2001 Football League Third Division play-off Final

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2001 Football League Third Division play-off Final
Date26 May 2001
VenueMillennium Stadium, Cardiff
RefereeDavid Pugh

The 2001 Football League Third Division 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.



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]


Blackpool4–2Leyton Orient
Hughes Goal 35'
Reid Goal 45'
Simpson Goal 77'
Ormerod Goal 88'
(Report) Tate Goal 1'
Houghton Goal 37'
Attendance: 23,600
Referee: David Pugh
Leyton Orient
GK 1 Phil Barnes
DF 3 John Hills Yellow card
DF 33 Gary Parkinson
DF 5 Ian Hughes
DF 6 Brian Reid
MF 12 Danny Coid
MF 14 Richie Wellens Substituted off 88'
MF 8 Phil Clarkson
MF 25 Paul Simpson Substituted off 88'
FW 16 Brett Ormerod Substituted off 89'
FW 9 John Murphy
DF 23 Neil Murphy
DF 17 Phil Thompson Substituted in 89'
MF 4 Steve Bushell
MF 7 Mike Milligan Substituted in 88'
MF 32 Jamie Milligan Substituted in 88' Yellow card
Steve McMahon
GK 1 Ashley Bayes
DF 2 Matt Joseph
DF 3 Matt Lockwood
DF 4 Dean Smith
DF 6 Simon Downer
MF 15 Wim Walschaerts Substituted off 67'
MF 7 Andy Harris
MF 5 David McGhee
MF 27 Scott Houghton Substituted off 82'
MF 8 Jabo Ibehre
FW 30 Chris Tate Substituted off 66'
GK 12 Scott Barrett
MF 17 John Martin Substituted in 82'
MF 14 Steve Castle Substituted in 67'
MF 10 Ahmet Brković Substituted in 66'
MF 16 Matt Beall
Tommy Taylor

Match rules:

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