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By Phil Cartwright

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  1. Southend promoted

    Southend 1-1 Wycombe (Southend win 7-6 on penalties)

    Southend celebrate

    So that's it for the League Two play-off final. It took some time to get going, but what a conclusion we ended up with.

    Huge commiserations to Wycombe Wanderers, and congratulations to Southend United.

    We're back at 17:00 BST tomorrow with BBC Radio 5 live and text commentary of Preston v Swindon in the League One final at Wembley. And there's the small matter of the final day of the Premier League, too.

    Thanks for your company this evening.

  2. Post update

    Southend win 7-6 on penalties

    Dan Bentley

    Well, they left it late, but better late than never for Southend.

    After a goalless first 90 minutes, Dan Bentley's own goal put Wycombe within touching distance of the third tier.

    But Joe Pigott's 122nd-minute equaliser took the game to penalties and, after 16 spot-kicks, it was Southend who prevailed 7-6 to win promotion.

    The Shrimpers initially trailed in the shootout but Bentley ended up being the hero, keeping out efforts from Matt Bloomfield and, decisively, Sam Wood in sudden death.

    Read Phil Shepka's report from Wembley here.

  3. Post update

    Southend win 7-6 on penalties

    More from Southend boss Phil Brown: "The young lads and the old lads showed a lot of character to win the game. To get the equaliser in the 122nd minute shows what we're about.

    "We've got to dust ourselves down in the summer and come back in League One. That's what we set out to achieve at the start of the season and that's what we've done today."

  4. Post update

    Southend win 7-6 on penalties

    Phil Brown and Gareth Ainsworth

    More from Southend manager Phil Brown: "Myself and Gareth (Ainsworth) made a pact when the penalties started because a lot of bad things go on in football. We both said that we wouldn't go overboard, whoever wins it. It's in the lap of the gods, and it was."

  5. Post update

    Southend win 7-6 on penalties

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport at Wembley

    "The Southend players are, as you'd expect, in pretty high spirits. They are greeted by cheers as they walk back down the Wembley steps from the Southend fans, who have largely stayed behind to soak up this moment in the club's history."

  6. Post update

    Southend win 7-6 on penalties

    I wonder if those Southend fans that were dashing back down Wembley Way at the end of extra time managed to get back inside the stadium for the penalties?

  7. Post update

    Southend win 7-6 on penalties

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "It's been a thoroughly enjoyable occasion all of a sudden. What a finish. There are some moments there for Southend fans that will live long in the memory."

  8. Post update

    Southend win 7-6 on penalties

    Captain John White, surrounded by his team-mates, lifts the trophy that signifies Southend United are League Two play-off winners.

  9. Post update

    Southend win 7-6 on penalties

    There are a few more steps than there used to be at the old Wembley to get up to the balcony where they will collect the trophy. There are 107 steps these days, and the Southend squad will float up each one. Promotion is theirs.

  10. Post update

    Southend win 7-6 on penalties

    Southend manager Phil Brown tells Sky Sports: "It's very difficult. The last time I was here with Hull (in the 2008 Championship play-off final) it was a great day. This is even greater, but I feel desperately sorry for Wycombe and Gareth because they've had a fabulous year."

  11. Post update

    Southend win 7-6 on penalties

    Southend goalkeeper Dan Bentley tells Sky Sports: "I fancy myself on penalties. I just had to go up there and do the business."

  12. Post update

    Southend win 7-6 on penalties

    Handshakes between the two managers. Desolate Wycombe players on the floor. Joyous Southend players jumping up and down. The Shrimpers are League One-bound.

  13. BreakingSouthend win promotion to League One

    Southend win promotion

    SOUTHEND WIN 7-6 ON PENALTIES AND WIN PROMOTION TO LEAGUE ONE.

  14. SAVED

    Southend 7-6 Wycombe (Wood)

    Bentley tips the penalty on to the post. Wood on the floor, head in his hands. Southend celebrate. Incredible drama.

    Southend celebrate
  15. SCORES

    Southend 7-6 Wycombe (Bolger)

    Another confident Southend penalty. Battered in.

  16. SCORES

    Southend 6-6 Wycombe (Holloway)

    Bentley mind games. Holloway in off the post - keeper had gone the right way. Brown and Ainsworth stood next to each other.

  17. SCORES

    Southend 6-5 Wycombe (Weston)

    Good penalty. Power and into the corner. Southend looking strong.

  18. SCORES

    Southend 5-5 Wycombe (Jacobson)

    He did not look confident but he sent the keeper the wrong way.

  19. SCORES

    Southend 5-4 Wycombe (Barrett)

    Smashed. Roof of the net.

  20. SCORES

    Southend 4-4 Wycombe (Bean)

    Must score. Does score. Low and into the corner, keeper goes the wrong way. Sudden death now.

  21. SCORES

    Southend 4-3 Wycombe (Timlin)

    Low. Precise. Bottom corner. Keeper? He went the wrong way.

  22. SAVED

    Southend 3-3 Wycombe (Bloomfield)

    Good height for a keeper. Bentley dives to his right and saves. What drama.

  23. SCORES

    Southend 3-3 Wycombe (Payne)

    Cracking penalty. Low and into the bottom corner - and that from a 20-year-old.

  24. SCORES

    Southend 2-3 Wycombe (Hayes)

    Super. Cool. A touch of the dinked finish to this one. Sends the keeper the wrong way.

  25. SCORES

    Southend 2-2 Wycombe (Leonard)

    Bang. Thrashed high into the net.

  26. SCORES

    Southend 1-2 Wycombe (Mawson)

    Dan Bentley dives to his left and is agonisingly close to making a save but the strike has just enough power on it.

  27. SAVED

    Southend 1-1 Wycombe (Coker)

    Alex Lynch dives to his right and saves with his legs.

  28. SCORES

    Southend 1-1 Wycombe (Murphy)

    Peter Murphy sends the Southend keeper the wrong way.

  29. SCORES

    Southend 1-0 Wycombe (Pigott)

    Alex Lynch dives to his left but cannot quite keep the strike out.

  30. Post update

    Southend United 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers - penalties to follow

    So then, who do you fancy for this? Both goalkeepers have a story.

    Dan Bentley's own goal looked as though it would keep Southend in League Two.

    Alex Lynch in nets for Wycombe is making his third senior start in the Football League.

  31. Post update

    FT: Southend United 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers - penalties to follow

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "That is what you wait for as a football fan, for 50 or 60 years. Unbridled joy!"

  32. FULL-TIME

    Southend United 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers - penalties to follow

    Well these play-offs never fail to deliver drama. It took 122 minutes, but Joe Pigott's equaliser has taken us to penalties.

    There are Southend fans running back down Wembley Way, seemingly trying to get back into the stadium for the shootout.

    A lesson to you all - never leave a game early.

  33. GOAL

    ET: Southend United 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers (Joe Pigott)

    SOUTHEND EQUALISE! Myles Weston puts in a peach of a cross, a superb knockdown to Joe Pigott, and the substitute fires in from 12 yards. Phil Brown is punching the air, Southend delighted, Wycombe dejected, penalties imminent.

    Phil Brown
  34. Post update

    ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

    Was that Southend's chance? It was only a half-chance for Joe Pigott, who heads wide at the near post. Not long left now. Two added minutes, to be precise.

  35. Post update

    ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

    Southend are desperate now. Only one minute and injury time remains.

    I expect we'll hear something from Phil Brown on that penalty appeal that was turned down in the second half if the Shrimpers are beaten here.

  36. Post update

    ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

    Remember John Barnes in the Maracana in 1984? Wycombe's Aaron Holloway almost replicates that - albeit looking a little more leggy than Barnes did against Brazil. Despite support alongside him, Holloway runs into the last defender and Ben Coker slides the ball clear.

  37. Post update

    ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport at Wembley

    "Southend fans to my right are claiming for everything. Frenetic doesn't cover half of it."

  38. YELLOW CARDS

    ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

    Wycombe get a booking for time-wasting. There's a surprise with them leading 1-0 with six minutes to go. Sam Wood sees yellow.

    Southend's Ryan Leonard follows him into the book for dissent.

  39. Post update

    ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

    That's an opportunity wasted for Southend, who work the ball into Barry Corr in the box, but the big striker's lay-off to Jack Payne is overhit and then Ryan Leonard gives away a free-kick in his desperation to win the ball back.

  40. SUBSTITUTION

    ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

    Wycombe are about to make a late substitution - Nico Yennaris is struggling with cramp and is replaced by another midfielder, Peter Murphy. Yennaris is taking his time about it, and that's got the Southend bench riled up. A few tensions between the two sets of backroom staff, which still haven't died down.

  41. Post update

    ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

    A long Southend throw into the Wycombe box causes a few nervous moments but goalkeeper Alex Lynch takes charge of the situation and claims above a mass of bodies. Confident goalkeeping from a man making just his third start in the Football League.

  42. Post update

    ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

    As you would expect, Wycombe aren't throwing too many men forward when they get possession, and they're more than happy for Southend to have the ball in defensive areas.

  43. Post update

    ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport at Wembley

    "'Yellow, yellow, yellow' comes the cry from the Southend fans as they try to gee up their team. The whole season hinges on this half."

  44. Post update

    ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

    Some final words from the two bosses - Southend's Phil Brown and Wycombe's Gareth Ainsworth - and then we're under way again in extra time. Wycombe leading 1-0 thanks to that unfortunate Dan Bentley own goal.

  45. Post update

    ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "All that's separating these sides is the element of luck that Wycombe have had but Southend haven't."

  46. HALF-TIME

    ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

    Half-time in extra time, but Wycombe have some defending to do before the referee's whistle goes. Gareth Ainsworth's side are 15 minutes away from League One.

  47. Post update

    ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

    Steven Craig buys a cheap free-kick for Wycombe near the corner flag. Poor foul to give away by Southend left-back Ben Coker. Wycombe leave the big defenders at the back and attempt to play out time at the end of this first period of extra time.

  48. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

    OptaJoe on Twitter: All six of Wycombe's play-off goals this season have come from set-pieces. Placed.

  49. Post update

    ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

    Wycombe go on the attack again and captain Paul Hayes puts in a tame shot from 18 yards, which is easily gathered by Dan Bentley. Another stoppage imminent as Wycombe centre-back Alfie Mawson is down after an aerial battle with Barry Corr.

  50. Post update

    ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

    So then, Southend. What have you got left? About 20 minutes left for the Shrimpers to reply to Wycombe's opening goal.

  51. Post update

    ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport at Wembley

    "We finally have the breakthrough, and Joe Jacobson, who had an earlier sighter from 25 yards, sends the Wycombe fans into raptures - with the help of the unfortunate Dan Bentley.

    "The flags are out, and the party is on, but those in yellow are still drumming away. This game isn't over."

  52. Post update

    ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "It's a fantastic strike, but there is plenty of time for Southend to get back in this."

  53. SUBSTITUTION

    ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

    Southend respond immediately by bringing on Jack Payne for David Worrall.

  54. GOAL

    ET: Southend United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers - Dan Bentley OG

    Wycombe lead in the play-off final! Joe Jacobson, who escaped a penalty claim against him in the second half, curls in a superb free-kick. It hits the crossbar, comes down and bounces in off goalkeeper Dan Bentley. Heartbreaking for Bentley because the ball was heading away from goal when it struck his back and diverted into the goal.

    Joe Jacobson scores
  55. Post update

    ET: Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Aaron Holloway is tripped by the skull-capped Michael Timlin and Wycombe have a free-kick 25 yards out.

  56. Post update

    ET: Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Another Wycombe cross creates a decent chance early in extra time, but captain Paul Hayes nods over from 12 yards.

    Gareth Ainsworth
  57. KICK-OFF

    ET: Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Back under way at Wembley.

  58. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers (extra time to be played)

    Well, fair to say this hasn't been the most memorable of play-off finals so far. But that's not to say we won't have drama in extra time.

    And let's not forget that penalties may be required, and they're always dramatic.

  59. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers (extra time to be played)

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "They've both been brave in their substitutions. They've tried to win the game, but it hasn't quite worked out, just yet."

  60. FULL-TIME

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers (extra time to be played)

    We're level after 90 minutes, and that means we've got 30 more on the way.

    Southend v Wycombe
  61. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Nico Yennaris takes out Ryan Leonard in the air and Southend have a free-kick on halfway. Wycombe clear easily.

  62. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Southend's Barry Corr almost gets on the end of a long throw. Alfie Mawson does so, but the Wycombe man concedes a corner. Can Southend snatch a late winner? They can't. Wycombe clear the corner, and play is stopped as Marcus Bean is down injured in the box.

  63. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport at Wembley

    "The lack of noise from either set of fans tells you there is a feeling that we'll be going to extra time here. It's all got very tense in both ends."

  64. YELLOW CARD

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Wycombe centre-back Alfie Mawson sees yellow for a poor tackle on Southend substitute Joe Pigott.

    A minute plus three minutes of stoppage time left.

  65. GREAT SAVE!

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Poor delivery from Joe Jacobson and Southend clear. But Wycombe win it back and work the ball to the left. The cross comes in to defender Aaron Pierre, whose bullet header is tipped over by Dan Bentley. Super save from the youngster.

  66. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Steven Craig is into the action straight away for Wycombe, launching a long throw into the box. It's headed back to Craig, whose right-wing cross is put behind for a corner by Cian Bolger.

  67. SUBSTITUTION

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Wycombe are taking off Hogan Ephraim, who's been a real bright spot for the Chairboys today. Steven Craig is his replacement.

  68. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    David Butcher: ‏watching the shrimpers from a hot and sweaty Bangkok.

    A goal would certainly raise the temperature at Wembley, David. It's been fairly tepid so far.

    Get in touch with us on Twitter using #bbcfootball, text on 81111 or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  69. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Southend get a free-kick on the left touchline as Myles Weston is brought down by full-back Marcus Bean. Superbly delivered by David Worrall, and excellent defending by Aaron Pierre to nod behind for a corner.

  70. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Sam Saunders cuts a disconsolate figure on the Wycombe bench. The midfielder's play-off final lasted about six seconds before he was forced off with a calf problem. He's just appeared on crutches.

    On the field, Sam Wood works an opening for Wycombe but he scuffs his shot from inside the box.

  71. SUBSTITUTION

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    After Southend's Joe Pigott shoots wide from 20 yards, they are bringing on pacy winger Myles Weston for Will Atkinson. One substitution remaining for Shrimpers boss Phil Brown.

  72. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    End-to-end stuff now at Wembley. Southend break but Barry Corr runs into traffic inside the penalty area and there are enough blue shirts back to clear.

    Aaron Holloway
  73. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "That's the best chance by a mile. He doesn't get any real purchase on it - no real power, and it's good defending to clear. Wycombe have definitely stepped it up - this is by far and away their best period of the game."

  74. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Possibly the best chance of the match so far goes the way of Wycombe striker Paul Hayes. Aaron Holloway finds Hayes in the box and the Chairboys' skipper tries to pass the ball into the far corner past Dan Bentley. But the Southend goalkeeper gets down nicely to push the ball clear.

  75. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Now penalty appeals at the other end as Hogan Ephraim's shot hits the arm of Southend captain John White. White was only a yard away and any decision against him would have been extremely harsh.

  76. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    The first goal in this match is becoming more and more important as the seconds tick by. Southend are looking the more likely right now, but they've only seriously tested Wycombe goalkeeper Alex Lynch once in 73 minutes.

  77. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Southend growing into this game now. A cross in from the right picks out veteran defender Adam Barrett, who can only head over from eight yards.

    Phil Brown
  78. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "In a game of this magnitude, I can see why the referee didn't give that. There was contact, but whether it's enough to give a penalty, I don't know."

  79. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Oooh, big appeals for a Southend penalty and with good reason. Wycombe defender Joe Jacobson shoves Shrimpers striker Barry Corr in the back as the pair go for an aerial ball. Corner given. A very, very lucky escape for the Chairboys. Goes in the "seen them given" category.

    Joe Jacobson
  80. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    A short stoppage in play as Wycombe full-back Joe Jacobson lands awkwardly after jumping for a header. Thankfully he's back on his feet and we can get going again.

  81. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport at Wembley

    "It's as tight as the first half, but at least the second has provided us with chances.

    "Neither side wants to make a mistake, but both sets of fans are making their support known. I don't think the Southend drum has stopped beating yet this half."

    Alfie Mawson
  82. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Southend substitute Joe Pigott shows a neat turn of feet to work an opening for himself, but he fires well over from 25 yards.

  83. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Wycombe goalkeeper Alex Lynch makes his first meaningful save of the match. David Worrall crosses from the Southend right and Barry Corr heads on target from 15 yards, but Lynch is equal to it.

  84. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport at Wembley

    "I'm not sure if Gareth Ainsworth or Phil Brown have stopped pacing around their technical areas. They are kicking every single ball that is being played."

  85. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Wycombe win themselves a corner after good work from striker Paul Hayes down the right touchline. Defender Alfie Mawson, a scorer in their semi-final second-leg win over Plymouth, meets the delivery but puts the header wide.

  86. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "It's in the balance, isn't it? Neither side have played well enough to say they should be ahead.

    "You get the feeling that, if we get one goal, we might get two or three. If we do, the game could open up very quickly."

  87. SUBSTITUTION

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Southend are making their first change, and Joe Pigott's introduction in place of winger Stephen McLaughlin should bring about a change in formation too. Pigott, currently on loan from Charlton, is a striker so he'll probably go up top alongside Barry Corr.

  88. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "Southend are going make their first change. Joe Pigott is about to come on."

  89. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Alistair Bruce-Ball

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "I remember being here last season for Rotherham v Leyton Orient. Rotherham scored an equaliser and Steve Evans went charging down the touchline with the ground thundering underneath him.

    "It was good fun to describe that."

    We're asking for your favourite play-off final memories - get in touch with us on Twitter using #bbcfootball, text on 81111 or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  90. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Wycombe left-back Joe Jacobson takes ownership of the situation but his free-kick sails over Dan Bentley's crossbar.

  91. YELLOW CARD

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Southend striker Barry Corr lunges in on Hogan Ephraim on the edge of his own box and is booked. Worse still, he's conceded a free-kick in dangerous territory about 25 yards out.

  92. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "We've already had a better five minutes than we had in the first 45. It's a much better game now!"

    Listen to live commentary from Wembley by clicking on the audio icon.

  93. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    An excellent move from Southend down the left creates a crossing chance for Stephen McLaughlin. He whips it in low and Wycombe need left-back Joe Jacobson to put in a timely challenge at the back post. Encouraging signs for the Shrimpers.

  94. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Stephen McLaughlin runs into Wycombe full-back Marcus Bean but the referee waves away appeals for a Southend free-kick on the left wing.

  95. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "Let's not write this game off completely. Often we get two very contrasting halves. The first was not a true reflection of these players' abilities. Perhaps just the occasion has got to one or two."

    David Worrall
  96. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Good work from winger Hogan Ephraim earns Wycombe a corner. He was the bright spark for Wanderers in the first half. Alfie Mawson heads the set-piece over.

  97. KICK-OFF

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Southend kick us off in the second half.

  98. Post update

    HT: Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Phil Brown

    Southend manager Phil Brown has plenty of happy play-off final memories already - can he guide another side to promotion at Wembley?

    The teams are back out on the field ahead of the second half.

  99. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    James Taylor: Cheering on the Shrimpers from Melbourne, Australia in the early hours. Few clear cut chances so far but fancy Southend 1-0.

    Rossenanti: ‏Come on Wycombe. Went to the American High School in the 70's. Supporting Wycombe from Seattle.

    Tom Horn: ‏Play-off finals are the best way to go up, but the worst games in football to lose.

    Graeme Hunt: ‏Best play-off final? Sunderland v Charlton in 1998. Attacking football, tit-for-tat scoring and a penalty shoot out. Never bettered.

    Sam Willson: One year ago tomorrow. Two words - Bobby Zamora.

    Get in touch with us on Twitter at #bbcfootball, text on 81111, or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  100. Scrum caps, jinxes and a £120m windfall

    What makes the play-off weekend so special?

    Jermaine Beckford

    Whether it's players achieving success against the odds, clubs trying to overcome the burden of history or managers attempting to make their mark in the game - the Football League play-offs always seem to provide us with a story.

    We've picked out some reasons to watch this weekend's three play-off finals - read BBC Sport's guide to your weekend at Wembley.

  101. Still to come...

    Championship: Middlesbrough v Norwich City (Mon)

    Stephen Fry

    Middlesbrough face Norwich City in the Championship play-off final on Monday and, for the winner, there's Premier League football and an estimated £120m windfall on offer.

    Norwich beat local rivals Ipswich in their semi-final, while Boro easily got past the Championship's surprise package, Brentford.

    Will famous Norwich fan and club director Stephen Fry be smiling again at full-time on Monday? Kick-off is at 15:00 BST - BBC Radio 5 live will have commentary from Wembley, and we'll also be providing a live text commentary on the BBC Sport website, starting at 13:00 BST.

  102. Still to come...

    League One: Preston North End v Swindon Town (Sun)

    Swindon Town

    This season's League One play-off semi-finals provided memorable moments and shattered records.

    Preston North End are attempting to go up via the play-offs at the 10th time of asking. They overcame Chesterfield with a little help from Jermaine Beckford's screamer from the halfway line.

    Swindon Town edged past Sheffield United 7-6 on aggregate, their 5-5 draw in Wiltshire being the highest-scoring match in play-off history.

    Who will prevail in Sunday's final at Wembley? Kick-off is at 17:30 BST - we'll have coverage on BBC Radio 5 live and also a live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  103. Post update

    HT: Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    So no goals as yet in this League Two play-off final. Hopefully some on the way in the second half.

    If there's no separating these two after 90 minutes, we'll have extra time and, beyond that, penalties.

    This is the first game of a Football League play-off final trilogy at Wembley this weekend...

  104. Post update

    HT: Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "It's been a pretty fragmented game. There's been absolutely no flow to it. It can only get better!"

  105. Post update

    HT: Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport at Wembley

    "That first half is probably best summed up by the streams of people leaving early for their half-time pies. There wasn't a great deal to shout about other than Barry Corr's disallowed effort.

    "But fear not, goal fans. In the 15 meetings between these two sides, there has never been a 0-0 draw."

  106. HALF-TIME

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    So it's honours even at half-time, and that's probably about right.

    The main talking point came within five seconds of the game beginning, as Wycombe midfielder Sam Saunders suffered a calf injury and was forced off the field.

    Southend striker Barry Corr had a goal disallowed for a push from a team-mate, but other than that it's been very, very tight.

  107. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    That was brave defending from Southend striker Barry Corr inside his own penalty area. He brought the ball down from the sky and seemed to take an age to clear, but he eventually did so.

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    Three minutes of time to be added on.

  109. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Gregory J. Wells: Supporting the mighty Shrimpers from Île d'Yeu, France. Timlin's battered head to knock one in for the win.

    Anyone else watching from foreign shores?

  110. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Now midfielder Sam Wood goes close for Wycombe. A wonderful first touch sets up the chance for a left-footed shot from 25 yards. It's just over the bar, but it's a good spell for Gareth Ainsworth's men.

  111. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Decent chance for Wycombe, as winger Hogan Ephraim puts in another excellent cross and Paul Hayes hooks the ball towards goal from close range. Southend's highly-rated young goalkeeper Dan Bentley is equal to it and gathers safely.

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    I think both managers will be quite please to see half-time here. It's a bit scrappy and a bit tense. Maybe a quick chat from the two gaffers, and possibly a change of approach, might see a few more clear-cut opportunities on goal.

    Phil Brown
  113. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Matthew Thorne: Favourite play-off memory? Easy! Steve Walsh's silencing of the Rams...or is it Claridge's shinner v Palace?

    Dan Blower: Ipswich beating Barnsley 4-2 after an epic 7-5 aggregate win over Bolton in the semi-final. Play-off classic!

    Max Baggins-Craig: ‏2014 and Rotherham's 2-2 draw in the League One play-off final, two great goals from Millers & 4-3 on penalties - much deserved...

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  114. Post update

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    Hogan Ephraim's free-kick is curled in towards the back post but no Wycombe player can get a touch on it and it drifts behind for a goal kick.

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    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "He's caught Wood halfway up the shin. That's a dangerous challenge. They are the ones that can really hurt people."

  116. YELLOW CARD

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    Southend centre-back Cian Bolger lunges in on Wycombe midfielder Sam Wood and is booked. One yellow card apiece now.

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    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "It's not a very fluent game, is it? It's been scruffy. On the whole, it's been a pretty poor affair, I've got to say."

  118. Post update

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    Wycombe loft a free-kick from deep into the penalty area and Chairboys centre-back Aaron Pierre rises with opposing defender Adam Barrett. The referee signals goal kick, but replays show the last touch came off Barrett.

  119. Text us on 81111

    We're asking for your favourite play-off memories...

    Simon, Berkshire: 1997 and David Hopkin's strike in the last minute of extra time for Palace was sensational. Made up for losing in the last minute in 1996 when Claridge's shin sent Leicester up instead.

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  120. Post update

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    Wycombe striker Paul Hayes is denied, correctly, by the offside flag, but at least Wanderers are offering a bit more offensively now.

    Paul Hayes
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    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport at Wembley

    "It took the Southend fans a very long time to realise that goal was disallowed. They were still celebrating to my right for a good 20 seconds. Wycombe's fans gleefully notified them they were wrong, of course."

    Wycombe fans
  122. YELLOW CARD

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Wycombe captain Paul Hayes goes into the book for a trip on Stephen McLaughlin.

    Southend striker Barry Corr powerfully heads the resulting free-kick into the net, but it's disallowed by the referee for a push by Cian Bolger. Good decision.

    Paul Hayes yellow
  123. Post update

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    Speculative from Cian Bolger. And not very good, either. The Southend defender sees his name in lights as he shapes to volley from the angle of the penalty area. Unfortunately, fate decides the ball should fly miles over the bar.

  124. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Wycombe are having a bit of possession but the front three of Hogan Ephraim, Paul Hayes and Aaron Holloway aren't seeing much of the ball in decent attacking areas.

    In contrast, Southend have looked fairly dangerous when they've got forward and they haven't been shy to get the ball into the box from set-pieces.

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    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport at Wembley

    "Every time young Wycombe goalkeeper Alex Lynch touches the ball, Wanderers fans show him their support. They know how important his third senior start in professional football is."

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    Another Southend corner and another yellow shirt wins the first header, but centre-back Cian Bolger heads wide from 10 yards. Southend just edging the early stages.

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    Both sides are in good form heading into this play-off final and only missed out on automatic promotion on the final day of the regular League Two season.

    Here's one for you, stat fans - this is the third season that the two highest-placed teams in each division have made the play-off final. The others were 1997-98 & 1999-2000.

  128. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Three corners in quick succession for Southend, who have sent the big boys up from the back. Wycombe goalkeeper Alex Lynch deals with the first two by punching away from danger, and Lynch makes a smart save to deny striker Barry Corr's header from the third.

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    Another excellent Wycombe cross, this time from experienced striker Paul Hayes, forces Southend defender Cian Bolger into a clearing header. At the other end, Chairboys centre-back Alfie Mawson puts in a good challenge to deny Southend front man Barry Corr an effort at goal.

  130. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    No real saves for either goalkeeper to make thus far, with a real lack of end product from either attack, those two crosses from Wycombe's Hogan Ephraim apart.

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    Gareth Ainsworth

    Although he's one of the few managers who could probably still perform to a decent level in the Football League, it's purely a watching brief for Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth at Wembley today.

    And he's already been in the action, making an early substitution because of the unfortunate injury to Sam Saunders.

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    How will Wycombe respond to that early change? Very well, it seems. A couple of teasing crosses from winger Hogan Ephraim on the left cause the Southend defence all sorts of problems. Somehow, they scramble both clear.

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    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    Sam Saunders shows his disappointment after picking up his early injury

    "Saunders tried to get up and he can't even put a leg down. He can't put any weight on it at all. That's a real sickener for the boy."

  134. SUBSTITUTION

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Well, that's quite incredible. Sam Saunders' play-off final is over after about five seconds because of injury and he looks absolutely distraught. Long-serving midfielder Matt Bloomfield is on to replace Saunders.

  135. Post update

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    Straight from the kick-off, Wycombe's Sam Saunders takes a whack on the calf from Will Atkinson and requires treatment.

    We don't need any more injuries - we've already got Southend midfielder Michael Timlin sporting a skull cap after his nasty head clash in the semi-final against Stevenage.

  136. KICK-OFF

    Southend United 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers

    We're under way at Wembley! Southend United and Wycombe Wanderers just one win away from a place in League One next season.

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    Southend United v Wycombe Wanderers (17:30 BST)

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport at Wembley

    "For a League Two play-off final, the noise in Wembley as the teams walked out was mightily impressive.

    "Southend fans raised their yellow scarves, while Wycombe fans waved light and dark blue cards representing their team's colours. Also, the Wembley flamethrowers are quite something."

  138. Post update

    Southend United v Wycombe Wanderers (17:30 BST)

    The two sides are lined up and the two captains are introducing their teams to the presentation party. Then the national anthem. The formalities are almost over with.

  139. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Southend United v Wycombe Wanderers (17:30 BST)

    As the two teams enter the field at Wembley, we're asking you for your favourite play-off final memory...

    Patrick McKenna: 42,000 Wednesdayites watching the Owls beat Hartlepool 4-2 in the 2005 League One final. Drew Talbot's clinching goal was magic.

    Will Hainsworth: Bradford destroying Northampton 3-0 two years ago... great day out in the Wembley sunshine.

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  140. Post update

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    Steve Claridge

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "Wycombe looked gone a year ago. Quite how they managed to stay up was a surprise and a shock to everybody. It has been a very fruitful year since then for Gareth Ainsworth.

    "They were brave and they stuck with him. They saw something there. You look at it now and they are totally at the other end of the scale.

    "Missing out on the last day of the season, Southend could have easily lost focus and concentration. Phil Brown has got a good group here. They more than deserve to be in the situation that they are in.

    "Both these sides will go into this game, possibly with an element of not wanting to be here, because their seasons have shown a little more promise at times."

  141. Post update

    Southend United v Wycombe Wanderers (17:30 BST)

    The teams are lining up in the tunnel at Wembley. Southend in all yellow, Wycombe in blue.

    A whole season will be defined by one result - this result. How are the nerves, chaps?

  142. Listen to live commentary

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live will be broadcasting live commentary of today's match and the other two Football League play-off finals over this Bank Holiday weekend.

    Alistair Bruce-Ball and Steve Claridge are the men doing the talking at Wembley this evening.

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  143. More Wembley joy for Brown?

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    Phil Brown

    Southend manager Phil Brown has fond memories of Wembley. It's seven years since his Hull side defeated Bristol City, helped by THAT goal from Dean Windass, to reach the Premier League.

    Back to today, and after missing out on automatic promotion on the final day of the season, the Shrimpers are determined to end the campaign on a positive note.

    "Everyone levelled a certain level of criticism at us after the Morecambe game," Brown told BBC Essex. "It was unfair after we had gone eight games without conceding a goal.

    "The team is 90% selected as the consistency levels of the players has been great this season, although it is a little unfair on the lads who haven't been able to get in."

  144. Matt Bloomfield's play-off final diary

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    Matt Bloomfield

    If you're a supporter of either Southend or Wycombe, I'm sure you've had your own way of preparing for today's play-off final and dealing with the pressure.

    Ever wondered what it's like for the players involved?

    Wycombe midfielder Matt Bloomfield is a regular BBC Sport columnist and he's been keeping a special diary over the past few days.

    Being measured for a club blazer, dishing the dirt on his team-mates, or being left holding the baby - it's all documented here.

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    Freddy Eastwood

    Goals from Southend duo Duncan Jupp and Freddy Eastwood earned the Shrimpers victory over Lincoln in the League Two play-off final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium a decade ago.

    Back in 1994, a Wycombe side managed by Martin O'Neill beat Preston at Wembley to reach the third tier of English football for the first time in the club's history.

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    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport at Wembley

    Southend United players at Wembley

    "'Oh dear!' exclaimed a Wycombe fan as she disembarked a train into the Wembley drizzle in flip-flops and a t-shirt.

    "That rain looks to have abated for now, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see the overcast heavens open later, giving us weather we aren't used to seeing in the play-offs.

    "Southend will be hoping the sun shines on them (see what I did there?) for the first time at Wembley, a place they have never succeeded before.

    "But Wycombe have won on their last three visits here - in 1991 and 1993 for the FA Trophy and the 1994 fourth-tier play-off final, a game in which manager Gareth Ainsworth played for losers Preston."

  147. 'Don't panic, Mr Mainwaring!'

    Unexploded bomb threatens play-off finals

    This weekend's Football League play-off finals are going ahead as scheduled, despite an unexploded World War Two bomb being discovered near Wembley.

    A 50kg bomb was found by builders near Wembley Arena on Thursday and around 300 homes in the vicinity were evacuated.

    A post on the stadium's official Twitter account read: "This weekend's games remain unaffected and we look forward to welcoming supporters of all six Football League play-off finals to Wembley."

    However, rumours that these three are on standby are yet to be confirmed...

    Dad's Army
  148. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    What's your favourite play-off final memory?

    Ashley Westwood and Nick Powell

    Play-off weekend is upon us again. For almost 30 years, it's been the time of the Football League season when dreams are made and hopes are crushed.

    It's not just in the Championship where you'll see magical moments - Nick Powell's sensational strike for Crewe lit up the League Two play-off final three years ago and inspired a youthful Alex side to victory over Cheltenham.

    What's your favourite play-off final memory?

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  149. The road to Wembley: Wycombe Wanderers

    Semi-final: Beat Plymouth Argyle 5-3 on aggregate

    Gareth Ainsworth

    Wycombe Wanderers narrowly missed out on automatic promotion from League Two, a year after almost dropping out of the Football League.

    They took control of their play-off semi-final against Plymouth, going 3-0 up at Home Park in the first leg, but Argyle reduced the deficit to one goal by full-time.

    However, there would be no slip up in the home leg as Wycombe won 2-1 to book their place at Wembley.

  150. The road to Wembley: Southend United

    Semi-final: Beat Stevenage 4-2 on aggregate (aet)

    Michael Timlin

    Southend United would have been promoted automatically from League Two had they won at Morecambe on the final day of the season. A 3-1 defeat in Lancashire left them fifth and destined for the play-offs.

    After their semi-final first leg at Stevenage ended level, Barry Corr had the chance to win the tie at Roots Hall, but the Southend striker missed a a stoppage-time penalty.

    In extra time, goals from Stephen McLaughin and Michael Timlin - who required 15 stitches after a nasty clash of heads in the first leg - secured Southend's spot in the final.

  151. Line-ups

    Southend United v Wycombe Wanderers (17:30 BST)

    Southend United: Bentley, White, Coker, Worrall, Timlin, Corr, Atkinson, Bolger, Leonard, McLaughlin, Barrett.

    Subs: Prosser, Weston, Smith, Payne, Deegan, Cassidy, Pigott.

    Wycombe Wanderers: Lynch, Jacobson, Yennaris, Pierre, Saunders, Bean, Hayes, Wood, Holloway, Mawson, Ephraim.

    Subs: Horlock, Bloomfield, Craig, Murphy, McClure, Kretzschmar, Onyedinma.

    Referee: Simon Hooper.

  152. BreakingTeam news

    Southend United v Wycombe Wanderers (17:30 BST)

    There's one change for Southend, with Stephen McLaughlin rewarded for his extra-time goal in the semi-final second-leg win over Stevenage with a place in the starting line-up. He replaces Joe Pigott, who drops to the bench.

    As for Wycombe, goalkeeper Alex Lynch makes only his third senior start in the Football League as Matt Ingram is out injured. They name an unchanged line-up from the team that beat Plymouth in their semi-final second leg nine days ago.

  153. Post update

    Southend United and Wycombe Wanderers have played 48 games to get to this point of their journey to League One.

    Next stop - Wembley.

    Wembley Stadium train station sign