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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

First leg
12 May 1996
15:00
Charlton Athletic 1–2 Crystal Palace
Newton Goal 1' Brown Goal 65'
Veart Goal 71'
The Valley, London
Attendance: 14,618
Referee: John Kirkby

12 May 1996
15:00
Leicester City 0–0 Stoke City
Filbert Street, Leicester
Attendance: 20,325
Referee: William Burns
Second leg
15 May 1996
19:45
Crystal Palace 1–0 Charlton Athletic
Houghton Goal 4'
Selhurst Park, London
Attendance: 22,880
Referee: Terry Heilbron

Crystal Palace won 3–1 on aggregate.


15 May 1996
19:45
Stoke City 0–1 Leicester City
Parker Goal 46'
Victoria Ground, Stoke-on-Trent
Attendance: 21,037
Referee: Gurnam Singh

Leicester City won 1–0 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

27 May 1996
15:00
Crystal Palace 1–2 (a.e.t.) Leicester City
Roberts Goal 14' Parker Goal 76' (pen.)
Claridge Goal 120'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 73,573
Referee: David Allison

Second Division[edit]

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[edit]

First leg
12 May 1996
15:00
Bradford City 0–2 Blackpool
Bonner Goal 72'
Ellis Goal 78'
Valley Parade, Bradford
Attendance: 14,273
Referee: Terry Heilbron

12 May 1996
15:00
Crewe Alexandra 2–2 Notts County
Little Goal 3'
Rivers Goal 17'
Finnan Goal 55'
Martindale Goal 90'
Gresty Road, Crewe
Attendance: 4,931
Referee: David Allison
Second leg
15 May 1996
19:30
Blackpool 0–3 Bradford City
Shutt Goal 39'
Hamilton Goal 68'
Stallard Goal 78'
Bloomfield Road, Blackpool
Attendance: 9,593
Referee: William Burns

Bradford City won 3–2 on aggregate.


15 May 1996
19:45
Notts County 1–0 Crewe Alexandra
Martindale Goal 61'
Meadow Lane, Nottingham
Attendance: 9,640
Referee: Kevin Lynch

Notts County won 3–2 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

26 May 1996
15:00
Bradford City 2–0 Notts County
Hamilton Goal 8'
Stallard Goal 75'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 39,972
Referee: Gurnam Singh

Third Division[edit]

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[edit]

First leg
12 May 1996
15:00
Hereford United 1–2 Darlington
Smith Goal 2' Gregan Goal 27'
Blake Goal 37'
Edgar Street, Hereford
Attendance: 6,622
Referee: Kevin Lynch

12 May 1996
15:00
Colchester United 1–0 Plymouth Argyle
Kinsella Goal 45'
Layer Road, Colchester
Attendance: 6,511
Referee: Mick Pierce
Second leg
15 May 1996
19:45
Plymouth Argyle 3–1 Colchester United
Evans Goal 3'
Leadbitter Goal 41'
Williams Goal 85'
Kinsella Goal 66'
Home Park, Plymouth
Attendance: 14,525
Referee: John Kirkby

Plymouth Argyle won 3–2 on aggregate.


15 May 1996
19:45
Darlington 2–1 Hereford United
Painter Goal 17'
Appleby Goal 47' (pen.)
White Goal 65'
Feethams, Darlington
Attendance: 6,584
Referee: David Allison

Darlington won 4–2 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

25 May 1996
15:00
Darlington 0–1 Plymouth Argyle
Mauge Goal 65'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 43,431
Referee: William Burns

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