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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.

Football League play-offs
Season2014–15
ChampionsNorwich City
(Championship)
Preston North End
(League One)
Southend United
(League Two)
Matches played15
Goals scored51 (3.4 per match)
Biggest home winMiddlesbrough 3–0 Brentford
(Championship)
Preston 3–0 Chesterfield
(League One)
Biggest away winPlymouth 2–3 Wycombe
(League Two)
Highest scoringSwindon 5–5 Sheffield United
(10 goals)
Highest attendance85,656 – Middlesbrough v Norwich
(Championship Final)
Lowest attendance5,183 – Stevenage v Southend United
(League Two semi-final)
Average attendance24,491
2014
2016

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.

BackgroundEdit

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.

ChampionshipEdit

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-finalsEdit

First legEdit

Brentford1–2Middlesbrough
Gray   54' BBC Report Vossen   26'
Amorebieta   90+3'
Attendance: 11,691
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Ipswich Town1–1Norwich City
Anderson   45' BBC Report Howson   41'
Attendance: 29,166

Second legEdit

Middlesbrough3–0Brentford
Tomlin   23'
Kike   55'
Adomah   78'
BBC Report
Attendance: 33,266
Referee: Lee Mason

Middlesbrough won 5–1 on aggregate.

Norwich City3–1Ipswich Town
Hoolahan   50' (pen.)
Redmond   64'
Jerome   76'
BBC Report Smith   60'
Attendance: 26,994
Referee: Roger East

Norwich City won 4–2 on aggregate.

FinalEdit

Middlesbrough0–2Norwich City
BBC Report Jerome   12'
Redmond   15'
Attendance: 85,656
Referee: Mike Dean

League OneEdit

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-finalsEdit

First legEdit

Chesterfield0–1Preston North End
BBC Report Beckford   6'
Attendance: 8,409
Referee: Mark Haywood
Sheffield United1–2Swindon Town
Freeman   19' BBC Report Ricketts   51'
Byrne   90+4'
Attendance: 20,890
Referee: Darren Bond

Second legEdit

Preston North End3–0Chesterfield
Beckford   38'87'
Garner   62' (pen.)
BBC Report
Attendance: 15,641
Referee: Andy D'Urso

Preston North End won 4–0 on aggregate.

Swindon Town5–5Sheffield United
Gladwin   4'10'
Smith   18'59' (pen.)
Obika   84'
BBC Report Thompson   19' (o.g.)
Basham   38'
Davies   65'
Done   88'
Adams   90'
Attendance: 13,065
Referee: Keith Hill

Swindon Town won 7–6 on aggregate.

FinalEdit

Preston North End4–0Swindon Town
Beckford   3'44'57'
Huntington   13'
Report
Attendance: 48,236
Referee: Andrew Madley

League TwoEdit

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-finalsEdit

First legEdit

Plymouth Argyle2–3Wycombe Wanderers
Ansah   86'
Banton   89'
BBC Report Hayes   10'
Amadi-Holloway   22'
Craig   52'
Attendance: 14,175
Referee: Peter Bankes
Stevenage1–1Southend United
Parrett   51' BBC Report Corr   60'
Attendance: 5,183
Referee: Keith Stroud

Second legEdit

Wycombe Wanderers2–1Plymouth Argyle
Hayes   7'
Mawson   35'
BBC Sport Brunt   70'
Attendance: 7,750
Referee: Nigel Miller

Wycombe Wanderers won 5–3 on aggregate.

Southend United3–1 (a.e.t.)Stevenage
Leonard   67'
McLaughlin   108'
Timlin   120'
BBC Sport Pett   55'
Attendance: 8,998
Referee: Graham Scott

Southend United won 4–2 on aggregate.

FinalEdit

Southend United1–1 (a.e.t.)Wycombe Wanderers
Pigott   120+2' Report Bentley   95' (o.g.)
Penalties
Pigott  
Coker  
Leonard  
Payne  
Timlin  
Barrett  
Weston  
Bolger  
7–6   Murphy
  Mawson
  Hayes
  Bloomfield
  Bean
  Jacobson
  Amadi-Holloway
  Wood
Attendance: 38,252
Referee: Simon Hooper

ReferencesEdit

  • "Dates for Sky Bet Football League Play-Offs confirmed". The Football League. 9 March 2015.