2001 Football League Third Division play-off Final

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2001 Football League Division Three play-off Final
Date 26 May 2001
Venue Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Referee David Pugh
Attendance 23,600

The 2001 Football League Division Three play-off Final was contested by Blackpool and Leyton Orient. 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]

  • Blackpool: Blackpool beat Hartlepool United 5-1 on aggregate after a 3-1 win in the first leg and 2-0 at home in the second leg.
  • Leyton Orient: Leyton Orient beat Hull City 2-0 at home in the second leg, and went through 2-1 on aggregate despite losing 1-0 at Hull's Boothferry Park in the first leg.

Match Summary[edit]

Leyton Orient scored the opening goal after goalkeeper Phil Barnes slipped attempting to control a backpass from Brian Reid which allowed Chris Tate to tap in after 27 seconds. On 34 minutes, Ian Hughes scored the equaliser for Blackpool unmarked from a corner 8 yards out.

2 minutes later, Leyton Orient went back in front when Scott Houghton struck from 20 yards out into the bottom right hand corner of Barnes' net. Just before half-time, Blackpool were again level when Brian Reid scrambled the ball in from Gary Parkinson's cross past Bayes.

On 77 minutes, Paul Simpson gave Blackpool the lead for the first time in the match as he was set up by Brett Ormerod to slot past Bayes. Ormerod then wrapped the game up with 2 minutes of normal time left when he slotted home John Hills' cross from 6 yards.[1]

Match details[edit]

26 May 2001
15:00 BST
Blackpool 4 - 2 Leyton Orient
Hughes Goal 35'
Reid Goal 45'
Simpson Goal 77'
Ormerod Goal 88'
(Report) Tate Goal 1'
Houghton Goal 37'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 23,600
Referee: David Pugh
Leyton Orient
GK 1 England Phil Barnes
DF 3 England John Hills YC
DF 33 England Gary Parkinson
DF 5 Wales Ian Hughes
DF 6 Scotland Brian Reid
MF 12 England Danny Coid
MF 14 England Richie Wellens Substituted off 88'
MF 8 England Phil Clarkson
MF 25 England Paul Simpson Substituted off 88'
FW 16 England Brett Ormerod Substituted off 89'
FW 9 England John Murphy
DF 23 England Neil Murphy
DF 17 England Phil Thompson Substituted in 89'
MF 4 England Steve Bushell
MF 7 England Mike Milligan Substituted in 88'
MF 32 England Jamie Milligan Substituted in 88' YC
England Steve McMahon
Leyton Orient:
GK 1 England Ashley Bayes
DF 2 England Matt Joseph
DF 3 England Matt Lockwood
DF 4 England Dean Smith
DF 6 England Simon Downer
MF 15 Belgium Wim Walschaerts Substituted off 67'
MF 7 South Africa Andy Harris
MF 5 England David McGhee
MF 27 England Scott Houghton Substituted off 82'
MF 8 England Jabo Ibehre
FW 30 England Chris Tate Substituted off 66'
GK 12 England Scott Barrett
MF 17 England John Martin Substituted in 82'
MF 14 England Steve Castle Substituted in 67'
MF 10 England Ahmet Brković Substituted in 66'
MF 16 Wales Matt Beall
England Tommy Taylor


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


  1. ^ Blackpool's winning day trip is perfect end to roller-coaster season