2015–16 Football League One

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Football League One
Season 2015–16
Champions Wigan Athletic
(2nd divisional title)
Promoted Wigan Athletic
Burton Albion
Barnsley
Relegated Doncaster Rovers
Blackpool
Colchester United
Crewe Alexandra
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1,457 (2.64 per match)
Top goalscorer Will Grigg (25 goals)
Biggest home win Chesterfield 7–1 Shrewsbury Town (2 January 2016)
Coventry City 6–0 Bury (13 February 2016)
Scunthorpe United 6–0 Swindon Town (28 March 2016)
Biggest away win Crewe Alexandra 0–5 Coventry City (2 January 2016)
Longest winning run Barnsley (7 matches)
Longest unbeaten run Wigan Athletic (20 matches)
Longest winless run Colchester United (19 matches)
Longest losing run Colchester United (9 matches)
Highest attendance 24,777[1]
Sheffield United 3–1 Bradford City
(28 December 2015)
Lowest attendance 1,767[2]
Rochdale 1–0 Fleetwood Town
(23 February 2016)

The 2015–16 Football League One (referred to as the Sky Bet League One for sponsorship reasons) was the 12th season of the Football League One under its current title and the 23rd season under its current league division format. The season began on 8 August 2015, and concluded on 8 May 2016.[3]

Changes from last season

Team changes

The following teams have changed division since the 2014–15 season.

To League One

Promoted from League Two

Relegated from Championship

From League One

Relegated to League Two

Promoted to Championship

Team overview

Stadia and locations

Greater Manchester League One football clubs
Team Location Stadium Capacity[4]
Barnsley Barnsley Oakwell 23,009
Blackpool Blackpool Bloomfield Road 16,750
Bradford City Bradford Valley Parade 25,136
Burton Albion Burton-upon-Trent Pirelli Stadium 6,912
Bury Bury Gigg Lane 11,840
Chesterfield Chesterfield Proact Stadium 10,400
Colchester United Colchester Weston Homes Community Stadium 10,105
Coventry City Coventry Ricoh Arena 32,500
Crewe Alexandra Crewe Gresty Road 10,066
Doncaster Rovers Doncaster Keepmoat Stadium 15,231
Fleetwood Town Fleetwood Highbury Stadium 5,311
Gillingham Gillingham Priestfield Stadium 11,582
Millwall London (South Bermondsey) The Den 20,146
Oldham Athletic Oldham Boundary Park 13,512
Peterborough United Peterborough Abax Stadium 14,319
Port Vale Stoke-on-Trent Vale Park 18,947
Rochdale Rochdale Spotland Stadium 10,249
Scunthorpe United Scunthorpe Glanford Park 9,183
Sheffield United Sheffield Bramall Lane 32,702
Shrewsbury Town Shrewsbury New Meadow 9,875
Southend United Southend Roots Hall 12,392
Swindon Town Swindon County Ground 15,728
Walsall Walsall Bescot Stadium 11,300
Wigan Athletic Wigan DW Stadium 25,138

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Blackpool England Lee Clark Resigned 9 May 2015[5] Pre-season England Neil McDonald 2 June 2015[6]
Chesterfield England Paul Cook Signed by Portsmouth 12 May 2015[7] Wales Dean Saunders 13 May 2015[8]
Sheffield United England Nigel Clough Sacked 25 May 2015[9] England Nigel Adkins 2 June 2015[10]
Peterborough United England Dave Robertson 6 September 2015[11] 20th England Graham Westley 21 September 2015[12]
Doncaster Rovers Scotland Paul Dickov 8 September 2015[13] 17th England Rob Jones (interim) 8 September 2015[14]
Oldham Athletic Northern Ireland Darren Kelly 12 September 2015[15] 19th England David Dunn (interim) 13 September 2015[15]
Oldham Athletic England David Dunn (interim) Change of contract 7 October 2015[16] 18th England David Dunn 7 October 2015[16]
Doncaster Rovers England Rob Jones End of interim 16 October 2015 20th Scotland Darren Ferguson 16 October 2015[17]
Chesterfield Wales Dean Saunders Sacked 28 November 2015 16th England Danny Wilson 24 December 2015[18]
Walsall England Dean Smith Signed by Brentford 30 November 2015 4th England John Ward (interim) 30 November 2015[19]
Burton Albion Netherlands Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Signed by QPR 4 December 2015[20] 1st England Nigel Clough 5 December 2015[21]
Walsall England John Ward (interim) End of interim 18 December 2015 3rd Republic of Ireland Sean O'Driscoll 18 December 2015[22]
Oldham Athletic England David Dunn Sacked 12 January 2016 22nd Republic of Ireland John Sheridan 13 January 2016[23]
Scunthorpe United England Mark Robins Sacked 16 January 2016 13th Scotland Graham Alexander 22 March 2016[24]
Barnsley England Lee Johnson Signed by Bristol City 6 February 2016[25] 12th England Paul Heckingbottom (caretaker) 12 February 2016
Walsall Republic of Ireland Sean O'Driscoll Sacked 6 March 2016[26] 4th England John Whitney (interim) 7 March 2016[27]
Peterborough United England Graham Westley 23 April 2016[28] 14th

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Wigan Athletic (C, P) 46 24 15 7 82 45 +37 87 Promotion to the Football League Championship
2 Burton Albion (P) 46 25 10 11 57 37 +20 85
3 Walsall 46 24 12 10 71 49 +22 84 Qualification for the League One play-offs[a]
4 Millwall 46 24 9 13 73 49 +24 81
5 Bradford City 46 23 11 12 55 40 +15 80
6 Barnsley (O, P) 46 22 8 16 70 54 +16 74
7 Scunthorpe United 46 21 11 14 60 47 +13 74
8 Coventry City 46 19 12 15 67 49 +18 69
9 Gillingham 46 19 12 15 71 56 +15 69
10 Rochdale 46 19 12 15 68 61 +7 69
11 Sheffield United 46 18 12 16 64 59 +5 66
12 Port Vale 46 18 11 17 56 58 −2 65
13 Peterborough United 46 19 6 21 82 73 +9 63
14 Southend United 46 16 11 19 58 64 −6 59
15 Swindon Town 46 16 11 19 64 71 −7 59
16 Bury[b] 46 16 12 18 56 73 −17 57
17 Oldham Athletic 46 12 18 16 44 58 −14 54
18 Chesterfield 46 15 8 23 58 70 −12 53
19 Fleetwood Town 46 12 15 19 52 56 −4 51
20 Shrewsbury Town 46 13 11 22 58 79 −21 50
21 Doncaster Rovers (R) 46 11 13 22 48 64 −16 46 Relegation to League Two
22 Blackpool (R) 46 12 10 24 40 63 −23 46
23 Colchester United (R) 46 9 13 24 57 99 −42 40
24 Crewe Alexandra (R) 46 7 13 26 46 83 −37 34
Updated to match(es) played on 1 July 2016. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Four teams play for one spot and promotion to Football League Championship.
  2. ^ Bury were deducted 3 points for playing the unregistered Callum Styles against Southend United on 8 May.[29]

Play-offs

  Semifinals Final
                     
3 Walsall 0 1 1  
6 Barnsley 3 3 6  
    6 Barnsley 3
  4 Millwall 1
4 Millwall 3 1 4
5 Bradford City 1 1 2  

Results

Home ╲ Away BAR BLP BRA BRT Bury CHF COL COV CRE DON FLE GIL MIL OLD PET PTV ROC SCU SHU SHR STD SWI WAL WIG
Barnsley 4–2 0–0 1–0 3–0 1–2 2–2 2–0 1–2 1–0 0–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–2 6–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–2 4–1 0–2 0–2
Blackpool 1–1 0–1 1–2 1–1 2–0 0–1 0–1 2–0 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–1 0–2 5–0 0–0 2–3 2–0 1–0 0–4 0–4
Bradford City 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–2 0–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–2 1–0 2–2 1–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–0 4–0 1–1
Burton Albion 0–0 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 5–1 1–2 0–0 3–3 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1
Bury 0–0 4–3 0–0 1–0 1–0 5–2 2–1 0–0 1–0 3–4 0–1 1–3 1–1 3–1 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 2–2 3–2 2–2 2–3 2–2
Chesterfield 3–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 3–0 3–3 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–0 1–3 1–2 1–2 0–1 4–2 0–0 0–3 0–3 7–1 3–0 0–4 1–4 2–3
Colchester United 2–3 2–2 2–0 0–3 0–1 1–1 1–3 2–3 4–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–4 2–1 1–2 2–2 1–2 0–0 0–2 1–4 4–4 3–3
Coventry City 4–3 0–0 1–0 0–2 6–0 1–0 0–1 3–2 2–2 1–2 4–1 2–1 1–1 3–2 1–0 0–1 1–2 3–1 3–0 2–2 0–0 1–1 2–0
Crewe Alexandra 1–2 1–2 0–1 1–1 3–3 1–2 1–1 0–5 3–1 1–1 0–1 1–3 1–0 1–5 0–0 2–0 2–3 1–0 1–2 1–2 1–3 1–1 1–1
Doncaster Rovers 2–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 3–0 2–0 2–0 3–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 0–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 2–2 1–2 3–1
Fleetwood Town 0–2 0–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 0–1 4–0 0–1 2–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–2 1–1 2–1 2–2 0–0 1–1 5–1 0–1 1–3
Gillingham 2–1 2–1 3–0 0–3 3–1 1–2 1–0 0–0 3–0 1–0 5–1 1–2 3–3 2–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 4–0 2–3 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–0
Millwall 2–3 3–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 0–2 4–1 0–4 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–3 3–0 3–0 3–1 3–1 0–2 1–0 3–1 0–2 2–0 0–1 0–0
Oldham Athletic 1–2 1–0 1–2 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–2 1–0 2–1 1–2 1–5 1–1 2–3 2–4 1–1 1–1 2–5 2–0 1–0 1–1
Peterborough United 3–2 5–1 0–4 0–1 2–3 2–0 2–1 3–1 3–0 4–0 2–1 1–1 5–3 1–2 2–3 1–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 2–3
Port Vale 0–1 2–0 1–1 0–4 1–0 3–2 2–0 1–1 3–0 3–0 0–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 3–1 1–0 0–5 3–2
Rochdale 3–0 3–0 1–3 2–1 3–0 2–3 3–1 0–0 2–2 2–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 3–2 4–1 2–2 1–2 0–2
Scunthorpe United 2–0 0–1 0–2 1–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–4 1–0 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 6–0 0–1 1–1
Sheffield United 0–0 2–0 3–1 0–1 1–3 2–0 2–3 1–0 3–2 3–1 3–0 0–0 1–2 3–0 2–3 1–0 3–2 0–2 2–4 2–2 1–1 2–0 0–2
Shrewsbury Town 0–3 2–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–2 4–2 2–1 0–1 1–2 1–1 2–2 1–2 0–1 3–4 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–2 1–2 0–1 1–3 1–5
Southend United 2–1 1–0 0–1 3–1 4–1 0–1 3–0 3–0 1–1 0–3 2–2 1–1 0–4 0–1 2–1 1–0 2–2 2–1 3–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–0
Swindon Town 0–1 3–2 4–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 2–2 4–3 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–2 1–2 2–2 2–1 2–1 0–2 3–0 4–2 2–1 1–4
Walsall 1–3 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 1–2 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 3–2 0–3 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–3 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–2
Wigan Athletic 1–4 0–1 1–0 0–1 3–0 3–1 5–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 3–2 2–2 0–0 1–1 3–0 1–0 3–0 3–3 1–0 4–1 1–0 0–0

Updated to games played on 7 May 2016.
Source: BBC Sport
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers

Rank Player Club Goals[30]
1 Northern Ireland Will Grigg Wigan Athletic 25
2 England Nicky Ajose Swindon Town 24
3 England Sam Winnall Barnsley 23
4 England Billy Sharp Sheffield United 21
5 Republic of Ireland Paddy Madden Scunthorpe United 20
England Adam Armstrong Coventry City
England Lee Gregory Millwall
8 Wales Tom Bradshaw Walsall 17
9 Wales Steve Morison Millwall 16
10 England Leon Clarke Bury 15

Monthly Awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Reference
Manager Club Player Club
August England Dean Smith Walsall England Adam Armstrong Coventry City [31][32]
September Netherlands Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Burton Albion Jersey Peter Vincenti Rochdale [33][34]
October England Mark Robins Scunthorpe United Republic of Ireland Aiden O'Brien Millwall [35][36]
November England Graham Westley Peterborough United England Jacob Murphy Coventry City [37][38]
December England Nigel Adkins Sheffield United England Andy Williams Doncaster Rovers [39][40]
January England Lee Johnson Barnsley England Sam Winnall Barnsley [41][42]
February Scotland Gary Caldwell Wigan Athletic England Jordan Archer Millwall [43][44]
March England Paul Heckingbottom Barnsley England Sullay Kaikai Shrewsbury Town [45][46]
April Scotland Graham Alexander Scunthorpe United Northern Ireland Will Grigg Wigan Athletic [47][48]

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  16. ^ a b Oldham Athletic: David Dunn appointed permanent manager
  17. ^ Darren Ferguson appointed new Doncaster Rovers manager
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  19. ^ Dean Smith leaves Walsall to take Brentford job
  20. ^ Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: QPR appoint Burton manager as boss
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