Leeds promoted to the Premier League to end 16-year wait after West Brom lose to Huddersfield

LEEDS UNITED are back in the Premier League after 16 years in the wilderness.

The Yorkshire club return to the top flight after West Brom lost to Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium.

It ends a nearly two decades wait – and a stream of near-misses – for one of England's most famous and popular clubs.

Leeds last played Premier League football in 2004.

Their shock relegation came just three years after the club reached the Champions League semi-final, before massive wages and spiralling debts sent the club into financial meltdown.

The three-times league champions even dropped to the third tier in 2007 before eventually getting promoted back to the Championship in 2010.

It has taken another decade for them to reach the promised land, with almost a dozen managers failing in their ultimate goal.

Marcelo Bielsa, who was already an iconic figure at Elland Road for his outspoken nature and electric football, is the man to have finally done it and will certainly go down in Elland Road folklore.

The Baggies had to win to ensure Bielsa's side remained in the second tier for at least another game.

But they got off to the worst possible start when Callum Willock bundled home after just four minutes.

They scored a scruffy goal of their own just before half-time, but the deal was sealed when Arsenal loanee Emile Smith Rowe scored a smart goal late on for Huddersfield to win 2-1.

That goal sparked bedlam in Leeds – the club simply posting: "WE ARE BACK!!"

Local boy James Milner, who supports the club and came through the youth system, wrote: "Congratulations LUFC."

Aaron Lennon, another youth product, added: "Finally!!! Back in the Prem! Congrats Leeds! What a day for everyone associated with the club and the city. Leeds Leeds Leeds."

Thomas Minns, a pro rugby player for second division Featherstone Rovers, earlier tweeted he would tattoo Bielsa "on my face".

As the full-time whistle went, he wrote: "How do I delete a tweet?"

One fan even managed to write out a list of all the things that didn't exist back when Leeds were last in the top flight.

The list included Twitter, Instagram, Uber, Netflix (video's by post only, Snapchat, iPhone, iPad, Android, HD TV, 4G, Spotify and WhatsApp.

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