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Brentford became the 50th team to secure a place in the Premier League era of English football and returned to the top flight of English football for the first time since 1946/47, with their 2-0 playoff final win over Swansea City.

Often called ‘the richest game in football’, there is a massive carrot of up to £170million for teams promoted to the EPL.

Brentford made it through the playoffs at the 10th time of asking to finally book the West Londoners a dream berth at football’s top table.

12,000 fans were at Wembley as football’s slow return to normality continued following the closed doors of the COVID pandemic.

Ivan Toney and Emiliano Marcondes scored the goals that saw Brentford book their spot in the Premier League.

The Bees join Norwich City and Watford as the teams promoted to the Premier League next season with West Brom, Fulham and Sheffield United dropping out.

“We are an example to follow for so many clubs around the world. I’m so pleased and proud to be part of this journey. There should be a lot of clubs out there dreaming.

“It is up to us to continue the journey next year,” said the Brentford boss.

Attacking machine

“It’s crazy. I’ve got no words, my voice is going. It’s the best dressing room I’ve been in, I’ve loved every minute of it. I’m in the Premier League with the best bunch of boys I could ever dream of. I’m a Premier League striker now and I can’t wait to score goals there,” Ivan Toney said.

Toney is one of the hottest goalscorers in English football and will be relishing the chance to show his stuff on the greatest stage.

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