Leeds United fans celebrated their promotion to the Premier League this evening after Yorkshire rival Huddersfield defeated West Brom by meeting outside Elland Road Stadium.
The fans who have been waiting for 16 years to return to the top league needed another point to ensure a return to the top league. When West Brom lost second place tonight, Leeds couldn't leave the promotion spots.
For Leeds, who was relegated from the Premier League in a spectacular financial collapse in 2004, it was a long and often arduous journey back.
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani asked fans to watch out for Covid-19 when partying.
He said: “The past four months have been incredibly difficult for everyone around the world, but I think the way our communities have come together has been amazing – especially here in Yorkshire, where due to our values and our collective spirit enormous progress has been made.
"The situation has improved thanks to the tremendous work of the health teams and the key workers and victims we have all made."
“However, my message to all of you is that the fight against Covid-19 is not over and we must continue to be sensible. I know that many of you are desperately trying to show support to our boys this important week – but the health and well-being of our loved ones in our church must be our top priority.
“I always felt that football meant little without the presence of fans, and now I know for sure. However, it is vital that we stay safe and also keep people around us safe by staying at home. & # 39;
Leeds United fans gathered in front of Elland Road Stadium tonight, a few minutes after being promoted to the top division
Leeds, who spent 16 years in the lower division and didn't kick a ball tonight, was promoted after West Brom lost second place to Huddersfield Town
A fan equipped with a tin of Stella Artois and a face mask joined other Leeds fans outside the stadium
Leeds went into administration under Ken Bates in 2007 and did little better under the subsequent owners GFH Capital before the arrival of the controversial Italian Massimo Cellino.
During Cellino's messy three-year ownership, Leeds had seven different managers, but current owner Andrea Radrizzani bought a 50 percent stake in Leeds in January 2017 to signal the beginning of a new era.
Radrizzani bought the remaining 50 percent from Cellino the following May, and Leeds made a bold statement of intent by appointing Marcelo Bielsa in the summer of 2018.
It was an expensive game, but Bielsa proved an instant success and turned the same squad that he inherited from his first season into a real challenger.
That ended in disappointment when Leeds missed out on play-offs, but Bielsa and his players came back.
Leeds has further highlighted the championship with Bielsa's exciting football brand, and few have been able to give them their place in the elite.
Her promotion was greeted with joy by a large number of her former players.
Hundreds of fans headed to Elland Road to celebrate White's return to the Premier League after 16 years
Some fans dropped smoke bombs in blue and yellow outside Elland Road, while others cradled storage cans
The fans celebrated their team's promotion to the Premier League together outside their home on Elland Road
Fans draped flags and shirts over the statue of club legend Billy Bremner, who died in 1997
Rauch rose to the sky as fans sang cheerfully after their team's promotion to the Premier League
Former goalkeeper Paul Robinson told Sky Sports: “It was expected a long time and was long overdue. When I played this last game in 2004 16 years ago, you never thought that Leeds United would not be at the top for such a long time and even move into the third division of English football.
& # 39; From what Marcelo Bielsa inherited two and a half years ago – a team that finished 14th in the championship – to automatic promotion to the Premier League, it's absolutely fantastic.
& # 39; The biggest thing Leeds did at the end of last season was to keep the manager.
“We have heard praise from many managers, Pep Guardiola, to name just one who calls him a mentor or guru.
"He's a weird guy, he's a scientist, he's a game professor.
“We saw that with Spygate and everything else that comes with it, but everything adds to the Leeds United story. Love them or loathe them, they're back in the premiership. & # 39;
Former defender Dominic Matteo also welcomed Bielsa and said: “Every player who plays for Leeds United has gotten better. There are not many managers that can be said anywhere in the world. & # 39;
Liverpool midfielder James Milner, who started his career at Elland Road, tweeted: & # 39; Congratulations LUFC. £ backwhereyoubelong £ MOT & # 39;
Former Leeds goalkeeper Nigel Martyn wrote: & # 39; Congratulations to everyone at @LUFC on the rise, very pleased with the management, the players and especially the fans. It was great to see football and it is fully deserved. Now go and win it right away !! & # 39;
Ex-Leeds winger Aaron Lennon said on Twitter: & # 39; Finally !!! Back in the prem. Congratulations @LUFC, what a day for everyone involved with the club and the city. Leeds Leeds Leeds. & # 39;
Former Leeds midfielder Vinnie Jones tweeted: & # 39; Congratulations to @LUFC for 16 years, but now back where they belong! Well done, all players and coaching staff, Leeds will get up tonight! I'm up there! & # 39;
The pictured Leeds United players were sitting in a suite in the stadium to watch the West Brom – Huddersfield game in which they were promoted to the Premier League
The players Luke Ayling and Pablo Hernandez were among the team-mates who celebrated high up in a suite and distanced themselves socially from the fans
Leeds fans have rarely praised their managers in the past 16 years, although Argentinian Marcelo Bielsa is an exception
Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah, who had loaned out the first half of the season in Leeds, tweeted: “What a club, what a group of fans. Welcome back to the Premier League! Proud to have been part of this historic journey. & # 39;