1996 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season 1995–96
Champions Leicester City
(First Division)
Bradford City
(Second Division)
Plymouth Argyle
(Third Division)
Matches played 15
Goals scored 32 (2.13 per match)
Biggest home win Plymouth 3–1 Colchester
(Third Division)
Biggest away win Blackpool 0–3 Bradford
(Second Division)
Highest scoring Crewe 2–2 Notts County
Plymouth 3–1 Colchester
(4 goals)
Highest attendance 73,573 – Crystal Palace v Leicester
(First Division final)
Lowest attendance 4,931 – Crewe v Notts County
(Second Division semi-final)
Average attendance 20,567
1995
1997

The Football League play-offs for the 1995–96 season were held in May 1996, with the finals taking place at Wembley Stadium in London. The play-off semi-finals were played over two legs and were contested by the teams who finished in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place in the Football League First Division and Football League Second Division and the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th placed teams in the Football League Third Division table. The winners of the semi-finals progressed through to the finals, with the winner of these matches gaining promotion for the following season.

Background

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 Division

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Crystal Palace 46 20 15 11 67 48 +19 75
4 Stoke City 46 20 13 13 60 49 +11 73
5 Leicester City 46 19 14 13 66 60 0+6 71
6 Charlton Athletic 46 17 20 9 57 45 +12 71

Semi-finals

First leg
Charlton Athletic 1–2 Crystal Palace
Newton Goal 1' Brown Goal 65'
Veart Goal 71'
Attendance: 14,618
Referee: John Kirkby

Leicester City 0–0 Stoke City
Attendance: 20,325
Referee: William Burns
Second leg
Crystal Palace 1–0 Charlton Athletic
Houghton Goal 4'
Attendance: 22,880
Referee: Terry Heilbron

Crystal Palace won 3–1 on aggregate.


Stoke City 0–1 Leicester City
Parker Goal 46'
Attendance: 21,037
Referee: Gurnam Singh

Leicester City won 1–0 on aggregate.

Final

Crystal Palace 1–2 (a.e.t.) Leicester City
Roberts Goal 14' Parker Goal 76' (pen.)
Claridge Goal 120'
Attendance: 73,573
Referee: David Allison

Second Division

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Blackpool 46 23 13 10 67 40 +27 82
4 Notts County 46 21 15 10 63 39 +24 78
5 Crewe Alexandra 46 22 7 17 77 60 +17 73
6 Bradford City 46 22 7 17 71 69 0+2 73

Semi-finals

First leg
Bradford City 0–2 Blackpool
Bonner Goal 72'
Ellis Goal 78'
Attendance: 14,273
Referee: Terry Heilbron

Crewe Alexandra 2–2 Notts County
Little Goal 3'
Rivers Goal 17'
Finnan Goal 55'
Martindale Goal 90'
Attendance: 4,931
Referee: David Allison
Second leg
Blackpool 0–3 Bradford City
Shutt Goal 39'
Hamilton Goal 68'
Stallard Goal 78'
Attendance: 9,593
Referee: William Burns

Bradford City won 3–2 on aggregate.


Notts County 1–0 Crewe Alexandra
Martindale Goal 61'
Attendance: 9,640
Referee: Kevin Lynch

Notts County won 3–2 on aggregate.

Final

Bradford City 2–0 Notts County
Hamilton Goal 8'
Stallard Goal 75'
Attendance: 39,972
Referee: Gurnam Singh

Third Division

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Plymouth Argyle 46 22 12 12 68 49 +19 78
5 Darlington 46 20 18 8 60 42 +18 78
6 Hereford United 46 20 14 12 65 47 +18 74
7 Colchester United 46 18 18 10 61 51 +10 72

Semi-finals

First leg
Hereford United 1–2 Darlington
Smith Goal 2' Gregan Goal 27'
Blake Goal 37'
Attendance: 6,622
Referee: Kevin Lynch

Colchester United 1–0 Plymouth Argyle
Kinsella Goal 45'
Attendance: 6,511
Referee: Mick Pierce
Second leg
Plymouth Argyle 3–1 Colchester United
Evans Goal 3'
Leadbitter Goal 41'
Williams Goal 85'
Kinsella Goal 66'
Attendance: 14,525
Referee: John Kirkby

Plymouth Argyle won 3–2 on aggregate.


Darlington 2–1 Hereford United
Painter Goal 17'
Appleby Goal 47' (pen.)
White Goal 65'
Attendance: 6,584
Referee: David Allison

Darlington won 4–2 on aggregate.

Final

Darlington 0–1 Plymouth Argyle
Mauge Goal 65'
Attendance: 43,431
Referee: William Burns

External links

  • Football League website
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