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Summary

  1. Newcastle promoted to Premier League
  2. Perez (2), Atsu and Ritchie for Newcastle; Hugill for Preston
  3. Preston's Gallagher sent off for handball on line

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By Phil Shepka

All times stated are UK

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FT: Newcastle 4-1 Preston

Matt Ritchie
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Well that is that. Viva la Rafa-lution.

Newcastle United will be playing the the Premier League next season, after just one year in the Championship.

A 4-1 scoreline against Preston probably flattered them, but after Paul Gallagher's sending off it was all one-way traffic.

Tomorrow night, we have live text coverage of Wolves against play-off hopefuls Huddersfield.

Hope you join us then. Goodbye.

'Now the fun begins'

FT: Newcastle 4-1 Preston

Alan Shearer, who has just been on BBC Radio 5 live reacting to Newcastle's promotion, is enjoying it on social media too...

Congratulations Rafa and well done @NUFC. The @premierleague is a better place with the Toon in it! Now the fun begins. 👏🏻🙋🏼‍♂

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Pete Berry: Bet there'll be a lot of little Geordies getting christened Rafael next year. There certainly should be.

Imran Sheikh: Congrats to Newcastle on being promoted to the Premier League. Rafael Benitez is a world-class manager. He's got to stay and have funds.

Kyle: If Rafa gets backed - meaning spending about £70-80m and there's no reason why it cannot happen  - we could be top eight.

Meanwhile, some famous fans have had their say...

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Newcastle promoted

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BBC Radio 5 live pundit Steve Stone has said he would love to see Crystal Palace and England winger Andros Townsend back at St James' Park next season.

Townsend scored four goals in 13 appearances but could not prevent the Magpies from being relegated in his brief spell at the club, and he has just tweeted this...

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Newcastle promoted

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Alan Shearer

Former Newcastle captain on BBC Radio 5 live

Rafael Benitez is a huge figure at the club and he loves the place. He loves the passion of the fans. He’s very experienced and he’s done the job he set out to do.

I’m sure he’ll demand that the team has to be improved and he’ll demand a few quid to do that now. You can’t stand still now.

I’m sure Rafael will ask for funds to massively improve the team. People will realise that the team will need improving if they want to get into the top half of the Premier League.

That league (the Championship) is a tough league to get out of and we’ve seen that the standard in that league is not great at times. You’ve got to be dogged and determined and the players have shown that for the vast majority of the season.

Newcastle promoted

FT: Newcastle 4-1 Preston

Steve Stone

Former England midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

Rafael Benitez
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The fans adore Rafael Benitez here. They’ve given him the backing, they chant his name.

He’s had a calmness throughout the season and he’s got Newcastle back to where they belong.

Newcastle promoted

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The cameras in the tunnel are focusing in on a very happy Rafael Benitez.

His decision to stay in the summer, despite having the chance to leave following relegation appears to have been vindicated.

Next season, the club can look forward to trips to Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge and the Etihad, but the Magpies will not be there to make up the numbers.

Newcastle promoted

FT: Newcastle 4-1 Preston

Steve Stone

Former England midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

That’s what you call an efficient performance.

Preston were in the game for long periods of time and caused problems, but once they got the goal before half-time, it always looked like Newcastle were going to go on.

Now is the time to buy and build and make sure this club doesn’t have to play in this division again.

Newcastle promoted

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Newcastle celebrate
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"Rocking All Over The World" is belting out of the sound system at St James' Park while the players do a lap of honour, taking in every moment.

There will be a number of sore heads in the North East tomorrow morning, you can bet on that. Bigg Market, get ready.

Newcastle promoted

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Newcastle defender Jamaal Lascelles told Sky Sports: "It's been a tough season and today it's paid off. The atmosphere has been unbelievable - the fans have stuck behind us.

"The main aim was to get back into the Premier League but of course it would be nice to win the title. We'll see how the next game goes."

Newcastle promoted

FT: Newcastle 4-1 Preston

Newcastle have done it. They will be playing in the top-flight next season alongside Brighton.

Rafael Benitez walks onto the pitch to an incredible roar from the Newcastle fans. They love him up there.

Rafael Benitez
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BreakingFULL-TIME - NEWCASTLE PROMOTED TO PREMIER LEAGUE

FT: Newcastle 4-1 Preston

Newcastle promoted
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Newcastle 4-1 Preston

Aleksandar Mitrovic is just not going to score today. He runs on to a punched clearance by Chris Maxwell but can't keep his header down. That's surely that.

Newcastle 4-1 Preston

Excellent save by Preston keeper Chris Maxwell as he denies Yoan Gouffran, who was teed up by fellow substitute Daryl Murphy.

Newcastle 4-1 Preston

Nearly five for Newcastle as Jack Colback plays the ball through to Aleksandar Mitrovic, but he slips at the moment he was about to shoot.

Two minutes of added time for Newcastle to savour and Preston to just get through.

Newcastle 4-1 Preston

A little bit of Preston pressure, but it all breaks down when Tom Barkhuizen's flick through is cut out and cleared.

The end of this match has a touch of the pre-season friendly about it.

Newcastle fans are certainly enjoying these moments.

Newcastle 4-1 Preston

Preston win a free-kick of their own around the Newcastle box, but the referee spots a foul by an attacking player in the area when the ball is delivered.

It's just not happened for Preston this second half.

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Richard Tipper: Newcastle brought in £35m net last summer and spent nothing in January, so I totally disagree with Stoney saying Rafa won't get cash.

John Logan: Will Ashley step up and invest a fortune? Because they'll need it, don't want to put dampener on the celebrations but it's the truth.

Daniel Woods: It's days like today which makes being a Newcastle fan all worth it. Even Perez has decided to turn up?! Miracles!

Two-goal Ayoze Perez, who Daniel alludes to, has been taken off in place of Daryl Murphy in Newcastle's last change. No hat-trick tonight for Perez.

Newcastle 4-1 Preston

Newcastle fans celebrate after they win a free-kick on the edge of the area, which Matt Ritchie takes quickly and it flies into the net.

But the referee was still organising the wall and has clearly not given Ritchie permission to take the free-kick yet, before booking Ritchie for his troubles.

Aleksandar Mitrovic takes the reset free-kick but fires it over the bar.

Newcastle 4-1 Preston

Rafael Benitez
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Have we found the secret of Newcastle's success?

Can Rafael Benitez use the power of his mind to get the ball where he wants it to go? It certainly seems like that might have been the case for the second Ayoze Perez goal anyway...

Newcastle 4-1 Preston

Aleksandar Mitrovic was poised to fire a volley at goal when a cross fell to him, but Preston's Alan Browne just nicks the ball off his toe.

SUBSTITUTION

Newcastle 4-1 Preston

Jonjo Shelvey
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The St James' Park crowd stand to their feet as Jonjo Shelvey, booked earlier on, comes off to be replaced by Jack Colback.

Shelvey has been so central to Newcastle's promotion bid this season, he deserves the accolades.

Newcastle 4-1 Preston

As a contest, this game is over.

Preston, with 10 men, can do nothing but sit back against a side with promotion-winning quality.

I think the way this match would be capped off for Newcastle would be if Aleksandar Mitrovic was to get a goal. 

The Serbian forward has worked so hard for his side today and probably deserves to be on the scoresheet, just like he has done in his two other games against Preston this season.

Newcastle 4-1 Preston

Ayoze Perez
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Newcastle are enjoying this now as Ayoze Perez and Isaac Hayden play a lovely one-two in the area to set the latter free, but his shot is blocked.

Then moments later, Aleksandar Mitrovic fires high and wide from a good position in the box.

Meanwhile, Preston make a change as Daryl Horgan comes on for Aiden McGeady.

Perez scores his second

Newcastle 4-1 Preston

He may not have known much about it, but Ayoze Perez has put some gloss on this victory.

Jonjo Shelvey's corner cannons off the post and it just hits the Spaniard and goes in. Farcical goal, but they won't care.

Meanwhile, a change for Newcastle as Christian Atsu has come off for Yoan Gouffran.

GOAL - Newcastle 4-1 Preston

Ayoze Perez

Get the champagne ready. Newcastle are in for a party.

Ritchie scores penalty

Newcastle 3-1 Preston

Matt Ritchie showed serious bottle there to score that penalty. If ever there was a pressure spot-kick, that was it.

Chris Maxwell went the right way, but it was too far in the corner for him to do anything about.

St James' Park has been sent into delirium. They think they are up, they are probably right.

Ritchie stretches Newcastle's lead

Newcastle 3-1 Preston

Shay Given

Ex-Newcastle goalkeeper on BBC Radio 5 live

It's a massive goal. Great credit to Matt Ritchie - he showed so much composure. And you can hear the famous atmosphere now.

GOAL - Newcastle 3-1 Preston

Matt Ritchie (pen)

Matt Ritchie slots home the penalty to the left-hand side. Is that the goal that sends Newcastle to the Premier League?

Matt Ritchie
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RED CARD AND PENALTY (Gallagher)

Newcastle 2-1 Preston

Preston's Paul Gallagher does his best goalkeeper impression and handles on the line instinctively.

The referee has no hesitation and points to the spot and gives him a red card.

He looks distraught.

Newcastle 2-1 Preston

Isaac Hayden nearly finds Newcastle's third from a corner with a turn and shot in the six-yard box but Chris Maxwell gets down to stop his effort.

From the resulting corner Matt Ritchie's strike is charged down.

Newcastle 2-1 Preston

Paul Gallagher's delivery from set-pieces is usually so much better than this.

Preston win a free-kick on the left-hand wing, but the midfielder curls it right into the palms of Rob Elliot.

Disappointing.

Newcastle 2-1 Preston

Newcastle foray forward and Ayoze Perez swings in a cross with a severe amount of curl, which Christian Atsu can only head at the back of Preston defender Tyias Browning and the ball is cleared away to safety.

Newcastle 2-1 Preston

Preston are having a little spell of pressure here at the moment, and Aiden McGeady has a crack this time, but his low strike is blocked by Jamaal Lascelles.

The anxiety is palpable.

YELLOW CARD (Shelvey)

Newcastle 2-1 Preston

The first yellow card of the match goes to Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey for a foul about 30 metres from goal.

Paul Gallagher has a pop at goal, but it's straight at the wall.

Newcastle 2-1 Preston

That was so nearly the equaliser for Preston.

Paul Gallagher plays a superb cross-field pass to set Tom Barkhuizen away into the box down the left, but his cross is just too high for an onrushing Jordan Hugill, who would have surely found the net if he could connect.

Newcastle 2-1 Preston

Newcastle v Preston
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Preston are battling in this match, that's for sure.

This time goalscorer Jordan Hugill is penalised for a foul on a Newcastle defender when a break forward looked to be on for the visitors. It looked soft, and Hugill isn't impressed.

Newcastle 2-1 Preston

Another corner for Newcastle as Ciaran Clark plays a long ball forward and Aleksandar Mitrovic plays it off a Preston defender for a corner.

The ball into the box is towards Mitrovic, but it deflects off a defender and behind for another corner, which comes to nothing.

The forward has looked lively today.

Newcastle 2-1 Preston

Matt Ritchie has another swing at a corner, but again the ball has been cleared by the Preston defence. How many times have we said that tonight?

You do get the feeling, though, that if Ritchie can get it right, there will be nothing Preston can do about it.

Newcastle 2-1 Preston

Preston are so, so lax at the back this time and it's Paul Gallagher with a slack pass that nearly allows Ayoze Perez to score, but his effort is dealt with by Chris Maxwell.

It was oh so nearly game over, and it would have totally been Preston's own fault.