1987-88 Play-off

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The 1987-88 play-offs were a short-lived system whereby the club which finished fourth from bottom in the First Division was matched in a play-off competition with the teams which finished 3rd, 4th and 5th in the Second Division to decide the final promotion/relegation place. Having finished 18th in the First Division that season, Chelsea were forced to take part in the play-offs along with Blackburn Rovers, Middlesbrough and Bradford City. In the semi-finals Chelsea comfortably beat Blackburn 6-1 on aggregate, but were unable to overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit against Middlesbrough in the final and were thus relegated.


Season Day D M Year Round Opposition Venue Result Score Notes
1987-88Sun15May1988Semi-final 1st legBlackburn RoversAwayWon2-0
1987-88Wed18May1988Semi-final 2nd legBlackburn RoversHomeWon4-1(6-1 aggregate)
1987-88Wed25May1988Final 1st legMiddlesbroughAwayLost0-2
1987-88Sat28May1988Final 2nd legMiddlesbroughHomeWon1-0(1-2 aggregate)
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