2002 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season2001–02
ChampionsBirmingham City
(First Division)
Stoke City
(Second Division)
Cheltenham Town
(Third Division)
Matches played15
Goals scored35 (2.33 per match)
Biggest home winNorwich 3–1 Wolves
(First Division)
Biggest away winCardiff 0–2 Stoke
(Second Division)
Highest scoringNorwich 3–1 Wolves
Rushden & Diamonds 2–2 Rochdale
Cheltenham 3–1 Rushden & Diamonds
(4 goals)
Highest attendance71,597 – Birmingham v Norwich
(First Division final)
Lowest attendance6,015 – Rushden & Diamonds v Rochdale
(Third Division semi-final)
Average attendance21,859
2001
2003

The Football League play-offs for the 2001–02 season were held in May 2002, 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, Wolverhampton Wanderers, who are aiming to return to the top flight after nearly 20 years outside the top flight, finished 3 points behind second placed West Bromwich Albion, who in turn finished 10 points behind champions Manchester City, who returned to the Premier League after relegation last season. Millwall who are aiming for a place in the top flight for the first time since 1990, finished in fourth place in the table. Birmingham City, who are aiming to return to the top flight for the first time since 1986, finished in fifth place. Norwich City finished 1 point behind Birmingham City and were looking for a place back in the Premiership for the first time since 1995.

First Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 25 11 10 76 43 +33 86
4 Millwall 46 22 11 13 69 48 +21 77
5 Birmingham City 46 21 13 12 70 49 +21 76
6 Norwich City 46 22 9 15 60 51 0+9 75

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
Birmingham City1–1Millwall
Hughes Goal 56' Report Dublin Goal 80'
Attendance: 28,282
Referee: Anthony Bates

Norwich City3–1Wolverhampton Wanderers
Rivers Goal 56'
McVeigh Goal 73'
Mackay Goal 90'
Report Sturridge Goal 22'
Attendance: 20,127
Second leg
Wolverhampton Wanderers1–0Norwich City
Cooper Goal 77' Report
Attendance: 27,418
Referee: Tony Leake

Norwich City won 3–2 on aggregate.


Millwall0–1Birmingham City
Report John Goal 90'
The New Den, London
Attendance: 16,391
Referee: Graham Laws

Birmingham City won 2–1 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

Second Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Brentford 46 24 11 11 77 43 +34 83
4 Cardiff City 46 23 14 9 75 50 +25 83
5 Stoke City 46 23 11 12 67 40 +27 80
6 Huddersfield Town 46 21 15 10 65 47 +18 78

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
Stoke City1–2Cardiff City
Burton Goal 84' Report Earnshaw Goal 12'
Fortune-West Goal 59'
Attendance: 21,245
Referee: Tony Leake

Huddersfield Town0–0Brentford
Report
Second leg
Brentford2–1Huddersfield Town
Powell Goal 14'
Owusu Goal 46'
Report Booth Goal 2'
Attendance: 11,191
Referee: Graham Barber

Brentford won 2–1 on aggregate.


Cardiff City0–2 (a.e.t.)Stoke City
Report O'Connor Goal 90'
Oularé Goal 115'
Attendance: 19,367
Referee: Mike Dean

Stoke City won 3–2 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

Brentford0–2Stoke City
Report Burton Goal 16'
Burgess Goal 45' (o.g.)
Attendance: 42,523
Referee: Graham Laws

Third Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Cheltenham Town 46 21 15 10 66 49 +17 78
5 Rochdale 46 21 15 10 65 52 +13 78
6 Rushden & Diamonds 46 20 13 13 69 53 +16 73
7 Hartlepool United 46 20 11 15 74 48 +26 71

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
Hartlepool United1–1Cheltenham Town
Williams Goal 45' Report Grayson Goal 89'
Attendance: 7,135
Referee: Mike Dean

Rushden & Diamonds2–2Rochdale
Wardley Goal 34'
Butterworth Goal 73'
Report McEvilly Goal 8'
Simpson Goal 57'
Attendance: 6,015
Referee: Graham Barber
Second leg

Cheltenham Town 2–2 Hartlepool United on aggregate. Cheltenham Town won 5–4 on penalties.


Rochdale1–2Rushden & Diamonds
Peters Goal 65' (o.g.) Report Lowe Goal 67'
Hall Goal 76'
Attendance: 8,547

Rushden & Diamonds won 4–3 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

Cheltenham Town3–1Rushden & Diamonds
Devaney Goal 27'
Alsop Goal 49'
Finnigan Goal 80'
Report Hall Goal 28'
Attendance: 24,368
Referee: Tony Leake

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