Leeds lifts Championship title, return to EPL after 16 years

Leeds United have lifted the Championship after Brentford succumbed to Stoke defeat.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men sealed promotion to the Premier League on Friday night when second-placed West Brom lost 2-1 at Huddersfield.

Leeds will now head to Pride Park on Sunday to face Derby – the side who beat them in the play-offs last year – with their first silverware for 28 years already secured and with two games left to play.

Former boss Howard Wilkinson said: “It means more to the Premier League than maybe it does to Leeds.

“They’ll bring a lot to the party, if they do well. They’ll add to the attraction of that league, which is now a worldwide league in terms of spectators.”

Jubilant fans gathered at Elland Road to celebrate the club’s return to the top table of English football, while the players were also in party mode as they danced and saluted supporters from the windows of the stadium.

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