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Last Updated: Sunday May 24 2009 17:34 GMT

Newcastle and Boro are relegated

Newcastle players react after seeing team-mate Damien Duff scoare an own goal

Newcastle and Middlesbrough have been relegated from the Premier League after losing their last games of the season.

The Magpies' 16-year run in the top flight ended disastrously as an own goal by Damien Duff saw them go 1-0 down to Aston Villa.

They'd only needed a draw to survive, as Sunderland had already lost 3-2 to Chelsea and Hull finished a goal behind champions Manchester United.

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough's fate was sealed when they lost 2-1 to West Ham.

Their hopes of staying up were dented early on with a first-half strike by Carlton Cole.

Sunday's other results
Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate
Man City 1-0 Bolton
Arsenal 4-1 Stoke
Fulham 0-2 Everton
Liverpool 3-1 Tottenham
Wigan 1-0 Portsmouth

Gary O'Neil gave the visitors hope after the break, but Junior Stanislas netted the Hammers' second to seal Boro's future in the Championship.

Before the Sunday kick-offs West Brom already knew they were going down, but they managed to grab a final point from a 0-0 draw against Blackburn to finish level on points with Boro.

Meanwhile, Hull fans are breathing a sigh of relief.

Despite losing 1-0 at home to Manchester United, they've finished one point ahead of Newcastle to face their second season in the Premier League.

United were crowned champions earlier in the week after a 0-0 draw against Arsenal meant no other team could catch them in the table.

It's the 18th time United have won England's top division, equalling Liverpool's record number of wins.