Fifty years to the weekend after they were last crowned champions of England, Wolverhampton Wanderers climbed to the top flight by clinching promotion from the Coca-Cola Championship at an emotion-charged Molineux.

Fittingly it was the Championship's recently voted Player of the Year, striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, who hit the goal - his 25th of the season - which led to a 1-0 win against Queens Park Rangers that send the fans wild with delight.

"It's the greatest moment in my short life," said Ebanks-Blake as he celebrated reaching the Premiership. "It's an unbelievable feeling," added the 23 year-old striker. "It's what we set out to do at the start of the season and we've achieved it.

"It was great to score the goal that won us promotion, but you have to give credit to the whole team because that is how good the squad is. Winning promotion was always the target, but now we want to go out in style by winning the title.

"Then we want to establish ourselves in the Premier League. We don't want to go up and come straight back down, we want stay there for years to come. But that's for the future - right now we want to celebrate what we've just achieved."

Manager Mick McCarthy was equally delighted to celebrate the achievement, though unusually for the experienced boss he found words a little hard to come by. "I'm not sure I can articulate how I'm feeling," he admitted.

"I'm thrilled by our achievement and I'm very proud of the players. We've had 44 games and it's taken a lot of courage from the players. Questions were asked in January and February and it was tough then, but they handled it."

After flying through the first half of the season McCarthy's team went through a long sticky patch after Christmas, but they continued battling and now look certain to take the title after topping the table since October.

Chairman Steve Morgan said: "It was a bit scary around February time, but we've finished really strong. So a big tribute to Mick, the staff and the players - it's been a real team effort and I am so proud to know we will be in the Premier League."

Can Wolves stay up there? Six years after winning the old Division One in 1959 they were relegated, since when they have had four spells back in the top flight, most recently in 2003-04 when they were relegated after just one season.

They are determined to establish themselves this time around, with manager McCarthy feeling he has a point to prove himself after similarly being relegated from the Premiership after only one campaign with his previous club Sunderland.

His transfer budget will be much bigger than the £6million he had at Sunderland and he said. "Last time I think I had the 'well, if that's what I've got then I'll do it' arrogance to think I could. So do I think I have unfinished business? Of course I do!"

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