20 Apr 2010

Newcastle clinch Championship title

12:31 pm on 20 April 2010

Newcastle United have secured English football's second tier title with a 2-nil win at Plymouth Argyle.

First-half goals from Andy Carroll and Wayne Routledge sealed the Championship title after Chris Hughton's side made sure of promotion back to the Premier League following a year away with a 2-1 win over Sheffield United two weeks ago.

Hughton, who was given the job on a permanent basis after a temporary stint as caretaker boss, saw his side move onto 98 points from 44 games -- nine clear of second-placed West Bromwich Albion, who will join the Magpies in the Premier League next season.

Defeat for Plymouth, meanwhile, condemned them to relegation to the third-tier, known as League One.

The All Whites striker Rory fallon plays for Plymouth.