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Football League play-offs
2014–15
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Season information
Winners Norwich City
(Championship)
Preston North End
(League One)
Southend United
(League Two)
Season statistics
Matches played 15
Goals scored 51
Biggest home win Middlesbrough 3–0 Brentford
(Championship)
Preston 3–0 Chesterfield
(League One)
Biggest away win Plymouth 2–3 Wycombe
(League Two)
Highest scoring Swindon 5–5 Sheffield United
(10 goals)
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The Football League play-offs for the 2014–15 season began in May 2015 with the finals taking place at Wembley Stadium in London.

The play-offs began 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 advanced 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

Main article: 2014–15 Football League Championship
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Norwich City 46 25 11 10 88 48 +40 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 25 10 11 68 37 +31 85
5 Brentford 46 23 9 14 78 59 +19 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 22 12 12 72 54 +18 78

Semi-finals

First leg

8 May 2015
19:45
Brentford 1–2 Middlesbrough Griffin Park, London
Attendance: 11,691
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Gray Goal 54' Report Vossen Goal 26'
Amorebieta Goal 90+3'
9 May 2015
12:15
Ipswich Town 1–1 Norwich City Portman Road, Ipswich
Attendance: 29,166
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Anderson Goal 45' Report Howson Goal 41'

Second leg

15 May 2015
19:45
Middlesbrough 3–0 Brentford Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Attendance: 33,266
Referee: Lee Mason
Tomlin Goal 23'
Kike Goal 55'
Adomah Goal 78'
Report

Middlesbrough won 5–1 on aggregate.

16 May 2015
12:15
Norwich City 3–1 Ipswich Town Carrow Road, Norwich
Attendance: 26,994
Referee: Roger East
Hoolahan Goal 50' (pen.)
Redmond Goal 64'
Jerome Goal 76'
Report Smith Goal 60'

Norwich City won 4–2 on aggregate.

Final

Main article: 2015 Football League Championship play-off Final
25 May 2015
15:00
Middlesbrough 0–2 Norwich City Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 85,656
Referee: Mike Dean
Report Jerome Goal 12'
Redmond Goal 15'

League One

Main article: 2014–15 Football League One
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Preston North End 46 25 14 7 79 40 +39 89
4 Swindon Town 46 23 10 13 76 57 +19 79
5 Sheffield United 46 19 14 13 66 53 +13 71
6 Chesterfield 46 19 12 15 68 55 +13 69

Semi-finals

First leg

7 May 2015
19:45
Chesterfield 0–1 Preston North End Proact Stadium, Chesterfield
Attendance: 8,409
Referee: Mark Haywood
Report Beckford Goal 6'
7 May 2015
19:45
Sheffield United 1–2 Swindon Town Bramall Lane, Sheffield
Attendance: 20,890
Referee: Darren Bond
Freeman Goal 19' Report Ricketts Goal 51'
Byrne Goal 90+4'

Second leg

10 May 2015
12:15
Preston North End 3–0 Chesterfield Deepdale, Preston
Attendance: 15,641
Referee: Andy D'Urso
Beckford Goal 38'87'
Garner Goal 62' (pen.)
Report

Preston North End won 4–0 on aggregate.

11 May 2015
19:45
Swindon Town 5–5 Sheffield United County Ground, Swindon
Attendance: 13,065
Referee: Keith Hill
Gladwin Goal 4'10'
Smith Goal 18'59' (pen.)
Obika Goal 84'
Report Thompson Goal 19' (o.g.)
Basham Goal 38'
Davies Goal 65'
Done Goal 88'
Adams Goal 90'

Swindon Town won 7–6 on aggregate.

Final

Main article: 2015 Football League One play-off Final
24 May 2015
17:30
Preston North End 4–0 Swindon Town Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 48,236
Referee: Andrew Madley
Beckford Goal 3'44'57'
Huntington Goal 13'
Report

League Two

Main article: 2014–15 Football League Two
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 23 15 8 67 45 +22 84
5 Southend United 46 24 12 10 54 38 +16 84
6 Stevenage 46 20 12 14 62 54 +8 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 20 11 15 55 37 +18 71

Semi-finals

First leg

9 May 2015
19:45
Plymouth Argyle 2–3 Wycombe Wanderers Home Park, Plymouth
Attendance: 14,175
Referee: Peter Bankes
Ansah Goal 86'
Banton Goal 89'
Report Hayes Goal 10'
Holloway Goal 22'
Craig Goal 52'
10 May 2015
18:35
Stevenage 1–1 Southend United Lamex Stadium, Stevenage
Attendance: 5,183
Referee: Keith Stroud
Parrett Goal 51' Report Corr Goal 60'

Second leg

14 May 2015
19:45
Wycombe Wanderers 2–1 Plymouth Argyle Adams Park, High Wycombe
Attendance: 7,750
Referee: Nigel Miller
Hayes Goal 7'
Mawson Goal 35'
Report Brunt Goal 70'

Wycombe Wanderers won 5–3 on aggregate.

14 May 2015
19:45
Southend United 3–1
(a.e.t.)
Stevenage Roots Hall, Southend-on-Sea
Attendance: 8,998
Referee: Graham Scott
Leonard Goal 67'
McLaughlin Goal 108'
Timlin Goal 120'
Report Pett Goal 55'

Southend United won 4–2 on aggregate.

Final

Main article: 2015 Football League Two play-off Final
23 May 2015
17:30
Southend United 1–1
(a.e.t.)
Wycombe Wanderers Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 38,252
Referee: Simon Hooper
Pigott Goal 120+2' Report Bentley Goal 95' (o.g.)
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Missed Wood
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2014–15 in English football
FA competitions
FA Cup (Qualifying Rounds, Final) · Community Shield · FA Trophy (Final) · FA Youth Cup
League cups
Football League Cup (Final) · Football League Trophy (Final) · Northern Premier League Challenge Cup · Southern Football League Cup · North West Counties Football League Challenge Cup · Northern Counties East Football League Cup
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Football Conference (Premier · North · South)
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Isthmian League (Isthmian League Cup) · Northern Premier League · Southern Football League
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Cheshire · Essex · Lancashire (FA Challenge) · Liverpool · Sheffield and Hallamshire · Surrey
European competitions
Champions League (Final) · Europa League (Final)
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Arsenal · Aston Villa · Cardiff City · Chelsea · Crystal Palace · Everton · Fulham · Hull City · Liverpool · Manchester City · Manchester United · Newcastle United · Norwich City · Southampton · Stoke City · Sunderland · Swansea City · Tottenham Hotspur · West Bromwich Albion · West Ham United

Championship

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