Elland Road to host Premier League football for first time in 16 years as Whites return to England’s top-flight

Leeds United are finally back in the Premier League, their return to England’s top-flight confirmed after 16 years away.

And they did it without kicking another ball, as West Brom were beaten by Huddersfield on Friday night secured the Elland Road giants their place back in the big time.

Securing promotion ahead of their match against Derby is all the more sweeter for Leeds as it was the Rams who last season, under Frank Lampard, beat the Whites in the play-offs to resign Marcelo Bielsa’s side to another year in the second division.

It’s party time for Leeds United!


It’s party time for Leeds United!

But Bielsa, one of football’s most famous figures, achieved promotion at the second attempt – turning himself from Elland Road cult hero to Elland Road legend – and it will be party time for Leeds at Pride Park on Sunday.

The three-time First Division champions are now back where many believe they belong, although their greatest season in many years is tinged with sadness.

Three Elland Road legends passed away over recent months, Norman Hunter, Trevor Cherry and Jack Charlton – who died just last week – all tragically missing out on seeing their beloved club back in the top-flight.

Fans have also been unable to watch the final stages of Leeds’ promotion campaign, as since football returned from its coronavirus suspension last month all matches have been played behind closed doors.

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Former Leeds manager Simon Grayson told talkSPORT: “I think it’s a massive achievement. Something that’s been waiting to happen for a long time. Sixteen years since the Premier League, even up to last night people were anxious and nervous about whether it was going to happen.

“Doing it the Leeds way it could go wrong. It will be a moment of relief for the football supporters and city in general.”

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