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Blackburn Rovers relegated to League One for first time in 37 years

Blackburn Rovers drop into the third tier of English football for the first time in 37 years, despite a final-day win over Brentford at Griffin Park.

Blackburn Rovers have dropped into the third tier of English football, despite a valiant 3-1 away win at Brentford on a dramatic final day in the Championship.

The 1995 Premier League winners did all they possibly could at Griffin Park, earning a second victory on the spin and stretching their unbeaten end to the campaign to five matches.

In the end victories for Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City elsewhere confirmed Rovers' fate, however, meaning that Tony Mowbray's men will play League One football next season for the first time in 37 years.

Rovers started the day occupying the final relegation spot, level with Forest who battled to a 3-0 win over Ipswich Town at the City Ground.

Birmingham were the other side at risk of facing the drop, having slumped down the table since Gary Rowett's departure in December, but new boss Harry Redknapp ensured that survival was confirmed with a 1-0 triumph at Bristol City.

Elsewhere on the final day, Brighton & Hove Albion were pegged back late on by Aston Villa in the West Midlands to gift the Championship title to Newcastle United, who were 3-0 winners over Barnsley.

Reading will now take on Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday face Huddersfield Town in the playoffs for that final promotion berth.

At the other end of the division, Rotherham United and Wigan Athletic were already confirmed down before a ball was kicked on Sunday afternoon.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Norwich CityNorwich1710342820833
2Middlesbrough178721981131
3Leeds UnitedLeeds1786329171230
4Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd179352719830
5West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1784537251228
6Derby CountyDerby178452520528
7Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest176922316727
8Swansea CitySwansea177551913626
9Blackburn RoversBlackburn176832021-126
10Queens Park RangersQPR178271822-426
11Aston Villa176652723424
12Birmingham CityBirmingham175932320324
13Bristol City176472019122
14Stoke CityStoke175751920-122
15Brentford175662723421
16Wigan AthleticWigan176291926-720
17Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds175572130-920
18Preston North EndPreston174672630-418
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham174671423-918
20Reading174492429-516
21Millwall174492229-716
22Hull City174491624-816
23Bolton WanderersBolton174491123-1216
24Ipswich TownIpswich171881428-1411

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