Norwich City, Hull City and Peterborough United supporters have taken to the streets to celebrate their promotions on Saturday evening, with Canaries boss Daniel Farke captured rejoicing with supporters with little social distancing.
The UK Government has eased lockdown measures in recent weeks with the opening of pubs and shops, however strict social distancing guidelines remain in place in which people who you do not live or bubble with must remain two metres apart.
In England, if it is not possible to remain two metres apart, the advice is to stand at least one metre apart but with extra precautions in place, such as the wearing of face masks.
However, supporters of Norwich, Hull and Peterborough have been captured not observing the Government guidance in the midst of celebrations after the former’s promotion to the Premier League while the latter two have secured promotion to the Championship.
Norwich City supporters have gathered in their masses to celebrate the club’s return to the Premier League on Saturday
The Canaries’ 4-1 win over Reading at Carrow Road mathematically confirmed them as champions of the Championship
Fans congregated outside the stadium despite strict social distancing rules remaining in place in the United Kingdom
People who are not living or bubbling together must remain two metres apart, or over one metre if not possible to remain two
However, Canaries fans were seen gathered in close proximity with no social distancing and very few wearing face masks
A video posted to Twitter shows Canaries fans gathered together outside Carrow Road following the side’s 4-1 win over Reading on Saturday.
Manager Farke is seen emerging in front of the jubilant crowd as the German led the fans in unison. Norwich fans also let off green and yellow flares amid a buoyant party atmosphere having secured an immediate return to the top flight.
Meanwhile, Hull and Peterborough fans gathered in their masses as the duo secured Championship football for next season.
The Tigers had already secured promotion before Saturday’s 3-1 win over Wigan Athletic, but the victory mathematically confirmed the club as champions of the third tier.
Similar scenes were seen outside Hull City’s KCOM Stadium after the Tigers sealed promotion to the Championship
Hull’s win over Wigan Athletic confirmed them as champions of League One, sealing an immediate return to the second tier
Peterborough United fans gathered outside the ABAX after the club sealed their long awaited return to the Championship
A number of supporters were pictured amid buoyant scenes after the club’s 3-3 draw with Lincoln City on Sat
A number of supporters gathered outside the KCOM following Grant McCann’s side’s victory, having suffered a miserable 2019-20 campaign that sent them packing from the second tier, just three years after enjoying Premier League football.
Peterborough fans gathered outside the ABAX Stadium to celebrate their return to the Championship after eight years in League One, with their 3-3 draw with Lincoln City giving them an unassailable lead over promotion-chasing Sunderland.
Norwich were crowned champions while Sheffield Wednesday survived to set up a grandstand finish on the penultimate weekend of action in the Sky Bet Championship.
With promotion already sealed, Daniel Farke’s Canaries were in celebratory mood as they thumped Reading 4-1 at Carrow Road despite falling behind to Josh Laurent’s 12th minute header.
Kieran Dowell’s double either side of the interval and late strikes from Xavier Quintilla and Teemu Pukki sealed the hosts’ coronation in style.
Norwich City were crowned champions of the Sky Bet Championship after beating Reading 4-1 at Carrow Road
With promotion already sealed, Daniel Farke’s Canaries were in celebratory mood and wore specially-made t shirts
But the real action was at the bottom of the table where Wednesday’s goalless draw in the early kick-off against Nottingham Forest meant they would be relegated if Derby secured at least a point at Swansea.
But Wayne Rooney’s men slumped to a 2-1 defeat – their sixth in a row – setting up a crunch Pride Park clash between the Rams and Wednesday next weekend, when the visitors must win to stand a chance of staying up.
Derby led through a 48th-minute header from Tom Lawrence but Morgan Whittaker levelled just past the hour mark and Connor Roberts struck the winner three minutes later for the Welsh side.
Sheffield Wednesday’s draw against Nottingham Forest meant they would be relegated if Derby County drew their game
The relegation conundrum is further complicated by Rotherham, who boosted their hopes of staying up after Lewis Wing’s late equaliser in a 1-1 with Blackburn.
The point for the Millers, after Adam Armstrong’s early goal for the visitors, means their own fate is back in their own hands, although they need at least three points from their last two away games at Luton and Cardiff to stand any chance.
Uche Ikpeazu’s fourth-minute effort gave Wycombe a 1-0 win over Bournemouth and ensured Gareth Ainsworth’s men also avoided relegation, although they need a mathematical miracle to extend their stay in the second tier.
However, Wayne Rooney’s strugglers slumped to a 2-1 defeat – their sixth in a row – against Swansea City at the Liberty
Hull claimed the Sky Bet League One title with a 3-1 home win over Wigan, while Peterborough fought back to draw 3-3 against rivals Lincoln and secure their own promotion.
The Tigers – already made sure of their place back in the Championship after beating Lincoln last weekend – went in front through Keane Lewis-Potter’s header in the 17th minute, but Joe Dodoo soon had Wigan level.
Hull, though, were back in front again in the 22nd minute through George Honeyman and Josh Magennis wrapped things up with a third in the second half.
Hull City meanwhile claimed the Sky Bet League One title with a 3-1 home win over Wigan Athletic at the KCOM Stadium
The Tigers made sure of their place back in the Championship after beating Lincoln City last weekend
Peterborough fought back from 3-0 down to grab a dramatic draw and secure promotion with a penalty from Jonson Clarke-Harris deep into stoppage time.
Imps midfielder Anthony Scully broke the deadlock on the half-hour, with Jorge Grant adding another from the penalty spot just before half-time.
Scully got his second in the 53rd minute to seemingly leave Posh’s promotion party on hold.
However, Siriki Dembele started the fightback before Clarke-Harris set up a tense finale with a 75th-minute free-kick – and then kept his cool from the penalty spot deep into stoppage time.
At the other end of the table, Rochdale were relegated after they were beaten 2-1 at home by Doncaster, while Northampton are also down following a 3-0 defeat by Blackpool.
Peterborough United fought back from 3-0 down to grab a dramatic draw and secure promotion to the Championship
Taylor Richards struck in each half to put Doncaster in control and although Matt Done pulled a late goal back, it was not enough to save Dale.
Defender Luke Garbutt put play-off chasing Blackpool in front in the 19th minute and Jerry Yates struck twice late on to seal the Cobblers’ fate.
Sunderland move above Lincoln into third after they won 3-1 at Plymouth.
Ross Stewart gave the Black Cats the lead in the 21st minute, but the Pilgrims were level just after the hour through defender Joe Edwards.
Peterborough United marksman Jonson Clarke-Harris kept his cool from the penalty spot deep into stoppage time
Plymouth, though, were reduced to 10 men in the 64th minute when Jerome Opoku was dismissed for a second caution.
Chris Maguire converted a penalty with six minutes left and Denver Hume added a third in stoppage time. Portsmouth kept up their own play-off push with a 3-1 win at AFC Wimbledon.
Joe Pigott had given the Dons the lead in the 23rd minute, but it was short-lived as Ronan Curtis quickly equalised. Defender Lee Brown then struck twice just before half-time to put Pompey in control.
Southend have been relegated from the Football League for the first time in the club’s history, dropping out of League Two despite a 2-1 victory at Barrow.
The Shrimpers needed to win and hope either Scunthorpe or Colchester lost to retain hope of avoiding joining bottom side Grimsby in the National League next season.
They played their part as goals from John White and Terrell Egbri saw them hit back to win at Holker Street after Scott Quigley’s opener, but results elsewhere meant it was not enough.
Colchester ensured their survival with a 1-0 victory over nine-man Salford that dealt a huge blow to the Ammies’ play-off hopes.
Southend United have been relegated from the Football League for the first time in the club’s history this weekend
The Shrimpers needed to win and hope either Scunthorpe or Colchester lost their matches to retain a fighting chance
Substitute Joshua Bohui scored their winner six minutes after coming off the bench. Salford, who had Di’shon Bernard and Ashley Hunter sent off, slipped from the final play-off position of seventh to ninth but they do still have an outside chance of sneaking back in on the last day.
Scunthorpe could also celebrate staying up after a goalless draw at Bradford.
Third-placed Bolton missed the chance to secure promotion as they slipped to a last-gasp 2-1 defeat at home to play-off chasing Exeter, who climbed to eighth.
Pierce Sweeney headed the Grecians’ winner in the last minute, completing a comeback after Randell Williams had cancelled out Gethin Jones’ 15th-minute effort.
Fourth-placed Morecambe closed within a point of Bolton with a 2-0 win at Walsall. Yann Songo’o and Cole Stockton claimed their goals.
Former Hull City boss Phil Brown watched on as his side dropped out of League Two despite a 2-1 victory at Barrow
Leaders Cheltenham are already promoted but missed the chance to clinch the title as they lost 1-0 away to another side in the play-off hunt in Newport. Joss Labadie scored what proved the winner after just four minutes, lifting the Welsh side to fifth and needing only a point to reach the play-offs.
Forest Green climbed into the top seven with a 2-1 home win over Tranmere despite finishing with 10 men. Joshua Davison scored their opener after 50 minutes but Ebou Adams was sent off soon after.
Aaron Collins settled nerves with a penalty nine minutes from time although Kieron Morris scored a late reply for Tranmere, who slipped to sixth.
UPS AND DOWNS IN THE ENGLISH LEAGUES
Promoted: Norwich, Watford
Play-offs: Brentford, Swansea, Bournemouth, Barnsley
Promoted: Hull, Peterborough
Play-offs: Sunderland, Lincoln
Relegated: Bristol Rovers, Swindon, Northampton, Rochdale
Play-offs (at least): Cambridge, Bolton, Morecambe
Relegated: Grimsby, Southend