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Cardiff City rejoins Premier League ranks after 51 years

Craig Bellamy of Cardiff City celebrates his team's promotion to the Premier League at the end of the npower Championship match between Cardiff City and Charlton Athletic at the Cardiff City Stadium on April 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.
Craig Bellamy of Cardiff City celebrates his team's promotion to the Premier League at the end of the npower Championship match between Cardiff City and Charlton Athletic at the Cardiff City Stadium on April 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. Michael Steele / Getty Images

A 0-0 DRAW at home against Charlton was enough to earn Championship side Cardiff City promotion to the Premier League after a 51-year absence.

The result was a far cry from the club's woes just three years ago when it narrowly avoided being wound up for an unpaid tax bill.

The debt was settled and the club taken over by a Malaysian consortium led by millionaire Vincent Tan who invested $A89 million to help build a team capable of winning promotion.

Tan, who endured plenty of criticism after adding a red dragon to the club's traditional blue kit to try to attract Asian fans, has now been hailed a hero.

Cardiff City will join fellow Welsh side Swansea in the top flight next season, the first time the country has had two teams in the Premier League.

While Bluebirds fans celebrated, Portsmouth supporters were shattered after their team was relegated to the fourth tier when Oldham Athletic avoided the drop by beating Yeovil Town 1-0.

In the Premier League just three years ago, Portsmouth will drop to League Two next season and will be bought by its fans in an attempt to restore financial stability.

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