2001 Football League Division Two play-off Final
|After Extra Time (Score after 90 minutes 1-1)
||27th May 2001
||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
||E. K. Wolstenholme
The 2001 Football League Division Two play-off Final was contested by Walsall and Reading. It was the first season that the play-off Finals were contested in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium following the demolition of Wembley.
Route to the Final 
- Reading: Reading beat Wigan 2-1 on aggregate after a 0-0 draw and a 2-1 second leg win.
- Walsall: Walsall beat Stoke 4-2 at Home in the second leg, after 0-0 draw at Stoke's Britannia Stadium.
Match Summary 
Reading scored the opening goal from a throw in. Jamie Cureton's volley crept in underneath Walsall goalkeeper Jimmy Walker. Don Goodman scored the leveler for Walsall just after half-time to take the game into extra-time.
Reading made a storming start to extra-time with, ex-Walsall striker, Martin Butler scoring a header inside the first 2 minutes. A treble substitution by Walsall manager Ray Graydon on 98 minutes changed the game. Walsall's Dean Keates forced an own-goal by Reading's Tony Rougier on 107 minutes. Walsall nicked it 2 minutes later virtue of a stunning turn and shot from substitute Darren Byfield.
Match details 
- 90 minutes.
- 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
- Penalty shootout if scores still level.
- 5 named substitutes.
- Maximum of 3 substitutions.