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West Brom and Stoke promoted to Premier League

SoccerNews in English Premier League 4 May 2008

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West Bromwich Albion were promoted to the English Premier League after two seasons away as champions of the second-tier Championship after a 2-0 win away to Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.

Stoke City, who haven't played in English football's top flight since 1985, also gained automatic promotion after finishing runners-up after a goalless draw with Leicester City.

The result saw Leicester, who only four years ago were playing in the Premier League, relegated on the last day of the regular season.

Southampton just saved themselves from the drop into League Two, English football's third tier, with a 3-2 win at home to Sheffield United.

Scunthorpe and bottom of the table Colchester were already relegated before Sunday's matches.

Hull (third) will play Watford (sixth), the early season leaders, and Bristol City (fourth) will face Crystal Palace (fifth) in the end of season play-off that will decide which side takes the third promotion place on offer.

Wolves just missed out on a play-off place because their goal difference was minus one worse than that of Watford.

The Championship play-off final takes place at Wembley on May 24.

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