25th May 1998. Division One Play-Off Final. Charlton Athletic 4 (1) (Mendonca 23, 71, 103, Rufus 85) Sunderland 4 (0) (Quinn 50, 73, Phillips 58, Summerbee 99)* Wembley Stadium. Att 77,739.
Charlton: Ilic, Mills, (Robinson 76), Bowen, K. Jones, Rufus, Youds, Newton, Kinsella, Bright (Brown 93), Mendonca, Heaney (S. Jones 65).
Sunderland: Perez, Holloway (Makin 46), Gray, Clark (Rae 100), Craddock, Williams, Summerbee, Ball, Quinn, Phillips (Dichio 73), Johnston.
Referee: Edward K Wolstenholme (Blackburn).
*After Extra time. 90 mins 3-3. Charlton won 7-6 on penalties
Steve Jones was due to take the eighth kick if required.
The crowd of 77,739 was the highest for a Play-Off Final and the 4th highest to ever watch a match involving Charlton.
Ilic’s penalty save was the first by a Charlton keeper since Bob Bolders stop against Leicester City at Upton Park in 1992.
Charlton wore shirts with the new sponsors name for the first time. The club had arranged a one-off deal with MESH for the Wembley match and received a £25,000 payment.
Charlton stayed at The Excelsior Hotel, Heathrow on the eve of the match. After the game, players and their guests held a banquet there.