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
Season 2015–16
Champions Hull City (Championship)
Barnsley (League One)
AFC Wimbledon (League Two)
Biggest home win Barnsley 3–0 Walsall
Biggest away win Derby County 0–3 Hull City
Highest attendance 70,189
Lowest attendance 4,634
Average attendance 26,210

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.

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.


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.



First leg

14 May 2016
Derby County 0–3 Hull City
Report Hernández Goal 30'
Shackell Goal 40' (o.g.)
Robertson Goal 90+8'
iPro Stadium, Derby
Attendance: 29,969
Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Second leg

Sheffield Wednesday won 3–1 on aggregate.

17 May 2016
Hull City 0–2 Derby County
Report Russell Goal 7'
Robertson Goal 36' (o.g.)
KC Stadium, Kingston upon Hull
Attendance: 20,470
Referee: Michael Oliver

Hull City won 3–2 on aggregate.


28 May 2016
Sheffield Wednesday 0–1 Hull City
Diamé Goal 71'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 70,189
Referee: Bobby Madley

League One


First leg

14 May 2016
Barnsley 3–0 Walsall
Demetriou Goal 45' (o.g.)
Winnall Goal 54'55'
Oakwell, Barnsley
Attendance: 16,051
Referee: Peter Bankes

15 May 2016
Bradford City 1–3 Millwall
McMahon Goal 13' (pen.) Report Gregory Goal 15'
Morison Goal 34'
J. Martin Goal 45'
Coral Windows Stadium, Bradford
Attendance: 19,241
Referee: Dean Whitestone

Second leg

19 May 2016
Walsall 1–3 Barnsley
Cook Goal 85' Report Hammill Goal 18'
Fletcher Goal 66'
Brownhill Goal 90'
Banks's Stadium, Walsall
Attendance: 8,022
Referee: Darren Deadman

Barnsley won 6–1 on aggregate.

20 May 2016
Millwall 1–1 Bradford City
Gregory Goal 34' Report Proctor Goal 44'
The Den, London
Attendance: 16,301
Referee: Tim Robinson

Millwall won 4–2 on aggregate.


29 May 2016
Barnsley 3–1 Millwall
Fletcher Goal 2'
Hammill Goal 19'
Isgrove Goal 74'
Report Beevers Goal 34'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 51,277
Referee: Stuart Attwell

League Two


First leg

12 May 2016
Portsmouth 2–2 Plymouth Argyle
McNulty Goal 3'
Roberts Goal 51' (pen.)
Report Matt Goal 9'19'
Fratton Park, Portsmouth
Attendance: 17,622
Referee: Oliver Langford

14 May 2016
AFC Wimbledon 1–0 Accrington Stanley
Beere Goal 90+3' Report
Kingsmeadow, London
Attendance: 4,870
Referee: Stephen Martin

Second leg

15 May 2016
Plymouth Argyle 1–0 Portsmouth
Hartley Goal 90+1' Report
Home Park, Plymouth
Attendance: 15,011
Referee: Paul Tierney

Plymouth Argyle won 3–2 on aggregate.

18 May 2016
Accrington Stanley 2–2 (a.e.t.) AFC Wimbledon
Windass Goal 39' (pen.)
Mingoia Goal 59'
Report Akinfenwa Goal 68'
Taylor Goal 104'
Wham Stadium, Accrington
Attendance: 4,634
Referee: Eddie Ilderton

AFC Wimbledon won 3–2 on aggregate.


30 May 2016
AFC Wimbledon 2–0 Plymouth Argyle
Taylor Goal 78'
Akinfenwa Goal 90+11' (pen.)
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 57,956
Referee: Iain Williamson