2015–16 Football League Trophy

The 2015–16 Football League Trophy was the 32nd season in the history of the competition, a knock-out tournament for English football clubs in League One and League Two, the third and fourth tiers of the English football. Barnsley of League One won the competition, defeating Oxford United of League Two 3–2 in the final.[1] It was the last tournament to take place before the introduction of Category 1 Academy teams and an initial group stage before the knockout rounds.

2015–16 Football League Trophy
Johnstone's Paint Trophy
Country England
 Wales
Teams48
Defending championsBristol City
ChampionsBarnsley
Runners-upOxford United
Matches played49
Goals scored126 (2.57 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Lee Gregory
Jordy Hiwula
Kemar Roofe
(4 goals each)

In all, 48 clubs entered the competition. It was split into two sections, Northern and Southern, with the winners of each section contesting the final at Wembley Stadium. Bristol City were the reigning champions but were unable to defend their title following promotion to the Championship.

First roundEdit

Northern sectionEdit

North WestEdit

1 September 2015 Port Vale 1–0Carlisle UnitedVale Park, Stoke-on-Trent
19:45 GMT Ikpeazu   60' Report Attendance: 2,571
Referee: Darren England
1 September 2015 Shrewsbury Town 2–0Oldham AthleticNew Meadow, Shrewsbury
19:45 GMT McAlinden   40'
Barnett   49'
Report Attendance: 1,817
Referee: Steve Martin
1 September 2015 Accrington Stanley1–2 Bury Crown Ground, Accrington
19:45 GMT Bruna   83' Report Hope   46'
Tutte   70'
Attendance: 1,344
Referee: Tony Harrington
1 September 2015 Morecambe 2–0WalsallGlobe Arena, Morecambe
19:45 GMT Devitt   57'
Barkhuizen   72'
Report Attendance: 1,332
Referee: Seb Stockbridge

Byes: Blackpool, Crewe Alexandra, Fleetwood Town, Wigan Athletic

North EastEdit

1 September 2015 Hartlepool United1–1
(3–4 p)
Sheffield United Victoria Park, Hartlepool
19:00 GMT Fenwick   51' Report Flynn   7' Attendance: 2,221
Referee: Scott Duncan
Penalties
Bingham  
Oates  
Harrison  
Fenwick  
Featherstone  
Higdon  
Sharp  
McNulty  
Woolford  
McEveley  
1 September 2015 Notts County 3–1Mansfield TownMeadow Lane, Nottingham
19:45 GMT McLeod   52'
Edwards   79'
Jonathan Stead   90'
Report Craig Westcarr   90' (pen.) Attendance: 2,696
Referee: Richard Clark
1 September 2015 Scunthorpe United1–2 Barnsley Glanford Park, Scunthorpe
19:45 GMT Goode   90' Report Nyatanga   62'
Watkins   76'
Attendance: 1,796
Referee: Ben Toner

Byes: Bradford City, Chesterfield, Rochdale, York City

Southern sectionEdit

South WestEdit

1 September 2015 Yeovil Town 1–0BarnetHuish Park, Yeovil
19:45 BST Dembélé   37' (o.g.) Report Attendance: 1,203
Referee: Tim Robinson
1 September 2015 Newport County1–1
(6–7 p)
Swindon Town Rodney Parade, Newport
19:45 BST Collins   72' Report Rodgers   19' Attendance: 1,434
Referee: Kevin Johnson
Penalties
Byrne  
Ansah  
Klukowski  
Boden  
Ofori-Twumasi  
Owen-Evans  
Collins  
Rodgers  
Robert  
Turnbull  
Brophy  
Branco  
Barry  
Randall  
1 September 2015 Exeter City 2–0PortsmouthSt James Park, Exeter
19:45 BST Harley   54' (p)
Nicholls   72'
Report Attendance: 2,323
Referee: Lee Swabey
1 September 2015 AFC Wimbledon2–3 Plymouth Argyle Kingsmeadow, London
19:45 BST Azeez   7'
Taylor   25'
Report Jervis   38'
Brunt   54'
McHugh   57'
Attendance: 1,251
Referee: Charles Breakspear

Byes: Bristol Rovers, Coventry City, Oxford United, Wycombe Wanderers

South EastEdit

1 September 2015 Luton Town 2–1Leyton OrientKenilworth Road, Luton
19:45 BST Green   29'
O'Donnell   90'
Report James   59' (pen.) Attendance: 1,953
Referee: Nick Kinseley
1 September 2015 Millwall 1–0Peterborough UnitedThe Den, London
19:45 BST Williams   29' Report Attendance: 2,050
Referee: Keith Hill
1 September 2015 Northampton Town 3–2Colchester UnitedSixfields Stadium, Northampton
19:45 BST Calvert-Lewin   9'
Watson   50'
Richards   85'
Report Bonne   31'82' Attendance: 1,366
Referee: Darren Deadman
1 September 2015 Cambridge United0–2 Dagenham & Redbridge Abbey Stadium, Cambridge
19:45 BST Report Hemmings   21'
McClure   27'
Attendance: 1,618
Referee: Darren Drysdale

Byes: Crawley Town, Gillingham, Southend United, Stevenage

Second roundEdit

Northern sectionEdit

North WestEdit

6 October 2015 Port Vale1–2 Blackpool Vale Park, Stoke-on-Trent
19:45 BST Grant   52' (pen.) Report Rivers   44'
Robertson   56'
Attendance: 2,720
Referee: Mark Heywood
6 October 2015 Bury0–1 Morecambe Gigg Lane, Bury
19:45 BST Report Miller   81' Attendance: 1,508
Referee: Mark Brown
6 October 2015 Crewe Alexandra2–3 Wigan Athletic Gresty Road, Crewe
19:30 BST Haber   6'
Colclough   36'
Report Hiwula   10'70'
Wildschut   76'
Attendance: 2,168
Referee: James Adcock
6 October 2015 Fleetwood Town 2–1Shrewsbury TownHighbury Stadium, Fleetwood
19:45 BST Hunter   69'
Grant   90+1'
Report Brown   25' Attendance: 1,267
Referee: Kevin Wright

North EastEdit

6 October 2015 York City 2–0Doncaster RoversBootham Crescent, York
19:45 BST Oliver   5'50' Report Attendance: 1,627
Referee: Geoff Eltringham
6 October 2015 Sheffield United 5–1Notts CountyBramall Lane, Sheffield
19:45 BST Baxter   20' (pen.)36' (pen.)
Done   23'
Scougall   67'
Adams   74' (pen.)
Report Stead   62' Attendance: 5,497
Referee: Carl Boyeson
6 October 2015 Rochdale 2–1ChesterfieldProact Stadium, Chesterfield
19:00 BST Tanser   18'
Alessandra   66'
Report Eastham   65' (o.g.) Attendance: 1,042
Referee: Jeremy Simpson
13 October 2015 Bradford City1–2 Barnsley Valley Parade, Bradford
19:45 BST Knott   22' Report Watkins   45'
Mawson   69'
Attendance: 4,127
Referee: Trevor Kettle

Southern sectionEdit

South WestEdit

6 October 2015 Yeovil Town 0–0
(4–3 p)
Coventry CityHuish Park, Yeovil
19:45 BST Report Attendance: 1,605
Referee: Kevin Johnson
Penalties
Dickson  
Bird  
Howells  
Laird  
  Tudgay
  Elford-Alliyu
  Murphy
  G. Thomas
  Ricketts
6 October 2015 Plymouth Argyle 2–0Exeter CityHome Park, Plymouth
19:45 BST Boateng   32'
Tanner   49'
Report Attendance: 9,441
Referee: Brendan Malone
6 October 2015 Oxford United 2–0Swindon TownKassam Stadium, Oxford
19:45 BST Roofe   41'53' Report Attendance: 9,013
Referee: Gavin Ward
6 October 2015 Bristol Rovers 2–0Wycombe WanderersMemorial Stadium, Bristol
19:45 BST Taylor   4'
Easter   11'
Report Attendance: 3,243
Referee: Oliver Langford

South EastEdit

6 October 2015 Millwall 2–0Northampton TownThe Den, London
19:45 BST O'Brien   71'
Gregory   75'
Report Attendance: 2,254
Referee: Iain Williamson
6 October 2015 Crawley Town0–3 Southend United Broadfield Stadium, Crawley
19:45 BST Report Weston   26'
Pigott   39'87'
Attendance: 1,139
Referee: Tim Robinson
6 October 2015 Gillingham 2–1Luton TownPriestfield Stadium, Gillingham
19:45 BST Ehmer   65'
Dack   83'
Report McGeehan   41' Attendance: 3,428
Referee: Michael Bull
7 October 2015 Stevenage1–2 Dagenham & Redbridge Broadhall Way, Stevenage
19:45 BST Kennedy   79' (pen.) Report Cureton   53'
Chambers   55'
Attendance: 1,401
Referee: James Linington

Area quarter-finalsEdit

Northern sectionEdit

10 November 2015 Wigan Athletic 4–0BlackpoolDW Stadium, Wigan
19:15 GMT Hiwula   20'78' (pen.)
Murray   63'
Wildschut   71'
Report Attendance: 5,224
Referee: Andrew Madley
10 November 2015 Rochdale0–1 Morecambe Spotland Stadium, Rochdale
19:45 GMT Report Mullin   17' Attendance: 1,428
Referee: David Coote
10 November 2015 Fleetwood Town 0–0
(4–1 p)
Sheffield UnitedHighbury Stadium, Fleetwood
19:45 GMT Report Attendance: 1,587
Referee: Christopher Kavanagh
Penalties
  Grant
  Ball
  Ryan
  Haughton
  Baxter
  Sharp
  McEveley
10 November 2015 Barnsley 2–1York CityOakwell, Barnsley
19:45 GMT Pearson   67'
Hammill   83'
Report Coulson   40' Attendance: 3,360
Referee: David Webb

Southern sectionEdit

10 November 2015 Gillingham1–1
(4–5 p)
Yeovil Town Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham
19:15 BST Garmston   43' Report Cornick   13' Attendance: 1,832
Referee: Dean Whitestone
Penalties
  Dack
  Egan
  Loft
  Williamson
 Donnelly
  Dolan
  Bird
  Tozer
  Cornick
  Roberts
10 November 2015 Plymouth Argyle3–5 Millwall Home Park, Plymouth
19:45 BST Jervis   34'85'
Carey   56'
Report Gregory   21'49'58' (pen.)
Beevers   43'
O'Brien   66'
Attendance: 5,869
Referee: James Linington
11 November 2015 Southend United 1–0Bristol RoversRoots Hall, Southend-on-Sea
19:45 BST White   11' Report Attendance: 3,495
Referee: Andy Woolmer
11 November 2015 Dagenham & Redbridge0–2 Oxford United Victoria Road, London
19:45 BST Report Hoban   1'
MacDonald   47'
Attendance: 1,011
Referee: Andy Davies

Area semi-finalsEdit

Northern sectionEdit

5 December 2015 Wigan Athletic2–2
(2–4 p)
Barnsley DW Stadium, Wigan
15:00 GMT Grigg   48'82' Report Hammill   42'
Toney   53'
Attendance: 6,628
Referee: Keith Hill
Penalties
  Power
  Davies
  Perkins
  Flores
  Hourihane
  Toney
  Winnall
  Mawson
8 December 2015 Fleetwood Town 2–0MorecambeHighbury, Fleetwood
19:45 GMT Ball   63'
Ryan   76'
Report Attendance: 1,715
Referee: Paul Tierney

Southern sectionEdit

8 December 2015 Oxford United 3–2Yeovil TownKassam Stadium, Oxford
19:45 GMT Evans   4'
O'Dowda   42'
Maguire   54'
Report Fogden   37'
Jeffers   90'
Attendance: 2,532
Referee: Keith Stroud
8 December 2015 Southend United0–2 Millwall Roots Hall, Southend-on-Sea
19:45 GMT Report Morison   34'
Williams   65'
Attendance: 5,972
Referee: Simon Hooper

Area finalsEdit

Northern sectionEdit

9 January 2016 Barnsley 1–1 Fleetwood Town Oakwell, Barnsley
15:00 GMT Fletcher   73' Report Davies   60' (o.g.) Attendance: 11,403
Referee: Fred Graham
4 February 2016 Fleetwood Town1−1
(2−2 agg.)
(2−4 p)
Barnsley Highbury Stadium, Fleetwood
19:45 GMT Hunter   81' Report Hourihane   67' Attendance: 3,705
Referee: Eddie Ilderton
Penalties
Ball  
Grant  
McLaughlin  
Bell  
  Long
  Hourihane
  Scowen
  Winnall
  Hammill

Southern sectionEdit

14 January 2016 Millwall 0–2 Oxford United The Den, London
19:45 GMT Report Roofe   15'43' Attendance: 7,275
Referee: Stuart Attwell
2 February 2016 Oxford United 0–1
(2–1 agg.)
MillwallKassam Stadium, Oxford
19:45 GMT Report Gregory   54' Attendance: 10,138
Referee: Scott Duncan

FinalEdit

Barnsley3–2Oxford United
Dunkley   52' (o.g.)
Fletcher   68'
Hammill   74'
Report O'Dowda   29'
Hylton   76'
Attendance: 59,230
Referee: Andy Woolmer

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cartwright, Phil (3 April 2016). "Barnsley 3 Oxford United 2". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 April 2016.

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