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There were former Clarets involved with both clubs in yesterday’s Championship play-off final at Wembley between Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday. Ross Wallace, who started the game for Wednesday, will face another season in the Championship after their 1-0 defeat which means Micky Phelan and Stan Ternent will both be back in the Premier League next season with Hull, Phelan as assistant manager and Ternent, who celebrates his 70th birthday next month, as head of recruitment.

Hull, of course were relegated with us at the end of last season but a Wednesday win would have seen us coming face to face against them at the top level for the first time since the 1969/70 season. We beat them 4-2 at home that season but were beaten 2-0 at Hillsborough later in the season.

Mo Diame (pictured) scored the only goal of the game in a stadium that was more than half packed with Wednesday supporters and sparsely filled in the Hull areas with the East Yorkshire club having returned thousands of tickets. But they deserved their victory and will play in the Premier League next season for a fifth time in nine seasons.

With us and Hull going straight back up, the league will show only three changes from the Premier League we left a year ago. QPR came down with us last year with Aston Villa and Newcastle having just gone down with Norwich who were promoted a year ago.

That means Bournemouth and Watford, who we will play at the top level for the first time and Middlesbrough will be the three changes. Middlesbrough and Burnley last met at the highest level in the 1975/76 season with Burnley getting the better of the Teesside club with a 4-1 win at home and a 1-1 draw at Ayresome Park.

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