2001 Football League Second Division play-off Final

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2001 Football League Division Two play-off Final
After Extra Time (Score after 90 minutes 1-1)
Date 27 May 2001
Venue Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Referee E. K. Wolstenholme
Attendance 50,496

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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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[edit]

27 May 2001
15:00 BST
Walsall 3–2 Reading
Goodman Goal 48'
Rougier Goal 107' (o.g.)
Byfield Goal 109'
Report Cureton Goal 31'
Butler Goal 91'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 50,496
GK 1 England Jimmy Walker
DF 3 England Ian Brightwell
DF 15 Spain Zigor Aranalde
DF 25 England Tony Barras YC
DF 5 England Andy Tillson
MF 10 England Dean Keates
MF 27 Spain Pedro Matias
MF 4 Scotland Tom Bennett Substituted off 98'
MF 19 Jamaica Paul Hall Substituted off 98'
FW 9 England Don Goodman
FW 14 Portugal Jorge Leitão Substituted off 98'
DF 21 England Matt Gadsby Substituted in 98'
GK 17 England Carl Emberson
MF 26 Hungary Gábor Bukrán Substituted in 98'
FW 11 England Brett Angell
FW 8 England Darren Byfield Substituted in 98'
England Ray Graydon
GK 1 England Phil Whitehead
DF 7 England Graeme Murty
DF 3 England Matthew Robinson
DF 5 England Adrian Viveash YC
DF 29 Wales Adrian Williams Substituted off 105'
MF 40 England James Harper
MF 14 England Sammy Igoe Substituted off 66'
MF 16 England Phil Parkinson YC
FW 22 Scotland Jim McIntyre Substituted off 82'
FW 9 England Martin Butler
FW 12 England Jamie Cureton
MF 37 Trinidad and Tobago Tony Rougier Substituted in 82'
DF 6 Northern Ireland Barry Hunter Substituted in 105'
GK 21 Scotland Scott Howie
FW 10 England Nicky Forster Substituted in 66'
MF 8 England Darren Caskey
England Alan Pardew


  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.
  • 5 named substitutes.
  • Maximum of 3 substitutions.