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Brendon Mitchell

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  1. Wolves are promoted to the Premier League

    FT: Fulham 1-1 Brentford

    That otherwise concludes our coverage of today's English Football League action.

    A final congratulations to Wolverhampton Wanderers, who'll be hosting a promotion party against Birmingham City tomorrow. We'll have live text commentary of that match from Molineux from 11:45 BST.

    Until then, have a good rest of your evening!

  2. How it stands at the top...

    Wolves are promoted to the Premier League

    The top six

    Take a screen grab of this bad boy, Wolves fans.

    As the table above confirms, Nuno Espirito Santo's men are up with four games still to play.

    That late Neal Maupay goal was, I suspect, just as loudly cheered in south Wales as it means Cardiff City stay second, one point clear of Fulham and with a game in hand.

    The other big winners today were Middlesbrough, who beat fellow play-off hopefuls Bristol City to move up to fifth.

  3. The motivation

    Wolves are promoted to the Premier League

    Phil Cartwright

    BBC Sport

    Wolves fans hold a Carl Ikeme flag

    In the forefront of Wolves' minds throughout the season has been goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July 2017.

    Wolves and its supporters have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity while the club's longest-serving player has been receiving treatment.

  4. The key matches

    Wolves are promoted to the Premier League

    Phil Cartwright

    BBC Sport

    Diogo Jota scores for Wolves

    Wolves 1-2 Cardiff - 19 August, 2017

    After starting with three successive league wins, Wolves' first defeat against in-form Cardiff gave their foreign imports an idea of the physical challenges posed in the Championship.

    Wolves 2-0 Aston Villa - 14 October, 2017

    Wolves climbed to the top of the Championship for the first time this season with a dominant performance against local rivals Villa.

    Bristol City 1-2 Wolves - 30 December, 2017

    Wolves needed all of their resolve to go 10 points clear at the top, recovering from Danny Batth's early red card and a 1-0 deficit to strike a huge blow in the promotion race.

    Middlesbrough 1-2 Wolves - 30 March, 2018

    Leading 2-0, Wolves lost their heads when a referee's decision went against them but held on to win despite playing the final 20 minutes with only nine men.

    Cardiff 0-1 Wolves - 6 April, 2018

    Leading against second-placed Cardiff with Neves' superb free-kick, Wolves conceded two spot-kicks in stoppage time. John Ruddy saved from Gary Madine before Junior Hoilett struck the bar with the last kick of the match.

  5. The key players - part three?

    Wolves are promoted to the Premier League

    Of course, for all their star quality, it's Brentford's Neal Maupay who scored the goal that eventually secured Wolves' promotion.

    On that basis, I'm giving him a special mention in this section. Besides, Wolves captain Danny Batth seems to agree...

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  6. The key players - part two

    Wolves are promoted to the Premier League

    Phil Cartwright

    BBC Sport

    Scottish left-back Barry Douglas, plucked from Turkey's top flight for £1m last summer, has scored four goals and contributed 14 assists to the team's cause.

    Goalkeeper John Ruddy and centre-back Ryan Bennett, signed on free transfers after being released by fellow Championship club Norwich, have been part of a defence that has kept clean sheets in 21 of their 42 matches.

    The players already at the club before Nuno's arrival have also played their part, such as ex-Liverpool youngster Conor Coady.

    The 25-year-old has been transformed from a midfielder who had sometimes struggled to convince and was often used as an emergency right-back, to an inspirational captain and deep-lying sweeper who was named in the Championship team of the season.

    Conor Coady
  7. The key players - part one

    Wolves are promoted to the Premier League

    Phil Cartwright

    BBC Sport

    Ruben Neves and Conor Coady

    With a reported £15.8m price tag, Ruben Neves simply had to deliver in his first season in English football and he has done so spectacularly.

    The Portugal midfielder's recycling of the ball and passing range are critical to how Wolves play, while all six of his goals - the pick of them a stunning 30-yard volley in Wednesday's 2-0 home win over Derby - have been scored from outside the penalty area.

    The loan market has been utilised to good effect, too.

    Willy Boly has been imperious in defence, while Leo Bonatini contributed 12 goals in the first half of the season and Diogo Jota is the club's top scorer with 16 goals in all competitions. He will join Wolves on a full-time basis at the end of the season.

    It is not all about the star names signed from European giants such as Porto or Atletico Madrid, though...

  8. The boss

    Wolves are promoted to the Premier League

    Phil Cartwright

    BBC Sport

    Nuno Espirito Santo

    Under Nuno Espirito Santo, who became head coach in May 2017, Wolves have built a side which many pundits believe is one of the best to be assembled in England's second division.

    Financial backing was key to that, of course. A Championship-record fee, reported to be £15.8m, was spent on Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, while a host of high-profile loan signings supplemented the squad.

    But those players have still been required to deliver and, in Nuno's 3-4-3 formation which makes the most of Wolves' pace and energy in wide positions, they have done so.

    Wolves' fans, many disillusioned after several years of disappointment, have bought into his philosophy and Nuno has regularly spoken of the important role they play in the club's achievements.

    The 44-year-old's exuberant celebrations at Middlesbrough and Cardiff may have angered opposition managers, but the passion shown after those important late-season victories has only endeared him even more to the Molineux crowd witnessing some of the best football they have seen for decades.

  9. Wolves back in the big time

    Wolves are promoted to the Premier League

    So there we are, after a six-year absence Wolves will be back in the Premier League next season.

    But how did they do it? BBC Sport's Phil Cartwright picks out the key men and moments in Wolves' season...

  10. Wolves players celebrate at full-time

    Wolves are promoted to the Premier League

    As Dean Smith very eloquently suggested, it certainly looks like there are a few happy faces in the West Midlands this evening...

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  11. 'It was the least we deserved'

    FT: Brentford 1-1 Fulham

    Quote Message: There'll be a few people in Wolverhampton pleased with our performance today, but I thought it was the least we deserved. I thought we were excellent in the first half. It was a really good game of football between two very good teams. from Dean Smith Brentford manager on Sky Sports
    Dean SmithBrentford manager on Sky Sports
  12. Get Involved via #bbcefl

    Wolves are promoted to the Premier League

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  13. Get Involved via #bbcefl

    Wolves are promoted to the Premier League

    Right, how about that then?!

    Wolverhampton Wanderers are back in the big time without even kicking a ball.

    You can get in touch with us as we bring you reaction to Wolves' promotion to the Premier League by using #bbcefl on Twitter.

  14. 'We'll have to try to win all three games'

    FT: Fulham 1-1 Brentford

    Fulham celebrate
    Quote Message: We have three difficult games left, it's going to be tough. I think we're only two points behind Cardiff, so it's going to be hard but it'll be interesting. We'll have to try to win all three games. from Aleksandar Mitrovic Fulham goalscorer on Sky Sports
    Aleksandar MitrovicFulham goalscorer on Sky Sports
  15. 'Brentford played a really good game'

    FT: Fulham 1-1 Brentford

    Quote Message: It's hard. We're disappointed, but we'll watch the game back and we'll try to learn. Brentford played a really good game and I think the point is fair - but we should've won the game because we had it in our hands. from Aleksandar Mitrovic Fulham goalscorer on Sky Sports
    Aleksandar MitrovicFulham goalscorer on Sky Sports
  16. 'I'm just thinking about my team'

    FT: Fulham 1-1 Brentford

    Quote Message: It's a very good day for us today. I think it was a very good game, actually, and the point was fair for both. I'm just thinking about my team and it's a good point for us. from Neal Maupay Brentford goalscorer on Sky Sports
    Neal MaupayBrentford goalscorer on Sky Sports
  17. Post update

    FT: Fulham 1-1 Brentford

    Ryan Sessegnon dejected

    We'll have plenty of reaction to Wolves' promotion for you shortly, but before that we've got a couple of interviews from Craven Cottage to bring you...


    FT: Fulham 1-1 Brentford

    ... Wolverhampton Wanderers' promotion to the Premier League is confirmed. Congratulations, team.


    Fulham 1-1 Brentford

    Brentford celebrate

    There's the full-time whistle, Brentford have done it at the death!

    Fulham are denied second place by a dramatic equaliser from substitute Neal Maupay.

    Most significantly, however...

  20. GOAL: Fulham 1-1 Brentford

    Neal Maupay

    Brentford score

    Absolutely incredible... Brentford have surely just sent Wolverhampton Wanderers up to the Premier League!

    Substitute Neal Maupay heads in at the far post, just as this match looked to be well and truly beyond them, and that could well be the goal that seals the deal for the men from Molineux.