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Phil Shepka

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  1. Goodnight

    FT: Newcastle 4-1 Preston

    Matt Ritchie

    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.

  2. '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...

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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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  4. Newcastle promoted

    FT: Newcastle 4-1 Preston

    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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  5. Newcastle promoted

    FT: Newcastle 4-1 Preston

    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.

  6. Newcastle promoted

    FT: Newcastle 4-1 Preston

    Steve Stone

    Former England midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

    Rafael Benitez

    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.

  7. Newcastle promoted

    FT: Newcastle 4-1 Preston

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. Newcastle promoted

    FT: Newcastle 4-1 Preston

    Newcastle celebrate

    "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.

  10. Newcastle promoted

    FT: Newcastle 4-1 Preston

    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."

  11. 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

    FT: Newcastle 4-1 Preston

    Newcastle promoted
  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Post update

    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.

  15. Post update

    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.

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. Post update

    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.

  19. Post update

    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.

  20. Post update

    Newcastle 4-1 Preston

    Rafael Benitez

    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...