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)|
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
Birmingham City qualified for the play-offs by finishing fifth in the league table.
|28 April 2002||Birmingham City||1–1||Millwall||St Andrew's, Birmingham|
|12:00||Hughes 56'||Report||Dublin 80'||Attendance: 28,282
Referee: Anthony Bates
|2 May 2002||Millwall||0–1||Birmingham City||The New Den, London|
|19:45||Report||John 90'||Attendance: 16,391
Referee: Graham Laws
Norwich City's route to the final
Norwich City qualified for the play-offs by finishing sixth in the league table.
|28 April 2002||Norwich City||3–1||Wolverhampton Wanderers||Carrow Road, Norwich|
|Report||Sturridge 22'||Attendance: 20,127
Referee: Roger Furnandiz
|1 May 2002||Wolverhampton Wanderers||1–0||Norwich City||Molineux, Wolverhampton|
|19:45||Cooper 77'||Report||Attendance: 27,418
Referee: Tony Leake
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. There were no more goals and the game finished at 1–1 requiring a penalty shootout to decide the winner.
12 May 2002
|Norwich City||1 – 1 (a.e.t.)||Birmingham City|
|Roberts 91'||(Report)||Horsfield 102'|
|2 – 4|| Stern John
- 90 minutes.
- 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
- Penalty shootout if scores still level.
- 5 named substitutes.
- Maximum of 3 substitutions.
- 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.
- Birmingham spot on to deny the Canaries, The Guardian, 2002-05-13. Retrieved 2012-05-21.