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Bristol Rovers 3-1 Shrewsbury Town (26-05-2007)

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On Saturday May 26th 2007, Rovers played Shrewsbury Town in the League Two Play-Off Final. Both sides had made the play-offs due to late runs coupled with having many games in hand over the sides above them. This game was the fourth between the sides in the 2006-07 season, Rovers had 2 wins in the three games previous with the other being a draw.

MatchEdit

Shrewsbury took an early lead through Stuart Drummond's header after a well placed free kick from Neil Ashton. Rovers got back into the game thanks to a goal from Richard Walker on 21 minutes and took the lead just under 15 minutes later after a wonderful chipped goal, again from Walker.

Both sides had many more chances and as Shrewsbury players, including goalkeeper Chris MacKenzine, piled forward for a late corner, the ball dropped to Sammy Igoe who raced into Shrewsbury's half and slotted the ball home despite a valiant chase by Derek Asahmoah. Bristol Rovers were back in the third tier of English football for the first time in six years.

Bristol Rovers3-1Shrewsbury Town
Walker (21, 35)
Igoe (90)
(2-1 HT)Drummond (3)
at Wembley Stadium attendance: 61,589
Lineups
1 Steve Phillips 21 Chris MacKenzie
2 Ryan Green 2 Daniel Hall
11 Chris Carruthers 3 Neil Ashton
5 Byron Anthony 5 Richard Hope
6 Steve Elliott 12 Ben Herd Sub-off
Ball 4 Sammy Igoe 23 Marc Tierney YellowRed
Sub-off 26 Lewis Haldane 10 Derek Asahmoah
Yellow 7 Stuart Campbell 4 Stuart Drummond Ball
20 Craig Disley 24 Michael Symes Sub-off
9 Rickie Lambert 8 Kevin Langmead
Ball Ball Yellow 10 Richard Walker 9 Andrew Cooke Yellow Sub-off
Substitutes
31 Mike Green 1 Ryan Esson
32 Aaron Lescott 28 Sagi Burton Sub-on
17 Andy Sandell 18 Steven Leslie
22 Chris Lines 22 Chris Humphrey Sub-on
Sub-on 27 Sean Rigg 29 Leo Fortune-West Sub-on

TimelineEdit

  • 3 mins: Goal for Shrewsbury scored by Stuart Drummond.
  • 21 mins: Goal for Rovers scored by Richard Walker.
  • 35 mins: Goal for Rovers scored by Richard Walker.
  • 64 mins: Substitution for Rovers - Lewis Haldane replaced by Sean Rigg.
  • 69 mins: Stuart Campbell booked for Rovers - unsporting behaviour. Andrew Cooke booked for Shrewsbury - unsporting behaviour.
  • 73 mins: Substitution for Shrewsbury - Andrew Cooke replaced by Chris Humphrey.
  • 80 mins: Substitution for Shrewsbury - Michael Symes replaced by Leo Fortune-West.
  • 84 mins: Substitution for Shrewsbury - Ben Herd replaced by Sagi Burton.
  • 85 mins: Marc Tierney booked for Shrewsbury - Dissent. Richard Walker booked for Rovers - Dissent.
  • 89 mins: Marc Tierney sent off for a second bookable offences, a foul on Stuart Campbell.
  • 90 mins: Goal for Rovers scored by Sammy Igoe.

TriviaEdit

  • This was the first Football League match to be played at the new Wembley Stadium.
  • Rovers joined Premier League side Chelsea as the only two sides to have played at the Millennium Stadium and Wembley Stadium in the same season.
  • Richard Walker became the second player to have scored at the Millennium Stadium and Wembley Stadium in the same season behind Chelsea's Didier Drogba. Sammy Igoe became the third.
  • Rovers were, and remain, the club to have taken more fans to Wembley Stadium than any other (Around 40,000).
  • 61,589 is a record attendance for the fourth tier play off match.

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