2001 Football League First Division play-off Final

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2001 Football League First Division play-off Final
Date 28 May 2001
Venue Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Referee Uriah Rennie (Sheffield)
Attendance 54,328

The 2001 Football League First Division play-off Final was contested by Bolton Wanderers and Preston North End. Bolton won the match 3–0, taking them back to the Premier League. Bolton would remain in the top flight for the next eleven seasons.


Bolton Wanderers:
GK 21 England Matthew Clarke
RB 24 England Anthony Barness
CB 4 Iceland Guðni Bergsson
CB 30 Scotland Colin Hendry
LB 25 England Simon Charlton
RM 15 England Kevin Nolan
CM 8 Denmark Per Frandsen Substituted off 79'
CM 14 Republic of Ireland Gareth Farrelly
LM 11 Jamaica Ricardo Gardner
CF 10 England Dean Holdsworth Substituted off 89'
CF 9 Denmark Bo Hansen Substituted off 70'
MF 7 England Robbie Elliott Substituted in 79'
DF 3 England Mike Whitlow Substituted in 89'
FW 17 England Michael Ricketts Substituted in 70'
GK 1 England Steve Banks
DF 28 England Ian Marshall
England Sam Allardyce
Preston North End:
GK 1 England David Lucas
RB 2 England Graham Alexander
CB 14 Northern Ireland Colin Murdock
CB 4 England Ryan Kidd
LB 15 Wales Rob Edwards
RM 7 England Lee Cartwright
CM 8 England Mark Rankine
CM 6 England Sean Gregan Substituted off 82'
LM 16 England Paul McKenna
CF 11 Northern Ireland David Healy
CF 17 England Jon Macken Substituted off 66'
FW 25 England Richard Cresswell Substituted in 82'
MF 31 Scotland Iain Anderson Substituted in 66'
GK 21 Finland Teuvo Moilanen
DF 5 England Michael Jackson
MF 28 Republic of Ireland Brian Barry-Murphy
Scotland David Moyes


  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.