Play-off Results

The complete results for play-offs in divisions involving Reading are as follows:

    1986-87  D1/D2 PO    Ipswich Town       0/1    Charlton Ath*      0/2
                         Leeds Utd          1/1    Oldham Athletic    0/2
                         Charlton Ath*    1/0/2    Leeds Utd        0/1/1  (aet)
             D2/D3 PO    Gillingham         3/3    Sunderland*        2/4  (aet)
                         Wigan Athletic     2/0    Swindon Town       3/0
                         Gillingham       1/1/0    Swindon Town     0/2/2
    1987-88  D1/D2 PO    Blackburn Rov      0/1    Chelsea*           2/4
                         Bradford City      2/0    Middlesbrough      1/2
                         Middlesbrough      2/0    Chelsea*           0/1
             D2/D3 PO    Bristol City       1/1    Sheffield Utd*     0/1
                         Notts County       1/1    Walsall            3/1
                         Bristol City     1/2/0    Walsall          3/0/4
    1988-89  D3 PO       Preston NE         1/1    Port Vale          1/3
                         Bristol Rovers     1/4    Fulham             0/0
                         Bristol Rovers     1/0    Port Vale          1/1
    1989-90  D3 PO       Bolton Wand        1/0    Notts County       1/2
                         Bury               0/0    Tranmere Rov       0/2
                         Notts County         2    Tranmere Rov         0
    1990-91  D3 PO       Bury               1/0    Bolton Wand        1/1
                         Brentford          2/0    Tranmere Rov       2/1
                         Bolton Wand          0    Tranmere Rov         1  (aet)
    1991-92  D3 PO       Peterborough U     2/2    Huddersfield T     2/1
                         Stockport Co       1/1    Stoke City         0/1
                         Peterborough U       2    Stockport Co         1
    1992-93  D2 PO       Stockport Co       1/0    Port Vale          1/1
                         Swansea City       2/0    West Bromwich A    1/2
                         Port Vale            0    West Bromwich A      3
    1993-94  D2 PO       Burnley            0/3    Plymouth Arg       0/1
                         York City          0/0    Stockport Co       0/1
                         Burnley              2    Stockport Co         1
    1994-95  D1 PO       Tranmere Rov       1/0    READING            3/0
                         Wolverhampton W    2/0    Bolton Wand        1/2  (aet)
                         READING              3    Bolton Wand          4  (aet)
    1995-96  D1 PO       Charlton Ath       1/0    Crystal Palace     2/1
                         Leicester City     0/1    Stoke City         0/0
                         Crystal Palace       1    Leicester City       2  (aet)
    1996-97  D1 PO       Crystal Palace     3/1    Wolverhampton W    1/2
                         Sheffield Utd      1/2    Ipswich Town       1/2  (aet)
                         Crystal Palace       1    Sheffield Utd        0
    1997-98  D1 PO       Sheffield Utd      2/0    Sunderland         1/2
                         Ipswich Town       0/0    Charlton Ath       1/1
                         Sunderland           4    Charlton Ath         4  (aet, pens 6-7)
    1998-99  D2 PO       Wigan Athletic     1/0    Manchester C       1/1
                         Preston NE         1/0    Gillingham         1/1
                         Manchester C         2    Gillingham           2  (aet, pens 3-1)
    1999-00  D2 PO       Stoke City         3/0    Gillingham         2/3
                         Millwall           0/0    Wigan Athletic     0/1
                         Gillingham           3    Wigan Athletic       2  (aet)
    2000-01  D2 PO       Wigan Athletic     0/1    READING            0/2
                         Stoke City         0/1    Walsall            0/4
                         READING              2    Walsall              3  (aet)
    2001-02  D2 PO       Huddersfield T     0/1    Brentford          0/2
                         Stoke City         1/2    Cardiff City       2/0
                         Brentford            0    Stoke City           2
    2002-03  D1 PO       Nottingham F       1/3    Sheffield Utd      1/4  (aet)
                         Wolverhampton W    2/1    READING            1/0
                         Sheffield Utd        0    Wolverhampton W      3
    2003-04  D1 PO       Crystal Palace     3/1    Sunderland         2/2  (aet, pens 4-5)
                         Ipswich Town       1/0    West Ham Utd       0/2
                         Crystal Palace       1    West Ham Utd         0
    2004-05  FLC PO      West Ham Utd       2/2    Ipswich Town       2/0
                         Preston NE         2/0    Derby County       0/0
                         West Ham Utd         1    Preston NE           0
    2005-06  FLC PO      Crystal Palace     0/0    Watford            3/0
                         Leeds Utd          1/2    Preston NE         1/0
                         Watford              3    Leeds Utd            0
    2008-09  FLC PO      Preston NE         1/0    Sheffield Utd      1/1
                         Burnley            1/2    READING            0/0
                         Sheffield Utd        0    Burnley              1
    2009-10  FLC PO      Blackpool          2/4    Nottingham F       1/3
                         Leicester City     0/3    Cardiff City       1/2  (aet, pens 3-4)
                         Blackpool            3    Cardiff City         2
    2010-11  FLC PO      Nottingham F       0/1    Swansea City       0/3
                         READING            0/3    Cardiff City       0/0
                         Swansea City         4    READING              2
    2011-12  FLC PO      Cardiff City       0/0    West Ham Utd       2/3
                         Blackpool          1/2    Birmingham C       0/2
                         West Ham Utd         2    Blackpool            1
    2013-14  FLC PO      Brighton & HA      1/1    Derby County       2/4
                         Wigan Athletic     0/1    Queens Park Rang   0/2  (aet)
                         Derby County         0    Queens Park Rang     1
    2014-15  FLC PO      Brentford          1/0    Middlesbrough      2/3
                         Ipswich Town       1/1    Norwich City       1/3
                         Middlesbrough        0    Norwich City         2
    2015-16  FLC PO      Sheffield Wed      2/1    Brighton & HA      0/1
                         Derby County       0/2    Hull City          3/0
                         Sheffield Wed        0    Hull City            1
    2016-17  FLC PO      Fulham             1/0    READING            1/1
                         Huddersfield T     0/1    Sheffield Wed      0/1  aet, pens 4-3
                         READING              0    Huddersfield T       0  aet, pens 3-4
    2016-17  FLC PO      Derby County       1/0    Fulham             0/2
                         Middlesbrough      0/0    Aston Villa        1/0
                         Fulham               1    Aston Villa          0

Note that for the first couple of seasons one team from the higher division (marked with an asterisk) played off against three teams from the lower division. The present format of four teams from the lower division playing off for a single promotion place was introduced in 1988-89. The following season saw the introduction of a one-off final at Wembley or the Millennium Stadium. Previously the final was contested over two legs, with a replay if necessary. The rules on away goals have varied over the years.

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