Hull City returns to Premier League
Goals from Nick Proschwitz and Paul McShane sent Hull into the Barclays Premier League as the Tigers came from behind to draw 2-2 with champions Cardiff on a tense and action-packed final day of the npower Championship season.
But Hull had to wait for the result from Vicarage Road as Watford lost 2-1 at home to Leeds in a game delayed by 16 minutes in the first half by an injury to goalkeeper Jonathan Bond.
Hull, who had looked like blowing promotion recently following a run of poor results, had trailed to a goal by substitute Fraizer Campbell four minutes after the break.
But Proschwitz, a half-time substitute, guided the ball home from a cross by Stephen Quinn with 57 minutes gone and three minutes later McShane got his foot to a Robbie Brady corner to steer the ball home from close range.
Cardiff were reduced to 10 men when Andrew Taylor elbowed Ahmed Elmohamady in the closing minutes but the drama was not over.
Hull fans ran on to the pitch when referee Keith Stroud awarded a late penalty for Ben Nugent's push on David Myler but David Marshall saved Proschwitz's spot kick.
Cardiff immediately went down to the other end and made it 2-2 when Abdoulaye Faye handled and Nicky Maynard sent David Stockdale the wrong way.
At the time, Watford were 1-1 with Leeds and would have gone up with a winner - but Ross McCormack's injury-time lob gave Leeds a 2-1 win.
As a result, Watford had to be content with the play-offs after a game which saw them lose Bond, who had replaced Manuel Almunia before kick-off, to a neck injury which required hospital treatment.
Bond, who had come in as a late replacement for first choice Almunia after he injured a hamstring in the warm-up, was hurt in an accidental collision with team-mate Ikechi Anya.
The Watford defender was pushed in the back by Leeds player Dominic Poleon, who was booked by referee Graham Salisbury, and collided with Bond.
After a long delay Bond was carried from the pitch on a stretcher and taken to Watford General Hospital where he underwent treatment and X-rays.
Following the 16-minute delay Poleon scored when a mix-up between debutant goalkeeper Jack Bonham and Joel Ekstrand saw the defender try to hook a bouncing ball clear.
The ball hit Poleon in the chest and flew past the out-rushing Bonham to present Poleon with a simple tap-in.
But Anya made up for injuring his role in the keeper's injury when he cut in from the right and fed Almen Abdi on the edge of the area and he fired into the top corner to make it 1-1.
On the hour Watford's Troy Deeney was shown a red for a second yellow card for a foul on Michael Brown.
McCormack then won it for Leeds, netting an injury time goal for when Bonham could only push his chip up into the air and the ball rolled over the line.
At the other end, Peterborough were relegated after losing 3-2 at Crystal Palace and Wolves also went down following a 2-0 defeat at Brighton.
Palace secured fifth with goals from Glenn Murray, Kevin Phillips and Mile Jedinak.
Peterborough had led twice through Lee Tomlin and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing but their efforts were to prove in vain.
A Kazenga LuaLua double after nine and 39 minutes earned Brighton a 2-0 win to give them fourth place and a play-off spot as Wolves went down to League One with Posh and Bristol City.
Barnsley led twice at Huddersfield and despite being pegged back did enough to stay up with a 2-2 draw.
Chris O'Grady and Jason Scotland twice put Barnsley in front but Jermaine Beckford and James Vaughan scored for Huddersfield to secure a point.
Leicester sneaked into the play-offs with a 3-2 win at Nottingham Forest with goals from Matty James, Andy King and Anthony Knockaert.
Forest, who scored through Simon Cox and Elliott Ward, lost out along with Bolton who were held 2-2 at home by Blackpool.
Matt Phillips and Ludovic Sylvestre put Blackpool in charge before Chris Eagles and Craig Davies gave the home side hope but it was in vain.
Sheffield Wednesday made sure of their Championship status with a 2-0 home win over Middlesbrough thanks to goals from Steve Howard and Leroy Lita and Derby beat Millwall 1-0 with a late Conor Sammon goal.
Charlton defeated already relegated Bristol City 4-1 with Yann Kermogant (2), Jonathan Obika and Johnnie Jackson getting the goals, Bobby Reid scoring for the Robins.
Burnley defeated Ipswich 2-0 with goals by Junior Stanislas and Martin Paterson.
Birmingham drew 1-1 with Blackburn. The goals coming from Ravel Morrison for the home side and Jordan Rhodes.