Newcastle 3 Barnsley 0 – Sunday 7 May 12 Noon
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle:
“YOU BEAUTIFUL BLACK AND WHITE….!
“And to the Championship – so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen and GOOD RIDDANCE!
“Terrible referees, bitter fans. Tatty bye!”
Leazes Park Ender:
“Delirious scenes. It’s not sunk in yet. This is a day that will live long in the memory. Wow.
“In a season of 46 games the battle for top went down to the final few minutes.
“Only Newcastle could haul Brighton back from a seven point lead with three games left!
“After last summer’s relegation this is such a nice contrast for all Newcastle United fans.
“News of the Villa equaliser was quite a moment. Brighton have really stumbled over the last few hurdles while Benitez has masterminded a great run.
“Back to the Premier League come August. The hard work starts here.”
“After the last two walking away with it promotions, it’s nice to be on the right side of a last minute goal.
“Great end to the season.
“I said last week that Brighton would crack under the pressure at Villa but when they were against 10 men and 1-0 up, I resigned myself to defeat.
“Hopefully this will strengthen Rafa’s hand even more over Ashley as they are apparently going to speak about the future today.
“I suggest having the Championship trophy on the desk Rafa…..!!
“Dramatic ending to a long old season.
“Great to be on the right side of events today, sometimes it seems some things are just meant to be.
“The scenes around the ground as news of 10 men Villa’s goal came through will stick in the memory for a long while.
“Topped a fantastic season off. Been a long one but worth it.
“46 games and it comes down to the last minute of the season. Just amazing.
“Every emotion going again. The roar when villa goal came through – amazing.”
“What a way to win it.
“I’ll stop short of thanking Villa as WE are the ones who won it.
“See you in the Premier League…”
“That was better than winning it all from the off.
“Gayle scores then it suddenly got round that today’s Smithmesiter General, Jack Grealish, had handed us the title.
“Promotion was the key but what a way to do it, hopefully that Championship trophy isn’t the last one we see Rafa holding with black and white ribbons.
“Even by Newcastle United’s standards that was utterly crazy.
“Winning the league after the tough breaks we have had this season is a magnificent achievement.
“If Rafa stays this summer who knows what will be doing on the final day next season.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 3 Barnsley 0
Newcastle: Perez 23, Mbemba 59, Gayle 90
Possession was Barnsley 44% Newcastle 56%
Total shots were Barnsley 8 Newcastle 15
Shots on target were Barnsley 3 Newcastle 8
Corners were Barnsley 4 Newcastle 10
Referee: James Linington
Elliot, Yedlin, Mbemba, Hayden (Haidara 13), Dummett, Gouffran, Colback, Shelvey (Diame 72), Atsu, Perez, Mitrovic (Gayle 80)
Darlow, Lazaar, Anita, Murphy
Crowd: 52,276 (2,789 Barnsley)
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