Football League final day as it happened

Text highlights as Birmingham survive in the Championship and Bristol Rovers are relegated from the Football League.

3 May 2014 Last updated at 11:00

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As it happened

  1. 17:45: 
    Birmingham City

    As ever, the final day of the Football League was packed full of twists, turns, drama, elation and tears.

    In the Championship, Birmingham staged a memorable fightback as two late goals secured a 2-2 draw at Bolton, a result that relegated Doncaster in their place. Meanwhile, Brighton snuck into the Championship play-offs at the expense of Reading. Sadly, the Football League will not contain Bristol Rovers for the first time since 1920 as defeat to Mansfield confirmed their drop into the Conference.

    For the likes of Doncaster, Bristol Rovers, Tranmere and Carlisle fans, the end-of-season disappointment must make them question why they follow the sport, but we all know they will be back once again, spirits renewed, come August. Before then, though, we still have the drama of the play-off finals to come, so join us again from 24 May for live text commentary, if the old ticker can handle more excitement!

  2. 17:32: 
    League Two play-offs

    First legs:

    Saturday 10 May - York v Fleetwood (19:30 BST)

    Sunday 11 May - Burton v Southend (12:00 BST)

    Second legs:

    Friday 16 May - Fleetwood v York (19:45 BST)

    Saturday 17 May - Southend v Burton (12:00 BST)

  3. 17:27: 
    League One play-offs

    First legs:

    Saturday 10 May - Peterborough v Leyton Orient (12:15 BST)

    Saturday 10 May - Preston v Rotherham (17:15 BST)

    Second legs:

    Tuesday 13 May - Leyton Orient v Peterborough (19:45 BST)

    Thursday 15 May - Rotherham v Preston (19:45 BST)

  4. 17:23: 
    Championship play-offs

    If there hasn't been enough drama and excitement today, fans of 12 Football League clubs have to go through the wringer again as they tackle the play-offs. Here's what is happening...

    First legs:

    Thursday 8 May - Brighton v Derby (19:45 BST)

    Friday 9 May - Wigan v QPR (19:45 BST)

    Second legs:

    Sunday 11 May - Derby v Brighton (17:15 BST)

    Monday 12 May - QPR v Wigan (19:45 BST)

  5. 17:20: 

    Champions: Leicester

    Promoted: Burnley

    Play-offs: Derby, QPR, Wigan, Brighton

    Relegated: Doncaster, Barnsley, Yeovil

  6. 17:18: 
    Record-breaking Wolves

    Every man and their dog predicted Wolves would win the League One title, but some might not have correctly guessed how emphatically they would do it. Credit to boss Kenny Jackett, who transformed the fortunes of the former Premier League side after the ignominious campaign, under Stale Solbakken and then Dean Saunders, which saw them relegated last May.

    Former Millwall boss Jackett has led the Molineux side to 103 points from their 46 matches - a new all-time record in the third-tier.

  7. 17:14: 
    League One

    Champions: Wolves

    Promoted: Brentford

    Play-offs: Leyton Orient, Rotherham, Preston, Peterborough

    Relegated: Tranmere, Carlisle, Shrewsbury, Stevenage

  8. 17:12: 
    League Two

    Champions: Chesterfield

    Promoted: Scunthorpe, Rochdale

    Play-offs: Fleetwood, Southend, Burton, York

    Relegated: Bristol Rovers, Torquay

  9. 17:11:  
    BBC Final Score pundit, and ex-Bristol Rovers striker, Jason RobertsLeague Two- Bristol Rovers 0-1 Mansfield

    "It is a desperate day for Bristol Rovers, who are looking to move into a new stadium. Today is a huge blow for them as they are now a non-league club."

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    Stefan: It's unbelievable that in a city the size of Bristol one of their teams will be playing non-league football next season.

  11. 17:07: 
    League Two- Bristol Rovers 0-1 Mansfield

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at the Memorial Stadium: "Silence at the final whistle. Bristol Rovers are down. The silence is soon replaced by boos and choruses or "sack the board". Some enter the pitch to start their are cleared off by police horses."

  12. 17:03: 

    Chesterfield's fightback to win 2-1 at home to Fleetwood means they finish the season as League Two champions. They, along with Scunthorpe and Rochdale had already secured promotion prior to today. Scunthorpe signed off their League Two campaign with a 2-2 draw at home to York, while Rochdale lost 2-1 at Newport County.

  13. 17:02: 
    FULL-TIME - WYCOMBE SAFE- Torquay 0-3 Wycombe

    BBC Sport's Brent Pilnick at Plainmoor: "What a contrast. Wycombe's players and fans are jubilant after staying in the league while Torquay and their fans leave dejected after a bad loss and relegation to the Conference."

  14. 16:59: 
    League One

    And Tranmere will be joined in the fourth tier next season by Carlisle. The Cumbrians had an Everest-scale mountain to climb to avoid the drop and they never looked like getting off ground level at champions Wolves. They produced a limp display to end their season with a whimper.

  15. 16:57: 

    Tranmere have been put out of their misery as the final whistle goes at Prenton Park. For so long this afternoon it looked as though they were going to escape the drop, but Bradford's fightback and Notts County's equaliser at Oldham sends them spinning into League Two.

  16. 16:56: 
    FULL-TIME - NORTHAMPTON SAFE- Northampton 3-1 Oxford Utd

    BBC Sport's Chris Osborne at Sixfields: "They said Chris Wilder was bonkers when he left Oxford United to take over League Two's bottom club Northampton in January. But he has completed a remarkable escape for the Cobblers by beating his former employers.

    "Fans are flooding on to the pitch and mobbing the players in claret shirts. This seemed very unlikely four months ago."

  17. 16:53: 

    All over and Bristol Rovers are relegated into the Conference. Heartbreak all around the Memorial Stadium. The result means Wycombe and Northampton are safe.

  18. 16:52: 
    League One- Tranmere 1-2 Bradford - Aaron McLean (87 mins)

    All but over for Tranmere now. Bradford nick a lead through Aaron McLean's effort, which leaves the home side staring League Two in the face. The Wirral side have not played in the bottom tier since 1989, when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister and Madchester ruled the pop charts.

  19. 16:50:  
    BBC Final ScoreLeague Two- Bristol Rovers 0-1 Mansfield

    BBC Final Score commentator Tony Husband: "We are one minute into five minutes of injury time and Bristol Rovers are still trailing. They have hit the crossbar but hope is running out. They need one goal to stay in the league."

  20. 16:49: 
    Top of League Two

    There will definitely be no title celebrations for Rochdale as they concede a second at Newport, Kevin Feely making it 2-1. The title is within touching distance for Chesterfield.

  21. 16:46: 
    League Two- Northampton 3-1 Oxford Utd

    BBC Sport's Chris Osborne at Sixfields: "With Northampton romping home here, there's very little to speak of. Eighty minutes ago Sixfields was a nervous wreck. Now it's party time."

  22. 16:43: 
    GOAL- Tranmere 1-1 Bradford - Jon Stead (81 mins)
    League One

    Big goal at Tranmere - and it is heartbreak for the home side. Bradford striker Jon Stead equalises, which leaves Tranmere needing to find another goal and praying that 10-man Oldham can nick a winner against Notts County to survive.

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    Rick: Good god Tranmere might actually stay up... Can't help but be drawn into my boyhood club's plight this afternoon.

    Wayne: All very exciting but please spare a thought for Bristol Rovers. Losing and may exit Football League for the first time since 1920.

  24. 16:41: 
    LAST 10

    Entering the closing stages of the games in League One and Two. As it stands, Tranmere and Carlisle are heading down to League Two, while Bristol Rovers are staring Football League exit in the face. As the Championship proved earlier, though, a lot can happen in these final few minutes.

  25. 16:40: 
    RED CARD- Oldham 1-1 Notts County

    The football gods appear to be smiling on Notts County now. Oldham goalscorer Adam Lockwood is dismissed after being shown a second yellow card, giving the visitors a golden opportunity to nick a win which guarantees their League One safety.

  26. 16:39: 
    As it stands- Top of League Two
    League Two

    How things can quickly change, eh? At half-time Scunthorpe were top of League Two and 45 minutes away from the title. Now they are third after York equalised against the Iron to make it 2-2. Chesterfield, who are currently beating Fleetwood 2-1, are firmly on course for the title. Rochdale are drawing 1-1 at Newport but would need to win by a ridiculous scoreline to knock Chesterfield off the top.

  27. 16:34: 
    League Two- Bristol Rovers 0-1 Mansfield

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at the Memorial Stadium: "Bristol Rovers are giving it a go but David Clarkson has twice been denied by the reflexes of Lewis Price. The fans are breaking into sporadic choruses of "Goodnight Irene". It may well be a goodbye to the Football League if they don't score in the next 15 minutes."

  28. 16:32: 
    GOAL- Oldham 1-1 Notts County - Alan Sheehan (75 mins)

    Cover your eyes Tranmere fans - your side have been dragged back into trouble.

    Notts County skipper Alan Sheehan is the man with the important task of taking the spot kick after Oldham's Jonathan Grounds is penalised for handball. Sheehan blasts into the top corner to level which means - as it stands - County are staying up at Tranmere's expense.

  29. 16:28: 
    As it stands- The bottom of League One
    League One

    Then, the afternoon turns into a rollercoaster for Tranmere. First, their hopes drop as Mathias Pogba puts Crewe 2-0 ahead against Preston, before Notts County concede at Oldham. That is a crucial goal as Latics defender Adam Lockwood's towering header sends Notts County hurtling into the drop zone as Tranmere clamber out to safety.

  30. 16:25: 
    League One- Tranmere 1-0 Bradford

    The third tier has gone as quiet as a doormouse. Little to report at Prenton Park where Tranmere are still in the bottom four, despite leading against visitors Bradford.

  31. 16:23: 
    GOAL- Torquay 0-3 Wycombe - Matt McClure (62 mins)

    It is surely a win for Wycombe as Matt McClure adds a third for his side at already relegated Torquay. All Wycombe fans can do now is wait and hope Bristol Rovers do not score against Mansfield. If they do equalise, Wycombe go down.

  32. 16:22: 
    Bristol Rovers 0-1 Mansfield

    In their 131-year history, Bristol Rovers have never dropped out of the Football League. They are still losing 1-0 at home to Mansfield which puts them in the relegation zone as it stands. Just one goal is needed to keep them in League Two. Can they do it? A big 30 minutes ahead.

  33. 16:19: 
    Top of League Two

    Chesterfield stage a superb turnaround as two goals in four minutes gives them a 2-1 lead at home to Fleetwood, and puts them top of League Two. Sam Hird equalised in the 51st minute before Gary Roberts put Chesterfield ahead minutes later.

  34. 16:16: 
    League One- Wolves 3-0 Carlisle - Nouha Dicko (57 mins)
    Wolves v Carlisle

    Champions Wolves are ending a fantastic season on a high as Nouha Dicko surely seals victory against Carlisle in front of 30,000 fans at Molineux. Third-bottom Carlisle looked doomed before kick-off - now they need a miracle of biblical proportions to avoid relegation.

  35. 16:11: 
    GOAL- Northampton 3-1 Oxford Utd - Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (51 mins)

    BBC Sport's Chris Osborne at Sixfields: "We can all pack up and go home here. Oxford pretty much have already. Masked marvel Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, who is wearing a face protector, nods in at the back post and the Cobblers can look forward to League Two football next season. A win keeps them up."

  36. 16:07: 

    Right then, second halves are under way around England in Leagues One and Two. Who is going down, who is staying up and who will be celebrating a title win? Time to find out...

  37. 16:05: 
    League Two- Newport 1-1 Rochdale
    Keith Hill

    BBC Final Score reporter Marc Webber at Rodney Parade: "Rochdale haven't won a league title since their non-league Lancashire Combination victory in 1912. The travelling Dale fans are all wearing bright pink jeans and manager Keith Hill masks - it is an imposing sight."

    At the moment, it looks like the wait will go on. Rochdale are second in the League Two standings, with Scunthorpe in pole position.

  38. 16:01: 
    As it stands- Bottom of League One
    League One

    At the start of the afternoon it was Tranmere and Carlisle who occupied the last two League One relegation places, and nothing has changed at the half-time break.

    Tranmere are doing their part of the bargain though, leading against Bradford at Prenton Park, but are still fourth-bottom because of Crewe's 1-0 advantage against Preston and Notts County holding Oldham at Boundary Park.

    That can all change though - and I'm willing to put a round of beers tonight on that happening.

  39. 15:59: 
    League Two- Bristol Rovers 0-1 Mansfield
    League Two

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at the Memorial Stadium: "Bristol Rovers are booed from the pitch at half time. Colin Daniel's goal for Mansfield drops Rovers into the relegation zone. The fans know it, the players don't. Manager Darrell Clarke is going to have to give the team talk of his life."

  40. 15:57: 
    League Two- Torquay 0-2 Wycombe

    BBC Sport's Brent Pilnick at Plainmoor: "Wycombe fans have been through the mincer in this first half. Staying up, going down, staying up, going down and now staying up - can their nerves take another 45 minutes of this??"

  41. 15:56: 
    As it stands- Top of League One
    League One

    None of the top six places in League One are under threat this afternoon - but that doesn't mean there is nothing left to play for.

    Wolves, leading 2-0 against relegation-threatened Carlisle, are well on course to set a new League One record of 103 points, edging past the previous best set by Charlton in 2012.

    Runners-up Brentford are being held 0-0 by already-demoted Stevenage, while Leyton Orient are on the verge of securing third place as they enjoy a 2-0 advantage at MK Dons.

  42. 15:54: 
    League Two- Northampton 2-1 Oxford Utd

    BBC Sport's Chris Osbourne at Sixfields: "Northampton are 2-1 up against an Oxford side with 10 men and, barring a miracle, are staying up. Ryan Williams's sending off has changed the game and Sixfields has an air of 'job done' about it."

  43. 15:52: 

    Players are trudging down the tunnel as the half-time whistles go across League One and League Two. That means there is just three-quarters of an hour, 45 minutes, 2700 seconds, whatever way you want to look at it, left for a number of lower-league sides to stop their seasons ending in despair.

  44. 15:49: 
    As it stands- Top of League Two
    League Two

    Heading into half time and it is Scunthorpe who are on the way to being crowned League Two champions. They are winning 2-1 at home to York, while second-place Rochdale are being held 1-1 at Newport. Chesterfield, in third, are losing 1-0 at home to Fleetwood.

  45. 15:46: 

    There are plenty of goals going in throughout League One and Two and we will round those up at half time. We are keeping our focus on the decisive games at the bottom and top of the respective leagues at the moment.

  46. 15:45: 
    Bristol Rovers 0-1 Mansfield

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at the Memorial Stadium: "Silence around the Memorial Stadium as Mansfield's Colin Daniel volleys in off the post to give the visitors the lead. Rovers are creating chances but really don't look like scoring at the moment. The epitome of squeaky bum time now for the Gas fans."

  47. 15:42: 
    GOAL- Torquay 0-2 Wycombe - Steven Craig pen (42 mins)

    Steven Craig sends the goalkeeper the wrong way from the penalty spot and Wycombe are doing all they can to cement their League Two status. They are currently outside the relegation zone but a goal for Bristol Rovers at home to Mansfield, who are winning 1-0, would change all that.

  48. 15:42:  
    BBC Final Score pundit, and ex-Bristol Rovers striker, Jason RobertsBristol Rovers 0-1 Mansfield

    "I'm shaking my head at that Mansfield goal. I know I'm supposed to be impartial but it's difficult. That's the club where I started my Football League career."

  49. 15:41: 
    PENALTY TO WYCOMBE- Torquay 0-1 Wycombe
  50. 15:40: 
    League Two- Bristol Rovers 0-1 Mansfield

    Football League Show presenter Manish Bhasin: "Bristol Rovers 0-1 Mansfield (after Rovers missed 4 gilt edged chances)..and going down as things stand. They've never gone out of the Football League."

  51. 15:38: 
    League Two- Northampton 2-1 Oxford Utd

    BBC Sport's Chris Osbourne at Sixfields: "'We are staying up' is the chant from the Northampton fans. And they're almost definitely right. Oxford have been woeful since Ryan Williams was sent off."

  52. 15:37: 
    GOAL- Bristol Rovers 0-1 Mansfield - Colin Daniel (36)

    Critical goal at Bristol Rovers - could it be terminal for the home side? If the results stay the same it is. That's because the Gasmen will go down on goal difference, with Wycombe beating Torquay.

  53. 15:37: 
    GOAL- Northampton 2-1 Oxford - Ivan Toney (33 mins)

    Chris Wilder is working his magic against his former club as Ivan Toney completes a remarkable turnaround. The 18-year-old local lad heads in his third goal in two games and Oxford United need to score twice to relegate the Cobblers now.

  54. 15:36: 
    RED CARD TO TRANMERE- Tranmere 1-0 Bradford

    Tranmere might be leading against Bradford, but they are still going down as things stand because Crewe are beating Preston and Notts County are drawing at Oldham.

    But Tranmere's hopes have been hampered by the dismissal of striker Junior Brown.

  55. 15:34: 
    League Two- Northampton 1-1 Oxford

    BBC Sport's Chris Osbourne at Sixfields: It was coming. Northampton started to up the pressure on 10-man Oxford and John Marquis was the coolest man in Northamptonshire with that finish. Sixfields breathes a massive sigh of relief and they are starting to believe again."

  56. 15:31: 
    GOAL- Northampton 1-1 Oxford - John Marquis (29 mins)

    Since Oxford United were reduced to 10 men Northampton have been on top and they deservedly level with John Marquis keeping his cool to fire home what could be a vital goal. They move out of the relegation zone, with Wycombe dropping back in as it stands.

  57. 15:28: 
    League One

    Following the earlier promotion party in the East Midlands at Leicester, League One champions Wolves are having a shindig of their own in the West Midlands. Visitors Carlisle need a win to avoid relegation but they are not likely to be staying up or playing party-poopers. Wolves are 2-0 ahead with Michael Jacobs netting the second.

    Elsewhere, fourth-placed Rotherham are warming up for the play-offs with a 2-0 advantage at Swindon, while their potential play-off opponents Preston still trail at Crewe.

  58. 15:27: 
    As it stands- League Two title battle
    League Two

    Scunthorpe are in the driving seat for the League Two title at the moment as they are winning 1-0 at home to York, Paddy Madden with the goal. Chesterfield are losing 1-0 at home to Fleetwood while Rochdale are currently goalless against at Newport.

  59. 15:24: 
    League Two- Northampton 0-1 Oxford

    BBC Sport's Chris Osbourne at Sixfields: "Absolute madness from goalscorer Ryan Williams, who kicks out at Ricky Ravenhill for no apparent reason and is sent off. It's not as good as a goal, but it has lifted the Northampton faithful."

  60. 15:23: 
    League Two- Bristol Rovers 0-0 Mansfield

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at the Memorial Stadium: "It's a bit drab here. Chris Beardsley lashed a volley over for Bristol Rovers, while at the other end Sam Clucas has been pestering keeper Steve Mildenhall.

    "The carnival atmosphere is turning into nervousness already for the Gas fans. And there's a long way to go yet...."

  61. 15:22: 
    As it stands- Bottom of League Two
    League Two

    Northampton are currently in the League Two relegation zone as they are losing 1-0 at home to Oxford United but a big boost for them is the news that United's goalscorer Ryan Williams has been sent off.

    Wycombe are winning 1-0 at Torquay while Bristol Rovers are being held 0-0 at home to Mansfield.

  62. 15:19: 
    As it stands- Bottom of League One

    Carlisle, 1-0 down at Wolves, are six points adrift as it stands while Tranmere are also in danger, even though they are beating Bradford 1-0. Notts County, goalless at Oldham at the moment, are safe on goal difference while Crewe winning 1-0 at home to Preston means they are on course to remain in League One.

  63. 15:18: 
    League One- Tranmere permutations

    Tranmere (home to Bradford) will be relegated:

    (A) If they lose.

    (B) If they draw and Crewe avoid defeat.

    (C) If they draw and Carlisle win by five or more goals (as a four-goal margin would most likely see Tranmere finish higher on goals scored - Tranmere have scored 51, Carlisle 43).

    (D) If they win and Crewe win and Notts County avoid defeat.

    Clear? Good.

  64. 15:15: 
    League One- Tranmere 1-0 Bradford

    BBC Sport's Pete Scrivener at Prenton Park: "Leading up to Tranmere's goal, Bradford claiming a throw in but Rovers play on and City keeper Jon McLaughlin makes a mess of his attempt to save the ball. The home fans go wild. Is the escape on?"

  65. 15:12: 
    GOAL- Crewe 1-0 Preston - Adam Dugdale (10 mins)

    A win will secure League One safety for Crewe and things could not be going better for them in the Saturday sun at the moment as Adam Dugdale smashes a bullet of a header into the net from a corner.

  66. 15:12: 
    League Two- Torquay 0-1 Wycombe

    BBC Sport's Chris Osborne at Sixfields: "The Oxford fans are taunting their former manager Chris Wilder, who surprisingly switched clubs in January, with a chorus of 'Wilder, what's the score?' and 'Going down' after Ryan Williams' opener.

  67. 15:09: 
    GOAL- Tranmere 1-0 Bradford - Matthew Pennington (7 mins)

    A big, big goal for Tranmere as they make the ideal start against Bradford. Matthew Pennington's shot creeps in despite goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin's best attempts to keep it out.

  68. 15:07: 
    GOAL- Northampton 0-1 Oxford - Ryan Williams (7 mins)

    Worst. Start. Ever. For Northampton fans anyway, because their team are going down if they lose and Wycombe win. And that is exactly what is happening after Ryan Williams puts Oxford ahead at a sombre Sixfields.

  69. 15:06: 
    GOAL- Torquay 0-1 Wycombe - Sam Wood (6 mins)

    The perfect start for Wycombe as Sam Wood fires them ahead. He needs two bites of the cherry, but he manages to get the ball into the net at the second attempt.

  70. 15:06: 
    Champagne to rain at Rodney Parade?- Newport 0-0 Rochdale

    BBC Final Score reporter Marc Webber: "Three years ago, I was in the Rochdale press box getting soaked in champagne whilst reporting on their promotion. Today, I'm in the Rodney Parade press box for Final Score to see if Rochdale can win the title! Umbrella at the ready for a champagne shower?"

  71. 15:04: 
    League Two- Bristol Rovers 0-0 Mansfield

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at the Memorial Stadium: "The 8,000 strong home crowd should help Bristol Rovers - but you imagine if things aren't going their way this afternoon, attentions will turn to phones as they look out for results at Northampton and Torquay.

    "The only last day drama coming Mansfield's way is their lack of kit. Yes, they've left if behind, so they will be decked out in Rovers' rather snug youth kit.

    "This is why we love lower league football."

  72. 15:01: 

    Toot, toot, toot! Whistles are being blown in each corner of the country as the final Football League matches of the season begin. Game on.

  73. 15:00:  
    BBC Final ScoreBBC coverage

    League One and League Two games up and down England are about to kick off and don't forget you can keep up-to-date with all the goals from around the grounds via Final Score, which is on BBC Red Button and at the top of this very page right now.

  74. 14:57: 
    League One- Tranmere v Bradford (15:00 BST)

    BBC Sport's Peter Scrivener at Prenton Park: "A meeting on the train with some of the 3,500 Notts County fans heading to Oldham did nothing to ease the nerves of my Tranmere-supporting guide Paul on the way to Prenton Park earlier. He has already been through every permutation needed for survival. Several times.

    "There were murmurings of good luck when we parted, although I sensed none were meant. Around 2,000 Bradford fans heading to the Wirral today and most have been in the Prenton Park Arms - nothing to play for for the Bantams and the difference in the opposing fans faces is noticeable. "

  75. 14:56: 
    League One- Tranmere v Bradford (15:00 BST)

    League One Tranmere, who are at home to Bradford, know they will be relegated if they lose today. Even a win might not be enough if Crewe and Notts County both win.

  76. 14:55: 
    League Two- Northampton v Oxford United

    BBC Sport's Chris Osborne at Sixfields: "It's a day for heroes and Northampton fans hope the lad on this flag will be one today. Eighteen-year-old Ivan Toney scored his first two goals for the club last week as the Cobblers beat Dagenham. A bit more of that today and Sixfields will be a happy place."

  77. 14:53: 
    League Two- Torquay v Wycombe (15:00 BST)

    BBC Sport's Brent Pilnick at Plainmoor: "Just seen a rather pensive-looking Gareth Ainsworth as he went into the dressing room to give some final instructions to his Wycombe side ahead of this game. Torquay, who are already down, seem very relaxed in the West Country sunshine."

  78. 14:51: 
    League Two- Bristol Rovers v Mansfield (15:00 BST)

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at Memorial Stadium: "Bristol Rovers have spent 94 years in the Football League yet, until last week, there was a real possibility they wouldn't make it to 95.

    "Their win over fellow strugglers Wycombe last Saturday eased the nerves of the Gas fans slightly but Rovers still need a draw against mid-table Mansfield to make sure of their survival."

  79. 14:49: 
    How it looks- The bottom of League Two

    So who drops out of League Two?

    Torquay are down, while Wycombe, who have 47 points, occupy the other relegation spot and are three points shy of Northampton in 22nd and Bristol Rovers in 21st - they both just need to avoid defeat.

    Wycombe are at Torquay, Northampton host Oxford United and Bristol Rovers are at home to Mansfield Town.

  80. 14:46: 
    How it looks- The top of League Two
    League Two

    Similarly, all the top spots have been sewn up in League Two.

    Chesterfield, Rochdale and Scunthorpe are already assured of automatic promotion, although the destination of the title is still undecided. We know it will be going to the north of England, but will it be Derbyshire, Greater Manchester or North-East Lincolnshire? One of these three clubs will be shifting around the trophy cabinet in about two hours' time.

    In the play-offs, Fleetwood, Burton, York and Southend will battle it out for the final promotion spot.

  81. 14:43: 
    How it looks- League One
    League One table

    Promotion and the teams in the play-offs have already been decided in League One, so all the focus is on matters at the bottom of the table.

    Shrewsbury and Stevenage will be playing in League Two next season, but which two other teams will join them?

    It looks likely that Carlisle will also drop down - they need to win at Wolves and hope Crewe, who have three more points, lose convincingly at home to Preston. The Railwaymen have a +3 goal difference advantage over the Cumbrians. Tranmere will also be hoping either Crewe and 19th place Notts County, who are at Oldham, fail to win. A draw for Tranmere could prove enough to secure survival.

  82. 14:40: 

    While Leicester continue to let their hair down and celebrate well into the night, we are switching our attentions to League One and League Two, where there is plenty of serious business still to be decided.

    Take a deep breath, nip to the loo, get some food supplies. We've got another rollercoaster ride of football ahead.

  83. 14:39: 
    Championship full-time round-up

    Barnsley 3-2 QPR; Blackburn 4-3 Wigan; Blackpool 0-3 Charlton; Bolton 2-2 Birmingham; Ipswich 2-1; Leeds 1-1; Leicester 1-0 Doncaster; Millwall 1-0 Bournemouth; Nottingham Forest 1-2 Brighton; Reading 2-2 Burnley; Watford 1-4 Huddersfield; Yeovil 1-4 Middlesbrough.

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    Laura, Bermondsey: How's this for a last day: I am a Bournemouth fan at Millwall today to see them stay up. Attended the game with my Birmingham City supporting mate whilst my Donny supporting husband stayed at home... Very odd feelings!

    Tom, Sheffield: If Rotherham don't go up through the play offs there will be four South Yorkshire teams in League One next year. Throw Chesterfield in and that's a lot of local derbies.

  85. 14:37: 
    Champions Leicester collect trophy

    What is missing from this Leicester promotion party? I know, it needs a rousing rendition of Queen classic 'We Are The Champions". Handily, Leicester's very own X Factor winner Sam Bailey is on hand to assist...

  86. 14:35: 
    Play-off bound

    All that is left now to be decided in the Championship is who will be joining Leicester and Burnley in the Premier League next season.

    Derby, who drew 1-1 at Leeds, finish the season third, while QPR, who edged Barnsley 3-2, take fourth. Wigan lost 4-3 at Blackburn but were already assured of fifth while Brighton's 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest means they took sixth.

    The first leg matches of the play offs are Brighton v Derby (Thursday 19:45 BST) and Wigan v QPR (Friday 19L45 BST)

    QPR midfielder Joey Barton

    "Happy for Lee Clark (pal from Newcastle days) but gutted for Paul Dickov (pal from Man City). Cruel game sometimes this. #agonytoecstasy

  88. 14:32: 
    Bolton 2-2 Birmingham

    Birmingham City defender Paul Caddis, who scored his side's decisive equaliser: "We have to use that as motivation never to be in that position again but it is moments like that that football is all about. When we were 2-0 down the first thing we heard was our fans singing and that gave us the lift.

    "We have goals in us, and after we got the first one the belief right through the team was incredible. The six added minutes gave us hope, until we scored and then I wanted it to be less!

    "I was celebrating Nikola Zigic's header thinking it was in but I was in the right place to get the decisive touch. I think it is the first headed goal I have ever scored."

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    Jarleth: Paul Caddis has just become the new Jimmy Glass.

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    Graham: Leicester have done it all this season. Won the title and crossed the 100 point milestone. Welcome to the Premier League!

    Chris: I cannot wait for the Championship play-offs!

    Mike: Doncaster will remember that game at Charlton, abandoned when they were 3-1 up at half-time. So unfair for them.

    Charlton won a rearranged fixture 2-0 at The Valley in November.

  91. 14:31: 
    Champions Leicester collect trophy

    "There's only one Nigel Pearson!" sing the jubilant Leicester fans as their title-winning manager leads his players back on to the pitch. Pearson waves to the crowd, giving it the big fist-pump, as the Foxes collect their Championship trophy and medals.

    The players are each given a hero's reception as they walk out on to the podium in the middle of the pitch, but one of the biggest cheers of the afternoon is saved for 'Super' Kevin Phillips who is hanging up his goal-scoring boots at the age of 40.

    Smiling skipper Wes Morgan blows his cheeks out as comes out last, lifting the silverware to a cacophony of noise as a rainforest's worth of blue and white tickertape rains over the Foxes players. I suspect Leicester's swankiest bars will be running out of champagne later...

  92. 14:28: 
    Manager reaction- Bolton 2-2 Birmingham
    Lee Clark

    Birmingham City manager Lee Clark: "It was unbelievable. I felt for my players, two down and staring down the barrel, because we were excellent all game, we played with passion and heart but they kept going. It was too important. I said to the players, let us use this as a learning curve, we have diced with death in sporting terms.

    "I am delighted for my players first and foremost, the senior pros have been terrific with the youngsters. There are also great people behind the scenes and the administration side has supported us but the biggest thank you goes to the fans. They are phenomenal. It has been a tough old season for them but thankfully we have kept them in the division and now we want to get their side where they belong.

    "It has been a tough last six or seven weeks for me personally and I have to thank my family too. They have been unbelievable. This is my biggest achievement in my career. Birmingham is an unbelievable football club."

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    Dennis: Well done Blues. With off-field drama making their position even more precarious, I think they deserved a bit of luck.

    Fahad: Didn't someone say Doncaster was the luckiest club out there? Spoke a bit too soon I suppose...

    Nicholas: The reaction of Lee Clark was amazing! Football at it's best. What an end to a season!

  94. 14:21: 
    Leicester 1-0 Doncaster

    Leicester's promotion party is momentarily spoiled by a few fans who race on to the pitch, delaying the trophy presentation. Club mascot Filbert Foxes, busting out a celebratory dance moments earlier, stands menacingly with his arms folded. He's not happy. The PA man pleads with those fans to go back to their seats, which they finally do.

  95. 14:20: 
    Bolton 2-2 Birmingham

    There are some mightily relieved faces in the away stand at the Reebok Stadium. The Birmingham players have long since walked off down the tunnel but the Birmingham supporters are staying put, keen to savour this moment as long as possible.

  96. 14:17:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBolton 2-2 Birmingham

    Former England international goalkeeper Tim Flowers on BBC Radio 5 live at the Reebok Stadium: "If you look at this game from the first minute until the 90th minute, Birmingham deserved something from this match. They poured forward, they deserved a point and what a point it is. This is as dramatic a finish to a game as I have ever seen live. I thought Birmingham were dead and buried at 2-0 down but they showed incredible spirit to fight back. The scenes I can see now from the away fans is like what you see from a team winning the league."

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    Murat: What a last few minutes in the Championship!

    Hashim: Potentially a £70m goal for Brighton. And a summary of Forest's season right there.

    Tom: Doncaster gained promotion in injury time 12 months ago, one year on and they've just been relegated in added time.

  98. 14:15: 
    Leicester 1-0 Doncaster

    It is an afternoon of contrasting emotions at the King Power. As the shell-shocked Doncaster fans trudge out of the stands, Leicester's jubilant supporters remain as they await the return of their title-winning heroes, who are about to receive the Championship trophy.

  99. 14:13: 
    FULL-TIME - DONCASTER ARE RELEGATED- Leicester 1-0 Doncaster

    Heartbreaking, there is no other word for it. Disconsolate Doncaster players trudge off the pitch, some in tears, others with their heads under their shirts. The Rovers fans dressed as bananas need to peel themselves off the floor as well.


    Brighton in the Championship play-offs, Doncaster relegated to League One. Birmingham stay up after a dramatic draw at Bolton.

  101. 14:12: 

    Birmingham secure their Championship status with a 2-2 draw at Bolton, staying up on goal difference.

  102. 14:11: 
    FULL-TIME- Bolton 2-2 Birmingham

    Birmingham have done it and manager Lee Clark races off to celebrate with the fans. What drama!

  103. 14:11: 

    All over at Forest and all over at Reading - which means Brighton, who win 2-1 at Forest, have nicked the last play-off spot.

  104. 14:10: 
    Bolton 2-2 Birmingham is headed away and the final whistle is set to be blown at any minute. Whistles from the Birmingham fans.

  105. 14:09: 
    Bolton 2-2 Birmingham

    Corner to Bolton, 15 seconds to play...

  106. 14:09: 
    FULL-TIME- Leicester 1-0 Doncaster

    All over at Leicester. Glum Doncaster faces are waiting to hear of news from Bolton. A home injury-time goal will send Birmingham down and keep Donny up.

  107. 14:08: 
    Leicester 1-0 Doncaster

    Desperation for Doncaster. Boss Paul Dickov waves everyone forward while their supporters burst blood vessels as they shout the same from the stands. Time running out....

  108. 14:08: 
    Ups and downs

    So - Brighton currently in the play-offs, Reading missing out. Doncaster currently going down. Birmingham surviving. Drama O'Clock.

  109. 14:06: 
    GOAL- Bolton 2-2 Birmingham - Paul Caddis (90 mins)

    Wow! What drama! Birmingham look to have preserved their Championship status in the most dramatic fashion. Nikola Zigic's header is saved but up pops Paul Caddis to nod in from close range. He wheels away in sheer delight at such a dramatic and vital goal. Doncaster down as it stands...

  110. 14:06: 
    GOAL- Notttingham Forest 1-2 Brighton - Leo Ulloa (90 mins)

    Pandemonium for Brighton! Leo Ulloa heads in send the Seagulls soaring into the final play-off place.

  111. 14:05: 
    INJURY TIME- Leicester 1-0 Doncaster

    Meanwhile...there are four minutes of torture left for Doncaster fans.

  112. 14:04: 
    Six minutes to save a season- Bolton 2-1 Birmingham

    Thyere is a glimmer of hope for Birmingham fans as the fourth official's board goes up to show SIX minutes of injury time...

  113. 14:04: 
    Bolton 2-1 Birmingham

    Bolton have the chance to put the decisive nail in the Birmingham coffin as goalscorer Lukas Jutkiewicz smashes a stinging effort straight at goalkeeper Darren Randolph. Heading into injury time now..

  114. 14:03: 
    Goals round-up

    It is now Blackburn 4-3 Wigan, with Nicky Maynard pulling a goal back for the Latics. Huddersfield now 4-0 up at Watford, Daniel Ward completing a hat-trick. And Charlton are 3-0 up against Blackpool, Callum Harriott with another hat-trick.

  115. 14:02: 
    Leicester 1-0 Doncaster

    Another chance for Doncaster to save themselves. Ex-Wales midfielder David Cotterill stands over a free-kick about 25 yards out and the inswinger is headed wide by Billy Sharp. Almost into stoppage time at the King Power.

  116. 13:59: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Leicester 1-0 Doncaster

    Doncaster throw on talisman Billy Sharp as they search for a vital goal which should - I repeat should - secure their safety. The ex-Southampton and Nottingham Forest striker is instantly in the thick of the action, heading a right-wing corner straight at Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

    Not many fingernails left in the Donny end - their team is staying up unless Birmingham grab an equaliser.

  117. 13:59: 
    As it stands- Birmingham on the precipice...

    Birmingham need that equaliser if they are to preserve their Championship status. They are losing 2-1 at Bolton, with Doncaster 1-0 down at Leicester and Blackpool losing 2-0 to Charlton.

  118. 13:58: 
    GOAL- Blackburn 4-2 Wigan - Jordan Rhodes (84 mins)

    BBC Sport's Andy Cryer at Ewood Park: "Jordan Rhodes's close-range header extends Blackburn's lead. Their play-off hopes are over but Rovers look like ending the season unbeaten in 12 league matches."

  119. 13:55: 
    TEN TO GO - As it stands
    Birmingham boss Lee Clark

    Ten minutes left of the Championship season and Reading are going to clinch the last play-off spot, with Birmingham dropping into League One, IF things stay the same. Hold on to your hats folks.

  120. 13:54: 
    GOAL- Blackpool 0-2 Charlton - Callum Harriott (82 mins)

    Callum Harriott scores again for Charlton, putting Blackpool on the way to defeat but, as it stands, the Seasiders will be staying up anyway because of results elsewhere.

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    Sam: Gutting times for Birmingham. From League Cup winners in the Premier League to League One in a matter of seasons, feel sorry for their fans.

    It's not over yet Sam....

  122. 13:52: 
    GOAL- Bolton 2-1 Birmingham - Nikola Zigic (78 mins)

    Birmingham are one goal from safety - again! What a dramatic few minutes in Leicester and Bolton. Beanpole Serbian striker Nikola Zigic nods in a towering header to give Blues hope. Is there another sting in the tale?

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    David Boyd: Happy retirement Kevin Phillips, the last Englishman to win Golden Boot!

  124. 13:49: 
    GOAL- Bolton 2-0 Birmingham - Lukas Jutkiewicz (76 mins)

    It looks like Birmingham will be playing League One football next season as Lukas Jutkiewicz makes it 2-0. The Blues need to score twice to stay up, can they do it?

  125. 13:49: 
    GOAL- Leicester 1-0 Doncaster - David Nugent

    Bad news for Doncaster as ex-England striker David Nugent calmly converts. That means Birmingham need just a goal and they will stay up at Donny's expense...

  126. 13:48: 
    PENALTY TO LEICESTER- Leicester 0-0 Doncaster

    Oh dear. Young Doncaster full-back James Husband hacks down Leicester's Riyad Mahrez. No doubt.

  127. 13:47: 
    Bolton 1-0 Birmingham

    Birmingham are pushing forward in search of a much-needed equaliser but the killer touch in the final third is lacking. They have a golden moment to snatch an equaliser when Bolton keeper Andy Lonergan misses the ball when trying to punch away a Birmingham corner, but no yellow shirt is on hand to turn the ball into the empty net.

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    We've been asking you to grade your team's performance for this season from A-D, and let us know what went wrong or what went right.

    Ed Fernyhough: LUFC, Grade C. A season that slumped radically after a good start highlighted only by McCormack's superlative form.

    Charles M Dewing: As a neutral only top two get A, 3rd-9th all B, C for everyone else except Birmingham, Millwall and Leeds who get D, poor season.

    Adrian Worton: I'd rank Wednesday's season as a B under Gray, and under Jones as an F.

  129. 13:44: 
    Goals round-up

    Huddersfield are winning 3-0 at Watford in an end-of-season fixture that has little more than pride at stake. Meanwhile, Barnsley have pulled one goal back against QPR and it is now 2-1 to Harry Redknapp's side, Middlesbrough are beating Yeovil 4-1, it is Ipswich 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds 1-1 Derby.

  130. 13:43: 
    Leicester 0-0 Doncaster

    Leicester striker Kevin Phillips shakes the hand of each of his team-mates before embracing Foxes manager Nigel Pearson as he bids farewell to his 20-year career in football. The 40-year-old, capped eight times by England, helped five clubs win promotion to the Premier League, including Leicester who are set to break the 100-point mark if this result stays the same.

  131. 13:40: 
    As it stands- Bottom of the Championship
    Football League

    Those goals at Blackpool v Charlton and Bolton v Birmingham have had a big impact at the bottom. Put simply, Birmingham are in deep trouble. Less than half an hour to preserve their Championship status.

  132. 13:39: 
    Farewell for Phillips- Leicester 0-0 Doncaster
    Kevin Phillips (right) in action for Leicester

    Alistair Bruce-Ball at the King Power Stadium: "A standing ovation for Leicester's Kevin Phillips as he leaves the field as a footballer for the very last time. Most of the Doncaster players are also applauding as the player with 287 career goals, a Premier League Golden Boot and who is also a former England international leaves the stage."

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    We've been asking you to grade your team's performance for this season from A-D, and let us know what went wrong or what went right.

    Tim: Birmingham City: Grade C. Flashes of brilliance with Jesse Lingard's four-goal debut or the 3-3 with Burnley but just not good enough at home.

  134. 13:34: 
    GOAL- Blackpool 0-1 Charlton - Callum Harriott (61 mins)
    Charlton Athletic's Callum Harriott

    Charlton, whose safety had already been secured, take the lead at Blackpool as Callum Harriot turns in Marvin Sordell's ball. Blackpool need all the teams below them to win to go down and will be pleased that close rivals Bolton are beating Birmingham at the moment.

  135. 13:33: 
    GOAL- Blackburn 3-2 Wigan - James McClean (59 mins)

    It looks all over for Blackburn as Republic of Ireland winger James McClean drills home from close range. Surely too much to do for Blackburn, who need Reading to lose and a seven-goal swing, now?

  136. 13:33: 
    GOAL- Reading 2-2 Burnley - Garath McCleary (58 mins)

    Another twist in the play-off race - and don't expect it to be the last one. Shortly after Brighton lifted themselves back into sixth, Reading go back above them as a spectacular 20-yard volley by Garath McCleary leaves Burnley keeper Tom Heaton flapping a thin air. That was a goal that would not have looked out of place on the Premier League stage.

  137. 13:32: 
    Leicester 0-0 Doncaster

    A corner of the King Power Stadium erupts - but it is nothing to do with the action there. News filters through about Bolton's goal to the travelling Doncaster contingent, who celebrate like their own side has scored.

  138. 13:30: 
    GOAL- Bolton 1-0 Birmingham - Lee Chung-yong (57 mins)

    Oh dear Birmingham fans. This is not the script that was supposed to be written as Bolton snatch the lead. A free kick into the area falls kindly for Lee Chung-yong and he drills a low shot into the net. Two goals needed from Birmingham if scores elsewhere stay the same.

  139. 13:28: 
    Leicester 0-0 Doncaster

    Doncaster twice break forward on the counter, with midfielder James Coppinger leading the charge on both occasions. The Rovers stalwart feeds rampaging Romanian right-back Gabriel Tamas, who shoots low at Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel and then crosses into the Dane's hands. Encouraging signs for the visitors.

  140. 13:27: 
    GOAL- Nottingham Forest 1-1 Brighton - Stephen Ward (53 mins)

    Brighton's players and fans celebrate wildly as on-loan Wolves midfielder Stephen Ward levels with a beautifully-placed half-volley to move his team into the play-offs. As it stands, a point is all the Seagulls need to finish in the top six with Reading losing against Burnley.

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    Tony: Are Donny the worlds luckiest football team? League One champions last year with record low points. Staying up this year with only 45?

  142. 13:24: 
    Bolton 0-0 Birmingham

    Birmingham are once again straight on the front foot in the early stages of the second half as Nikola Zigic goes close with a header. Lee Clark made a change at the break with young left back Mitch Hancox on for Emyr Huws.

  143. 13:23: 
    Leicester 0-0 Doncaster

    Doncaster know that a draw could be enough, but they also know it could be too little. What a dilemma for gaffer Paul Dickov. Does he stick or twist?

    His team win a free-kick in a decent position on the left flank close to the byline and Dickov tells the big lads from the back to head forward. But ex-Wales international David Cotterill's free-kick is far too deep for his mates in the Leicester box. Waste.

  144. 13:20: 
    Burnley celebrate scoring against Reading

    Off we go again then in the Championship as the second halves get under way. Who will be celebrating in 45 minutes, and who will drowning their sorrows? Time to find out...


    OptaJoe: Charlie Austin has scored his 100th professional goal in all competitions. Century.

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    Mark, via text: "The race for sixth has been a case of the bar of wet soap, all of the candidates have messed it up, the eventual winner is simply the least rubbish."

  147. 13:14: 

    While the players have a breather with a half-time orange, it is time for you to take a deep breath ahead of the final 45 minutes of the Championship season.

    To remind you, we will be goalflashing all of the key matches involving the play-off contenders and the relegation fodder. Do not go anywhere!

  148. 13:11: 
    Goals round-up

    QPR are preparing for the play-offs in style as they lead 2-0 at already relegated Barnsley. Charlie Austin and a Jean Yves Mvoto own goal just before half time. Middlesbrough are winning 3-1 at Yeovil, who are also down, Ipswich lead Sheffield Wednesday 1-0, while Derby are beating Leeds by the same scoreline. Four other games in the Championship are goalless.

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    Mat: So hope Donny stay up today. Will never forget Paul Dickov's goal for Man City against Gillingham in the 1999 play-off final. City legend!

  150. 13:06: 
    Blackburn 3-1 Wigan

    BBC Sport's Andy Cryer at Ewood Park: "Incredible stuff at Blackburn chase those four goals in the second half which would give them a play-off spot which previously seemed impossible. Wigan's James McClean is lucky not to see red for head-butting Rovers defender Grant Hanley. The visitors are rattled and Ewood Park is rocking."

  151. 13:03: 
    Lee Clark

    The half-time whistle is being blown in Championship games across England. As it stands, Reading are in the play-offs, Birmingham are going down. A lot can happen in 45 minutes though...

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    Tim: If Birmingham had played with this urgency from day one, I doubt we'd be in this position now.

    Chris: Doncaster fans must be the only people in Britain today that don't want Kevin Phillips to score.

  153. 13:00:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBolton 0-0 Birmingham

    Former England goalkeeper Tim Flowers on BBC Radio 5 live: "I think Birmingham look quite comfortable at the moment. They have asked all the questions, they break play up and counter quickly. They look a decent side and I can see someone like Federico Macheda coming on and winning this for them."

  154. 12:57: 
    How it looks- Bottom of the Championship

    Millwall winning 1-0 against Bournemouth means, as it stands, they are safe. Blackpool drop down one place but are still safe as it stands. Their game against Charlton is goalless. Doncaster, 0-0 at Leicester, are just outside the relegation zone, with Birmingham still in trouble as Bolton continue to keep them at bay, 0-0 at the Reebok Stadium.

  155. 12:56: 
    Leicester 0-0 Doncaster
    Nigel Pearson

    Doncaster boss Paul Dickov - a former Leicester striker of course - looks pensive as he stalks the touchline. And it is not surprising as his troops start to come under the cosh.

    Veteran Australia defender Lucas Neill is fortunate to escape a Leicester penalty appeal for handball. Then, on-loan Manchester United keeper Sam Johnstone is caught in no man's land as Foxes defender Ritchie De Laet heads over the Rovers crossbar.

    But a point will be good enough for Donny if Birmingham don't win at Bolton.

  156. 12:54: 
    Goals round-up

    Two other goals to tell you about so far - Derby are leading at Leeds thanks to Simon Dawkins's early effort, while Boro are 1-0 up at relegated Yeovil, Danny Graham on the scoresheet there.

  157. 12:52: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Bolton 0-0 Birmingham

    Birmingham fans leap in the air as they think their side have grabbed a crucial goal, Nikola Zigic's effort creeping over the line but the referee blows his whistle for a foul in the area and it is scrubbed off. Promising so far though from Birmingham.

  158. 12:52: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Nottingham Forest 1-0 Brighton
    Brighton's Leonardo Ulloa

    With Burnley going ahead against Reading, Brighton - as things stand - merely need to draw this game to secure a spot in the play-offs. Nervy stuff. The Seagulls think they have equalised when top scorer Leo Ulloa sidefoots the ball into the net, but celebrations are short lived as the goal is rightly disallowed for offside.

  159. 12:51: 
    How it looks- Top of the Championship
    Football League

    We're a third of the way through the final day - and here's the state of play at the top. Leicester are on course to reach 100 points, while Reading are still clinging on to sixth...

  160. 12:51: 
    GOAL- Blackburn 3-1 Wigan - Rudy Gestede (35 mins)

    BBC Sport's Andy Cryer at Ewood Park: "Belief is growing at Ewood Park as Rudy Gestede heads Blackburn 3-1 ahead. The atmosphere is building as news of results from elsewhere filters through. Four more goals for Rovers would put them in the play-offs as things stand."

  161. 12:49: 
    Blackburn 2-1 Wigan

    BBC Sport's Andy Cryer at Ewood Park: "With results as they are, Blackburn would need five more goals to reach the play-offs. Unlikely but results elsewhere have given the supporters renewed belief. Jordan Rhodes has a header disallowed for offside as Blackburn go for goals."

  162. 12:46: 
    GOAL- Millwall 1-0 Bournemouth - Martyn Woolford (29 mins)

    Big goal at the Den. Martyn Woolford gives Millwall the lead with his ninth goal of the season as the midfielder glances a header past Lee Camp in the Bournemouth goal. The Lions need a win to secure their place in the Championship and it is all going to plan.

  163. 12:44: 
    GOAL- Reading 1-2 Burnley - Danny Ings (28 mins)

    Reading look shell-shocked as Danny Ings fires Burnley into the lead with a delightful low shot on the turn from the edge of the penalty area following a disguised pass from Dean Marney. Can the hosts reply or are their play-off hopes about to end?

    If Brighton lose - which they are - and Blackburn don't win with an eight-goal swing (unlikely), Reading still finish sixth.

  164. 12:43: 
    Tense at the bottom end- Bolton 0-0 Birmingham

    Birmingham City are staying solid against Bolton at the moment and they have come closest to scoring so far, with Lee Novak failing to get his foot on the end of an inviting ball across the face of goal. No goals yet in any of the games involving Birmingham's relegation rivals Doncaster, Millwall and Blackpool, meaning the Blues remain in the relegation zone, a point from safety.

  165. 12:38: 
    GOAL- Nottingham Forest 1-0 Brighton - Matt Derbyshire (22 mins)

    Brighton need to win this game if they are to have any hope of reaching the play-offs so they won't thank their goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak for an awful mistake. The Brighton goalkeeper should have saved Matt Derbyshire's tame header but, instead, he flapped and the ball bounced into the corner via his thigh.

  166. 12:36: 
    GOAL- Reading 1-1 Burnley - Scott Arfield (20 mins)

    Did somebody say 'commentator's curse' (see 12:33)? Reading's joy soon turns to despair as Premier League-bound Burnley equalise. Scottish midfielder Scott Arfield drills into the top corner for the visitors. Reading will still go up if they draw and Brighton fail to win.

    Remember we'll be picking out the key goals to goalflash throughout the afternoon.

  167. 12:35: 
    GOAL- Blackburn 2-1 Wigan - Rudy Gestede (19 mins)

    BBC Sport's Andy Cryer at Ewood Park: "Goals galore at Blackburn. Wigan level but just seconds later Rudy Gestede puts Blackburn back ahead with a low strike from inside the area. Ewood Park still believes the play-offs are on."

  168. 12:34: 
    GOAL- Blackburn 1-1 Wigan - Ivan Ramis (17 mins)

    The visitors equalise as Martyn Waghorn crosses and Ivan Ramis heads in. Lots to do for Blackburn but even a win won't be enough with Reading winning.

  169. 12:33: 
    GOAL- Reading 1-0 Burnley - Kieran Trippier OG (16 mins)

    Reading know they will secure a play-off place if they beat Burnley - and they have been given a helping hand by the visitors. Clarets right-back Kieran Trippier turns into his own net after a surging run from Royals midfielder Jobi McAnuff. All going to plan for Nigel Adkins and his Royals men.

  170. 12:30: 
    Leicester 0-0 Doncaster

    Cagey opening from both sides at Leicester. The champions look like they are already on the beach, while relegation-threatened Doncaster have started very cautiously as they realise even a point could be crucial.

    Foxes striker Kevin Phillips, playing the final game of a goal-laden career, almost gets his lethal right boot on the end of a deflected David Nugent cross but Donny survive.

  171. 12:30: 
    As it stands- Championship play-offs

    Blackburn are winning but at the moment it is not enough to get them into the top six, with Reading's game against Burnley still goalless.

  172. 12:28: 
    GOAL- Blackburn 1-0 Wigan - Tom Cairney (13 mins)

    BBC Sport's Andy Cryer at Ewood Park: "A great start for Blackburn. Tom Cairney weaves his way through Wigan's defence before coolly slotting home from inside the area.

    "Just seconds earlier Blackburn's top scorer Jordan Rhodes missed a sitter. He looked to have an empty net in front of him as Josh King crosses low from the right. But he decides to try and control the ball first, takes too long and his shot is blocked by a recovering Wigan defender.

    "Is the miracle on for Blackburn? They need a few more goals and defeats for Brighton and Reading yet to make the play-offs."

  173. 12:27: 
    Blackburn 0-0 Wigan

    BBC Sport's Andy Cryer at Ewood Park: "The first shot of the game is from Wigan with James McClean cutting inside and shooting low at Paul Robinson from 12 yards. Wigan have made seven changes from their last match as they focus on the play-offs but have made a good start."

  174. 12:26: 
    Nottingham Forest 0-0 Brighton

    They may have been under the cosh a bit in the early stages but it is Brighton who have the first chance of the game as Leonardo Ulloa goes through one-on-one, but his effort is pushed wide by Dorus De Vries.

  175. 12:25: 
    BBC Sport vote

    Meanwhile, we are having a quick vote whether Crystal Palace's Tony Pulis should be the manager of the year? Vote at or Tweet either #yes or #no to @bbcsport

    Vote will close at 12:35 BST so get your fingers at the ready.

  176. 12:22: 
    Leicester 0-0 Doncaster

    A chorus of 'stand up for the champions' rings around the Leicester stands, before the pocket of Donny fans respond with 'stand up if you're staying up' - and both sets could be in fine voice in about two hours' time. Half chance for Rovers as South Africa midfielder Dean Furman bursts forward but is unable to beat Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel to Chris Brown's throughball.

  177. 12:22:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveNottingham Forest 0-0 Brighton

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator Peter Slater: "Nearly five minutes played and it is goalless. If Brighton want to win this they need to get the ball out of their own half, it has been all Nottingham Forest at the moment."

  178. 12:20: 
    Bolton 0-0 Birmingham

    Birmingham boss Lee Clark chomps away on some chewing gum on the touchline but is on the whole looking pretty calm as his side patiently pass the ball around at the Reebok Stadium. No chances as yet.

  179. 12:16: 

    This is it. All of the Championship matches are under way. For one team it will be their last game at this level for at least another season...

    We'll be endeavouring to goalflash the key, important goals over the next 90 minutes.

  180. 12:15: 
    Leicester v Doncaster (12:15 BST)

    Leicester's King Power Stadium is a sea of blue as the players go through their customary pre-match handshakes. Flags, banners and balloons hover around the sunny East Midlands sky as the home fans belt out The Beatles' Hey Jude classic. The away fans are in fine voice too - although their faces bear a more concerned expression.

  181. 12:14: 
    BBC coverage

    While Millwall staff and players are banned from finding out scores elsewhere you lot aren't and to help you keep tabs on all the crucial games, the BBC Sport App allows you to pick and choose games you would like to receive goal flashes from.

    Android (phones and tablets) and iOS (iPhone and iPad) app users can now sign up to receive alerts for more than 150 teams. Find out more on the BBC Sport website.

  182. 12:13: 
    Millwall v Bournemouth (12:15 BST)

    Despite four draws and three wins from their last seven games Millwall still need another victory to confirm their Championship status.

    The Lions sit 20th in the league table but just two points clear of Birmingham, who occupy the final relegation place, and they are without a home win since 18 January.

    This afternoon they face a Bournemouth side who have lost only one of their past nine games and who could finish as high as eighth in their first season back in the second tier of England football.

  183. 12:13: 
    Leicester v Doncaster (12:15 BST)

    It's all about permutations for Doncaster Rovers. They are a point above the relegation zone but have an inferior goal difference to Birmingham in 22nd. The problem for Rovers is that they are away at a Leicester side eager to hit the 100-point mark, while Blues have the slightly easier task of getting a result at Bolton. The Foxes have only won one of their last four meetings against Rovers - Paul Dickov's men will be hoping that's one in five by the end of today.

  184. 12:12: 
    Blackburn v Wigan (12:15 BST)

    BBC Sport's Andy Cryer at Ewood Park: "Blackburn Rovers should run out to Mission Impossible music this afternoon with Gary Bowyer donning a Tom Cruise mask.

    "To get into the play-offs Rovers need to beat Wigan and hope Reading and Brighton both lose. Even then Bowyer's men need to turn around a seven-goal swing on the Royals.

    "Wigan are already in the play-offs but Bowyer admits snookers are needed for promotion. Snookers? I think it's called a miracle."

  185. 12:12: 
    Bolton v Birmingham (12:15 BST)

    Birmingham City are facing an uncertain future off the field but they will know they be playing League One football next season unless they get at least a point at mid-table Bolton.

    Even a win might not be enough to keep them up, depending on results elsewhere in the Championship, but Blues boss Lee Clark says his team will fight to the end for their 3,800 travelling fans who have sold out the away section at the Reebok Stadium. "The support they have shown us, considering what has happened, is fantastic." Clark said. "Everybody will be giving everything to try and stay in this league."

  186. 12:11: 

    How are those nerves holding up? Is your stomach churning yet? It should be if you are a Birmingham, Doncaster, Millwall or Blackpool fan. Less than five minutes to go until your team's day of destiny begins. The rest of you can sit back smugly and enjoy the ride. Here's what is happening in the key Championship games...

  187. 12:10: 

    Ian Holloway evidently does not want his players to be affected by any of the goings on from games elsewhere. The Millwall boss has placed a blanket ban on his coaching staff and non-playing players from checking up scores on their mobile phones. Various permutations can see them go down but the simple fact is, win and they stay up.

  188. 12:06: 

    No room for sentimentality in football? There is today as Kevin Phillips is given a start for Leicester against Doncaster. The Foxes have fielded a pretty strong side, despite five changes made from their previous fixture. Meanwhile, good news for Millwall fans is that Bournemouth top scorer Lewis Grabban is out with a knee injury.

    It looks like Birmingham will not be granted any favours by their opponents Bolton, who make just one change to their side for today's game.

  189. 12:01: 
    Who comes down?

    Today we could also find out which Premier League clubs could be pencilling in a trip to the likes of Brentford next season, with Cardiff and Fulham potentially dropping today.

    Live text on all the Premier League action is up and running, with West Ham v Tottenham the early kick off and you can follow the drama as it unfolds in our usual top-flight live text.

    Get involved

    Hartlepool United supporters are well-known for their end-of-season japes, with the Pools fans becoming social media sensations for their collective fancy dress on the final away trip of the season.

    Are you dressing up for the final day of Football League action? Can you do better than the Smurfs of Hartlepool? We want your pictures so don't be shy. Send them using #bbcfootball on Twitter and make the rest of the nation's football fans look square.

  191. 11:56:  
    BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington at Ewood ParkBlackburn v Wigan (12:15 BST)

    Wigan's 60th game of the season today. They were 15th back in December when boss Uwe Rosler took charge of his first game - below Birmingham in the Championship table.

  192. 11:54: 
    Decisive day for Donny
    Doncaster Rovers celebrate promotion

    Doncaster fans will be hoping that, come 2pm today, they will be experiencing a similar kind of elation to the one they experienced in an incredible final game of last season against Brentford.

    Rovers needed a draw to net the second automatic place in League One and deny the Bees and they looked set do so until Dean Furman fouled Toumani Diagouraga in the box in the 94th minute.

    But Marcello Trotta hit the bar with his penalty and James Coppinger scored on the break to give Rovers the title and secure promotion to the Championship.

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    We've been asking you to grade your team's performance for this season from A-D, and let us know what went wrong or what went right.

    Georj: Leicester: A*. Dominant, exciting, consistent and successful. Everything you want from a football side.

    Mike: Wolves: Grade A. Record-breaking, title-winning promotion, need I say more? King Kenny has been a revelation.

    Alex: Bury: Grade A. Considering where we were earlier in the season, David Flitcroft has done wonders with the squad.

  194. 11:52: 
    Kevin Phillips's pledge
    Leicester City

    Leicester City may have already secured promotion back to the Premier League but they still have reason to put Doncaster to the sword in their game today.

    The Foxes, currently on 99 points, will break the 100 points barrier with a win, which would also see them go joint third in the all-time Championship points total list.

    The game is also significant because it marks the end of an era as veteran striker Kevin Phillips, 40, sticks on his football boots for the final time. Good news for Birmingham fans, though, as Phillips has pledged to do all he can to help them in their plight.

    Phillips, who spent three seasons at Birmingham, told the Birmingham Mail: "I have had so many texts from Bluenoses hoping we can do them a favour. If I start or come on later on I will be trying my hardest to try and help those Bluenoses out."

  195. 11:50: 

    It has been two decades since Birmingham City last dipped their toes in the third tier of English football. It was a time when Forrest Gump had just come out at cinemas, Wet, Wet, Wet's Love Is All Around was number one in the charts for what seemed like forever, and tv show Friends first graced our screens.

    There is an uncomfortable symmetry about the last time Birmingham were relegated too, because it was a 1-1 away draw at Bolton towards the end of the 1993-94 season that ultimately prevented them from avoiding the drop.

    Surely history won't repeat itself this time?

  196. 11:48: 
    Celebrity Bluenoses unite
    David Harewood

    It is quite a predicament Birmingham find themselves in, having been League Cup winners just three years ago, and the great and the good of the celebrity world have thrown the weight of their support behind Birmingham City's bid to stay up.

    David Harewood, pictured above right, star of tv show Homeland, posted this rousing tweet: "Today. We call on the spirit of Latchford, Francis and Burns. Of Dugarry and all who have worn the Blue and White! Keep Right On Lads! As we gaze into the Abyss and darkness threatens to eat us up, remember the City, remember the Fans! Until the End Of the Road Lads!"

    James Phelps, of Harry Potter fame, tweeted: "Come on you blues! Do it for the thousands of people who have turned up to support you all season without fail."

    Meanwhile, former Birmingham striker Mikael Forssell piped up with: "Come on Birmingham City today!!! Give your all and it will be enough!!!"

  197. 11:46: 
    Championship permutations- Birmingham

    Birmingham (away at Bolton) will be relegated:

    (A) If they lose.

    (B) If they draw and Doncaster avoid defeat.

    (C) If they win and Doncaster win and Millwall win and Blackpool avoid defeat.

  198. 11:45: 
    Championship permutations- Millwall
    Ian Holloway

    Millwall (home to Bournemouth) will be relegated:

    (A) If they lose and Birmingham win and Doncaster win

    (B) If they lose by two or more goals and Birmingham win and Doncaster draw (assuming no freak 6-6 draw for Donny, as above)

    (C) If they draw and Birmingham win and Doncaster win and Blackpool avoid losing by four or more goals (in that scenario, a 4-0 loss would see Blackpool slip below Millwall on goals scored. NB Millwall have currently scored 45 goals, Blackpool 38).

  199. 11:44: 
    Championship permutations- Doncaster

    Doncaster (away at Leicester) will be relegated:

    (A) If they lose and Birmingham avoid defeat.

    (B) If they draw and Birmingham win and Millwall avoid defeat.

    (C) If they draw and Birmingham win and Millwall lose by a one-goal margin, which would send them down on goals scored (assuming Doncaster's draw isn't a freak result like 6-6, 7-7, etc; Donny have currently scored 39 goals, Millwall 45)

  200. 11:43: 
    Championship permutations- Blackpool

    Blackpool (home to Charlton) will be relegated:

    (A) If they lose and Birmingham win and Doncaster win and Millwall win

    (B) If they lose by four or more goals and Birmingham win and Doncaster win and Millwall draw (again, in that scenario a 4-0 loss would see Blackpool slip below Millwall on goals scored. NB Millwall have currently scored 45 goals, Blackpool 38).

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    We've been asking you to grade your team's performance for this season from A-D, and let us know what went wrong or what went right.

    Adam: AFC Wimbledon: Grade B-. Good: No last day relegation scrap, bit of stability! Bad: Performances still inconsistent.

    Chris: Walsall: Grade C. Haven't scored enough goals but still made progress this season and challenged for the play-offs.

    Aaron: Middlesbrough: Grade C. No out-and-out goalscorer. Poor discipline. Not enough depth in squad.

  202. 11:42: 
    Championship permutations- Blackburn

    Blackburn (home against Wigan) will reach the play-offs:

    (A) If they beat Wigan while achieving at least a seven-goal swing over Reading (who must lose) and Brighton lose.

    (B) If they beat Wigan by seven or more goals and Reading lose and Brighton fail to win.

  203. 11:41: 
    Championship permutations- Brighton

    Brighton (away at Nottingham Forest) will reach the play-offs:

    (A) If they beat Nottingham Forest and Reading fail to win.

    (B) If they draw and Reading lose and Blackburn fail to win by seven or more goals.

  204. 11:40: 
    Championship permutations- Reading

    Reading (home against Burnley) will reach the play-offs:

    (A) If they beat Burnley.

    (B) If they draw and Brighton fail to win.

    (C) If they lose and Brighton lose and Blackburn fail to win with at least a seven-goal swing over Reading.

  205. 11:38: 
    Championship permutations

    Permutations were the part of GCSE Maths that everyone hated, including the boffin at the front. But for the rest of us even the context of football doesn't make them much more fun.

    Luckily for those of you who can't get their head around the ups and downs today (including us), BBC Sport's Mark Mitchener has been ploughing through all the possible permutations. Ready for your mind to be blown? Here we go....

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    We've been asking you to grade your team's performance for this season from A-D, and let us know what went wrong or what went right.

    Ian: Charlton: Grade C (as in: 'Could have done better at home!'). A few wins at the end of the season saved them from last-day drama.

    Ant: Ipswich: Grade B-. Good season with limited budget but sometimes Mick went a bit too defensive and cost us points.

    Tom: Bournemouth: Grade A. Great first season back in the Championship, Yann Kermorgant has been an inspired signing, Premier League in two years.

  207. 11:32: 

    While we will be keeping tabs on all 12 Championship matches, our beady eyes will be particularly trained on the seven key games which affect play-off dreams and relegation woe....

    Blackburn v Wigan

    Blackpool v Charlton

    Bolton v Birmingham

    Leicester v Doncaster

    Millwall v Bournemouth

    Nottingham Forest v Brighton

    Reading v Burnley

  208. 11:28: 
    BBC coverage

    We will do our very best to paint the picture of what is happening across the Football League right here but you can also listen to BBC Radio 5 live to add to your final day experience.

    They will have live commentary of the big game towards the bottom of the table, Bolton v Birmingham, from 12:00 BST, plus updates from the across the last day of the Championship.

    Final Score will catch the crucial final few minutes of the Championship games when it goes live on Red Button from 14:30 BST before also going out on BBC One from 16:30 to catch the dramatic final moments of League One and Two.

    Then, you can relieve all the final day drama on the Football League Show, on BBC One at 23:45.

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Capital R: Nottingham Forest's grade this season went from A-D - everything went right then all wrong! typical rollercoaster for our fans

    Byron Evans: Wycombe Wanderers. Grade: D. Right: Nothing. Wrong: Everything.

    Sachin Dholakia: Watford. Grade C. Not able to bounce back from the play-off final loss last season. Conceded too many late goals.

  210. 11:22: 
    Championship crusade
    Football League

    So with almost everything sorted at the top, squeaky bum time will be at the other end. With Yeovil and Barnsley already resigned to League One football next season, one more unfortunate lot will join them.

    Lee Clark's Birmingham currently occupy the dreaded third-from-bottom spot, one point behind Paul Dickov's Doncaster and a further one adrift of Ian Holloway's Millwall. Meanwhile, Holloway's former club Blackpool aren't safe either.

    Three sets of players will be cracking open the champagne tonight, the other lot will be at home kicking the cat.

  211. 11:18: 
    Championship cheer

    So here's the plan. First, we are focusing on the Championship where the 24 teams are playing in 12 fixtures which all kick off at 12:15 BST.


    Leicester, who were runaway leaders since the New Year, have already sewn up the title and they will be joined in the Premier League by Burnley. Three of the play-off places have been snaffled by Derby, QPR and Wigan, leaving current incumbents Reading, Brighton and outsiders Blackburn battling for the final spot.

    Get involved

    Whether your thoughts are already drifting towards next season, or you are set for a nervy 90 minutes of football ahead, we want to hear from you over the next six or so hours.

    We want you to grade your team's performance for this season from A-D. In 140 characters tweet via #bbcfootball and let us know your team's name, the grade you have given them, and what went wrong or what went right.

    If you feel you have more to get off your chest, then get involved the good old fashioned way, by texting on 81111 (UK only). You can also join the debate on our BBC Sport Facebook page. and our Google+ page.

  213. 11:10: 

    "Don't you open that trapdoor, You're a fool if you dare.... Stay away from that trapdoor, 'Cos there's something down there...."

    These are the words of a television theme tune which all you 1980s kids out there should be familiar with - from that cult claymation classic The Trap Door.

    But today it is not those animated monsters Berk, Boni and Drutt who want to avoid the murky world below them, it is the likes of Ian Holloway, Lee Clark and Paul Dickov.

    These three Championship bosses know what lurks below their relegation-threatened sides, but they do not want to slip through the trapdoor to League One.

  214. 11:05: 

    Hello! Welcome to our special feast of Football League fun - although it isn't really going to be fun for plenty of you lot today, is it? With all the automatic promotion spots signed, sealed and delivered across the Championship, League One and League Two, much of the focus goes to the other end of the table.

    Four clubs will be relegated today - one from the Championship, two from League One and one from League Two - leaving their players, staff and supporters facing a miserable summer. Although their close-season mood would be brightened by a World Cup triumph for England. Ah.

  215. 11:00: 
    Football League

    Skin-scorching sunshine. Short-sleeve shirted supporters outside the pub. Kids tearing about wearing full kits. That buzz of optimism humming around the streets outside the ground. Aaaah, August - why did you disappear so quickly?

    The start of the season, those heady days of unsubstantiated enthusiasm, seem like such a long time ago for most of us.

    For some today is a day of celebration, for others it is a day of nerve-jangling, nail-chewing, armpit-perspiring tension. Nine months, 268 days, and 46 games all boil down to this.

    Welcome to the final day of the Football League season.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 03 May 2014 UK

Sky Bet League One summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Wolves 46 58 103
No movement 2 Brentford 46 29 94
No movement 3 Leyton Orient 46 40 86
No movement 4 Rotherham 46 28 86
No movement 5 Preston 46 26 85
No movement 6 Peterborough 46 14 74
No movement 7 Sheff Utd 46 2 67
No movement 8 Swindon 46 4 66
No movement 9 Port Vale 46 -14 61
No movement 10 MK Dons 46 -2 60
No movement 11 Bradford 46 3 59
No movement 12 Bristol City 46 3 58
No movement 13 Walsall 46 0 58
No movement 14 Crawley 46 -6 57
No movement 15 Oldham 46 -9 56
No movement 16 Colchester 46 -8 53
No movement 17 Gillingham 46 -19 53
No movement 18 Coventry 46 -3 51
No movement 19 Crewe 46 -26 51
No movement 20 Notts County 46 -13 50
No movement 21 Tranmere 46 -27 47
No movement 22 Carlisle 46 -33 45
No movement 23 Shrewsbury 46 -21 42
No movement 24 Stevenage 46 -26 42

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