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Five big stories from the final weekend

19 July 2020

Leeds United's promotion to the Premier League after a 16-year absence was undoubtedly the story of the weekend as the penultimate Sky Bet Championship fixtures were played.

The Whites were confirmed as champions without kicking a ball as both West Bromwich Albion and Brentford below them suffered defeat.

Here are five big stories from the weekend action...

1. The Whites are back

Leeds' promotion back to the top flight was sealed on Friday evening and marks the culmination of a fantastic campaign for Marcelo Bielsa's side, who have emphatically bounced back from last season's Play-Off Semi-Final disappointment against Derby County, and have done so in style. In a season which has brought both highs and lows on and off the pitch, promotion is also the perfect tribute to the club’s trio of fallen legends, of which their record appearance-maker Jack Charlton was a part. The icing on the cake arrived on Sunday, as the champions won 3-1 at Derby. You can read more about their incredible season here.

2. Goals, goals, goals

The final Saturday of the season did not disappoint. Nine games brought an incredible 35 goals, including two 4-3 scorelines and Fulham's 5-3 victory over Sheffield Wednesday, which keeps the hosts in with a shout of automatic promotion going into the final day. There was late drama in the early kick-off as Charlton Athletic scored in injury time to secure a vital point in a 2-2 draw against Wigan Athletic, setting the tone for several high-scoring fixtures throughout the afternoon, including a 4-3 win for Blackburn Rovers over Reading.

3. Tight at the top

Following that 5-3 win over Sheffield Wednesday, Fulham are one of three sides who could achieve automatic promotion on the final day. Alongside second-placed West Bromwich Albion, and Brentford, who are currently third, Scott Parker's men will be hoping to sneak in behind Leeds when they travel to Wigan on Wednesday. Of course, two of the three will end up in the Play-Offs, with sixth place in the Championship also going down to the wire between rivals Cardiff City and Swansea City.

4. Battle at the bottom

Things are tight at both ends of the table, and a number of sides will be battling at the bottom on the final day. Luton Town's dramatic late win over relegation rivals Hull City put a cat amongst the pigeons; they sit just below Charlton on goal difference going into what should be a fascinating evening of fixtures in midweek. Having suffered a 2-0 defeat at Preston North End, Birmingham City are also in the mix, and are two points above Charlton and Luton in 20th position. Sunday saw Barnsley keep their hopes alive with a dramatic late win over Nottingham Forest.

5. Cowleys depart from Huddersfield

Following their victory over West Brom in the Friday night football which ensured their place in the division for 2020/21, Huddersfield announced the departure of Danny and Nicky Cowley from the club on Sunday afternoon. In a statement on the club's website, chairman Phil Hodgkinson said: "we have made this decision in the belief that, in the long term, it is in the best interests of the Club as we move forward." The Terriers take on Millwall at The Den on the final day.


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