Friday Apr 2, 2010
KY SPORTS will show the Blue Square Premier ‘Promotion Final’ exclusively live and in high definition on Sunday 16 May from Wembley Stadium. The competition showpiece will kick off at 5pm and is one of eight finals live on Sky Sports this season. This great news for the fans of the game comes at a time which will only add extra spice to the run in for the top spots as this season draws to a conclusion.
The champions of the Blue Square Premier gain automatic right to promotion, whilst those finishing 2nd to 5th at the end of April, will play off to determine which two teams will participate for the remaining place under the two up and two down agreement between the respective competitions. The top five clubs going into the last four weeks of the regular season at this time are, Stevenage Borough, Luton Town, Oxford United, York City and Rushden & Diamonds, with only the ‘Boro never having played in the Football League before from this quintet of clubs.
As the ‘Promotion Final’ offers the last chance for entry to the Football League this season and with it again being staged at Wembley Stadium, it is likely that the attendance on 16 May will shatter the existing record set in 2008, when Exeter City booked their return to the Football League with a victory over Cambridge United in front of 42,511 fans.
Announcing the deal to show the ‘Promotion Final’ live Brian Lee, Chairman of the Football Conference said: “The Football Conference are delighted to be renewing their relationship with Sky Sports in showing the Blue Square Premier ‘Promotion Final’ from Wembley. After a highly contested top of the competition this season, it promises to be a well supported game with the prize - a place in The Football League, alongside previous winners like Carlisle United, Shrewsbury Town and Doncaster Rovers”.
Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports said: “It’s been an exciting season that’s set for a great climax. This game, which gives a place in the Football League for the winner, sits perfectly alongside the Football League Play-Off Finals and is one of eight major finals on Sky Sports in May. We are looking forward to showcasing the best of Conference football.”