How the Last 20 Play-Off Winners Have Fared in Their First Premier League Season

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How the Last 20 Play-Off Winners Have Fared in Their First Premier League Season
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The Premier League is the golden goose as far as football league teams are concerned: growth, glory and riches come from being promoted to English football's top flight.

For those who just miss out on the top two automatic promotion spots, a chance of redemption is offered in the shape of the play-offs. Teams placed third to sixth in the Championship play a two-legged semi-final, and then a final; the winner is handed the third and final Premier League place for the following season.

This season, Queens Park Rangers have beaten Derby County 1-0 in the final to take their place in the top flight next term—but what has followed for the teams who trod the same path before them?

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