There can only be one winner when Bradford City and Millwall go head-to-head in the Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final at Wembley.Whichever team emerges victorious will feel the immeasurable highs of promotion on the grandest stage. For the losing side; agony. These two have experienced both over the years.
Bradford triumphed at Wembley in 2013, winning the League Two Play-Off Final 3-0 against Northampton Town. It was many years earlier that they tasted post-season success for the first time, however.
In 1996, Chris Kamara took over the reins at Valley Parade from Lennie Lawrence, turning around the Bantams’ season and securing a play-off spot on the final day.
After overcoming Blackpool in an epic two-legged semi-final, Notts County were the opponents for a place in English football’s second tier.
Bradford ran out 2-0 winners, thanks to two first-half goals. The first came from teenage midfielder Des Hamilton, and Mark Stallard’s close-range finish completed the job.
Millwall have had mixed success over the years, and last year’s defeat to Barnsley will no doubt still be fresh in the minds of many at the club.
But for some — boss Neil Harris, along with Tony Craig, Jimmy Abdou and Steve Morison — they can look back more fondly on the 2009/10 campaign.
After a 2-0 aggregate success over Huddersfield Town, in which centre-back Paul Robinson scored one of the goals, it was Swindon Town who stood in the way of promotion in the final.
One goal was all it took. Robinson was a hero again, heading home five minutes before the break to seal the Lions’ place in the Championship.
The 2017 Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final will be shown live on Sky Sports on Saturday 20th May, with kick-off at 3pm.