2002 Football League First Division play-off Final

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2002 Football League First Division play-off final
Birmingham won 4–2 on penalties
Date 12 May 2002
Venue Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Referee Graham Barber (Tring)
Attendance 71,597

The 2002 Football League First Division play-off Final was a football match played at The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on 12 May 2002 at the end of the 2001–02 season. The match determined the third and final team to gain promotion from First Division to the Premiership, and was contested by Birmingham City, who finished fifth during the league season, and Norwich City, who finished sixth. The teams reached the final by defeating Millwall and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively in the two-legged semi-finals.

Birmingham City's route to the final[edit]

Birmingham City qualified for the play-offs by finishing fifth in the league table.

Norwich City's route to the final[edit]

Norwich City qualified for the play-offs by finishing sixth in the league table.


The game remained scoreless at the end of normal time, leading to extra time being played. Norwich scored early in extra time through an Iwan Roberts header from an Alex Notman cross and Birmingham equalised towards the end of the first period of extra time through a Geoff Horsfield goal.[1][2] There were no more goals and the game finished at 1–1 requiring a penalty shootout to decide the winner.[1]

Two Norwich penalties were missed and Birmingham won the game 4–2 on penalties.[1][2]

Match details[edit]

Norwich City
Birmingham City
GK 1 England Robert Green
RB 15 England Darren Kenton
CB 4 Scotland Malky Mackay
CB 5 England Craig Fleming
LB 3 England Adam Drury
RM 27 England Mark Rivers Substituted off 90'
CM 7 Northern Ireland Philip Mulryne
CM 8 Scotland Gary Holt
LM 24 England Clint Easton
CF 18 Northern Ireland Paul McVeigh Substituted off 101'
CF 6 Denmark David Nielsen Substituted off 83'
GK 28 England Paul Crichton
DF 17 England Daryl Sutch Substituted in 101'
FW 14 Scotland Alex Notman Substituted in 90'
FW 9 Wales Iwan Roberts Substituted in 83'
FW 19 France Marc Libbra
Northern Ireland Nigel Worthington
GK 18 Belgium Nico Vaesen
RB 36 Republic of Ireland Jeff Kenna
CB 17 Jamaica Michael Johnson
CB 35 England Steve Vickers
LB 3 England Martin Grainger
CM 37 England Paul Devlin
CM 10 England Bryan Hughes
CM 26 Ivory Coast Olivier Tébily
CF 16 England Tommy Mooney
CF 9 England Geoff Horsfield
CF 8 Trinidad and Tobago Stern John
GK 1 England Ian Bennett
MF 33 England Darren Carter
MF 22 Northern Ireland Damien Johnson
MF 11 Australia Stan Lazaridis
FW 19 England Andrew Johnson
England Steve Bruce


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


Birmingham were promoted to the Premier League whilst Norwich remained in the First Division.


  1. ^ a b c d Magic moment: May 12, 2002 - Iwan Roberts scores the ‘golden goal’ he thought would take Norwich City up, Eastern Daily Press, 2010-05-12. Retrieved 2012-05-21.
  2. ^ a b Birmingham spot on to deny the Canaries, The Guardian, 2002-05-13. Retrieved 2012-05-21.

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