2001 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season 2000–01
Champions Bolton Wanderers
(First Division)
Walsall
(Second Division)
Blackpool
(Third Division)
Matches played 15
Goals scored 43 (2.87 per match)
Biggest home win Bolton 3–0 WBA
(First Division)
Biggest away win Hartlepool 1–3 Blackpool
(Third Division)
Highest scoring Walsall 4–2 Stoke
Blackpool 4–2 Leyton Orient
(6 goals)
Highest attendance 54,328 – Bolton v Preston
(First Division final)
Lowest attendance 5,720 – Blackpool v Hartlepool
(Third Division semi-final)
Average attendance 21,183
2000
2002

The Football League play-offs for the 2000–01 season were held in May 2001, 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, Bolton Wanderers, who are aiming to return to the top flight after nearly 3 seasons outside the top flight, finished 4 points behind second placed Blackburn Rovers, who in turn finished 10 points behind champions Fulham, who returned to the top flight for the first time since 1968. Preston North End who are aiming to return to the top flight for the first time since 1961, finished in fourth place in the table. Birmingham City, who are aiming to return to the top flight after 15 years outside the top division, finished in fifth place. West Bromwich Albion, who are also aiming to return to the top flight for the first time since 1986, finished 4 points behind Birmingham City and Preston North End in sixth place.

First Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Bolton Wanderers 46 24 15 7 76 45 +31 87
4 Preston North End 46 23 9 14 64 52 +12 78
5 Birmingham City 46 23 9 14 59 48 +11 78
6 West Bromwich Albion 46 21 11 14 60 52 0+8 74

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg

13 May 2001
15:30
Birmingham City 1–0 Preston North End
Eaden Goal 55' Report
St Andrew's, Birmingham
Attendance: 29,072
Referee: David Pugh
Second leg

Bolton Wanderers won 5–2 on aggregate.


Preston North End 2–2 Birmingham City on aggregate. Preston North End won 4–2 on penalties.

Final[edit]

Second Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Reading 46 25 11 10 86 52 +34 86
4 Walsall 46 23 12 11 79 50 +29 81
5 Stoke City 46 21 14 11 74 49 +25 77
6 Wigan Athletic 46 19 18 9 60 52 0+8 75

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg

13 May 2001
15:00
Stoke City 0–0 Walsall
Report
Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent
Attendance: 23,689
Referee: Uriah Rennie

13 May 2001
15:00
Wigan Athletic 0–0 Reading
Report
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Attendance: 12,638
Referee: Roy Pearson
Second leg

16 May 2001
19:45
Reading 2–1 Wigan Athletic
Butler Goal 86'
Forster Goal 90'
Report Nicholls Goal 26'
Madjeski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 22,034
Referee: David Laws

Reading won 2–1 on aggregate.


16 May 2001
19:45
Walsall 4–2 Stoke City
Ward Goal 42' (o.g.)
Matías Goal 47'61'
Keates Goal 50'
Report Kavanagh Goal 31'
Thorne Goal 85'
Bescot Stadium, Walsall
Attendance: 8,993
Referee: Eddie Wolstenholme

Walsall won 4–2 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

27 May 2001
15:00
Reading 2–3 (a.e.t.) Walsall
Cureton Goal 31'
Butler Goal 91'
Report Goodman Goal 48'
Rougier Goal 107' (o.g.)
Byfield Goal 109'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 50,496
Referee: Eddie Wolstenholme

Third Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Hartlepool United 46 21 14 11 71 54 +17 77
5 Leyton Orient 46 20 15 11 59 51 0+8 75
6 Hull City 46 19 17 10 47 39 0+8 74
7 Blackpool 46 22 6 18 74 58 +16 72

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg

13 May 2001
15:00
Blackpool 2–0 Hartlepool United
Ormerod Goal 61'78' Report
Bloomfield Road, Blackpool
Attendance: 5,720
Referee: William Burns

13 May 2001
15:00
Hull City 1–0 Leyton Orient
Eyre Goal 69' Report
Second leg

16 May 2001
19:30
Hartlepool United 1–3 Blackpool
Henderson Goal 48' Report Ormerod Goal 21'68'
Hills Goal 50'
Victoria Park, Hartlepool
Attendance: 5,836
Referee: Uriah Rennie

Blackpool won 5–1 on aggregate.


16 May 2001
19:45
Leyton Orient 2–0 Hull City
Watts Goal 44'
Lockwood Goal 70'
Report
Brisbane Road, London
Attendance: 9,419
Referee: David Pugh

Leyton Orient won 2–1 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

26 May 2001
15:00
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

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