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The Football League play-offs for the 2015–16 season were held in May 2016 with all finals being staged at Wembley Stadium in London.

Football League play-offs
Wembley Stadium, illuminated.jpg
Wembley Stadium was the venue for each play-off final
ChampionsHull City (Championship)
Barnsley (League One)
AFC Wimbledon (League Two)
Matches played15
Goals scored39 (2.6 per match)
Biggest home winBarnsley 3–0 Walsall
Biggest away winDerby County 0–3 Hull City
Highest attendance70,189
Lowest attendance4,634
Average attendance26,210

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.


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.



First leg
Sheffield Wednesday2–0Brighton & Hove Albion
Wallace   45'
Lee   73'
Attendance: 34,260
Derby County0–3Hull City
Report Hernández   30'
Shackell   40' (o.g.)
Robertson   90+8'
Attendance: 29,969

Second leg
Brighton & Hove Albion1–1Sheffield Wednesday
Dunk   19' Report Wallace   28'
Attendance: 27,272
Referee: Roger East

Sheffield Wednesday won 3–1 on aggregate.

Hull City0–2Derby County
Report Russell   7'
Robertson   36' (o.g.)
Attendance: 20,470

Hull City won 3–2 on aggregate.


Hull City1–0Sheffield Wednesday
Diamé   71' Report
Attendance: 70,189
Referee: Bobby Madley

League OneEdit


First leg
Demetriou   45' (o.g.)
Winnall   54'55'
Attendance: 16,051
Referee: Peter Bankes
Bradford City1–3Millwall
McMahon   13' (pen.) Report Gregory   15'
Morison   34'
J. Martin   45'
Attendance: 19,241
Referee: Dean Whitestone

Second leg
Cook   85' Report Hammill   18'
Fletcher   66'
Brownhill   90'
Attendance: 8,022

Barnsley won 6–1 on aggregate.

Millwall1–1Bradford City
Gregory   34' Report Proctor   44'
Attendance: 16,301
Referee: Tim Robinson

Millwall won 4–2 on aggregate.


Fletcher   2'
Hammill   19'
Isgrove   74'
Report Beevers   34'
Attendance: 51,277

League TwoEdit


First leg
Portsmouth2–2Plymouth Argyle
McNulty   3'
Roberts   51' (pen.)
Report Matt   9'19'
Attendance: 17,622
Referee: Oliver Langford
AFC Wimbledon1–0Accrington Stanley
Beere   90+3' Report
Attendance: 4,870
Referee: Stephen Martin

Second leg
Plymouth Argyle1–0Portsmouth
Hartley   90+1' Report
Attendance: 15,011
Referee: Paul Tierney

Plymouth Argyle won 3–2 on aggregate.

Accrington Stanley2–2 (a.e.t.)AFC Wimbledon
Windass   39' (pen.)
Mingoia   59'
Report Akinfenwa   68'
Taylor   104'
Attendance: 4,634
Referee: Eddie Ilderton

AFC Wimbledon won 3–2 on aggregate.


AFC Wimbledon2–0Plymouth Argyle
Taylor   78'
Akinfenwa   90+11' (pen.)
Attendance: 57,956
Referee: Iain Williamson


  • "Dates for Sky Bet Football League Play-Offs confirmed". The Football League. 9 March 2016.