Bournemouth capped a stellar 2014/15 campaign by officially securing promotion and winning the Championship title thanks to a comfortable victory over Charlton Athletic on an eventful final day of the season that saw Blackpool's match against Huddersfield abandoned.
A brace from the excellent Matt Richie and an early effort from midfielder Harry Arter saw Eddie Howe's side cruise to a 3-0 success at the Valley and make sure of their place in the Premier League after a win by the same scoreline against Bolton on 27 April had left them all but up barring a hugely unlikely sequence of events.
Watford, who were the first second-tier club to win promotion last month, would have been celebrating the title themselves were it not for a late Atdhe Nuhiu equaliser in their match against Sheffield Wednesday at Vicarage Road.
While Bournemouth rightly continue to receive plaudits for their fine efforts over recent months, relegated Blackpool's otherwise meaningless encounter with Huddersfield will inevitably draw the majority of headlines after hundreds of home supporters stormed the pitch shortly after half-time as part of an ongoing protest against chairman Karl Oyston.
The players were taken off the pitch by referee Mick Russell as a precaution and with no sign of the disgruntled supporters being content to return to the stands, the game was abandoned in the 48th minute with the score tied at 0-0.
Elsewhere on the last day, with the issue of relegation already settled in midweek, Derby spectacularly blew an opportunity to finish in the top six after losing 3-0 at home to a Reading side who were without a win in their last nine Championship fixtures.
Darren Bent missed a first-half penalty for the Rams who fell behind after just two minutes following an early effort from Crystal Palace loanee Kwesi Appiah. Michael Hector and Garath McCleary inflicted further damage after the break.
Derby's defeat meant that Ipswich qualified for the playoffs despite losing at Blackburn, while Brentford made sure of their place thanks to a comfortable win over a dismal Wigan.
Wolves beat relegated Millwall 4-2 at Molineux but were cruelly denied a spot in the top six by virtue of a slightly inferior goal difference.
Brentford will now meet Middlesbrough for a place at Wembley while Ipswich face a potentially fiery two-legged encounter against local rivals Norwich.
Elsewhere, there were wins for Norwich, Birmingham and Cardiff as Middlesbrough were held to a goalless draw by Brighton and Rotherham earned a point from a Yorkshire derby away to Leeds.