2015–16 Football League Two

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Football League Two
Season2015–16
ChampionsNorthampton Town
(4th divisional title)
PromotedNorthampton Town
Oxford United
Bristol Rovers
AFC Wimbledon
RelegatedDagenham & Redbridge
York City
Matches played552
Goals scored1,472 (2.67 per match)
Top goalscorerMatty Taylor (27)[1]
Biggest home winCambridge United 7–0 Morecambe[2]
Biggest away winNotts County 0–5 Carlisle United[3]
Highest scoringCarlisle United 4–4 Cambridge United[4]
Longest winning runNorthampton Town
(10 matches)[5]
Longest unbeaten runNorthampton Town
(24 matches)
Longest winless runYeovil Town
(16 matches)[6]
Longest losing runCrawley Town (8 matches)[7]
Highest attendancePortsmouth 1–2 Northampton Town (18,746)[8]
Lowest attendanceMorecambe 1–0 Dagenham & Redbridge (1,026)[9]
All statistics correct as of 7 May 2016.

The 2015–16 Football League Two (referred to as the Sky Bet League Two for sponsorship reasons) was the 12th season of the Football League Two under its current title and the 24th season under its current league division format. The season began on 8 August 2015 and concluded on 7 May 2016.[10]

Twenty-four clubs participated, eighteen of which played in League Two during the 2014–15 season. These teams were joined by Notts County, Crawley Town, Leyton Orient and Yeovil Town, who had been relegated from League One, and by Barnet and Bristol Rovers, who had been promoted from the Football Conference.

Changes from last season[edit]

Teams[edit]

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

Team overview[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Greater London League Two football clubs
Team Location Stadium Capacity
Accrington Stanley Accrington Crown Ground 5,057
AFC Wimbledon London (Norbiton) Kingsmeadow 4,850
Barnet London (Canons Park) The Hive Stadium 5,233
Bristol Rovers Bristol Memorial Stadium 11,916
Cambridge United Cambridge Abbey Stadium 8,127
Carlisle United Carlisle Brunton Park 16,981
Crawley Town Crawley Broadfield Stadium 5,996
Dagenham & Redbridge London (Dagenham) Victoria Road 6,078
Exeter City Exeter St James Park 8,830
Hartlepool United Hartlepool Victoria Park 8,240
Leyton Orient London (Leyton) Brisbane Road 9,271
Luton Town Luton Kenilworth Road 10,356
Mansfield Town Mansfield Field Mill 8,200
Morecambe Morecambe Globe Arena 6,476
Newport County Newport Rodney Parade 7,850[note 1]
Northampton Town Northampton Sixfields Stadium 7,653
Notts County Nottingham Meadow Lane 20,211
Oxford United Oxford Kassam Stadium 12,500
Plymouth Argyle Plymouth Home Park 16,388
Portsmouth Portsmouth Fratton Park 20,662
Stevenage Stevenage Broadhall Way 6,722
Wycombe Wanderers High Wycombe Adams Park 10,284
Yeovil Town Yeovil Huish Park 9,565
York City York Bootham Crescent 8,256[11]

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Crawley Town England John Gregory Mutual consent 9 May 2015[12] Pre-season England Mark Yates 19 May 2015[13]
Leyton Orient Italy Fabio Liverani 13 May 2015[14] England Ian Hendon 28 May 2015[15]
Plymouth Argyle Republic of Ireland John Sheridan 28 May 2015[16] Scotland Derek Adams 11 June 2015[17]
Stevenage England Graham Westley End of contract 31 May 2015[18] England Teddy Sheringham 21 May 2015[19]
Newport County England Terry Butcher Sacked 1 October 2015[20] 24th Republic of Ireland John Sheridan 2 October 2015[21]
York City England Russ Wilcox 26 October 2015[22] 21st Scotland Jackie McNamara 4 November 2015[23]
Cambridge United England Richard Money 2 November 2015[24] 18th England Shaun Derry 12 November 2015[25]
Yeovil Town Scotland Paul Sturrock 1 December 2015[26] 24th England Darren Way 31 December 2015[27]
Luton Town England John Still 17 December 2015[28] 17th Wales Nathan Jones 6 January 2016[29]
Dagenham & Redbridge England Wayne Burnett 21 December 2015[30] 24th England John Still 31 December 2015[31]
Notts County Netherlands Ricardo Moniz 29 December 2015[32] 15th Scotland Jamie Fullarton 10 January 2016[33]
Newport County Republic of Ireland John Sheridan Signed by Oldham 13 January 2016[34] 20th Northern Ireland Warren Feeney 15 January 2016[35]
Leyton Orient England Ian Hendon Sacked 18 January 2016[36] 11th England Kevin Nolan 21 January 2016[37]
Stevenage England Teddy Sheringham 1 February 2016[38] 19th England Darren Sarll 1 February 2016
Hartlepool United England Ronnie Moore 10 February 2016[39] 22nd England Craig Hignett 11 February 2016[40]
Notts County Scotland Jamie Fullarton 19 March 2016[41] 19th England Mark Cooper 20 March 2016[42]
Leyton Orient England Kevin Nolan Demoted from position 12 April 2016[43] 11th England Andy Hessenthaler 12 April 2016
Crawley Town England Mark Yates Sacked 25 April 2016[44] 18th England Dermot Drummy 27 April 2016[45]
Notts County England Mark Cooper End of contract 7 May 2016[46] 17th Republic of Ireland John Sheridan 27 May 2016[47]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Northampton Town (C, P) 46 29 12 5 82 46 +36 99 Promotion to Football League One
2 Oxford United (P) 46 24 14 8 84 41 +43 86
3 Bristol Rovers (P) 46 26 7 13 77 46 +31 85
4 Accrington Stanley 46 24 13 9 74 48 +26 85 Qualification for League Two play-offs[a]
5 Plymouth Argyle 46 24 9 13 72 46 +26 81
6 Portsmouth 46 21 15 10 75 44 +31 78
7 AFC Wimbledon (O, P) 46 21 12 13 64 50 +14 75
8 Leyton Orient 46 19 12 15 60 61 −1 69
9 Cambridge United 46 18 14 14 66 55 +11 68
10 Carlisle United 46 17 16 13 67 62 +5 67
11 Luton Town 46 19 9 18 63 61 +2 66
12 Mansfield Town 46 17 13 16 61 53 +8 64
13 Wycombe Wanderers 46 17 13 16 45 44 +1 64
14 Exeter City 46 17 13 16 63 65 −2 64
15 Barnet 46 17 11 18 67 68 −1 62
16 Hartlepool United 46 15 6 25 49 72 −23 51
17 Notts County 46 14 9 23 54 83 −29 51
18 Stevenage 46 11 15 20 52 67 −15 48
19 Yeovil Town 46 11 15 20 43 59 −16 48
20 Crawley Town 46 13 8 25 45 78 −33 47
21 Morecambe 46 12 10 24 69 91 −22 46
22 Newport County 46 10 13 23 43 64 −21 43
23 Dagenham & Redbridge (R) 46 8 10 28 46 81 −35 34 Relegation to the National League
24 York City (R) 46 7 13 26 51 87 −36 34
Updated to match(es) played on 7 May 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 One.

Play-offs[edit]

  Semifinals Final
                     
4 Accrington Stanley 0 2 2  
7 AFC Wimbledon 1 2 3  
    7 AFC Wimbledon 2
  5 Plymouth Argyle 0
5 Plymouth Argyle 2 1 3
6 Portsmouth 2 0 2  

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ACC WIM BAR BRR CAM CRL CRA D&R EXE HAR LEY LUT MAN MOR NPC NOR NTC OXF PLY POR STE WYC YEO YOR
Accrington Stanley 3–4 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 3–1 4–2 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 3–2 1–3 2–1 1–3 0–0 1–1 2–1 3–0
AFC Wimbledon 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 4–1 3–1 2–5 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 0–2 0–1 1–2 1–1 2–3 2–1
Barnet 1–2 1–2 1–0 0–0 0–0 4–2 3–1 2–0 1–3 3–0 2–1 1–3 0–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 0–3 1–0 1–0 3–2 0–2 3–4 3–1
Bristol Rovers 0–1 3–1 3–1 3–0 2–0 3–0 2–1 3–1 4–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–4 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 3–0 2–1 2–1
Cambridge United 2–3 1–4 2–1 1–2 0–0 0–3 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 7–0 3–0 2–1 3–1 0–0 2–2 1–3 1–0 1–0 3–0 3–1
Carlisle United 2–0 1–1 3–2 3–2 4–4 3–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–2 1–2 1–2 2–3 0–1 1–4 3–0 0–2 0–2 2–2 1–0 1–1 3–2 1–1
Crawley Town 0–3 1–2 0–3 2–1 1–0 0–1 3–2 0–2 0–0 3–2 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–2 0–1 1–5 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–1 1–0
Dagenham & Redbridge 0–1 0–2 0–2 0–3 0–3 0–0 3–0 1–2 0–1 1–3 0–2 3–4 2–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–4 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–0
Exeter City 2–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 2–2 1–2 1–0 4–0 2–3 2–3 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–4 2–1 1–1 3–3 0–2 3–2 0–0
Hartlepool United 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–3 0–0 2–3 1–2 3–1 0–2 3–1 1–4 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–3 0–1 1–2 0–2 1–2 1–0 2–1 2–1
Leyton Orient 0–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 1–2 2–0 3–2 1–3 0–2 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–4 3–1 2–2 1–3 3–2 3–0 1–1 1–1 3–2
Luton Town 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–1 0–0 3–4 0–1 1–0 4–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 3–4 0–2 2–2 1–2 1–2 0–1 0–2 1–1 1–1
Mansfield Town 2–3 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 4–0 3–2 0–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 3–0 2–2 5–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–2 0–1 1–1
Morecambe 1–0 2–1 4–2 3–4 2–4 1–2 3–1 1–0 1–1 2–5 0–1 1–3 1–2 1–2 2–4 4–1 2–4 0–2 1–1 1–4 0–1 2–1 1–1
Newport County 0–2 2–2 0–3 1–4 0–1 1–0 0–3 2–2 1–1 0–0 2–3 3–0 1–0 1–2 2–2 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 2–2 1–0 0–0 0–3
Northampton Town 1–0 1–1 3–0 2–2 1–1 3–2 2–1 1–2 3–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 3–1 1–0 2–2 1–0 0–2 1–2 2–1 1–0 2–0 2–0
Notts County 1–1 0–2 4–2 0–2 1–2 0–5 4–1 0–0 1–4 1–0 0–1 3–2 0–2 2–2 4–3 1–2 2–4 0–2 2–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–0
Oxford United 1–2 1–0 2–3 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 3–0 2–0 0–1 2–3 2–2 0–0 1–1 0–1 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 4–0
Plymouth Argyle 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–2 4–1 2–1 2–3 1–2 5–0 1–1 0–1 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 2–2 1–2 3–2 0–1 1–0 3–2
Portsmouth 0–0 0–0 3–1 3–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 3–0 1–2 4–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 3–3 0–3 1–2 4–0 0–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 6–0
Stevenage 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 0–1 0–1 1–3 0–2 2–0 2–2 0–0 0–2 4–3 2–1 2–3 0–2 1–5 2–1 0–2 2–1 0–0 2–2
Wycombe Wanderers 0–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–2 0–1 1–0 0–2 0–2 2–3 2–2 2–1 1–2 2–2 1–0 0–0 3–0
Yeovil Town 1–0 1–1 2–2 0–1 2–3 0–0 2–1 2–2 0–2 1–2 0–1 3–2 0–1 2–4 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–0
York City 1–5 1–3 1–1 1–4 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–0 1–2 1–1 2–3 1–3 2–1 0–1 1–2 2–1 1–2 1–2 3–1 2–1 1–1 1–0

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[edit]

Source: BBC Sport
Correct as of 7 May 2016

Rank Player Club Goals
1 England Matty Taylor Bristol Rovers 27
2 England Jay Simpson Leyton Orient 25
3 England John Akinde Barnet 23
4 Montserrat Lyle Taylor AFC Wimbledon 20
5 England Kemar Roofe Oxford United 18
6 Northern Ireland Billy Kee Accrington Stanley 17
7 England Matt Green Mansfield Town 16
8 England Jabo Ibehre Carlisle United 15
England Shaun Miller Morecambe
England Marc Richards Northampton Town
England Josh Windass Accrington Stanley

Monthly Awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Reference
Manager Club Player Club
August England Ian Hendon Leyton Orient England Dean Cox Leyton Orient [48][49]
September England John Coleman Accrington Stanley England Michael Gash Barnet [50][51]
October Scotland Derek Adams Plymouth Argyle England Shaun Miller Morecambe [52][53]
November England Chris Wilder Northampton Town England Jay Simpson Leyton Orient [54][55]
December England Shaun Derry Cambridge United England Gareth Evans Portsmouth [56][57]
January England Chris Wilder Northampton Town England Ricky Holmes Northampton Town [58][59]
February England Bradley Fewster York City [60][61]
March England Darrell Clarke Bristol Rovers England Matty Taylor Bristol Rovers [62][63]
April England Neal Ardley AFC Wimbledon England Tarique Fosu Accrington Stanley [64][65]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Newport County's current safety certificate allows a maximum attendance of 7,850 for football matches

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