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League One

Play-Off Final: Preview

27 May 2018

The second of three back-to-back Play-Off Finals takes place on Sunday 27th May, when Rotherham United and Shrewsbury Town do battle for promotion from Sky Bet League One.

The Wembley Stadium showdown kicks off at 3pm, pitting the teams that finished third and fourth in the regular season up against each other with a place in the Sky Bet Championship the prize on offer.


Rotherham United
Final League Position: 4th
Points: 79
Play-Offs: Scunthorpe United 2-2 Rotherham United; Rotherham United 2-0 Scunthorpe United (4-2 aggregate)
Top Scorer: Kieffer Moore (13)

Shrewsbury Town
Final League Position: 3rd
Points: 87
Play-Offs: Charlton Athletic 0-1 Shrewsbury Town; Shrewsbury Town 1-0 Charlton Athletic (2-0 aggregate)
Top Scorer: Stefan Payne (11)


Rotherham United had an up and down start to the campaign, but the goals of Ipswich Town loanee Kieffer Moore ensured they remained towards the right end of the League One table.

When Moore moved on in January, Michael Smith filled the void up front, with star turns from the likes of Joe Newell and Will Vaulks, among others, helping to secure a comfortable fourth place finish.

The story of the season? Shrewsbury Town were transformed from relegation favourites to title contenders. They started the campaign by going 15 games unbeaten, eventually finishing third behind Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers.

Jon Nolan was the standout player, named in the League One Team of the Season for his sublime displays at the heart of the Shrews’ midfield, while defender Omar Beckles joined his teammate in the select XI.


Two away wins this season, with 10-man Shrewsbury taking three points back from Yorkshire in November, courtesy of Stefan Payne’s last-minute winner.

That fixture finished 2-1 to Shrewsbury, but it was Rotherham’s turn to claim a one-goal victory in February. Captain Richard Wood grabbed the only goal at Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Over the years, the Shropshire outfit have the stronger record, but they have met once at Wembley before – a 1996 Trophy Final which was won by Rotherham United.


Two great friends come together this afternoon, with Paul Warne and Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst firmly in the bracket of Rotherham legends.

Warne, a former player and in the role of fitness coach until last year, was hesitant to take charge on a full-time basis after stepping in as caretaker.

However, he did, and he’s transformed the fortunes after the club’s disastrous Championship campaign last year – the Millers now stand on the brink of an immediate return to the second tier.

As for Hurst, he played more than 500 games for Rotherham during a 15-year spell, but his sights are only on completing a remarkable job with Shrewsbury Town.

After promotion with Grimsby Town, Hurst took over the League One strugglers who have since been a revelation, and they are just one game away from a place in English football’s second tier for the first time since 1989.


Robert Jones will referee the Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final. Click here to see the match officials selected for duty.

Faryl Smith will be singing the National Anthem prior to kick-off.

The Sky Bet League One Final will be screened live on Sky Sports Football.

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