After this weekend’s clashes, MATCH looks back at ten of the most memorable play-off final goals!

10 MOHAMED DIAME

HULL CITY 1-0 SHEFF. WED.

CHAMPIONSHIP * 2016

You’ve got to feel for Keiren Westwood! The Sheff. Wed. goalkeeper managed to keep his side level with a number of saves but couldn’t keep out Mohamed Diame’s wonderstrike! The powerful midfielder’s shot nestled into the top corner and sealed The Tigers’ return to the Prem!

Play-Off Final Goals: Hull City’s French-born Senegalese midfielder Mohamed Diame celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Championship play-off final football match between Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley Stadium in London on May 28, 2016. 

9 ALEX REVELL

LEYTON ORIENT 2-2 ROTHERHAM*

LEAGUE ONE * 2014

You need to watch highlights of this game on YouTube – it’s one of the most dramatic play-off finals you’ll ever see! Alex Revell’s 30-yard lob to get Rotherham back on level terms in the second half was defo the highlight though – it even got his manager running down the touchline in celebration! It was enough to send the end-to-end clash to extra-time and then penalties, where The Millers just came out on top!

Play-Off Final Goals: Alex Revell of Rotherham United celebrates his goal during the Sky Bet League One Playoff Final between Leyton Orient and Rotherham United at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2014 in London, England. 

8 GARY ALEXANDER

MILLWALL 2-3 SCUNTHORPE

LEAGUE ONE * 2009

It’s almost as if Revell had been watching videos of Gary Alexander’s strike for Millwall five years prior, as it was almost a carbon copy! We still reckon Alexander’s was better though, as he took the ball down all by himself before firing his strike into the top corner! That being said, the striker did go on to miss a free header from six yards out as Scunthorpe ended up winning promotion to the Champ!

Play-Off Final Goals: Gary Alexander of Millwall celebrates his goal with team mates during the Coca-Cola League One Playoff Final between Millwall and Scunthorpe United at Wembley Stadium on May 24, 2009 in London, England.

7 ADAM HAMMILL

BARNSLEY 3-1 MILLWALL

LEAGUE ONE * 2016

Once regarded as a highly-rated youngster by Liverpool, it’s fair to say that Adam Hammill didn’t live up to the hype! That being said, the tricky winger still had plenty of career highlights, including his 25-yard curling shot in the play-off final against Millwall! It was his second goal for Barnsley at Wembley in the space of a few weeks, and helped The Tykes end their two-year exile from the Champ! 

Play-Off Final Goals: Adam Hammill of Barnsley FC celebrates scoring the 2nd goal during the Sky Bet League One Play Off Final between Barnsley and Millwall at Wembley Stadium on May 29, 2016 in London, England. 

6 NICK POWELL

CHELTENHAM 0-2 CREWE

LEAGUE TWO * 2012

These days Nick Powell is dominating in midfield for Stoke, but nine years ago he scored one of the greatest ever play-off final goals for Crewe, when he was still just 18 years old! His spectacular turn and shot against Cheltenham helped Sir Alex Ferguson decide to sign him for Man. United a few weeks later! Even though he hasn’t lived up to early expectations, the midfielder will still have fond memories of this goal!

Play-Off Final Goals: Byron Moore (L) and Nick Powell of Crewe Alexandra hold the trophy after winning the npower League two play-off final between Cheltenham Town and Crewe Alexandra at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2012 in London, England. 

5 BOBBY ZAMORA

DERBY 0-1 QPR

CHAMPIONSHIP * 2014

After Gary O’Neil was sent off for QPR against Derby in 2014, nobody gave Harry Redknapp’s side a chance of getting promoted back to the Prem! That was until play-off icon Bobby Zamora capitalised on a mistake from Richard Keogh in the 90th-minute to hammer home a left-footed volley into the top corner! It was his side’s first and only shot on target in the final. Wowzers!

Play-Off Final Goals: Bobby Zamora of QPR scores the winning goal during the Sky Bet Championship Playoff Final match between Derby County and Queens Park Rangers at Wembley Stadium on May 24, 2014 in London, England.

4 NICK WRIGHT

BOLTON 0-2 WATFORD

FIRST DIVISION * 1999

It’s difficult enough scoring an overhead kick at the best of times, let alone in a play-off final! That’s exactly what Watford’s Nick Wright managed to do in 1999, though! The 23-year-old striker’s spectacular goal came seven minutes before half-time. It helped The Hornets achieve back-to-back promotions under the management of Graham Taylor!

Play-Off Final Goals: Nick Wright scores a brilliant over-head kick to give Watford the lead during the Play-Off Final. 

3 CHARLIE ADAM

BLACKPOOL 3-2 CARDIFF

CHAMPIONSHIP * 2010

Blackpool were expected to be fighting relegation in 2009-10, but instead ended up getting promoted to the Prem! Charlie Adam’s free-kick was the highlight of a thrilling game at Wembley. The Tangerines came from behind twice! There’s no doubt that it remains the best free-kick ever scored in a play-off final!

Play-Off Final Goals: Charlie Adam celebrates his equalising goal during the Playoff Final between Blackpool and Cardiff City. 

2 WADE ELLIOTT

BURNLEY 1-0 SHEFF. UNITED

CHAMPIONSHIP * 2009

Wade Elliott’s 13th-minute curling strike ended Burnley’s 33-year wait for a return to the top flight in 2009! The midfielder wrapped his foot around the ball and found the top corner of the net! It was a strike worthy of winning any play-off final!

Play-Off Final Goals: Wade Elliott shoots to score the opening goal during the Playoff Final between Burnley and Sheffield United. 

1 – DEAN WINDASS

BRISTOL CITY 0-1 HULL CITY

CHAMPIONSHIP * 2008

MATCH reckons the best was scored around 13 years ago, as Dean Windass volleyed Hull into the Prem! The 39-year-old striker was set-up perfectly by teammate Fraizer Campbell, before he fired home! It was enough for The Tigers to beat Bristol City and win promotion to the top flight!

Play-Off Final Goals: Dean Windass of Hull City scores their first goal during the Coca Cola Championship Playoff Final match between Hull City and Bristol City at Wembley Stadium on May 24, 2008 in London, England. 

Article by Sam Straw