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League One leaders Norwich return to the Championship

17 Apr 2010 20:29:42

League One leaders Norwich return to the Championship

Norwich City returned to the scene of their darkest hour yesterday to clinch a return to the Championship with a 1-0 win at Charlton. Almost a year on from the demoralising defeat at The Valley that condemned Norwich to League One last season, the ground was the scene of celebrations as Paul Lambert's team secured their return. Centre-back Michael Nelson scored the only goal of the game and Norwich now need just a point to clinch the title after stuttering Leeds crashed to a shock 3-2 defeat at Gillingham. Going up: League One leaders Norwich City celebrate at the final whistle In Norwich, hundreds of jubilant Canaries fans celebrated as they Sportwatched a live broadcast of the match at Carrow Road, where the season started with a humiliating 7-1 defeat by Colchester.  Rochdale see off Northampton to secure their first promotion since 1939On the up! Stevenage promoted to the Football League promised landUps and downs: Sportsmail's guide to the all the promotion and relegation drama  Lambert said: 'A year ago they came here and went down and then started the season in the worst possible way. 'You can't underestimate the size of the turnaround.' Notts County and Rochdale were also celebrating last night after promotion from League Two. Notts, who were on the verge of administration two months ago, beat Morecambe 4-1.It brought to a happy end a turbulent campaign which featured ownership wrangles, the high-profile arrival and exit of former England chief Sven Goran Eriksson and one appearance by Sol Campbell. Pat on the back: Ricky Ravenhill is mobbed by his Notts County team-mates after his goals helps them secure promotion Chairman Ray Trew, who saved the club, said: 'It's incredible. We were seventh in the division when I came and I didn't think we'd get promoted.'   For Rochdale, their 1-0 win against Northampton signalled the end of a 36-year exile in the bottom tier of English football, and their first promotion since 1969. Stevenage Borough will replace Darlington in League Two next season after being crowned Blue Square champions with a 2-0 win at Kidderminster.  Rochdale see off Northampton to secure their first promotion since 1939On the up! Stevenage promoted to the Football League promised landUps and downs: Sportsmail's guide to the all the promotion and relegation drama


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