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Summary

  1. Beckford scored hat-trick for Preston
  2. Huntington tapped in PNE's second
  3. Manager Simon Grayson's fourth promotion
  4. Preston beaten in previous nine play-offs

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By Phil Cartwright

All times stated are UK

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Preston promoted

FT: Preston North End 4-0 Swindon Town

Jermaine Beckford
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The play-off hoodoo is finally over - after nine failed campaigns, Jermaine Beckford's hat-trick and another goal from Paul Huntington sealed a comfortable 4-0 win for Preston over Swindon at Wembley and secured promotion to the Championship.

There's bound to be a lot of soul-searching in Swindon over the next few days, reflecting on a bad day at the office in their biggest match of the campaign.

Click here to read Nathan Middleton's match report from Wembley, and we'll be back tomorrow at 13:00 BST for the Championship play-off final between Middlesbrough and Norwich City.

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So, success for Preston, who can look forward to trips to places like Hull, QPR, Derby, Blackburn and Nottingham Forest in the Championship next season.

No pressure on the three teams going up from League One, but last year's promoted trio all stayed up. Brentford reached the second-tier play-offs, while Wolves amassed 78 points and only missed out on a top-six spot on goal difference.

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Preston captain Tom Clarke tells Sky Sports: "It's what dreams are made of. We couldn't have asked for a better start to the game.

"For a couple of days after the Colchester game, we were disappointed, but we couldn't dwell on it. We showed great character to get past Chesterfield. We go into every game believing in ourselves, and we've come to Wembley and been promoted."

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Wade Barrett tweet
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WWE wrestler Wade Barrett and celebrity Preston fan has already tweeted his delight at promotion and Championship football for the first time since 2011.

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Preston defender Paul Huntington, scorer of North End's second goal, tells Sky Sports: "It means everything. We had to do it the hard way. I can't speak highly enough of the staff and the players. We've broken that hoodoo now and I'm so proud of everyone. What a feeling.

"I was delighted to score. You saw that by my celebration - I ran about 100 yards."

Paul Huntington
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More from Preston manager Simon Grayson: "Full credit to the players, they carried out everything we asked of them. When we lost at Colchester (on the final day of the season) a lot of people were writing us off. We showed fantastic character, desire and quality as well.

"I'd like to have been on a beach by now, but we've said this is one of the best ways to get promoted. Swindon have been fantastic all season, but fortunately it was our day today."

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Preston lift the play-off final trophy. Joyous scenes at Wembley, for the team in white at least.

FT: Preston North End 4-0 Swindon Town

Simon Grayson
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Preston manager Simon Grayson tells Sky Sports: "Jermaine knows how we work and I know how he works. He's a goalscorer who's enjoying his football, and when someone's doing that, you can get the best out of them. At the moment, he's producing the goods for us."

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Jermaine Beckford
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More from hat-trick hero Jermaine Beckford, who almost retired because of illness earlier this season: "I take every day as it comes. Fortunately for me, it was our day and I'm very happy."

On his relationship with manager Simon Grayson: "He makes me a happy person. I owe him a lot. We have a fantastic relationship."

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Preston striker Jermaine Beckford tells Sky Sports: "We knew it would be a difficult game and it shows the character and the application we've got within the team and the staff. We did a fantastic job of exploiting the spaces."

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BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley: "'North End Soul - Keep the Faith' reads the T-shirt of one fan. 'We're going up' says the flags the players are waving about on the pitch. It's easy for them, their celebrating.

"Numerous Swindon players shake hands with their Preston counterparts and thank their fans for their support. The Robins have a young side who had lost this final before it even got started." 

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Jermaine Beckford
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The play-off hoodoo is over for Preston North End. Nine failures, now one success for the Lilywhites.

Jermaine Beckford's hat-trick seals a 4-0 win over Swindon in the League One play-off final at Wembley. They will play in the second tier next season.

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Preston promoted
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PRESTON NORTH END WIN THE LEAGUE ONE PLAY-OFF FINAL AND ARE PROMOTED TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP.

Preston North End 4-0 Swindon Town

Three minutes of added time to play at Wembley. Preston can't wait to get the party started, their fans in fine voice, their top scorer and boyhood North End fan Joe Garner punching the air already.

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Phil Parkinson

Bradford City manager, BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

"Promotions are really hard to achieve and for Simon Grayson to be on the verge of a fourth one is excellent. He knows how to get results, he's set up the gameplan today and the players have played excellently."

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A few Swindon fans heading for the Wembley exits now. It's been a tough day for them and their team.

Preston North End 4-0 Swindon Town

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley: "The Preston team are heading back north after the match. One can only imagine that there will be a substantial celebration tonight.

"Nine previous play-off campaigns, nine previous failures might have left a veil of pessimism over the city when they failed to defeat Colchester on the last day of the regular season, but nobody in white is worrying about that right now."

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Sam Johnstone makes another smart save to keep out Jon Obika's flicked header. It's just not Swindon's day at Wembley. Preston seven minutes away from the Championship.

SUBSTITUTION

Preston North End 4-0 Swindon Town

A final change for Preston, who bring on Scott Laird in place of Daniel Johnson.

Preston North End 4-0 Swindon Town

Preston's attack has been deadly today, but their defence hasn't been too shabby either, dealing with all Swindon have had to throw at them.

Bailey Wright clears inside his own six-yard box, and then goalkeeper Sam Johnstone saves Jordan Turnbull's long-range effort to keep his team's sheet clean.

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Phil Parkinson

Bradford City manager, BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

"The defenders are the unsung heroes in this Preston team. You can just see in these Preston players they do not want to concede a goal, and that's a great mentality to have."

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Preston North End 4-0 Swindon Town

Swindon looking for any sort of consolation now because the game has gone. Louis Thompson weaves his way into the box but he scuffs a shot straight at the goalkeeper.

Preston go straight up the other end and almost extend their lead. Joe Garner heads a cross back across the face of goal and Kevin Davies can't quite stretch far enough to direct it towards goal.

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Clive Mendonca
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For the record, Jermaine Beckford is only the third player to score a hat-trick in a play-off final at Wembley. Clive Mendonca (Charlton, 1998, pictured) and Scott Sinclair (Swansea, 2011) are the others.

Kevin Davies almost gets a fifth but he heads a free-kick over the bar.

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Jermaine Beckford tossed his shirt to about seven kids in the Preston end after being replaced. They're now involved in a free-for-all to see who gets it.

An adult quickly comes across to restore order.

Preston North End 4-0 Swindon Town

Phil Parkinson

Bradford City manager, BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

Preston celebrate Jermaine Beckford's goal
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"Beckford has looked the best player on the pitch. When he got the second chance after missing the first one v one, there was no doubt, he was clinical. There will be a lot of competition for his signature in the summer. I think his agent has sent (Preston chairman) Peter Ridsdale a text to start negotiations now."

Beckford has been released by parent club Bolton.

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BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley: "Jermaine Beckford cockily winked at the camera as it went along the line during the anthems before kick-off. It wasn't mis-placed. Four attempts on target, three goals and some first class time-wasting/showboating before the striker picked up an injury.

"His work is done."

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I was at the England v Montenegro game about five years ago when Kevin Davies made his one and only England appearance. He didn't get anywhere near scoring on that night. A Wembley goal today would put the cherry on a massive promotion-winning cake for Preston.

On the bench, it's hugs all round for Jermaine Beckford.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Preston North End 4-0 Swindon Town

A last throw of the dice for Swindon, who are throwing on top goalscorer Andy Williams from the bench. He's going to have to make a massive impact. Harry Toffolo is off.

Preston's hat-trick hero Jermaine Beckford is down on the deck with an injury - he's on his way off too, to be replaced by the evergreen Kevin Davies.

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A save for the cameras from Preston goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who flies high to his left to keep out Jon Obika's header.

Preston North End 4-0 Swindon Town

Handball appeals against Preston's Calum Woods are waved away. Woods was chasing back to prevent Nathan Byrne making further ground inside the box. Looked accidental to me.

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Terence O'Keeffe: And that unfortunately is that for Swindon. Another season in League One

Thoughts on this one, then? Preston look out of sight and Championship-bound. And how do Swindon recover from this?

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SUBSTITUTION

Preston North End 4-0 Swindon Town

Swindon make a change - Louis Thompson has been brought on for Ben Gladwin. A farewell appearance for Thompson, who is joining Norwich in the summer.

Preston captain Tom Clarke almost adds a fifth for North End, but he heads a corner straight at Wes Foderingham.

Preston North End 4-0 Swindon Town

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley: "Moments before the fourth goal went in I was going to say that in some respects it felt a little flat.

"There was no edge or tension or anxiety about the place. Just a clock ticking down the minutes and a result that seemed cast in stone.

"Now it is just pure party time for the fans in white, who have quite rightly started to surmise that they are going up."  

GOAL

Preston North End 4-0 Swindon Town (Jermaine Beckford hat-trick)

Beckford's hat-trick
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Years and years of play-off hurt are coming to an end for Preston. Yaser Kasim is robbed of the ball in midfield and Jermaine Beckford is put through on goal. The striker makes no mistake this time - he has a Wembley hat-trick, thanks to a neat left-footed finish from 10 yards.

YELLOW CARD

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Swindon midfielder Yaser Kasim is the first man into referee Andy Madley's notebook after a tangle with Preston's top scorer Joe Garner, and he's not happy about it.

That's Kasim's 13th yellow card this season.

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Beckford and Grayson
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BBC Radio 5 live's Ian Brown: "Preston only ever won one game at Wembley, way back in 1938 when they won the FA Cup 1-0 against Huddersfield with a penalty in the last minute of injury time."

Live commentary continues on BBC Radio 5 live - click on the audio icon to listen online on desktop, tablet and mobile devices.

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Jermaine Beckford is played through and almost completes a hat-trick, but Swindon goalkeeper Wes Foderingham makes an outstanding save low down to his left. Defender Bailey Wright heads the resulting corner wide.

Preston North End 3-0 Swindon Town

It's worth remembering that Swindon were once 3-0 up in a play-off final, against Leicester in 1993. On that occasion, the Foxes pulled it back to 3-3 before Paul Bodin's penalty won it for Swindon.

So the comeback can happen, but an early goal is absolutely critical for the Robins. They won't get it straight away though, as Yaser Kasim's free-kick from deep sails out for a goal kick.

KICK-OFF

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Preston start the second half.