2015–16 FA Trophy

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2015–16 FA Trophy
FA Challenge Trophy
Country England
 Guernsey
 Wales
Teams276
ChampionsFC Halifax Town
Runners-upGrimsby Town

The 2015–16 FA Trophy was the 46th season of the FA Trophy, the Football Association's cup competition for teams at levels 5–8 of the English football league system. A total of 276 clubs entered the competition, which was won by FC Halifax Town after beating Grimsby Town 1-0 in front of 46,781 spectators at Wembley in the final on 22 May 2016.

Calendar[edit]

Round Main date Number of fixtures Clubs New entries this round Prize money
Preliminary round 3 October 2015 64 276 → 212 128 £2,500
First round qualifying 31 October 2015 72 212 → 140 80 £2,700
Second round qualifying 14 November 2015 36 140 → 104 none £3,250
Third round qualifying 28 November 2015 40 104 → 64 44 £4,000
First round proper 12 December 2015 32 64 → 32 24 £5,000
Second round proper 16 January 2016 16 32 → 16 none £6,000
Third round proper 6 February 2016 8 16 → 8 none £7,000
Fourth round proper 27 February 2016 4 8 → 4 none £8,000
Semi-finals 12 March and 19 March 2016 2 4 → 2 none £16,000
Final 22 May 2016 1 2 → 1 none Runner-up £25,000
Winner £50,000

Preliminary round[edit]

A total of 128 clubs, from Level 8 of English football, entered preliminary round of the competition. Eight clubs from level 8 get a bye to the first round qualifying - AFC Hornchurch, Bedford Town, Brighouse Town, Chatham Town, Goole, Kings Langley, Peacehaven & Telscombe and Swindon Supermarine.

First round qualifying[edit]

First round qualifying fixtures were due to be played on 31 October 2015, with replays taking place no later than 6 November. A total of 144 teams took part in this stage of the competition including 64 winners from the preliminary round, 72 teams from Level 7 of English football and eight teams from level 8, who get a bye in the previous round.

Second round qualifying[edit]

Second round qualifying fixtures were due to be played on 14 November 2015, with replays taking place no later than 20 November. A total of 72 teams took part in this stage of the competition, all winners from the first qualifying round. The draw was as follows: [1]

Third round qualifying[edit]

Third round qualifying fixtures were due to be played on 28 November 2015, with replays taking place no later than 4 December. A total of 80 teams took part in this stage of the competition, all winners from the second round qualifying and 44 clubs from Level 6 of English football. The draw was as follows: [2]

First round[edit]

First round fixtures were due to be played on 12 December 2015, with replays taking place no later than 18 December. A total of 64 teams took part in this stage of the competition, all winners from the third round qualifying and the clubs from Level 5 of English football. The draw was as follows: [3]

Second round[edit]

Second round fixtures were due to be played on 16 January 2016, with replays taking place no later than 22 January. A total of 32 teams took part in this stage of the competition, all winners from the first round. The draw was as follows: [4]

Third round[edit]

Third round fixtures were due to be played on 6 February 2015, with replays taking place no later than 12 February. A total of 16 teams took part in this stage of the competition, all winners from the second round. The draw was as follows: [5]

Fourth round[edit]

Fourth round fixtures were due to be played on 27 February 2015, with replays taking place no later than 4 March. A total of 8 teams took part in this stage of the competition, all winners from the third round. The draw was as follows: [6]

Semi-finals[edit]

Semi-final fixtures were due to be played on 12 March and 19 March 2016, with the second leg going to extra time and penalties if required. A total of four teams took part in this stage of the competition. The draw was as follows: [7]

First leg[edit]

Nantwich Town (7)2–4FC Halifax Town (5)
Cooke Goal 42'
Kosylo Goal 76'
Report McManus Goal 2'
Fairhurst Goal 19'
Burrow Goal 46'Goal 60'
Weaver Stadium, Nantwich
Attendance: 2,078
Referee: Graham Salisbury

Bognor Regis Town (7)0–1Grimsby Town (5)
Report Arnold Goal 75'
Nyewood Lane, Bognor Regis
Attendance: 2,629
Referee: Simon Hooper

Second leg[edit]

FC Halifax Town (5)2–2Nantwich Town (7)
Burrow Goal 4'
White Goal 90' (o.g.)
Report Shotton Goal 10'
Bailey Goal 31'
Attendance: 3,009
Referee: Peter Bankes

Grimsby Town (5)2–1Bognor Regis Town (7)
Amond Goal 8'Goal 78' Report Beck Goal 32'
Referee: Mark Heywood

Final[edit]

FC Halifax Town (5)1–0Grimsby Town (5)
McManus Goal 48'
Attendance: 46,781
Referee: Lee Mason

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FA Trophy Second Round Qualifying draw made at Wembley". www.thefa.com. The Football Association. 2 November 2015. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  2. ^ "FA Trophy holders drawn at home in Third Qualifying Round". www.thefa.com. The Football Association. 16 November 2015. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  3. ^ "The FA Trophy first round proper draw made at Wembley". www.thefa.com. The Football Association. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  4. ^ "The FA Trophy second round draw has been made at Wembley". www.thefa.com. The Football Association. 14 December 2015. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  5. ^ "The FA Trophy third round proper draw made at Wembley". www.thefa.com. The Football Association. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  6. ^ "FA Trophy fourth round draw made at Wembley Stadium". www.thefa.com. The Football Association. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  7. ^ "The FA Trophy semi-final draw made live on talkSPORT". www.thefa.com. The Football Association. 29 February 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2016.