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

Stoke City 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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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Leicester City 42 90
2 Burnley 42 83
3 Derby County 42 75
4 Queens Park Rangers 42 73
5 Wigan Athletic 41 67
6 Reading 42 64
7 Brighton and Hove Albion 42 64
8 Ipswich Town 42 64
9 Bournemouth 42 62
10 Blackburn Rovers 42 60
11 Nottingham Forest 42 59
12 Middlesbrough 42 58
13 Watford 41 57
14 Bolton Wanderers 42 54
15 Sheffield Wednesday 42 50
16 Leeds United 42 50
17 Huddersfield Town 42 46
18 Birmingham City 41 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 42 43
20 Blackpool 42 42
21 Charlton Athletic 41 41
22 Millwall 42 40
23 Barnsley 42 39
24 Yeovil Town 42 36

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