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Football League play-offs
2015–16
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Season information
Winners Hull City (Championship)
Barnsley (League One)
AFC Wimbledon (League Two)
Season statistics
Biggest home win Barnsley 3–0 Walsall
Biggest away win Derby County 0–3 Hull City
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The Football League play-offs for the 2015–16 season will be 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.

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: 2015–16 Football League Championship

Semi-finals

First leg
13 May 2016
19:45
Sheffield Wednesday 2–0 Brighton & Hove Albion Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield
Attendance: 34,260
Referee: Andre Marriner
Wallace Soccerball 45'
Lee Soccerball 73'
Report
14 May 2016
12:30
Derby County 0–3 Hull City iPro Stadium, Derby
Attendance: 29,969
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Report Hernández Soccerball 30'
Shackell Soccerball 40' (og)
Robertson Soccerball 90+8'

Second leg
16 May 2016
19:45
Brighton & Hove Albion 1–1 Sheffield Wednesday Falmer Stadium, Brighton
Attendance: 27,272
Referee: Roger East
Dunk Soccerball 19' Report Wallace Soccerball 28'

Sheffield Wednesday won 3–1 on aggregate.

17 May 2016
19:45
Hull City 0–2 Derby County KC Stadium, Kingston upon Hull
Attendance: 20,470
Referee: Michael Oliver
Report Russell Soccerball 7'
Robertson Soccerball 36' (og)

Hull City won 3-2 on aggregate.


Final

Main article: 2016 Football League Championship play-off Final
28 May 2016
17:00
Hull City 1–0 Sheffield Wednesday Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: Robert Madley
Diamé Soccerball 72' Report

League One

Main article: 2015–16 Football League One

Semi-finals

First leg
14 May 2016
17:30
Barnsley 3-0 Walsall Oakwell, Barnsley
Attendance: 16,051
Referee: Peter Bankes
Demetriou Soccerball 45' (og)
Winnall Soccerball 54'55'
Report
15 May 2016
12:15
Bradford City 1-3 Millwall Coral Windows Stadium, Bradford
Attendance: 19,241
Referee: Dean Whitestone
McMahon Soccerball 13' (pen) Report Gregory Soccerball 15'
Morison Soccerball 34'
J Martin Soccerball 45'

Second leg
19 May 2016
19:45
Walsall 1–3 Barnsley Banks's Stadium, Walsall
Attendance: 8,022
Referee: Darren Deadman
Cook Soccerball 85' Report Hammill Soccerball 18'
Fletcher Soccerball 66'
Brownhill Soccerball 90'

Barnsley won 6–1 on aggregate.

20 May 2016
19:45
Millwall 1–1 Bradford City The Den, South Bermondsey
Attendance: 16,301
Referee: Tim Robinson
Gregory Soccerball 34' Report Proctor Soccerball 44'

Millwall won 4-2 on aggregate.


Final

Main article: 2016 Football League One play-off Final
29 May 2016
15:00
Barnsley 3–1 Millwall Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 51,277
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Fletcher Soccerball 2'
Hammill Soccerball 19'
Isgrove Soccerball 74'
Report Beevers Soccerball 34'

League Two

Main article: 2015–16 Football League Two

Semi-finals

First leg
12 May 2016
19:45
Portsmouth 2–2 Plymouth Argyle Fratton Park, Portsmouth
Attendance: 17,622
Referee: Oliver Langford
McNulty Soccerball 3'
Roberts Soccerball 51' (pen.)
Report Matt Soccerball 9'19'
14 May 2016
19:30
AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Accrington Stanley Kingsmeadow, Norbiton
Attendance: 4,870
Referee: Stephen Martin
Beere Soccerball 90+3' Report

Second leg
15 May 2016
18:00
Plymouth Argyle 1–0 Portsmouth Home Park, Plymouth
Attendance: 15,011
Referee: Paul Tierney
Hartley Soccerball 90+1' Report

Plymouth Argyle won 3–2 on aggregate.

18 May 2016
19:45
Accrington Stanley 2–2 AFC Wimbledon Wham Stadium, Accrington
Attendance: 4,634
Referee: Eddie Ilderton
Windass Soccerball 39' (pen.)
Mingoia Soccerball 59'
Report Akinfenwa Soccerball 68'
Taylor Soccerball 104'

AFC Wimbledon won 3–2 on aggregate.


Final

Main article: 2016 Football League Two play-off Final
30 May 2016
15:00
AFC Wimbledon 2–0 Plymouth Argyle Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 57,596
Referee: Iain Williamson
Taylor Soccerball 78'
Akinfenwa Soccerball 90+11' (pen)
Report

References


Football League Championship play-offs
Play-offs

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