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Rovers are champions!

Damien Johnson's side deservedly earn promotion to the top flight after a sensational season

20 April 2018

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Rovers have tonight deservedly confirmed the Premier League 2 Division 2 title without kicking a ball.

Having led the way for the large majority of the campaign, Aston Villa's 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United this evening meant Rovers simply cannot be caught, with just one game remaining.

Rovers now know they can head to West Bromwich Albion on Monday evening and seal a sensational season with another three-point haul.

It's been some campaign for the youngsters this term under the stewardship of Damien Johnson, whose side have lost only three games all season.

It's been a breakthrough campaign for the likes of Lewis Travis, Joe Nuttall and Willem Tomlinson, who have all appeared for the first team this term under Tony Mowbray thanks to their excellent displays for Johnson's outfit.

The superb defensive record has been a big factor in Rovers' run this season, with just 19 goals conceded in the 21 games played so far - a league best.

The likes of Joe Grayson and Lewis Hardcastle have been mainstays in the side, but Johnson has also rewarded youngsters like John Buckley and Jack Evans gametime following some great displays for the Under-18s in their FA Youth Cup run.

And what has also been impressive is Rovers ability to win the title considering important players such as Stefan Mols, Matty Platt and Joe Rankin-Costello have missed large chunks of the season through injury.

Rovers will now be playing top flight football next season, and taking on the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea, which will all be great tests for our young players' development.

Congratulations to Damien, Dunny, the staff and all the lads!

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