Newcastle win title, Blackburn relegated to third tier of English football

NewcastleLONDON: Blackburn Rovers became the first Premier League champions to drop into the third tier of English football on Sunday whilst Newcastle claimed the Championship title on a nerve-racking final day of the regular season.

Wins for another historic club, two-time European champions Nottingham Forest — 3-0 over Ipswich — and Chinese-owned Birmingham City, who beat Bristol City 1-0, condemned Rovers, owned by Indian poultry firm Venkys, to the drop.

Rafael Benitez-managed Newcastle did what they had to do beating Barnsley 3-0 but it took a howler from Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale to ensure they returned to the top flight as champions.