DIVISION 3    2001/02
      For full league and cup results  click on by club required.
      P W D L F A Pts
  Leading League goalscorer:
Steve Howard 
(Luton Town)
 24  goals

Just 9 years after they were formed following the merger of Rushden Town and Irthlingborough Diamonds, Rushden & Diamonds made a winning start to their Football League membership with a 1-0 victory at York City on August 11th 2001.

When The Right Reverend Richard Harries, the Bishop of Oxford, held a small blessing ceremony in November 2001 at Oxford United's new Kassam Stadium he might have thought it was just a bit of a PR job. Little did he realise the power of a good story. The Kassam Stadium appeared to have a gypsy curse on it (don't all grounds seem to have them!), Oxford had won only 4 of their 16 League matches prior to the ceremony and the blessing had included the phrase 'Bless this place and protect it from evil'. So the news was it was a full-blown exorcism of the curse. One unhappy Bishop and perhaps his curse was added to the gypsy one.

  1 Plymouth Argyle 46 31 9 6 71 28 102 Promoted
    2 Luton Town 46 30 7 9 96 48 97 Promoted
    3 Mansfield Town 46 24 7 15 72 60 79

Promoted
    Season Results 4 Cheltenham Town 46 21 15 10 66 49 78 Promoted
    5 Rochdale 46 21 15 10 65 52 78 Play Off
    Season Results 6 Rushden & Diamonds 46 20 13 13 69 53 73 Play Off
    7 Hartlepool United 46 20 11 15 74 48 71 Play Off
    8 Scunthorpe United 46 19 14 13 74 56 71
    9 Shrewsbury Town 46 20 10 16 64 53 70
    Season Results 10 Kidderminster Harriers 46 19 9 18 56 47 66
    11 Hull City 46 16 13 17 57 51 61
    12 Southend United 46 15 13 18 51 54 58
    Season Results 13 Macclesfield Town 46 15 13 18 41 52 58
    14 York City 46 16 9 21 54 67 57
    15 Darlington 46 15 11 20 60 71 56
    16 Exeter City 46 14 13 19 48 73 55
    17 Carlisle United 46 12 16 18 49 56 52
    18 Leyton Orient 46 13 13 20 55 71 52
    19 Torquay United 46 12 15 19 46 63 51
    20 Swansea City 46 13 12 21 53 77 51
    21 Oxford United 46 11 14 21 53 62 47
    22 Lincoln City 46 10 16 20 44 62 46
    23 Bristol Rovers 46 11 12 23 40 60 45
    24 Halifax Town 46 12 26 39 84 36

Left League
   
   

Left League Halifax Town were relegated from the League, their being taken by Nationwide Conference champions Boston United (2001/02 Conference table).

   
   
Play Off Semi-Finals    Play Off
1st Leg
Sat Apr 27 Match Details Hartlepool United 1 - 1 Cheltenham Town
Sat Apr 27 Match Details Rushden & Diamonds 2 - 2 Rochdale
2nd Leg
Tue Apr 30 Match Details Cheltenham Town 1 - 1 Hartlepool United
Tue Apr 30 Rochdale 1 - 2 Rushden & Diamonds
Aggregate scores
Cheltenham Town 2 - 2 Hartlepool United
   (Cheltenham won 5 - 4 on penalties)
Rushden & Diamonds  4 - 3 Rochdale
Play Off Final (at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)
Mon May

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Cheltenham Town 3 - 1 Rushden & Diamonds
Cheltenham Town were promoted to Division 2