2017 English Football League play-offs

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English Football League play-offs
Wembley Stadium, illuminated.jpg
Wembley Stadium is the venue for each play-off final
Season2016–17
Matches played15
Goals scored34 (2.27 per match)
Biggest home winBradford 1–0 Fleetwood
Blackpool 3–2 Luton
Reading 1–0 Fulham
Exeter 3-2 Carlisle
Biggest away winScunthorpe 2–3 Millwall
Highest scoringCarlisle 3–3 Exeter
Luton 3–3 Blackpool
Highest attendance76,682
Lowest attendance3,882
Average attendance17,205
2016
2018

The English Football League play-offs for the 2016–17 season were held in May 2017 with all finals being staged at Wembley Stadium in London.

The play-offs begin in each league with two semi-finals which are played over two legs. The teams who finished in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place in the Championship and League One and the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th-placed teams in League Two compete. The winners of the semi-finals advance to the finals, with the winners gaining promotion for the following season.

Background[edit]

The English 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. The fixtures are determined by final league position – in the Championship and League One this is 3rd v 6th and 4th v 5th, while in League Two it is 4th v 7th and 5th v 6th.

Championship[edit]

Championship Semi-finals[edit]

Final league position - Championship
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Reading 46 26 7 13 68 64 +4 85
4 Sheffield Wednesday 46 24 9 13 60 45 +15 81
5 Huddersfield Town 46 25 6 15 56 58 –2 81
6 Fulham 46 22 14 10 85 57 +28 80
First leg
Fulham1–1Reading
Cairney Goal 65' Report Obita Goal 53'
Attendance: 23,717

Second leg
Reading1–0Fulham
Kermorgant Goal 49' (pen.) Report
Attendance: 22,044

Reading won 2–1 on aggregate.


Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 Huddersfield Town on aggregate. Huddersfield Town won 4–3 on penalties.


Championship Final[edit]

League One[edit]

League One Semi-finals[edit]

Final league position - League One
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Scunthorpe United 46 24 10 12 80 54 +26 82
4 Fleetwood Town 46 23 13 10 64 43 +21 82
5 Bradford City 46 20 19 7 62 43 +19 79
6 Millwall 46 20 13 13 66 57 +9 73
First leg
Millwall0–0Scunthorpe United
Report
Attendance: 12,568
Referee: Andy Madley
Bradford City1–0Fleetwood Town
McArdle Goal 77' Report
Attendance: 15,696
Referee: Oliver Langford

Second leg
Scunthorpe United2–3Millwall
Toney Goal 19'
Dawson Goal 81'
Report Morison Goal 45'58'
Gregory Goal 52'
Attendance: 7,190
Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Millwall won 3–2 on aggregate.

Fleetwood Town0–0Bradford City
Report
Attendance: 5,076
Referee: David Coote

Bradford City won 1–0 on aggregate.


League One Final[edit]

Bradford City0–1Millwall
Report Morison Goal 85'
Attendance: 53,320
Referee: Simon Hooper

League Two[edit]

League Two Semi-finals[edit]

Final league position - League Two
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Luton Town 46 20 17 9 70 43 +27 77
5 Exeter City 46 21 8 17 75 56 +19 71
6 Carlisle United 46 18 17 11 69 68 +1 71
7 Blackpool 46 18 16 12 69 46 +23 70
First leg
Blackpool3–2Luton Town
Cullen Goal 19'47'67' (pen.) Report Potts Goal 26'
Vassell Goal 28'
Attendance: 3,882
Referee: Nigel Miller
Carlisle United3–3Exeter City
Moore-Taylor Goal 32' (o.g.)
O'Sullivan Goal 71'
Miller Goal 73'
Report Grant Goal 15'
Harley Goal 45+1'
Wheeler Goal 56'
Attendance: 9,708
Referee: David Webb

Second leg
Luton Town3–3Blackpool
Mellor Goal 36' (o.g.)
Cuthbert Goal 45'
Hylton Goal 57' (pen.)
Report Delfouneso Goal 22'
Gnanduillet Goal 76'
Moore Goal 90+5' (o.g.)
Attendance: 10,032

Blackpool won 6–5 on aggregate.

Exeter City3–2Carlisle United
Watkins Goal 10'79'
Stacey Goal 90+5'
Report Kennedy Goal 81'
O'Sullivan Goal 90'
Attendance: 7,450
Referee: Dean Whitestone

Exeter City won 6–5 on aggregate.


League Two Final[edit]

Blackpool2–1Exeter City
Potts Goal 3'
Cullen Goal 64'
Wheeler Goal 40'
Attendance: 23,380

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