LONDON: Queens Park Rangers are back in the Premier League one year after relegation after beating Derby County in a dramatic promotion play-off final at Wembley.
Manager Harry Redknapp’s team were dominated by Derby for most of the play-off final and even reduced to 10 men by the expulsion of defender Gary O’Neil before winning 1-0 with a last-minute goal from Bobby Zamora.
The match is considered the richest single event in sport, being a minimum £134m over the next five years to the winners in guaranteed television revenue and parachute payments.
In financial terms fourth-placed QPR had needed victory more than third-placed Derby. They are £177m in debt, having recorded the biggest losses in English football last year of £65.4m. Their £78m wage bill is bigger than that of Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid.
Simultaneously, the club are planning to build a £200m, 40,000-seat stadium further to the west of London than their present Loftus Road home.
Automatically promoted were Leicester City and Burnley.