Congratulations to Chris Powell and his Charlton side after Saturday's 1-0 victory at Brunton Park over Carlisle, a result which confirmed they'll be playing in the npower Championship next season. The Addicks have been top of the table since they beat Exeter at The Valley back in September and although it was really only a matter of time before they won promotion, I'm sure it was still a good party on Saturday night as the squad celebrated their achievement.
Charlton have been utterly dominant from the start this season and if you look back at the last six or seven npower League 1 campaigns, you get a sense of just how good they've been. Leicester went up in 2009 as champions with 96 points and in 2005 it was Luton who finished first with 98 points.
They were two impressive seasons but the Addicks already have 94 points with five games left to play which puts things in real perspective. I'm sure Chris has set his side the target of breaking through the 100-point barrier and it would be a brave man to bet against them smashing that.
I also think Charlton's achievement is all the more remarkable considering they've had the two Sheffield clubs circling just below them all season. United and Wednesday are big clubs with high expectations and Premier League experience and to now leave those two effectively fighting for second place is a reflection of the Addicks' consistency and quality over the last eight months.
For me there's not much danger of Charlton becoming complacent between now and the end of the season. As a recently retired player, Chris will be very aware of the importance of ending the season with momentum to take into the next and the players should still be desperate to impress, hoping to convince the manager that when he goes on his inevitable shopping spree in the summer that he doesn't need reinforcements in their position.
Chris' achievements at Charlton will obviously lead to a few clubs casting an envious glance or two in his direction but I don't think Addicks fans should be too worried. It's his first permanent job as manager and I think he's too smart to get carried away with success so far. Plus Charlton are an ambitious club with a pedigree and although I can't speak with any insider knowledge, I'd guess he'd be happy to stay and continue what he's started in south London.
At the other end of the table, the prize for the weekend's most dramatic game probably has to go to Rochdale for their 3-2 victory over Exeter at Spotland thanks to a Jason Kennedy winner two minutes from time.
It gives Dale a mathematical chance of getting out of trouble but it was bad news for John Coleman and his players that Chesterfield and Wycombe both picked up points. The cruel reality of being down at the bottom at this stage of the season is that your own wins can actually mean very little if the teams around you also manage to get something.
Speaking of Exeter, I was interested to read the club this week has handed full time contracts to six of their Under-18 players for next season. It's not looking great for Exeter in terms of survival and they're obviously cutting their cloth accordingly to how they see their finances in the future.
Personally, I think it's great that six teenagers are getting such a chance. Players like Liam Sercombe at Exeter prove what you can do when you're thrust into the first team and I hope the six youngsters who got the good news this week seize the opportunity with both hands.
My only niggle is that clubs more often than not are only willing to give youth a chance when they need to cut costs. It seems to be financial necessity rather than a desire to use the talent in the Academy or youth set-up that dictates the speed with which the kids are promoted.
I had to chuckle this week when I read Simon Grayson's post-match comments after Huddersfield were beaten 1-0 by Preston at Deepdale. Simon obviously wasn't happy with the performance and said his side had made Preston look like Real Madrid in the second half.
I was working at the game for Late Kick Off and although I thought Preston thoroughly deserved the three points, I have to say the only similarity between Graham Westley's side and Madrid is they both wear white shirts.