League One ups, downs and playoffs confirmed on tense final day of 2022/23 season


In this article, we look at the League One ups, downs and playoffs with it all confirmed on what is a tense final day of 2022/23 season.

Going into the 12pm kick offs, we knew the title, playoff places and three relegation positions needed to be filled.

Plymouth will secure title with win at Port Vale – any slip-up would give Ipswich, who travel to Fleetwood, a chance.

Derby and Peterborough are both battling for the final play-off spot while Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley and Bolton are guaranteed a play-off place.

Three of Accrington Stanley, Cambridge, Morecambe, Milton Keynes Dons and Oxford United (realistically safe) will join Forest Green Rovers in being relegated.


GOAL: Port Vale 1-0 Plymouth Argyle – James Plant (3 mins)
James Plant just three minutes in sending the ball into the corner of the net from just inside the box. Means the title is heading for Ipswich

GOAL: Oxford 1-0 Accrington – Billy Bodin (8 mins)
Accrington’s unlikely hopes of staying up are looks even more impossible. Billy Bodin nets for Oxford to give them the lead early on against Stanley, meaning Accrington need a 17-goal swing and victory to have any chance of staying up.

GOAL: Barnsley 0-1 Peterborough Utd – Jonson Clarke-Harris (6 mins)
Peterborough need to win to keep their play-off hopes alive – and they’ve made the perfect start. Ephron Mason-Clark sending a cross into the box is taken down well by Jonson Clarke-Harris and he lashes a finish into the corner.

DISALLOWED GOAL – Barnsley 0-1 Peterborough (21 mins)
Moments after the Tykes have strong penalty shout turned down for handball, Barnsley have the ball in the net. James Norwood being played in and finishes clinically, but the linesman’s flag is up for offside.

GOAL: Cambridge 1-0 Forest Green – Harrison Dunk (25 mins)
A huge goal at the bottom of the table with Harrison Dunk heading the ball in for Cambridge from a corner and amid a scramble inside the Forest Green box. It lifts Cambridge to 20th and they’re safe as things stand and if it stays like this, MK Dons and Morecambe will join Forest Green and Accrington in relegation to League Two.

GOAL: Bristol Rovers 0-1 Bolton Wanderers – Shola Shoretire (24 mins)

GOAL: Port Vale 1-1 Plymouth – Adam Randell (34 mins)
The youngster picks up a bouncing cross, just a yard behind the penalty spot and send the ball into the bottom right corner.

GOAL Bristol Rovers 1-1 Bolton Wanderers – Luca Hoole (28 mins)

GOAL: Port Vale 1-2 Plymouth – Joe Edwards (38 mins)
Brilliant link up play from Plymouth who came charging down the far right side of the pitch. A low cross came in and on hand was Joe Edwards at the back post and punches the ball into the top corner.

GOAL: Cambridge 2-0 Forest Green – Sam Smith (37 mins)
Cambridge extend their lead to keep the fight for survival in their own hands with a volley from Sam Smith, w=going unmarked on the right-hand side of the box and volleyed the ball from a tight angle into the top corner of the Forest Green goal. MK Dons and Morecambe could do with a response.

GOAL Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Derby County – Michael Smith (43 mins)
Michael Smith sent a penalty into the right corner. A poor backpass finds Marvin Johnson and a slight pull from Curtis Davies, now sent off, was enough to bring the Wednesday striker down. It looked harsh, but it could be massive! As it stands Peterborough are going into the play-offs and Derby are out. For now.

Jay Stansfield (48 mins)

GOAL: Exeter 2-1 Morecambe – Jay Stansfield (57 mins)
Jay Stansfield fires past Shrimps keeper Connor Ripley for his second. Morecambe are going down unless they can force another fightback.

GOAL: Fleetwood 1-1 Ipswich

GOAL: Port Vale 1-3 Plymouth – Finn Azaz (61 mins)
A superb finish from Finn Azaz coming as a sub and provides some real quality. The ball broke neatly for him on the edge of the penalty area and makes no mistake in hitting the target.

GOAL: Oxford 1-1 Accrington – Korede Adedoyin (65 mins)
An equaliser for Stanley at the Kassam Stadium as Korede Adedoyin scores having initially cut inside.

GOAL: Exeter 3-1 Morecambe – Jay Stansfield hat trick (70 mins)

GOAL: Fleetwood 2-1 Ipswich – Jack Marriot (69 mins)

GOAL: Fleetwood 2-2 Ipswich – Marcus Harness (73 mins)

GOAL: Bristol Rovers 1-2 Bolton Wanderers – Daniel N’Lundulu (70 mins)

GOAL: Barnsley 0-2 Peterborough – Jack Taylor (76 mins)
Huge goal and a step nearer to the playoffs for the Posh with Derby still losing.

GOAL Bristol Rovers 1-3 Bolton Wanderers – Aaron Morley (77 mins)

HITS THE WOODWORK – Burton 0-0 MK Dons (82 mins)
How are MK Dons not ahead? Substitute Dawson Devoy picked up a loose ball, and struck the left-hand post.

GOAL: Oxford 1-2 Accrington – Aaron Pressley (85 mins)
Accrington are going down to League Two, but Accrington are ending on a positive note, Aaron Pressley heads home from close range against Oxford to restore some pride.

GOAL Bristol Rovers 2-3 Bolton Wanderers – John Marquis (85 mins)

Plymouth win League One title

Peterborough seal a playoff place, Derby miss out

MK Dons are relegated to League Two

Accrington are relegated from League One

Morecambe are relegated to League Two

Cambridge stay in League One on the final day


Peterborough United v Sheffield Wednesday
Fri May 12 2023 20:00 (UK)

Bolton Wanderers v Barnsley
Sat May 13 2023 15:00 (UK)

Sheffield Wednesday v Peterborough United
Thu May 18 2023 20:00 (UK)

Barnsley v Bolton Wanderers
Fri May 19 2023 20:00 (UK)

FT Barnsley (0) 0-2 (1) Peterborough United
FT Bristol Rovers (1) 2-3 (1) Bolton Wanderers
FT Burton Albion (0) 0-0 (0) Milton Keynes Dons
FT Cambridge United (2) 2-0 (0) Forest Green Rovers
FT Cheltenham Town (0) 2-2 (1) Charlton Athletic
FT Exeter City (0) 3-2 (0) Morecambe
FT Fleetwood Town (0) 2-2 (0) Ipswich Town
FT Lincoln City (0) 1-0 (0) Shrewsbury Town
FT Oxford United (1) 1-2 (0) Accrington Stanley
FT Port Vale (1) 1-3 (2) Plymouth Argyle
FT Portsmouth (1) 2-2 (1) Wycombe Wanderers
FT Sheffield Wednesday (1) 1-0 (0) Derby County

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