2000–01 Preston North End F.C. season

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2000–01 Preston North End F.C. season
Manager Scotland David Moyes
Stadium Deepdale
Division One 4th (qualified for play-offs)
Play-offs Runners-up
FA Cup Third round
Worthington Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League:
All: Macken (22)

During the 2000–01 English football season, Preston North End F.C. competed in the Football League First Division, the second tier of English football.

Season summary[edit]

After being promoted to the First Division, Preston North End occupied the play-offs spots for most of the season and eventually finished fourth to qualify for the play-offs for promotion to the Premiership. After beating Birmingham City 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw on aggregate over two legs North End faced Lancashire rivals Bolton Wanderers at the Millennium Stadium. Bolton took a 17th minute lead through Gareth Farrelly, and, despite Preston fighting for an equaliser, goals from Michael Ricketts and Ricardo Gardner in the 89th and 90th minutes ended Preston's hopes of a second successive promotion and a return to the top flight after an absence of over 50 years.

First-team squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK David Lucas
2 Scotland DF Graham Alexander (born in Coventry, England)
3 England DF Dominic Ludden
4 England DF Ryan Kidd
5 England DF Michael Jackson
6 England DF Sean Gregan
7 England MF Lee Cartwright
8 England MF Mark Rankine
9 United States FW Brian McBride (on loan from Columbus Crew)
10 England FW Steve Basham
11 Northern Ireland FW David Healy
12 Scotland DF Derek Collins (on loan from Hibernian)
14 Northern Ireland DF Colin Murdock
15 Wales DF Rob Edwards (born in Kendal, England)
16 England MF Paul McKenna
17 England FW Jon Macken
18 England FW Paweł Abbott
No. Position Player
19 Iceland FW Bjarki Gunnlaugsson
20 Northern Ireland MF Paul Morgan
21 Finland GK Teuvo Moilanen
22 England DF Adam Eaton
23 England FW Mark Wright
24 Northern Ireland FW Steve Robinson
25 England FW Richard Cresswell (on loan from Leicester City)
26 Republic of Ireland MF Stuart King
28 Republic of Ireland MF Brian Barry-Murphy
29 England FW Joseph O'Neill
30 Republic of Ireland GK Kelham O'Hanlon (O'Hanlon was born in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, England)
31 Scotland MF Iain Anderson
32 Scotland DF David Moyes (player-manager)
33 England MF John Bailey
38 Republic of Ireland MF Michael Keane
44 England GK Andy Lonergan

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
11 England MF David Eyres (to Oldham Athletic)
12 England DF Gary Parkinson (to Blackpool)
No. Position Player
18 England MF Michael Appleton (to West Bromwich Albion)
25 Netherlands FW Erik Meijer (on loan from Liverpool)