Fantastic Five: Week 5

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The Championship Play-Offs ended the season in dramatic fashion with a 3-2 victory for Blackpool over Cardiff.

We look at the most memorable Play-Off wins:

5. Charlton Athletic 4 Sunderland 4 (7-6 penalties) (1998).

With both teams knocking them in throughout the game, and both scoring in extra time, this nail-biter went through to penalties where Sunderland eventually prevailed.

4. Swindon 1 Sunderland 0 (1990).

A game which, on face value, will not go down as one to remember. Interesting to note though that after successful prosecutions against Swindon for 36 breaches of league rules, they were denied their promotion place and Sunderland were promoted. Just goes to show that crime doesn’t pay.

3. Swindon 4 Leicester City 3 (1993).

Another goal-fest with big names such as Hoddle making the score sheet. The winner, befitting the occasion, came from a much protested penalty in the 85th minute and made this an occassion that Leicester fans still regret to this day.

2. Blackpool 3 Cardiff 2 (2010).

This most recent final reminded us why we love the Championship so much. A frenetic first half saw Blackpool go behind twice and come back to level before Ormerod scored in added time. Cardiff valiantly tried to regain the lead but between the woodwork and some stout defending, it was not to be and Blackpool made their way back into the big time.

1. Bolton Wanderers 4 Reading 3 (1995).

A heart breaking match for Royals fans but one of great value for the neutral spectator. Despite gaining a two goal lead in the first half thanks to Nogan and Williams, Reading let it slip and ended up going to extra time. Two goals from Bolton in this period deflated the Berkshire side with a defiant last-minute goal from Quinn proving little consolation for the dejected Royals. For Bolton, however, including present manager Owen Coyle, who was amongst the goalscorers