'I slept on sofas; now I'm in the Premier League'

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What a day for Cardiff City fans on the final day of the season.

He will become the first Filipino and the first Southeast Asian player to see action in the Premier League.

While Cardiff failed to beat the relegation-threatened Reading at the Municipality Stadium, Cardiff's promotion to the Premier League was never in peril, as Fulham's opponents Birmingham City scored twice in the first half to cue celebrations heard in both Birmingham and Cardiff. Birmingham bagged a breakaway goal to put an end to Fulham's hopes and send Cardiff up automatically.

After all, Warnock said only a year ago, "I don't like the Premier League" and his record highlights that, for him, the achievement has always resulted in huge let-down. "Qualifying to the Asian Cup, and obviously getting promoted to the Premier League, it's been unbelievable". "There's not many words you can say really, it's just awesome".

Already achieving promotion, Newcastle United dispatched Cardiff City again, this time 2-0.

Instead, Fulham heads into the playoffs with Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Derby, with one more promotion berth up for grabs.

Neil Warnock's men earned a record eighth promotion for their manager, but made hard work of a scrappy Reading side.

Warnock proved to be a ideal fit for Cardiff, who play in the image of their gritty and no-nonsense manager.

Boss Slavisa Jokanovic was bashful of his sides chances of going above Cardiff, in his pre-match press conference: "Cardiff are in a better position than us, they're depending on themselves". "I got offered a short-term contract at Oldham, to sit on the bench", says Etheridge, whose only game for the club was in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy against Preston North End.

There will be two Welsh clubs in England's top division next season if Swansea manages to stay in the Premier League.