Reading had a right Royal knees up as they booked their place among England’s elite.
Mikele Leigertwood was the toast of Berkshire as he secured promotion into the Barclays Premier League with an 81st-minute winner.
The final whistle was greeted with a triumphant pitch invasion by 22,000 home supporters who can now look forward to Manchester United and Chelsea visiting the Madejski Stadium.
Brian McDermott was a picture of sorrow after watching his side lose to Swansea in last season’s play-off final against Swansea.
But what a difference 12 months make.
‘This is the best moment in my football career, considering the worst moment in my football career was losing the play-off final last year,’ said McDermott.
‘I had the worst summer, I’ll have the best summer now. It’s a strange feeling, it feels like it’s someone else who has achieved it.
‘But I’ve been very lucky with the players and staff I’ve got — they have carried me along.
‘I’m not bothered about the Premier League now, I’m only concerned with the great staff and group we have.
‘I’ve known the chairman (John Madejski) for 12 years and he gave me the opportunity in the first place, a lot of people wouldn’t have had a clue who I was — so I’ll always we grateful for that.’
But people will certainly know who he is now as he prepares to pit his wits against Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger
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