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2017 English Football League play-offs

The English Football League play-offs for the 2016–17 season were held in May 2017 with all finals being staged at Wembley Stadium in London.

English Football League play-offs
Wembley Stadium, illuminated.jpg
Wembley Stadium is the venue for each play-off final
Season2016–17
Matches played15
Goals scored34 (2.27 per match)
Biggest home winBradford 1–0 Fleetwood
Blackpool 3–2 Luton
Reading 1–0 Fulham
Exeter 3-2 Carlisle
Biggest away winScunthorpe 2–3 Millwall
Highest scoringCarlisle 3–3 Exeter
Luton 3–3 Blackpool
Highest attendance76,682
Lowest attendance3,882
Average attendance17,205
2016
2018

The play-offs begin in each league with two semi-finals which are played over two legs. The teams who finished in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place in the Championship and League One and the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th-placed teams in League Two compete. The winners of the semi-finals advance to the finals, with the winners gaining promotion for the following season.

BackgroundEdit

The English 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. The fixtures are determined by final league position – in the Championship and League One this is 3rd v 6th and 4th v 5th, while in League Two it is 4th v 7th and 5th v 6th.

ChampionshipEdit

Championship Semi-finalsEdit

Final league position - Championship
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Reading 46 26 7 13 68 64 +4 85
4 Sheffield Wednesday 46 24 9 13 60 45 +15 81
5 Huddersfield Town 46 25 6 15 56 58 –2 81
6 Fulham 46 22 14 10 85 57 +28 80
First leg
Fulham1–1Reading
Cairney   65' Report Obita   53'
Attendance: 23,717

Second leg
Reading1–0Fulham
Kermorgant   49' (pen.) Report
Attendance: 22,044

Reading won 2–1 on aggregate.


Sheffield Wednesday1–1 (a.e.t.)Huddersfield Town
Fletcher   51' Report Lees   73' (o.g.)
Penalties
Hutchinson  
Bannan  
Lee  
Hunt  
Forestieri  
3–4   Löwe
  Hefele
  Wells
  Mooy
  Payne
Attendance: 32,625

Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 Huddersfield Town on aggregate. Huddersfield Town won 4–3 on penalties.


Championship FinalEdit

Huddersfield Town0–0 (a.e.t.)Reading
Report
Penalties
4–3
Attendance: 76,682

League OneEdit

League One Semi-finalsEdit

Final league position - League One
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Scunthorpe United 46 24 10 12 80 54 +26 82
4 Fleetwood Town 46 23 13 10 64 43 +21 82
5 Bradford City 46 20 19 7 62 43 +19 79
6 Millwall 46 20 13 13 66 57 +9 73
First leg
Millwall0–0Scunthorpe United
Report
Attendance: 12,568
Referee: Andy Madley
Bradford City1–0Fleetwood Town
McArdle   77' Report
Attendance: 15,696
Referee: Oliver Langford

Second leg
Scunthorpe United2–3Millwall
Toney   19'
Dawson   81'
Report Morison   45'58'
Gregory   52'
Attendance: 7,190
Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Millwall won 3–2 on aggregate.

Fleetwood Town0–0Bradford City
Report
Attendance: 5,076
Referee: David Coote

Bradford City won 1–0 on aggregate.


League One FinalEdit

Bradford City0–1Millwall
Report Morison   85'
Attendance: 53,320
Referee: Simon Hooper

League TwoEdit

League Two Semi-finalsEdit

Final league position - League Two
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Luton Town 46 20 17 9 70 43 +27 77
5 Exeter City 46 21 8 17 75 56 +19 71
6 Carlisle United 46 18 17 11 69 68 +1 71
7 Blackpool 46 18 16 12 69 46 +23 70
First leg
Blackpool3–2Luton Town
Cullen   19'47'67' (pen.) Report Potts   26'
Vassell   28'
Attendance: 3,882
Referee: Nigel Miller
Carlisle United3–3Exeter City
Moore-Taylor   32' (o.g.)
O'Sullivan   71'
Miller   73'
Report Grant   15'
Harley   45+1'
Wheeler   56'
Attendance: 9,708
Referee: David Webb

Second leg
Luton Town3–3Blackpool
Mellor   36' (o.g.)
Cuthbert   45'
Hylton   57' (pen.)
Report Delfouneso   22'
Gnanduillet   76'
Moore   90+5' (o.g.)
Attendance: 10,032

Blackpool won 6–5 on aggregate.

Exeter City3–2Carlisle United
Watkins   10'79'
Stacey   90+5'
Report Kennedy   81'
O'Sullivan   90'
Attendance: 7,450
Referee: Dean Whitestone

Exeter City won 6–5 on aggregate.


League Two FinalEdit

Blackpool2–1Exeter City
Potts   3'
Cullen   64'
Wheeler   40'
Attendance: 23,380

ReferencesEdit