Glory Days - Yorkshire’s roll call of Wembley play-off winners

Doncaster Rovers' captain Brian Stock lifts the League One Play Off trophy after beating Leeds United 1-0 at Wembley. Picture: Nick Potts/PA

Doncaster Rovers' captain Brian Stock lifts the League One Play Off trophy after beating Leeds United 1-0 at Wembley. Picture: Nick Potts/PA

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YORKSHIRE teams have sampled the highs of Wembley play-off glory on eight occasions. AQnother seven have not fared so well, leaving the record decidedly mixed overall.

Both Bradford City and Huddersfield Town have tasted promotion at the home of football on two occasions, while Rotherham United, Hull City, Doncaster Rovers and York City have also basked in the glow of play-off glory there.

Barnsley, Leeds United, Sheffield United - twice - and Middlesbrough have been not so lucky, while the Millers have also suffered play-off despair at Wembley, alongside joy.

Here is on the lowdown on the eight occasions that a White Rose side has been promoted via Wembley - two of those occasions coming at the expense of rivals from the Broad Acres in 2007-08 and 2011-12.

2013-14

May 25, 2014 - League One final: Rotherham United 2 Leyton Orient 2 (Millers won 4-3 on pens)

Doncaster Rovers' James Hayter (centre) celebrates scoring his side's winning goal against Leeds back in 2008. Picture: Nick Potts/PA.

Doncaster Rovers' James Hayter (centre) celebrates scoring his side's winning goal against Leeds back in 2008. Picture: Nick Potts/PA.

Attendance: 43,401

The Millers secured their return to the second tier by beating Leyton Orient 4-3 on penalties after an enthralling 2-2 draw in the League One play-off final.

Moses Odubajo gave Orient the lead with a brilliant 25-yard volley before his low cross set up Dean Cox to tap home.

Alex Revell stabbed home from close range to make it 2-1, before levelling with a stunning 30-yard strike - the prelude to a memorable touchline celebration from Steve Evans.

Hull City's Dean Windass celebrates scoring his side's winning goal in the 2008 Championship play-off final against Bristol City. Picture: Nick Potts/PA.

Hull City's Dean Windass celebrates scoring his side's winning goal in the 2008 Championship play-off final against Bristol City. Picture: Nick Potts/PA.

The game was decided by penalties, with the O’s 3-2 ahead in the shoot-out before Adam Collin saved penalties from Mathieu Baudry and Chris Dagnall.

Orient then looked on their way to ending a 32-year absence from the second tier after Lee Frecklington missed his spot-kick.

But with James Tavernier and Richard Smallwood both finding the net with their attempts, Collin’s heroics sealed a dramatic victory and a second successive promotion for Evans’s side.

2012-13

Bradford City captain Gary Jones (centre) and his team-mates celebrate after winning the League Two play-off trophy in 2012. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA.

Bradford City captain Gary Jones (centre) and his team-mates celebrate after winning the League Two play-off trophy in 2012. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA.

May 18, 2013 - League Two final: Bradford City 3 Northampton Town 0

Attendance: 47,127

League Cup finalists Bradford City secured promotion in their second seasonal appearance at Wembley after coasting past Northampton.

James Hanson headed the Bantams ahead and Rory McArdle nodded in Nathan Doyle’s cross to make it 2-0.

The Bantams completed a dominant opening 30 minutes and dream first period as Garry Thompson’s second assist set up Nahki Wells to score his 26th goal of the season.

City held firm after the break to secure their place in League One after a six-year absence to more than make up for the heartache of losing 5-0 to Swansea in the League Cup final back in February.

Sheffield United's goalkeeper, Steve Simonsen, slumps to the ground after missing the crucial penalty in 2012's infamous shoot-out loss to Huddersfield Town.
 Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Sheffield United's goalkeeper, Steve Simonsen, slumps to the ground after missing the crucial penalty in 2012's infamous shoot-out loss to Huddersfield Town. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

The crowd of 47,127 was the third-highest for a League Two final.

2011-12

May 26, 2012 - League One final: Huddersfield Town 0 Sheffield United 0 (aet, Huddersfield win 8-7 on penalties)

Attendance: 52,100

Huddersfield were promoted back to the second tier after an 11-year absence at the expense of Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United - for who goalkeeper Steve Simonsen missed the decisive penalty in an epic League One play-off final shoot-out.

After a goalless draw, Terriers keeper Alex Smithies, who had saved two spot-kicks, scored to make it 8-7 on penalties, before Simonsen blazed over.

Huddersfield had earlier missed their first three kicks, with Tommy Miller, Damien Johnson and Alan Lee all failing to convert, while Lee Williamson and Matthew Lowton missed for the Blades either side of Neill Collins’s successful kick.

Peter Clarke then scored for the Terriers and Andy Taylor, brought on specifically for the shoot-out with seconds left, hit the post.

The next six takers for each side all scored their kicks before Smithies, who only played after first-choice Ian Bennett failed a late fitness test on a hand injury, became the Terriers’ hero and Simonsen the villain for the Blades.

Huddersfield had the best chances in open play with Danny Ward hitting the woodwork in the second half before, late in normal time, Simonsen pulled off two fine stops to deny Clarke.

2007-08

May 24, 2008 - Championship final: Hull City 1 Bristol City 0

Attendance: 86,703.

Hull-born Dean Windass volleyed the Tigers into the Premier League for the first time in the club’s 104-year history.

The 39-year-old striker’s spectacular first-half shot from 18 yards proved to be enough.

The Robins pressed after the break, with Hull keeper Boaz Myhill saving from Lee Trundle and Michael McIndoe.

Michael Turner also blocked Trundle late on as the Tigers held on to join West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City in the top flight.

May 25, 2008 - League One final: Doncaster Rovers 1 Leeds United 0

Attendance: 75,132

The day after Hull’s triumph, James Hayter’s 48th-minute goal saw Doncaster Rovers prevail in the all-Yorkshire League One final.

Hayter’s header secured Doncaster a place in the second tier of English football for the first time in over 50 years watched by a 75,132 crowd - with around 55,000 being Leeds supporters.

Goalkeeper Casper Ankergren kept Leeds in the game with two great first-half saves from James Coppinger and Hayter.

Doncaster then took a deserved lead on 47 minutes when the unmarked Hayter headed home a Brian Stock corner from 10 yards.

Leeds, whose fans also pervaded considerable sections of the Doncaster end, surged forward and dominated possession late on but had few clear-cut chances as Rovers held on.

1995-96

May 26, 1996 - Second Division final: Bradford City 2 Notts County 0

Attendance: 39,972

Over 30,000 Bradfordians were ecstatic as the Bantams clinched their place in the second tier at the expense of Notts - on their maiden appearance at Wembley.

City fans vastly outnumbered their East Midlands counterparts, who took around 8,000 fans with Chris Kamara’s side producing a dominant display.

Bradford made the breakthrough when Carl Shutt headed back to man-of-the-match Des Hamilton, who netted with aplomb following a mazy run.

City sealed it after the break when substitute Ian Ormondroyd headed down a Richard Huxford cross and Mark Stallard rammed home form close range.

1994-95

May 28, 1995 - Second Division final: Huddersfield Town 2 Bristol Rovers 1

Attendance: 59,175.

Huddersfield Town finally won at Wembley after being runners-up in the 1928, 1930, 1938 FA Cup finals and the 1994 Football League Trophy final - in the sweetest of moments for the blue-and-white faithful.

The victory was Neil Warnock’s third triumph at the home of football, but despite his status as a Wembley talisman, the Sheffielder left Town not long after securing promotion - joining Plymouth Argyle.

Huddersfield lad Chris Billy was the hero for Town, netting the winner ten minutes from time.

It arrived after an inspired Warnock change with Iain Dunn thrown into the fray and with his first touch, he crossed to Andy Booth, whose imperious ability in the air set up Billy’s winner.

Earlier, Booth had given Town the lead in the first half with his 30th strike of an outstanding season when he headed home after good work by strike partner Ronnie Jepson.

Future Town striker Marcus Stewart soon fired Rovers level with a deft header and later hit the bar. But it was Town and Billy’s day.

1992-93

May 29, 1993 -Third Division final: York City 1 Crewe Alexandra 1 (aet, York win 5-3 on penalties).

Attendance: 22,416.

Wayne Hall was the penalty hero for York, who won the shoot-out 5-3 after the game ended was deadlocked at 1-1 after 120 minutes with Tony Canham and Jon McCarthy both hitting the woodwork for Alan Little’s side.

After a goalless 90 minutes, York - never out of the top four all season - took the lead through a Gary Swann goal in the 114th minute after good work by Paul Barnes.

However, the Minstermen suffered last-gasp anguish after Dave McKearney scored a penalty a minute before the end of time to initiate a shootout, but York had the last laugh.

McCarthy, Barnes, Canham and Nigel Pepper all netted from 12 yards for York, along with Hall, with Gareth Whalley missing for the Railwaymen with Dean Kiely producing a key moment as the basement play-off showpiece was settled for the third time in four years on penalties.

Full-back Hall netted the decisive spot-kick.

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