Millwall face Swindon Town for a place in the Championship, when the Coca-Cola League 1 Play-Off Final takes place at Wembley on Saturday.

It is the second year in succession that the Lions have reached the final but will be looking to put last year's disappointment, when they lost out to Scunthorpe United, behind them.

They were 2-1 up at Wembley last season thanks to two goals from Gary Alexander but a second goal from Matt Sparrow and another from Martyn Woolford sent the Iron up. After coming so close last season Millwall have pushed on and were only one point off automatic promotion this time around and Manager Kenny Jackett is confident his side can finally secure their place in the Championship:

"It is a fantastic opportunity, but let's be fair: we've been knocking on the door for a couple of years now," Jackett told the Southwark News. "It's not as if it's something that's crept up on us, so we just want to finish off a very good season with a win on Saturday.

"We think we've improved as a club in all areas as we've gone along, and we want to keep improving if we possibly can. We work very hard at that, from the players and the staff to the board of directors and the chairman.

"It's now a very stable club and very well run from my own point of view, as the Manager," he added. "You always want to take a club as high as you can and do as well as you possibly can, because you want to keep progressing.

"We have to focus on what we do well at and work at plans in and out of possession - and stick to them," he added. "If we do them as well as we can and get those things right, then they will take you to good performances and they take you to good results.

"There's always a bit of luck needed along the way, but generally the harder you work and the better you play, the luckier you get."

Danny Wilson knows all about playing at Wembley, having been there with Luton Town and Sheffield Wednesday, as a player, and while he's keen to keep his player's feet on the ground he also wants them to appreciate and enjoy the occasion as he told Swindon Player:

"We're trying to keep it a little bit low key although there should be some excitement to it because you've got to understand this is a boyhood dream for a lot of players and me as well, it's absolutely terrific.

"I think you have got to remember it and remember all the good things about it but really we have got a job to do and we can't be too giddy and take away the focus of what we are going there for in the first place.

"The build up will be the same as it has been for other games generally other than on Friday we'll go up there and have a look around the stadium, do all that the day before rather than it being a sightseeing experience on Saturday, so we can concentrate on the game then."


This will be the 92nd meeting between the two sides, the first of which came way back in 1920 when both sides were in the old Division 3. Both matches saw five goals scored, starting with Millwall's 5-0 win on November 6th. Just seven days they met again this time at the County Ground where the Robins ran out 4-1 winners.

This season Millwall had the edge after securing a 1-1 draw at Swindon back in October. A goal from Danny Schofield, just eight minutes from time, cancelled out Scott Cuthbert's early opener. The return match at the New Den took place on the final day of the normal season and the home side ran out 3-2 winners, thanks largely to a brace from Steve Morison. His first goal came from the penalty spot on 14, equalising Danny Ward's goal after just three minutes. Gordon Greer then put through his own net to give the Lions the lead before Morison added a third. Billy Paynter did pull a goal back for Wilson's side, with just five minutes to go, but they couldn't find the equaliser.

Millwall have won 35 of the meetings, with Swindon having tasted victory 29 times and 27 games have ended all square.


Millwall don't have the best of records in the Play-Offs, they will be hoping this could be sixth time lucky, while Swindon have won promotion via the Play-Offs twice.

The Lions' first experience came in 1991 when they lost out in the semi-finals to Brighton & Hove Albion. A 4-1 away defeat was followed by a 2-1 defeat at the Den, giving Albion a 6-2 aggregate win.

They were beaten again in the semi-finals in1994, going out to Derby County. They lost 2-0 in the first leg before going down 3-1 to lose the tie 5-1 on aggregate.

In 2000 they were beaten at the same stage again, this time losing out 1-0 to Wigan Athletic who went on to be beaten by Gillingham in the final.

Two years later there was even more heartbreak when they failed to reach the final again, losing 2-1 on aggregate to Birmingham City, despite drawing 1-1 at St Andrew's in the first-leg.

Their only other experience came last season when they beat Leeds United in the semi-finals before losing out to Scunthorpe, so they bettered their previous form last season, can they do the same again this weekend and win promotion?

Swindon won promotion via the first ever Play-Offs in 1987 and were the second team to win promotion to the Premier League, via the Play-Offs, in 1993. They beat Leicester City 4-3 in the final, thanks to an 85th minute penalty from Paul Bodin. They only lasted one season in the top flight and that remains their only season there to date.

At the end of the 2003/04 season they lost out in the Play-Off semi-finals after finishing fifth in League 1. They lost to Brighton on penalties, after drawing 2-2 on aggregate, after extra time.

Both Manager's though do have experience of promotion. Jackett won two with Watford, when he was Assistant to Graham Taylor, and another as second in command to Ian Holloway at Queens Park Rangers.

He won his first promotion as Manager in 2004 when he guided Swansea City to League 1 when they finished third in the Coca-Cola League 2.

One surprise is that he has only previously experienced the Play-Offs once, when Swansea lost the League 1 Final to Barnsley on penalties, at the Millennium Stadium. What is strange is that they beat Huddersfield Town in the semi's, just as Millwall have done this time around.

Wilson achieved promotion with Barnsley, when he took them up into the Premier League in 1997, when they finished runners up to Bolton Wanderers. He has also been in the Play-Offs twice before as Manager of Bristol City.

In 2003 the Robins lost out to Cardiff City in the semi-finals as they lost 1-0 on aggregate but a year later they went one better and reached the final, only to be beaten by Brighton. Leon Knight scored the only goal of the game, in Cardiff, from the penalty spot with just six minutes to go.


Swindon skipper Gordon Greer will miss the final, after he was sent off in their semi-final win over Charlton Athletic but Town have received good news regarding injury worries David Lucas and Billy Paynter.

Lucas suffered a shoulder injury after just a minute of the match at The Valley but returned to full training at the start of the week.

Paynter missed the first leg of the semi-finals with a hamstring strain before being substituted after 64 minutes of the second leg but he's also back in full training and available for selection.

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