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Britannia Stadium (ATT 26,609) 4th May 2008 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: M Dean

Stoke Stoke City vs Leicester City Leicester

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Stoke are promoted

Stoke up, Leicester down

Potters get the point they need but this is not enough for the Foxes

Last Updated: 04/05/08 5:00pm

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Goal-less draw

Goal-less draw

Stoke were promoted to the top flight after a 23-year-absence and Leicester were relegated to the third tier of English football for the first time after they shared a goal-less draw at the Britannia Stadium.

It was a rollercoaster of emotions on the final day of the season for the 26,609 fans inside the ground, particularly for those supporters from Leicester whose transistor radios were tuned into the extraordinary events taking place at St Mary's between Southampton and Sheffield United.

The tide turned many times for Foxes fans, but ultimately Southampton's 3-2 victory ensured they would be frequenting League One stadia next season.

By contrast, Stoke's promotion was all but sealed when news filtered through midway into the second half that Hull were losing at Ipswich.

On the field Stoke dominated the first half but could not manage to break the deadlock.

The visitors almost took the lead when Gareth McAuley headed a corner onto the right post in the 61st minute.

Penalty shout

They then had a genuine penalty shout turned down when Richard Stearman was brought down on the edge of the box. Iain Hume put the subsequent free-kick over the bar.

With 10 minutes remaining Leicester twice came agonisingly close to scoring the goal that would have saved them.

Stoke keeper Carlo Nash kept out Hume's half-volley before he athletically tipped Stearman's header over the crossbar from the resulting corner.

The game was held up by a pitch invasion during injury-time but it merely postponed the inevitable as both teams left the Championship, but in different directions.

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1 Derby County 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 14 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Fulham 14 14
20 Wigan Athletic 13 12
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
22 Birmingham City 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6