2002 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season 2001–02
Champions Birmingham City
(First Division)
Stoke City
(Second Division)
Cheltenham Town
(Third Division)
Matches played 15
Goals scored 35 (2.33 per match)
Biggest home win Norwich 3–1 Wolves
(First Division)
Biggest away win Cardiff 0–2 Stoke
(Second Division)
Highest scoring Norwich 3–1 Wolves
Rushden & Diamonds 2–2 Rochdale
Cheltenham 3–1 Rushden & Diamonds
(4 goals)
Highest attendance 71,597 – Birmingham v Norwich
(First Division final)
Lowest attendance 6,015 – Rushden & Diamonds v Rochdale
(Third Division semi-final)
Average attendance 21,859
2001
2003

The Football League play-offs for the 2001–02 season were held in May 2002, with the finals taking place at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The play-off semi-finals will be played over two legs and will be contested by the teams who finish in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place in the Football League First Division and Football League Second Division and the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th placed teams in the Football League Third Division table. The winners of the semi-finals will go through to the finals, with the winner of the matches gaining promotion for the following season.

Background[edit]

The Football League play-offs have been held every year since 1987. They take place for each division following the conclusion of the regular season and are contested by the four clubs finishing below the automatic promotion places.

In the First Division, Wolverhampton Wanderers, who are aiming to return to the top flight after nearly 20 years outside the top flight, finished 3 points behind second placed West Bromwich Albion, who in turn finished 10 points behind champions Manchester City, who returned to the Premier League after relegation last season. Millwall who are aiming for a place in the top flight for the first time since 1990, finished in fourth place in the table. Birmingham City, who are aiming to return to the top flight for the first time since 1986, finished in fifth place. Norwich City finished 1 point behind Birmingham City and were looking for a place back in the Premiership for the first time since 1995.

First Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 25 11 10 76 43 +33 86
4 Millwall 46 22 11 13 69 48 +21 77
5 Birmingham City 46 21 13 12 70 49 +21 76
6 Norwich City 46 22 9 15 60 51 0+9 75

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
28 April 2002
12:00
Birmingham City 1–1 Millwall
Hughes Goal 56' Report Dublin Goal 80'
St Andrew's, Birmingham
Attendance: 28,282
Referee: Anthony Bates

28 April 2002
14:30
Norwich City 3–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Rivers Goal 56'
McVeigh Goal 73'
Mackay Goal 90'
Report Sturridge Goal 22'
Carrow Road, Norwich
Attendance: 20,127
Referee: Roger Furnandiz
Second leg
1 May 2002
19:45
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Norwich City
Cooper Goal 77' Report
Molineux, Wolverhampton
Attendance: 27,418
Referee: Tony Leake

Norwich City won 3–2 on aggregate.


2 May 2002
19:45
Millwall 0–1 Birmingham City
Report John Goal 90'
The New Den, London
Attendance: 16,391
Referee: Graham Laws

Birmingham City won 2–1 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

Second Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Brentford 46 24 11 11 77 43 +34 83
4 Cardiff City 46 23 14 9 75 50 +25 83
5 Stoke City 46 23 11 12 67 40 +27 80
6 Huddersfield Town 46 21 15 10 65 47 +18 78

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
28 April 2002
14:00
Stoke City 1–2 Cardiff City
Burton Goal 84' Report Earnshaw Goal 12'
Fortune-West Goal 59'
Britannia Stadium, Stoke
Attendance: 21,245
Referee: Tony Leake

28 April 2002
15:00
Huddersfield Town 0–0 Brentford
Report
Alfred McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield
Attendance: 16,523
Referee: Graham Laws
Second leg
1 May 2002
19:45
Brentford 2–1 Huddersfield Town
Powell Goal 14'
Owusu Goal 46'
Report Booth Goal 2'
Griffin Park, Brentford
Attendance: 11,191
Referee: Graham Barber

Brentford won 2–1 on aggregate.


1 May 2002
19:45
Cardiff City 0–2 (a.e.t.) Stoke City
Report O'Connor Goal 90'
Oulare Goal 115'
Ninian Park, Cardiff
Attendance: 19,367
Referee: Mike Dean

Stoke City won 3–2 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

11 May 2002
13:30
Brentford 0–2 Stoke City
Report Burton Goal 16'
Burgess Goal 45' (o.g.)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 42,523
Referee: Graham Laws

Third Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Cheltenham Town 46 21 15 10 66 49 +17 78
5 Rochdale 46 21 15 10 65 52 +13 78
6 Rushden & Diamonds 46 20 13 13 69 53 +16 73
7 Hartlepool United 46 20 11 15 74 48 +26 71

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
27 April 2002
15:00
Hartlepool United 1–1 Cheltenham Town
Williams Goal 45' Report Grayson Goal 89'
Victoria Park, Hartlepool
Attendance: 7,135
Referee: Mike Dean

27 April 2002
15:00
Rushden & Diamonds 2–2 Rochdale
Wardley Goal 34'
Butterworth Goal 73'
Report McEvilly Goal 8'
Simpson Goal 57'
Nene Park, Irthlingborough
Attendance: 6,015
Referee: Graham Barber
Second leg

Cheltenham Town 2–2 Hartlepool United on aggregate. Cheltenham Town won 5–4 on penalties.


30 April 2002
19:45
Rochdale 1–2 Rushden & Diamonds
Peters Goal 65' (o.g.) Report Lowe Goal 67'
Hall Goal 76'
Spotland, Rochdale
Attendance: 8,547
Referee: Roger Furnandiz

Rushden & Diamonds won 4–3 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

6 May 2002
15:00
Cheltenham Town 3–1 Rushden & Diamonds
Devaney Goal 27'
Alsop Goal 49'
Finnigan Goal 80'
Report Hall Goal 28'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 24,368
Referee: Tony Leake

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