2016 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Wembley Stadium, illuminated.jpg
Wembley Stadium was the venue for each play-off final
Season2015–16
Champions Hull City (Championship)
Barnsley (League One)
AFC Wimbledon (League Two)
Matches played15
Goals scored39 (2.6 per match)
Biggest home winBarnsley 3–0 Walsall
Biggest away win Derby County 0–3 Hull City
Highest attendance70,189
Lowest attendance4,634
Average attendance26,210
2015
2017

The Football League play-offs for the 2015–16 season were held in May 2016 with all finals being staged at Wembley Stadium in London.

Contents

The play-offs begin at the semi-final stage with all semi-finals being played over two legs, contested by the teams who finished in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place in the Football League Championship and League One and the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th-placed teams in the League Two table. The winners of the semi-finals then advance to the finals, with the winner of the final gaining promotion for the following season.

Background

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.

Championship

Semi-finals

First leg
Sheffield Wednesday 2–0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Wallace Soccerball shade.svg 45'
Lee Soccerball shade.svg 73'
Report
Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield
Attendance: 34,260
Referee: Andre Marriner
Derby County 0–3 Hull City
Report Hernández Soccerball shade.svg 30'
Shackell Soccerball shade.svg 40' (o.g.)
Robertson Soccerball shade.svg 90+8'
iPro Stadium, Derby
Attendance: 29,969
Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Second leg
Brighton & Hove Albion 1–1 Sheffield Wednesday
Dunk Soccerball shade.svg 19' Report Wallace Soccerball shade.svg 28'
Falmer Stadium, Brighton
Attendance: 27,272
Referee: Roger East

Sheffield Wednesday won 3–1 on aggregate.

Hull City 0–2 Derby County
Report Russell Soccerball shade.svg 7'
Robertson Soccerball shade.svg 36' (o.g.)
KC Stadium, Kingston upon Hull
Attendance: 20,470
Referee: Michael Oliver

Hull City won 3–2 on aggregate.


Final

Hull City 1–0 Sheffield Wednesday
Diamé Soccerball shade.svg 71' Report
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 70,189
Referee: Bobby Madley

League One

Semi-finals

First leg
Barnsley 3–0 Walsall
Demetriou Soccerball shade.svg 45' (o.g.)
Winnall Soccerball shade.svg 54', 55'
Report
Oakwell, Barnsley
Attendance: 16,051
Referee: Peter Bankes
Bradford City 1–3 Millwall
McMahon Soccerball shade.svg 13' (pen.) Report Gregory Soccerball shade.svg 15'
Morison Soccerball shade.svg 34'
J. Martin Soccerball shade.svg 45'
Coral Windows Stadium, Bradford
Attendance: 19,241
Referee: Dean Whitestone

Second leg
Walsall 1–3 Barnsley
Cook Soccerball shade.svg 85' Report Hammill Soccerball shade.svg 18'
Fletcher Soccerball shade.svg 66'
Brownhill Soccerball shade.svg 90'
Banks's Stadium, Walsall
Attendance: 8,022
Referee: Darren Deadman

Barnsley won 6–1 on aggregate.

Millwall 1–1 Bradford City
Gregory Soccerball shade.svg 34' Report Proctor Soccerball shade.svg 44'
The Den, London
Attendance: 16,301
Referee: Tim Robinson

Millwall won 4–2 on aggregate.


Final

Barnsley 3–1 Millwall
Fletcher Soccerball shade.svg 2'
Hammill Soccerball shade.svg 19'
Isgrove Soccerball shade.svg 74'
Report Beevers Soccerball shade.svg 34'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 51,277
Referee: Stuart Attwell

League Two

Semi-finals

First leg
Portsmouth 2–2 Plymouth Argyle
McNulty Soccerball shade.svg 3'
Roberts Soccerball shade.svg 51' (pen.)
Report Matt Soccerball shade.svg 9', 19'
Fratton Park, Portsmouth
Attendance: 17,622
Referee: Oliver Langford
AFC Wimbledon 1–0 Accrington Stanley
Beere Soccerball shade.svg 90+3' Report
Kingsmeadow, London
Attendance: 4,870
Referee: Stephen Martin

Second leg
Plymouth Argyle 1–0 Portsmouth
Hartley Soccerball shade.svg 90+1' Report
Home Park, Plymouth
Attendance: 15,011
Referee: Paul Tierney

Plymouth Argyle won 3–2 on aggregate.

Accrington Stanley 2–2 (a.e.t.) AFC Wimbledon
Windass Soccerball shade.svg 39' (pen.)
Mingoia Soccerball shade.svg 59'
Report Akinfenwa Soccerball shade.svg 68'
Taylor Soccerball shade.svg 104'
Wham Stadium, Accrington
Attendance: 4,634
Referee: Eddie Ilderton

AFC Wimbledon won 3–2 on aggregate.


Final

AFC Wimbledon 2–0 Plymouth Argyle
Taylor Soccerball shade.svg 78'
Akinfenwa Soccerball shade.svg 90+11' (pen.)
Report
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 57,956
Referee: Iain Williamson

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