The Championship campaign will end on August 4 after the English Football League confirmed the dates for the play-offs.
Colchester manager John McGreal lauded Cohen Bramall’s “special” winner which gave his side a slender 1-0 advantage in their Sky Bet League Two play-off semi-final against Exeter.
The play-offs have seen dramatic finishes but few have been as spectacular as the one conjured by David Hopkin.
Manchester City heroes were made as they completed a stunning late comeback from two goals down in the Second Division play-off final against Gillingham in 1999.
The Republic of Ireland will take part in their 10th play-off campaign when they resume their Euro 2020 quest in March next year.
Portugal and Holland will be the biggest names relying on play-offs for Euro 2020 as things stand after the second qualifier window.
Almost two-thirds of clubs promoted to the top flight via the play-offs since the introduction of one-off finals in 1990 have gone straight back down.
Derby boss Frank Lampard has criticised the “incredible” decision to overturn a penalty for his side during their 1-0 Sky Bet Championship play-off defeat to Leeds.
Kemar Roofe hit a second-half winner to give Leeds a slender 1-0 advantage over Derby following the first leg of their Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final.
West Brom skipper Chris Brunt is ready to accept another helping hand from Jay Rodriguez to break Aston Villa hearts.
Leeds will have to settle for a play-off place this season – but the record of third-placed finishers in the Championship offers them encouragement.
A goal in each half from Tom Lawrence and Jayden Bogle put Derby on the brink of a place in the Championship play-offs with a 2-0 victory over Bristol City at Ashton Gate.
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