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Football League play-offs
2012–13
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Season information
Winners Crystal Palace
(Championship)
Yeovil Town
(League One)
Bradford City
(League Two)
Season statistics
Matches played 15
Goals scored 36
Biggest home win Watford 3–1 Leicester
(Championship)
Biggest away win Burton 1–3 Bradford
(League Two)
Highest scoring Brentford 3–3 Swindon
(6 goals)
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The Football League play-offs for the 2012–13 season were held in May 2013 with all finals being staged at Wembley Stadium in London.

The play-off semi-finals were played over two legs, contested by the teams who finished in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place in the Football League Championship and League One and the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th-placed teams in the League Two table. The winners of the semi-finals advanced to the finals, with the winner of the final gaining promotion for the following season.

Background

The Football League play-offs have been held every year since 1987. They take place for each division following the conclusion of the regular season and are contested by the four clubs finishing below the automatic promotion places.

Championship

Main article: 2012–13 Football League Championship
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Watford 46 23 8 15 85 58 +27 77
4 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 19 18 9 69 43 +26 75
5 Crystal Palace 46 19 15 12 73 62 +11 72
6 Leicester City 46 19 11 16 71 48 +23 68

Semi-finals

First leg
9 May 2013
19:45
Leicester City 1–0 Watford King Power Stadium, Leicester
Attendance: 29,650
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Nugent Goal 82' Report
10 May 2013
19:45
Crystal Palace 0–0 Brighton & Hove Albion Selhurst Park,
Attendance: 23,294
Referee: Michael Oliver
Report

Second leg
12 May 2013
12:30
Watford 3–1 Leicester City Vicarage Road, Watford
Attendance: 16,142
Referee: Michael Oliver
Vydra Goal 15'65'
Deeney Goal 90+7'
Report Nugent Goal 19'

Watford won 3–2 on aggregate.

13 May 2013
19:45
Brighton & Hove Albion 0–2 Crystal Palace AMEX Stadium, Falmer
Attendance: 29,518
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Report Zaha Goal 69'88'

Crystal Palace won 2–0 on aggregate.


Final

Main article: 2013 Football League Championship play-off Final
27 May 2013
15:00
Crystal Palace 1–0
(a.e.t.)
Watford Wembley Stadium,
Attendance: 82,025
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Phillips Goal 105+1' (pen.) Report

League One

Main article: 2012–13 Football League One
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Brentford 46 21 16 9 62 47 +15 79
4 Yeovil Town 46 23 8 15 71 56 +15 77
5 Sheffield United 46 19 18 9 56 42 +14 75
6 Swindon Town 46 20 14 12 72 39 +33 74

Semi-finals

First leg
3 May 2013
19:45
Sheffield United 1–0 Yeovil Town Bramall Lane, Sheffield
Attendance: 15,262
Referee: Stuart Attwell
McFadzean Goal 46' Report
4 May 2013
17:20
Swindon Town 1–1 Brentford County Ground, Swindon
Attendance: 10,595
Referee: Geoff Eltrigham
Luongo Goal 70' Report O'Connor Goal 90+4' (pen.)

Second leg
6 May 2013
13:30
Yeovil Town 2–0 Sheffield United Huish Park, Yeovil
Attendance: 8,152
Referee: Phil Gibbs
Dawson Goal 6'
Upson Goal 85'
Report

Yeovil Town won 2–1 on aggregate.

6 May 2013
16:30
Brentford 3–3
(a.e.t.)
Swindon Town Griffin Park,
Attendance: 9,109
Referee: Nigel Miller
A. Rooney Goal 24' (o.g.)
Donaldson Goal 40'47'
Report A. Rooney Goal 44'
Devera Goal 57'
Flint Goal 90+5'
  Penalties  
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Missed Storey
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Brentford 4–4 Swindon Town on aggregate. Brentford won 5–4 on penalties.


Final

Main article: 2013 Football League One play-off Final
19 May 2013
13:30
Brentford 1–2 Yeovil Town Wembley Stadium,
Attendance: 41,955
Referee: Andy D'Urso
Dean Goal 51' Report Madden Goal 6'
Burn Goal 42'

League Two

Main article: 2012–13 Football League Two
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Burton Albion 46 22 10 14 71 65 +6 76
5 Cheltenham Town 46 20 15 11 58 51 +7 75
6 Northampton Town 46 21 10 15 64 55 +9 73
7 Bradford City 46 18 15 13 63 52 +11 69

Semi-finals

First leg
2 May 2013
19:45
Bradford City 2–3 Burton Albion Coral Windows Stadium, Bradford
Attendance: 14,657
Referee: James Adcock
Wells Goal 37' (pen.)
Thompson Goal 75'
Report Zola Goal 22'27'
Weir Goal 44'
2 May 2013
19:45
Northampton Town 1–0 Cheltenham Town Sixfields, Northampton
Attendance: 6,563
Referee: Mick Russell
O'Donovan Goal 26' Report

Second leg
5 May 2013
12:00
Burton Albion 1–3 Bradford City Pirelli Stadium, Burton upon Trent
Attendance: 6,148
Referee: Graham Scott
Maghoma Goal 55' (pen.) Report Wells Goal 27'57'
Hanson Goal 50'

Bradford City won 5–4 on aggregate.

5 May 2013
18:45
Cheltenham Town 0–1 Northampton Town Abbey Business Stadium, Cheltenham
Attendance: 5,955
Referee: Andy Madley
Report Guttridge Goal 28'

Northampton Town won 2–0 on aggregate.


Final

Main article: 2013 Football League Two play-off Final
18 May 2013
13:30
Bradford City 3–0 Northampton Town Wembley Stadium,
Attendance: 47,127
Referee: Keith Stroud
Hanson Goal 15'
McArdle Goal 19'
Wells Goal 28'
Report
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