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Millwall in the Play-Offs - the stats

4 May 2017

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Millwall welcome Scunthorpe United to The Den this Thursday night for their Sky Bet League One Play-Off Semi-Final first leg (kick-off 7.45pm).

Following The Lions' dramatic 4-3 victory over Bristol Rovers on the final day of the regular campaign last Sunday, Neil Harris' side welcome The Iron to south London first, before travelling to Glanford Park for the return leg on Sunday night (kick-off 6.30pm).

The two-legged affair with Graham Alexander's outfit will act as Millwall's eighth foray into the Play-Offs and will also see The Lions look to repeat history with a success.

Bruce Rioch steered the club into its first-ever tilt at the Play-Offs in 1990/91, but after a fifth-placed finish, lost out to Brighton and Hove Albion 6-2 on aggregate.

Three years later, Mick McCarthy's side finished in third, but The Lions were once again to lose out on a place in the Final, losing 5-1 to Derby County after a 3-1 defeat at The Den.

Millwall fared slightly better at the turn of the millennium, but were to once more fall at the Semi-Final stage, this time to Wigan Athletic by the narrowest of margins - 1-0.

Stern John's injury-time winner handed Millwall more Play-Off misery in 2002, but the last three campaigns have seen The Lions fare much better, reaching the Final at Wembley Stadium on all occasions.

The 2008/09 campaign saw Kenny Jackett's outfit finish in fifth place after a brief flirtation with the automatic promotion spots. However, not to be deterred, Jimmy Abdou became the hero in the Semi-Final win over Leeds United, slotting home the equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Elland Road after Neil Harris' solitary strike handed The Lions a first leg lead at The Den.

On a searing hot day in north London, Gary Alexander's wonder-goal levelled proceedings before the striker headed Millwall in front just minutes later, but a late winner from soon-to-be Lion Martyn Woolford sent Scunthorpe United into The Championship at their expense.

A year later, though, Huddersfield Town were dispatched 2-0 on aggregate in the Semi-Finals after a third-placed finish, with Paul Robinson etching his name into Lions history at Wembley Stadium, scoring the only goal to win the club promotion to the second tier by defeating Swindon Town.

The Lions were to reach the National Stadium once more last season, but after beating Bradford City 4-2 on aggregate in the Semi-Finals, it was not to be in the Final, as Harris' team lost 3-1 to Barnsley.

A large crowd is expected at The Den as Millwall take on Scunthorpe United on Thursday night - play your part in roaring The Lions to Wembley by clicking here to purchase your ticket.

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