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Football League Championship
2015-16
English Championship
Season information
Winners Burnley (3rd divisional title)
Promoted Burnley
Middlesbrough
Hull City
Relegated Bolton Wanderers
Charlton Athletic
Milton Keynes Dons
Season statistics
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1337
Average 2.42
Top goalscorer Andre Gray (25)
Biggest home win 6–0
Hull City vs Charlton
(16 January 2016)
Biggest away win 0–5
Rotherham vs MK Dons
(8 August 2015)
Highest scoring 2–4
Milton Keynes Dons vs Burnley
(12 January 2016)
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The 2015–16 Football League Championship (referred to as the Sky Bet Championship for sponsorship reasons) is the twelve season of the Football League Championship under its current title and the twenty-third season under its current league division format.

Promotion and relegation

Start of season

Team changes

The following teams have changed division since the 2014–15 season. Blackpool were relegated on 6 April after Rotherham United won against Brighton & Hove Albion. Bristol City secured promotion to the Championship on 14 April after beating Bradford City 6–0. Watford secured promotion to the Premier League on 25 April. Rotherham United won against Reading on 28 April to also send Millwall and Wigan Athletic to League One. Bournemouth secured promotion to the Premier League on the final day on 2 May against Charlton Athletic and won the 2014–15 Football League Championship after Watford slipped up against Sheffield Wednesday. Milton Keynes Dons secured promotion to the Championship after beating Yeovil Town 5–1 after Preston North End slipped up against Colchester United. On 9 May, Burnley became the first team to be relegated from the Premier League despite winning away 1–0 against Hull City as results on the day went against them. On 10 May, Queens Park Rangers were the second team to be relegated from the Premier League after suffering a 6–0 defeat to Manchester City. On 24 May 2015, Hull City were the 3rd and final team to be relegated from the Premier League, finishing 18th in the Premier League. On the same day Preston North End achieved promotion at Wembley via the Play-Offs. On 25 May 2015, Norwich City won the playoff final, and were promoted to the Premier League.

To Championship

Promoted from League One

Relegated from Premier League

From Championship

Relegated to League One

Promoted to Premier League

Rule changes

The 2015-16 season is the last season under the initial Financial Fair Play rules before the switch to the new rules. Changes to the Championship's financial fair play system allow clubs:

  • Acceptable losses of £2 million during the 2015–16 season (down from £3 million during the 2014–15 season)
  • Acceptable shareholder equity investment of £3 million during the 2015–16 season.
  • Sanctions for exceeding the allowances take effect from the set of accounts due to be submitted on 1 December 2015 for the 2014–15 season.

Team overview

Stadia and locations

Team Location Stadium
Birmingham City Birmingham St Andrew's
Blackburn Rovers Blackburn Ewood Park
Bolton Wanderers Bolton Macron Stadium
Brentford London (Brentford) Griffin Park
Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton American Express Stadium
Bristol City Bristol Ashton Gate
Burnley Burnley Turf Moor
Cardiff City Cardiff Cardiff City Stadium
Charlton Athletic London (Charlton) The Valley
Derby County Derby iPro Stadium
Fulham London (Fulham) Craven Cottage
Huddersfield Town Huddersfield John Smith's Stadium
Hull City Kingston upon Hull KC Stadium
Ipswich Town Ipswich Portman Road
Leeds United Leeds Elland Road
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium
Milton Keynes Dons Milton Keynes Stadium:mk
Nottingham Forest Nottingham City Ground
Preston North End Preston Deepdale
Queens Park Rangers London (White City) Loftus Road
Reading Reading Madejski Stadium
Rotherham United Rotherham New York Stadium
Sheffield Wednesday Sheffield Hillsborough
Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolverhampton Molineux

Personnel and sponsoring

Team Manager Kit Manufacturer Sponsor
Birmingham City England Rowett, GaryGary Rowett Carbrini EZE Group
Blackburn Rovers England Bowyer, GaryGary Bowyer Nike Dafabet
Bolton Wanderers Flag of Northern Ireland Lennon, NeilNeil Lennon Macron ROK Mobile
Brentford Netherlands Dijkhuizen, MarinusMarinus Dijkhuizen Adidas Matchbook.com
Brighton & Hove Albion Flag of Republic Ireland Hughton, ChrisChris Hughton Nike American Express
Bristol City England Cotterill, SteveSteve Cotterill Bristol Sport RSG
Burnley England Dyche, SeanSean Dyche Puma Oak Furniture Land (home)
Sofastore.com (away)
Cardiff City England Slade, RussellRussell Slade Adidas Visit Malaysia
Charlton Athletic Flag of Israel Luzon, GuyGuy Luzon Nike University of Greenwich (front)
Andrews Sykes (back)
Mitsubishi Electric (shorts)
Derby County England Paul Clement Umbro JUST EAT
Fulham Flag of Wales Symons, KitKit Symons Adidas Visit Florida
Huddersfield Town England Powell, ChrisChris Powell Puma PURE Legal (home)
RadianB (away)
Cavonia (third)
Hull City England Bruce, SteveSteve Bruce Umbro Flamingo Land
Ipswich Town Flag of Republic Ireland McCarthy, MickMick McCarthy Adidas Marcus Evans
Leeds United Germany Rosler, UweUwe Rosler


Kappa No sponsor
Middlesbrough Flag of Spain Karanka, AitorAitor Karanka Adidas Ramsdens
Milton Keynes Dons England Robinson, KarlKarl Robinson Erreà Suzuki
Nottingham Forest Scotland Freedman, DougieDougie Freedman Adidas Fawaz International Refrigeration
& Air Conditioning Company
Preston North End England Grayson, SimonSimon Grayson Nike Virgin Trains]
Queens Park Rangers England Chris Ramsey Nike AirAsia
Reading Scotland Clarke, SteveSteve Clarke Puma Carabao Daeng (home)
Thai Airways (away)
Waitrose (Home back)
Euro Cake (Away back)
Legend Alliance (shorts)
Rotherham United Scotland Evans, SteveSteve Evans Puma Parkgate Shopping (home)
Balreed (away)
TGB Sheds (third)
Sheffield Wednesday Flag of Portugal Carvalhal, CarlosCarlos Carvalhal Sondico Chansiri
Wolverhampton Wanderers Flag of Wales Jackett, KennyKenny Jackett Puma Silverbug

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Brentford England Mark Warburton Contract Expired 15 May 2015 Pre-season Netherlands Marinus Dijkhuizen 1 June 2015
Leeds United England Neil Redfearn Sacked 20 May 2015 Germany Uwe Rosler 20 May 2015
Derby County England Steve McClaren 25 May 2015 England Paul Clement 1 June 2015
Sheffield Wednesday England Stuart Gray 12 June 2015 Flag of Portugal Carlos Carvalhal 30 June 2015

Play-Offs

The Play-offs are played between the teams that finish from third to sixth with the winning team gaining the final promotion spot to the Premier League. The Play-Off Semi-Finals will see the sixth placed team play the third placed team and the fifth placed team play the fourth placed team. The team that finishes in the lower position will play at home in the first leg then play away in the second leg. If the aggregate score is level after both legs, then extra time will be play. If the scores are still level, a penalty shoot-out will decide the winner. Away goals do not count.

The winners from the two semi-finals will play at Wembley Stadium on 28 May 2016 in the Play-Off Final. The game is known as the richest game in football as promotion to the Premier League will help financially boost the club that achieve it.

League Table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Burnley  (C) (P) 46 26 15 5 72 35+37 93 Promotion to the
Premier League
2 Middlesbrough  (P) 46 26 11 9 63 31+32 89
3 Brighton & Hove Albion  (Q) 46 24 17 5 72 42+30 89 Qualification to the
Championship Play-offs
4 Hull City  (P) (Q) 46 24 11 11 69 35+34 83
5 Derby County  (Q) 46 21 15 10 66 43+23 78
6 Sheffield Wednesday  (Q) 46 19 17 10 66 45+21 74
7 Ipswich Town 46 18 15 13 53 51+2 69
8 Cardiff City 46 17 17 12 56 51+5 68
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 72 67+5 65
10 Birmingham City 46 16 15 15 53 49+4 63
11 Preston North End 46 15 17 14 45 450 62
12 Queens Park Rangers 46 14 18 14 54 540 60
13 Leeds United 46 14 17 15 50 59−9 59
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 14 16 16 53 58−5 58
15 Blackburn Rovers 46 13 16 17 46 460 55
16 Nottingham Forest 46 13 16 17 43 47−4 55
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 59−7 52
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 54 71−17 52
19 Huddersfield Town 46 13 12 21 59 70−11 51
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 66 79−13 51
21 Rotherham United 46 13 10 23 53 71−18 49
22 Charlton Athletic  (R) 46 9 13 24 40 80−40 40 Relegation to the
Football League One
23 Milton Keynes Dons  (R) 46 9 12 25 39 69−30 39
24 Bolton Wanderers  (R) 46 5 15 26 41 81−40 30
Updated to games played on 7 May 2016
Source: [ Statto.com]
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament


Results

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Birmingham City 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–2 4–2 1–2 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 3–0 1–2 2–2 1–0 0–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 0–2 1–2 0–2
Blackburn Rovers 2–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 2–2 0–1 1–1 3–0 0–0 3–0 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–2 2–1 3–2 0–0 1–2 1–1 3–1 1–0 2–2 1–2
Bolton Wanderers 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 0–0 1–2 2–3 0–0 0–0 2–2 0–2 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–2 3–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–1
Brentford 0–2 0–1 3–1 0–0 1–1 1–3 2–1 1–2 1–3 3–0 4–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–3 2–1 1–2 3–0
Brighton & Hove Albion 2–1 1–0 3–2 3–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 3–2 1–1 5–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 4–0 0–3 2–1 1–0 0–0 4–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–1
Bristol City 0–0 0–2 6–0 2–4 0–4 1–2 0–2 1–1 2–3 1–4 4–0 1–1 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 4–1 1–0
Burnley 2–2 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 4–0 0–0 4–0 4–1 3–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 0–2 1–0 1–2 2–0 3–1 1–1
Cardiff City 1–1 1–0 2–1 3–2 4–1 0–0 2–2 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–0 0–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–0 2–2 2–2 2–0
Charlton Athletic 2–1 1–1 2–2 0–3 1–3 0–1 0–3 0–0 0–1 2–2 1–2 2–1 0–3 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 0–3 2–0 3–4 1–1 3–1 0–2
Derby County 0–3 1–0 4–1 2–0 2–2 4–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 4–0 0–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 4–2
Fulham 2–5 2–1 1–0 2–2 1–2 1–2 2–3 2–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 1–1 0–2 2–1 1–3 1–1 4–0 4–2 4–1 0–1 0–3
Huddersfield Town 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–5 1–1 1–2 1–3 2–3 5–0 1–2 1–1 2–2 0–1 0–3 0–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 0–1 3–1 2–0 0–1 1–0
Hull City 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 4–0 3–0 2–0 6–0 0–2 2–1 2–0 3–0 2–2 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 5–1 0–0 2–1
Ipswich Town 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–3 2–2 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–2 3–2 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 2–1 2–2
Leeds United 0–2 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–2 1–1 1–4 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 3–2 0–1 1–1 2–1
Middlesbrough 0–0 1–1 3–0 3–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–1 3–0 2–0 0–0 3–0 1–0 0–0 3–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–1
Milton Keynes Dons 0–2 3–0 1–0 1–4 1–2 0–2 0–5 2–1 1–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–1 1–2 1–1 1–2 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–4 2–1 1–2
Nottingham Forest 1–1 1–1 3–0 0–3 1–2 1–2 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 3–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 0–0 3–1 2–1 0–3 1–1
Preston North End 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–3 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–2 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–1
Queens Park Rangers 2–0 2–2 4–3 3–0 2–2 1–0 0–0 2–2 2–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 2–3 3–0 1–2 0–0 1–1 4–2 0–0 1–1
Reading 0–2 1–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–2 2–2 1–2 5–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 2–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–0
Rotherham United 0–0 0–1 4–0 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–2 2–1 1–4 3–3 1–3 1–1 2–0 2–5 2–1 1–0 1–4 0–0 0–0 0–3 1–1 1–2 1–2
Sheffield Wednesday 3–0 2–1 3–2 4–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 3–0 3–0 0–0 3–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 0–0 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 4–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–0 0–0 2–2 0–2 0–0 2–1 0–0 1–3 2–1 2–1 3–2 3–0 1–1 0–0 2–3 1–3 0–0 1–1 1–2 2–3 1–0 0–0 2–1
Updated to games played on 7 May 2016
Source: BBC Sport
1The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Top scorers

As of matches played 7 May 2016
Rank Player Club Goals
1 England Andre Gray Burnley 25
2 Scotland Ross McCormack Fulham 21
3 Flag of Uruguay Abel Hernández Hull City 20
4 Flag of France Jonathan Kodjia Bristol City 18
5 Flag of Bermuda Nahki Wells Huddersfield Town 17
Flag of Israel Tomer Hemed Brighton & Hove Albion
7 Scotland Jordan Rhodes Blackburn Rovers/Middlesbrough 16
8 Flag of France Moussa Dembélé Fulham 15
Scotland Chris Martin Derby County
Flag of Italy Fernando Forestieri Sheffield Wednesday


External links

Football League Championship match days 2015-16

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