldi
DF 14 Scotland Paul Quinn
DF 15 England Anthony Gerrard Substituted in 74'
MF 17 Nigeria Kelvin Etuhu Substituted in 15'
MF 28 England Aaron Wildig
FW 44 Scotland Ross McCormack Substituted in 58'
England Dave Jones



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


Blackpool Cardiff
Total shots 12 11
Shots on target 6 5
Ball possession 56% 44%
Corner kicks 5 6
Fouls committed 13 6
Offsides 2 3
Yellow cards 3 3
Red cards 0 0

Source: BBC Sport[2]


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