Leeds United's Premier League promotion confirmed, ending 16 year exile as Huddersfield beat West Brom

Leeds United's dream return to the Premier League has been confirmed after West Brom lost to Huddersfield Town.
PROMOTED - Leeds United will be a Premier League club next season after West Brom lost to Huddersfield Town, confirming a top-two finish for the Whites. Pic: GettyPROMOTED - Leeds United will be a Premier League club next season after West Brom lost to Huddersfield Town, confirming a top-two finish for the Whites. Pic: Getty
PROMOTED - Leeds United will be a Premier League club next season after West Brom lost to Huddersfield Town, confirming a top-two finish for the Whites. Pic: Getty

The Whites, who cannot now be caught by the Baggies, are guaranteed a top-two finish in the Championship and their 16-year exile from the top flight is finally over.

A hard-fought 1-0 win over Barnsley last night put Marcelo Bielsa's side on 87 points with two games remaining. West Brom were beaten 2-1 in Huddersfield this evening and with 82 points and only one fixture to play, cannot now catch Leeds.

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Although Bielsa is focused on finishing ahead of Brentford to capture the Championship title, tonight's events will spark celebrations for long-suffering Whites all over the world.

The three-time champions of England were relegated from the Premier League in 2004 after a 14-year stay.

Although the aim was to bounce straight back up the following season, they finished 14th in the Championship.

A year later Leeds were beaten in the play-off final by Watford and things took a turn for the worse in 2006/07, a season that ended in an unthinkable relegation to League One.

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It wasn't until 2010 that they climbed out of the third tier, Simon Grayson guiding Leeds to second in the table and back into the Championship where they have remained ever since, until now.

Promotion was the club's aim when they appointed world renowned head coach Bielsa in 2018 and he came close to delivering it in his first season, before play-off semi-final heartache.

But his second campaign in charge, despite a three-month suspension due to a global pandemic, has ended in glory.

This is the seventh time Leeds have left the second tier for the top flight and comes in their centenary season.

Leeds' penultimate game of the season comes on Sunday at Derby County, before they host Charlton next Wednesday at Elland Road.