You don't get to Play-Off finals without having to put in exceptional levels of mental and physical effort, so in Swindon Town and Millwall I believe we have two very worthy League 1 finalists. These two sides have worked their socks off to reach Wembley.
I'll start with Millwall who disposed of a very talented Huddersfield Town with relative ease over two legs, thanks in my view to a lethal combination of skill and endeavour. Lee Clark's side just never got the chance to show how good they were over two legs because the south Londoners did not give them a moment's peace. They were like an army of ants, especially at the New Den in front of their passionate home fans.
The first leg could have gone either way but there is no question that Millwall's display this week meant they deserved to progress. All over the pitch from minute one to minute 90 they harried and hassled, they were half a yard sharper all the time. Buoyed by a seriously hostile crowd they simply had too much desire for Huddersfield to cope with.
I have to say that in Steve Morison the Lions have a striker that would be a threat to anyone at the moment. He is bang in form and creating havoc every time he takes to the field. It's been an astonishing debut season in The Football League for the lad.
Kenny Jackett must take a lot of credit for Millwall's success as he proved he can get his tactics right on the big occasion. He knew Huddersfield were the better passing side so his game plan was to stifle that as much as he could, leaving Morison alone up front whenever they didn't have the ball. Kenny's lost a couple of Play-Off finals already as a Manager (once to me when I was at Barnsley!) so in many ways I think it would be nice to see him achieve promotion this time around.
I can't say I'm 100 per cent behind Millwall though because the man in the opposite dug-out, Danny Wilson, is a good friend of mine and I'd love him to celebrate too!
Danny was put through the mill during his semi-final against Charlton Athletic and will no doubt be hoping for a straightforward victory at Wembley rather than having to sit through another dramatic rollercoaster tie. Will he get one? Probably not if the history of these matches are anything to go by.
Swindon skipper Gordon Greer will have to sit out the final thanks to his red card at The Valley and there couldn't have been a more deserving dismissal all season. The tackle Greer made was reckless in the extreme, with his studs showing nastily on a needless follow through on Deon Burton. You have to wonder what he was thinking.
Gordon's red mist moment showed he was probably a little too wound up to do well and that's not unusual. It's good in many ways to be hyped up to some extent but you have to keep your feelings under control. He stepped over the line and has had to pay a heavy price.
Thankfully Danny Wilson is a very level headed guy. I'm sure he was jumping through hoops inside after their penalty shoot-out win but his exterior was coolness personified. I'm convinced he does that so that his assuredness rubs off on his talented young players and in general it seems to do so more often than not. Expect more of the same from Danny on May 29.
This final is a fascinating match up. The two sides have youthfulness in abundance, bravery all over the pitch, talented forwards and astute managers. I really wouldn't like to call it.
Let's hope it produces another Football League Play-Off final we'll never forget…