Saturday 7th May 1988. Stamford Bridge. Att 34,174
Chelsea 1 (1) (Durie (pen) 16) Charlton Athletic 1 (0) (Miller 65)
Chelsea: Hitchcock, Clarke, Dorigo, Wicks, McLaughlin, Pates, Nevin, Bumstead, Dixon, Durie, C Wilson (West 68). Unused sub: K Wilson.
Charlton: Bolder, Humphrey, Reid, Mackenzie, Shirtliff, Miller, Stuart (Mortimer 64), Leaburn, Bennett (Jones 46), Lee, Crooks.
Referee: D Reeves (Uxbridge)
Penalty awarded against Humphrey for a foul on Durie, which was later proved to be outside the area.
Cool it: Leaburn was knocked unconscious during the second half and had to be restrained by colleagues when he came round.
Play-Offs: A vital match for both clubs. Charlton had to avoid defeat to miss the dreaded play-offs for a second successive season whereas Chelsea needed to win. In the event, Charlton got their precious point and Chelsea dropped out of the top divsion when they were defeated by Middlesbrough in the play-off final.
Referee Darryl Reeves said after the match " In 13 years as a match official, and eight years on the line, I have never been involved in a more tension filled match.