Newcastle won the Championship title in dramatic circumstances on Sunday to complete a clean sweep for the title favourites in all three divisions of the Football League. Back in July, those backing Newcastle United, Sheffield United and Portsmouth to win the 3 football league divisions would have got combined odds of 100/1, but while the Blades romped home in League One, both Pompey and Rafa Benitez’s side left it very, very late to seal their successes.
Indeed, Sky Bet were offering Newcastle at 10/1 on Sunday when, with just two minutes remaining at Villa Park, Jack Grealish scored to deny Brighton victory – and hand the title to the Geordies. Only once all season had Newcastle been a bigger price to win the title, when they went out to 14/1 with Coral following their 3-1 defeat at Ipswich on Easter Monday. Just six weeks earlier they had been just a 1/8 shot after winning at Huddersfield as the Seagulls lost at Nottingham Forest.