On this day: Newcastle secure instant Premier League return under Rafael Benitez

Newcastle United v Preston North End – Sky Bet Championship – St James’ Park
(Image credit: Owen Humphreys)

A 4-1 win over Preston on this day in 2017 saw Newcastle secure promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Rafael Benitez’s surprise decision to stay at the helm following the drop a year before was vindicated as his side would go on to secure the Championship title.

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