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Monday, 24 April, 2000, 17:56 GMT 18:56 UK
Charlton start title party

Charlton: Back to the Premiership as champions
Charlton added the first division title to their weekend promotion on Monday while Port Vale and Swindon were both relegated.

Second division leaders Preston secured promotion and the championship despite losing.

After confirming their Premiership place without kicking a ball on Saturday, Charlton celebrated the championship despite only drawing 1-1 at Blackburn on Monday.
Division One at a glance
Champions: Charlton
Man City, Barnsley and Ipswich battle for second
Birmingham and Huddersfield favourites for play-off spots
Walsall favourites to join relegated Swindon and Port Vale

Matthias Svensson put the Addicks ahead in the 23rd minute but Blackburn's Lee Carsley put the title party on hold with a second half penalty.

But at Fratton Park, Portsmouth's Lee Bradbury scored his second goal against former club Manchester City to make the score there 2-2 and hand Charlton the title.

City's result was a setback to their attempt to finish in the second automatic promotion place, coming after the Manchester club had led 2-0.

Spencer Prior and Robert Taylor had put Joe Royle's side in control, but Bradbury pulled one back from the spot before the break and then equalised late on.

City need to win both of their remaining two games to ensure a return to the Premiership.

If they falter third-placed Barnsley remain well-placed to take advantage after they beat Norwich 2-1 to move four points behind City.

Behind the Yorkshire side, Ipswich have a game in hand over their two rivals for second place.

If they beat Crystal Palace on Tuesday the Suffolk side will be just two points behind the Manchester club with two games to play.

Play-offs and relegation

Barnsley's win at least secured the insurance of a play-off spot while Birmingham and Huddersifled now look set to join them.

Blues enjoyed 2-0 home derby win over Walsall, while the Terriers beat Port Vale 2-1.

Those results condemned Vale to relegation alongside Swindon, who lost 3-0 at Stockport.

Walsall are now favourites to go down with the relegated pair after West Brom's 2-1 win over Grimsby plunged the Bescot Stadium club back into the bottom three.

Preston lose but go up

Whoever goes down, Preston North End will definitely return to the second flight after nearly 20 years in the bottom two divisions.

They go up as champions despite losing 2-0 at Cambridge, with their closest rivals all slipping up at the same time.

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