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Summary

  1. Norwich City promoted to Premier League
  2. FT: Middlesbrough 0-2 Norwich
  3. Jerome & Redmond scored inside 15 mins
  4. Promotion worth estimated £120m

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By Phil Cartwright

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Norwich promoted

FT: Middlesbrough 0-2 Norwich City

Here you go then, Norwich fans. The moment that confirms you are back in the top flight after only one season away...

Norwich lift trophy
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Enjoy the celebrations tonight, and we'll see you in the Premier League in August.

Thanks for your company today, and indeed throughout this play-off final weekend. We promised drama, delight and dejection, and the three games we saw didn't disappoint.

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Cameron Jerome (left)
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So, we were expecting today's play-off final to be a tense, tight and cagey affair. But in the event, two goals in four first-half minutes from these two were enough to send Norwich City back to the Premier League.

Cameron Jerome's neat finish put the Canaries ahead, before Nathan Redmond emphatically finished off a fine team move to make it 2-0.

Middlesbrough - who had arrived late at Wembley after being stuck in traffic - never really recovered from that, and Norwich ran out comfortable winners.

For more details, you may well - especially Norwich fans - want to read

Phil Shepka's match report from Wembley.

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Norwich defender Steven Whittaker tells BBC Radio 5 live: "The fans have been great. We're going to enjoy tonight.

"We knew we had to get off to a great start. The boys worked their socks off and we deserved it.

"Nothing is easy in this game and we worked hard to achieve it. We knew we had the squad. We were unlucky not to go up automatically. We put it right today."

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Tony Mullin: I wonder if Suarez might be tempted back to Liverpool now Norwich are back in the Premier League? Just a thought.

Robert Scott: As a Norwich fan, I am glad that Liverpool have sold Suarez and (therefore) am not as pessimistic for our return.

Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, now with Barcelona, scored 11 goals and created two more in just five games against the Canaries.

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Russell Martin and Lewis Grabban
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Norwich captain Russell Martin tells Sky Sports: "It's emotional after being relegated last year, which was so hard to take.

"Middlesbrough have been brilliant all season, but we came here and put in our most accomplished performance of the season.

"We knew we had big-game players, people who've been there and done it, and it paid off today."

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Ian Holloway

Ex-Blackpool manager, BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

"I can't wait to see how Bournemouth do, and Watford too, who have the best scouting network anywhere.

"Every manager, left, right and centre, me included, is getting the sack. The pressure will be on.

"Teams like Sunderland and Newcastle are going to have to step up to the plate."

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Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong tells Sky Sports: "The season started really badly for me, but I dug in and got a great reward with being promoted with two teams. I wouldn't have changed it for anything."

Out of favour at Norwich, Bassong joined Watford on loan in October and returned to Carrow Road to help the Canaries to the Premier League.

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Alex Neil
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Well, 25 May is becoming Alex Neil's lucky day.

This time last year, he was Hamilton's player-manager and celebrating promotion to the top flight in Scotland.

Today - the same achievement, just in a different country.

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Norwich midfielder Jonny Howson tells BBC Radio 5 live: "It's a terrific moment. We have worked so hard and had ups and downs this season. This will be with us for the rest of our lives.

"We knew we had to get off to a good start, because they can be hard to break down.

"I'm over the moon. It is going to take a while to sink in. Occasions like this - it is why you play football."

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Stu: Whoever thought to appoint Alex Neil as manager is a genius.

Lewis Squires: Well the Premier league will certainly be 'yellower' next season. #Norwich. #Watford.

Tom McLeish: What a day, my 19th wedding anniversary and my mighty Norwich promoted to the Premier League. Day to remember.

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Delia Smith
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Norwich's joint majority shareholder Delia Smith tells Sky Sports: "When we went down to League One (in 2009), our supporters still bought tickets and they've stuck with our club. They deserve it and I'm so pleased for them.

"The manager is so calm and he wasn't at all panicked. He's been outstanding and I can't praise him enough. He inspires me, let alone the players."

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Sadly for Middlesbrough, it's the Championship for them again next season. What a wonderful campaign they've had, and they only fell short of promotion at the very final hurdle.

But Wembley is all about winners. Today, Norwich have won promotion and earned themselves a cool £120m.

More reaction from the Canaries' camp on the way...

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More from Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka: "It's amazing to be here. It's not our moment now. It's a big step forward this season and we have to keep going the same way because this club, this crowd and this city deserve to be in the Premier League. I will start tomorrow to prepare for next season because it's my job."

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Aitor Karanka
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Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka tells Sky Sports: "It's difficult because this team have done everything this season to get promotion. They played better, they didn't make mistakes, we made two mistakes, and in a final you pay for those mistakes.

"But we have to be proud of the players and this crowd."

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Delia Smith is on the Wembley turf and has her hands on the play-off trophy. A huge cheer from the Norwich supporters, who are understandably staying inside the ground to celebrate promotion.

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More from Cameron Jerome, scorer of Norwich's first goal: "I caught the defender in possession and got in the box. I was looking for a cut back but the defender cut off the angle, so I went for the near post and I was lucky to squeeze it in.

"I'm glad to get on the scoresheet, but more importantly we got over the line today."

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Nathan Redmond and Bradley Johnson
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Norwich winger Nathan Redmond tells BBC Radio 5 live: "It was about a team today. The boys did it. The passage of play before my goal was a team effort.

"I'm extremely proud of the boys. We'll have a good summer and we'll get back to work."

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Alex Neil celebrates
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Norwich manager Alex Neil tells Sky Sports: "I believed we would do it, but it's one thing believing it and another thing doing it.

"Big players arrive on the big stage and you saw that in the first 20 minutes - we were unbelievable.

"We worked so hard to get here. The worst thing you can do is walk off having been scared."

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Ian Holloway

Ex-Blackpool manager, BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

"We thought it was going to be tight. Middlesbrough let two goals in and then they couldn't change the script. Well done to Norwich. I'm sure they'll grace the Premier League, and Middlesbrough will come again with this manager."

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Matthew Bennett: Congratulations to Norwich City. Fantastic managerial shuffle brought that about. Brilliant British manager. Refreshing.

Ifcway: Congratulations Norwich City. Quick return to the Premier League. Fully deserved.

Ashley Wilkinson: Congratulations #NCFC. The three best teams, consistently, across the season have gone up. Thoroughly deserved.

So how will Norwich fare in the top flight next season? Text 81111, tweet using #bbcfootball or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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Norwich captain Russell Martin does the honours - the trophy is lifted, signifying that the Canaries are back in the Premier League again next season.

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More reaction on the way, but the Norwich players are heading up those famous steps to collect their trophy.

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Norwich striker Cameron Jerome tells Sky Sports: "It's amazing. It's been a long old season.

"We were both unlucky to miss out on automatic promotion. Someone's got to lose and it's unfortunate for them.

"We were magnificent today. We moved the ball well and we were deserved winners."

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Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

"I'm quite excited about the three that have come up. I think they're going to be wonderful to watch next year.

"Norwich are a welcome addition. Whatever happens, we're going to have a great time watching them."

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BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley: "Some red smoke drifts across Wembley from the Boro end but soon all that will remain of that colour will be on the seats.

"Norwich boss Alex Neil looked amazingly calm at the final whistle but that briefly ended when he was swallowed up by the club's coaching staff.

"He eventually emerged and strolled casually across the Wembley turf like a man on a Sunday stroll.

"A man in front of me in a Juninho shirt is crying his eyes out."

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First-half goals from Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond secure an immediate return to the top flight for Norwich City. Alex Neil's mission is complete.

The men in yellow take acclaim from the fans in yellow.

Reaction to come from Wembley shortly...

FULL-TIME

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Norwich promoted
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NORWICH CITY WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF FINAL AND ARE PROMOTED TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE.

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CapitalR: As much as Boro have been poor, Norwich have been fantastic, very organised and worked hard to close down. Fully deserved win.

Tim Tyler: Norwich City now staking a claim to be the yo-yo club the decade.

Simon Parker: Always nice to see the team that finishes in third and with more goals win the play-off final!

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Four minutes of added time to play.

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Time running out for Middlesbrough. Norwich manager Alex Neil is as demanding of his players in the last minute as he was in the first.

SUBSTITUTION

Middlesbrough 0-2 Norwich City

Gary O'Neil is on for Norwich, in place of Norwich goalscorer Nathan Redmond, who's had an excellent day.

Remember O'Neil's contribution to last season's play-off final? He was sent off for bringing down a Derby player who was clean through on goal with the game scoreless. Hopefully for his sake, he'll last the final four minutes and stoppage time here.

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John Murray

BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

Alex Neil
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"Alex Neil's first match of the season was against Arbroath, in front of 730 people. How times change."

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BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley: "Nathan Redmond lost the ball close to the Boro area. No worries? Not according to boss Alex Neil, who threw his drink to the ground in fury.

"Moments later, after Boro's counter broke down, Neil yelled in the direction of Redmond and remonstrated with his player. The sort of demands and standards that will still see him manage in the Premier League? Looks that way."

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Paul Collins: Given a lot of people didn't know who he was when they hired him, what a job Alex Neil has done for Norwich. Brilliant.

Uli Hebel: Do you smell what Delia Smith is cooking? Norwich promotion!

Well, Uli, Sebastien Bassong has been 'The Rock' at the back for Norwich this afternoon. Sorry, couldn't resist that.

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Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

"That's a great opportunity for Ayala. What a magnificent chance."

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John Ruddy save
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Middlesbrough are becoming increasingly camped inside Norwich territory but they've only forced goalkeeper John Ruddy into one save. Ruddy would have had no chance of keeping out Daniel Ayala's header from a corner - thankfully for Ruddy, Ayala's effort is blocked on the line by substitute Lewis Grabban.

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Appeals for a penalty from Middlesbrough but the handball shouts are waved away by referee Mike Dean.

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Norwich just 10 minutes away from promotion and a place in next season's Premier League, unless something freakish happens. It will take something very, very special from Middlesbrough to deny Norwich now.

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Norwich get a free-kick 25 yards out, as Graham Dorrans' surging run is ended illegally by Kike. Dorrans and Nathan Redmond stand over it. Redmond takes and it's a couple of yards wide.

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Norwich fans
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More than 85,000 fans inside Wembley today. Norwich looking comfortable.