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THE ac­tion was fast and fu­ri­ous through­out the three Di­vi­sions of the Foot­ball League yes­ter­day and when the dust had set­tled this is how it stood:


WAT­FORD guar­an­teed them­selves pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League with a 2-0 win at Brighton.

They will be joined by one of Bournemouth, Mid­dles­brough or Nor­wich, with Bournemouth know­ing that a win against Bolton on Mon­day all but se­cures them the other au­to­matic spot.

At the bot­tom, two of Wi­gan, Mill­wall and Rother­ham will join Black­pool in be­ing rel­e­gated to League One. Rother­ham face Read­ing in mid­week know­ing a win will mean they are safe, send­ing the other two down.


Bris­tol City are cham­pi­ons and will au­to­mat­i­cally be joined in the Cham­pi­onship by ei­ther Pre­ston or MK Dons. Pre­ston have a one point ad­van­tage.

At the bot­tom, Yeovil are al­ready down. Three of six will join them with Colch­ester, Ley­ton Ori­ent and Craw­ley cur­rently oc­cu­py­ing the rel­e­ga­tion spots. Notts County, Crewe and Coven­try aren’t safe ei­ther, and Colch­ester face Swin­don in mid­week.


Chel­tenham and Tran­mere will be play­ing in Non-League next year af­ter Hartle­pool pulled off the ‘Great Es­cape’ by beat­ing Ex­eter 2-1.

At the top, Bur­ton and Shrews­bury are guar­an­teed League One foot­ball with Southend the favourites to join them. They can still be caught by Bury and Wy­combe though, set­ting up a tasty fi­nal day.

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