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2015 Football League Championship play-off Final

The 2015 Football League Championship play-off Final was a football match contested by Norwich City and Middlesbrough on 25 May 2015 at Wembley Stadium.[1] The winner, Norwich City, gained promotion to the Premier League for the 2015–16 season.[2][3]

2015 Football League Championship play-off Final
2015 Championship play-off final.png
Matchday programme cover
Event2014–15 Football League Championship
Date25 May 2015
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeMike Dean
Attendance85,656
2014
2016

It was Norwich's second appearance in a play-off final, having played in the 2002 Football League First Division play-off Final losing to Birmingham City on penalties.[4] Described as "the richest game in football", victory in the game is worth an estimated £120m to the winning club.[5]

Contents

Route to the finalEdit

Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away).

Middlesbrough Round Norwich
Opponent Agg 1st leg 2nd leg Championship Opponent Agg 1st leg 2nd leg
Championship 4th placed team
Pos Team Pld Pts
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78

Full list of results

Final standings Championship 3rd placed team
Pos Team Pld Pts
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78

Full list of results

Brentford 5–1 2–1 (A) 3–0 (H) Semi-finals Ipswich Town 4–2 1–1 (A) 3–1 (H)

Semi-finalsEdit

  Finalist win   Draw   Finalist loss   Upcoming fixture

First legEdit

Second legEdit

Pre-matchEdit

On 19 May Wembley Stadium apologised to Middlesbrough supporters for issuing tickets with the team's name misspelled as "Middlesborough".[6] Norwich City were allocated 38,888 tickets which were sold exclusively to season ticket holders and club members.[7]

MatchEdit

DetailsEdit

Middlesbrough0–2Norwich City
Report Jerome   12'
Redmond   15'
Attendance: 85,656
Referee: Mike Dean
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Middlesbrough[8]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Norwich City[8]
GK 13 Dimitrios Konstantopoulos
RB 18 Dean Whitehead   46'
CB 4 Daniel Ayala
CB 6 Ben Gibson
LB 3 George Friend
RM 27 Albert Adomah
CM 7 Grant Leadbitter (c)
CM 8 Adam Clayton
LM 10 Lee Tomlin
SS 21 Jelle Vossen   56'   68'
CF 23 Patrick Bamford
Substitutes:
GK 12 Connor Ripley
DF 29 Fernando Amorebieta
DF 39 Jonathan Woodgate
MF 20 Adam Reach
MF 24 Emilio Nsue   46'
MF 34 Adam Forshaw
FW 9 Kike   68'
Manager:
Aitor Karanka
GK 1 John Ruddy
RB 2 Steven Whittaker
CB 5 Russell Martin (c)
CB 30 Sébastien Bassong
LB 23 Martin Olsson
DM 27 Alexander Tettey
RM 22 Nathan Redmond   87'
CM 8 Jonny Howson   62'
CM 14 Wes Hoolahan   75'
LM 4 Bradley Johnson
CF 10 Cameron Jerome   74'
Substitutes:
GK 26 Declan Rudd
DF 24 Ryan Bennett
MF 17 Elliott Bennett
MF 28 Gary O'Neil   87'
MF 41 Graham Dorrans   75'
FW 7 Lewis Grabban   74'
FW 11 Gary Hooper
Manager:
Alex Neil
Match rules:
  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Championship Play-off Final – Wembley Stadium". wembleystadium.com. The Football Association. Archived from the original on 21 June 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Middlesbrough 0 Norwich City 2: Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond fire Canaries to Premier League". The Daily Telegraph. London. 25 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Middlesbrough 0–2 Norwich: Championship play-off final – as it happened". The Guardian. London. 25 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Football League play-off schedule". Sporting Life. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Championship: Who will prevail in the play-offs?". BBC Sport. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Wembley sorry for misspelling Middlesbrough play-off tickets". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Norwich fans 'gutted' over Wembley match ticket sale decision". BBC News. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final key information". The Football League.