Champions: Cardiff City
Promoted: Hull City
Play-offs: Watford, Brighton, Crystal Palace, Leicester
Relegated: Peterborough, Wolvers, Bristol City.
Hull conceded an injury-time penalty having just missed one of their own to draw 2-2 at home to Cardiff City, meaning some premature pitch invasions could have looked rather silly if Watford managed to win at home to Leeds to snatch the second automatic promotion spot.
The game at Vicarage Road witnessed an eventful first half when Watford's number one keeper Manuel Almunia pulled up injured in the warm-up and his replacement Jonathan Bond suffered a serious neck injury that resulted in 16 minutes of added time in the first half.
That meant the Watford game continued long after Hull's and as the Tigers players huddled round TV monitors to watch the closing stages, they witnessed a second howler of the afternoon from stand-in keeper Jack Bonham in his first ever game as Leeds won 2-1 to deny Watford promotion.
It all meant that the Tigers were promoted to the top flight for just the second time in their 109-year history on a dramatic afternoon in which they were forced to wait 20 minutes before their fate was determined.
Steve Bruce's men were unable to secure the three points against the champions which would have guaranteed them second spot, yet they had a helping hand from Yorkshire rivals Leeds who beat third-placed Watford 2-1.
With just minutes to go in the Tigers' game, they were heading up against the 10-man Bluebirds yet an incredible finale with one red card, two penalties and a mini pitch-invasion left the door open for Gianfranco Zola's men at Vicarage Road.
However, with their clash delayed due to an injury, they were unable to score the goal which would have sent them into the top flight and it was Brian McDermott's side instead who got the goal to send the Tigers into delirium.
"I've never experienced anything like that," Bruce, the former Manchester United defender, told Sky Sports. "They put us through the wringer. Watford pushed us all the way but it was our day."
Former Hull loanee Fraizer Campbell had threatened to derail the Tigers' hopes by breaking the deadlock just after half-time, but two goals in five minutes through Nick Proschwitz and Paul McShane looked to have turned Hull's entire season back around.
Andrew Taylor was then sent off before Proschwitz had a penalty which would surely have guaranteed promotion saved. His spot-kick was kept out by David Marshall and it was Nicky Maynard, back on the pitch having been sidelined since September, who Cardiff a share of the spoils although matters at Vicarage Road would ultimately transpire in Hull's favour.