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Ipswich Town Ends 22-Year Wait for Premier League Return with Commanding 2-0 Victory Over Huddersfield

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Afor Kenneth 

Ipswich Town secured second place in the Championship and automatic promotion to the Premier League for the next season after 22 years with a decisive 2-0 victory over Huddersfield on the final day of the season.

As Leicester had already clinched the league title, Ipswich and Leeds were in contention for the remaining promotion spot.

Kieran McKenna’s team only needed a point in their last match or for Leeds to falter in their fixture against Southampton. Ultimately, Southampton emerged victorious with a 2-1 win, sealing Ipswich’s promotion.

Goals from Wes Burns and Omari Hutchinson delighted the passionate crowd at Portman Road, cementing Ipswich’s return to the Premier League.

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“It means a lot, mostly seeing how much it means to everyone, the players, the supporters,” McKenna told Sky Sports after the result.

“To be one of the leaders of that is absolutely massive. It’s a wonderful day, I’m very, very proud of everyone involved.

“We’ve delivered a really good performance, it’s what we’ve done all year – it’s served us well.

“It’s an incredible amount of effort. I’m sure it’ll sink in in a couple of days.

Despite the absence of Ipswich’s renowned supporter Ed Sheeran, who sponsors the club’s shirts, scenes of jubilation unfolded at Portman Road as fans stormed the pitch and ignited blue flares to celebrate their team’s promotion.

The sale of the Suffolk club to American investors for a mere £40 million now appears to be a lucrative investment, as Ipswich stands to gain at least £200 million in television revenue in the upcoming seasons.

Huddersfield’s relegation was virtually sealed before Saturday’s match due to their significantly inferior goal difference compared to their rivals at the bottom of the table.

Wes Burns calmed any nerves among the home supporters by slotting a low shot into the bottom corner in the 27th minute.

On-loan Chelsea winger Omari Hutchinson, a standout performer for Ipswich this season, further eased tensions by netting a second goal just three minutes into the second half.

The success of Ipswich under manager Kieran McKenna could lead to challenges in retaining the highly-rated coach, with speculation linking him to a potential move to Brighton if Roberto De Zerbi departs the Seagulls.

Leeds, Southampton, West Brom, and Norwich now face the playoffs after missing out on automatic promotion. For Leeds, it marks their return to the top flight for the first time since the 2001/02 season, overcoming financial struggles that once threatened the club’s existence.

Ipswich’s achievement of back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premier League is a remarkable feat, reminiscent of Southampton’s similar accomplishment in 2012.

Unfortunately, Huddersfield’s relegation to League One is sealed, joining Birmingham and the already-doomed Rotherham in the lower division.

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