Another date in years past highlighting football memories. I must note that being at the end of May…. A lot of playoff games feature and there have been more that have taken place on this date. The games covered are those that were the most entertaining/dramatic.
- 1969 – Inter Cities Fairs Cup Final 1st leg
Newcastle United built up a 1st leg cushion winning 3-0 at St James Park against Ujpesti Dozsa. All the goals were in the 2nd half with Moncur netting twice and Scott adding a 3rd. The Magpies went on to win the away leg 3-2 and therefore clinch their one and only European trophy.
- 1993 – Scottish Cup Final
Murray and Hateley scored Rangers goals as they clinched the Scottish Cup for a 26th time. Richardson replied late on for Aberdeen.
- 2000 – First Division Playoff Final
Ipswich Town gained promotion back to the premier league after an eventful afternoon at Wembley. Barnsley had taken the lead after an unlucky own goal by Richard Wright. However Mowbray equalized and the teams went in level at the break. The 2nd half started with the blues on top and goals from Naylor and Stewart put them a step closer to the top flight. However, a Hignett penalty for the tykes with 12 minutes remaining made it a nervous finale. But Ipswich weren’t to be denied and as Reuser sealed premier league football for the tractor boys in the 90th minute.
- 2005 – League One Playoff Final
Favourites Sheffield Wednesday took the lead on the stroke of half time as they looked to seal a return to the Championship. Drama insued as the monkey hangers equalized through Williams early after the break and then with 19 minutes remaining took the lead thanks to a goal from Daly. With time ticking by MacLean leveled from the spot for Wednesday and the game was headed for extra time. The Yorkshire club took the lead in the 94th minute through Whelan and Talbot added a last gasp 4th to seal promotion for Wednesday after a 4-2 victory.
- 2011 – League One Playoff Final
Peterborough United were the victors at Old Trafford after a 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town. All the goals came within the final 12 minutes from Rowe, Mackail-Smith and McCann as the Posh made an immediate return to the Championship.
Please share your memories in the comments below. Maybe you were at one of these games?