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(Sunday 6th May 2001)
Wycombe will travel to Huddersfield Town in Division Two next season after Crystal Palace and Portsmouth made a dramatic last day escape from relegation. Pompey beat Barnsley 3-0 at Fratton Park while a 87th minute goal from Dougie Freedman was enough to see Palace beat Stockport County 1-0 at Edgeley Park to send Town down who lost 2-1 at home to Birmingham City. Lou Macari's Huddersfield join already relegated Queens Park Rangers and Tranmere Rovers in Division Two. Wycombe have never played QPR or Tranmere in the Football League but the meetings with Huddersfield will revive memories of the games between the sides during the 1994/95 Division Two campaign when Wycombe completed the double over the Yorkshire side. Wycombe beat The Terriers 1-0 in the first ever game played at The McAlpine Stadium while later in the season one of the most exciting games ever seen at Adams Park saw ten men Wycombe triumph 2-1. Despite those defeats, Town went on to clinch promotion to Division One where they remained until disaster struck against Birmingham. Speaking after the game with City, Town Chairman Barry Rubery said "I'm devastated but I cannot criticise the team who played today". Rubery controversially sacked Steve Bruce as Manager earlier in the season but he gave his support to the current boss. "I personally don't think Lou's put a foot wrong. He's certainly got my vote and I hope he's got the vote of the supporters".
The Division Two championship was won by Millwall who confirmed the title with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Oldham Athletic at The New Den on the last day of the season. Rotherham United took the other automatic promotion slot. The Division Two play-offs will be contended between Reading, Walsall, Stoke City and Wigan Athletic. Bournemouth just missed out on a play-off slot after they conceded a late goal at Reading to draw 3-3 after leading 3-1.
At the other end of the table Oxford United, Swansea City, Luton Town and Bristol Rovers are relegated. Coming up from Division Three are Brighton, Chesterfield and Cardiff City. They will be joined by one from play-off hopefuls Hartlepool, Leyton Orient, Hull City and Blackpool. Only Hartlepool have never played Wycombe in League football from that group.
Barnet lost their place in the Football League after going down 3-2 at home to Torquay on the last day. They will be replaced by Rushden and Diamonds who pipped Yeovil Town for the Conference title.
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