Leicester City yesterday sealed their fate for next season without even taking to the field.
19 points clear of third placed QPR at 3pm yesterday, they needed both Rangers and Derby to lose to ensure promotion with six games left to play.
Harry Redknapp's Rangers went down 2-1 at Bournemouth, whilst Derby lost by a goal to nil at Middlesbrough, and Leicester's players took to social media to show their delight.
Nigel Pearson's men beat Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night to put them on the brink of a return. They were last in the top division in the 2003/04 season, but before that had built a strong side in the late 2000's which saw them briefly top the table, as well as win the League Cup.
Last season, they suffered heartbreak when they lost in the final minute of their play-off semi-final against Watford, that after Anthony Knockaert missed a penalty seconds earlier.
But they have dealt with the pain of that and have been top of the Championship for the majority of the campaign. They are currently 21 games unbeaten, having cast aside fellow promotion hopefuls QPR, Derby and second placed Burnley in that run.
Pearson told BBC Leicester: "It's unexpected. I didn't think the results would go our way today. It's been a tough couple of years in the sense that we've been trying to get back into the top flight and it's never easy."
A number of City players contracts were due to expire this summer with the club and players unsure over where they would finish, but many are sure to seal fresh deals in the coming weeks.
One of those is Kasper Schmeichel, and he confirmed he wants to stay: "The Premier League is where I want to be - there is no question. I enjoy playing at Leicester. At the moment is is not really up to me but I hope to stay."
The club have threatened promotion on a regular basis since 2009, with Pearson taking them into the play-offs twice, whilst Sven Goran-Eriksson's big money moves couldn't take them into the top six.
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