Thursday 26 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C
# mixed emotions
The agony and ecstasy as the English lower leagues near their conclusion
Pitch invasions, karate kicks and champions being crowned all marked an exciting day of football in England’s lower leagues.

League 2

Gillingham win their first league title in 49 years, despite letting a two goal lead slip against AFC Wimbledon

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Port Vale haven’t quite secured automatic promotion yet but their fans (and stadium officials) celebrated as if they had.

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League One

Doncaster’s 1-0 loss to Notts County saw them slip into second place with just one game remaining and you could see the result hurt Tommy Spurr.

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Bournemouth took full advantage of the slip up with a 3-1 win over Carlisle to claim top spot.

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The Championship

Cardiff were already promoted but sealed the league title despite a 1-1 draw at Burnley.

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Huddersfield needed a win to haul themselves out of the bottom three and James Vaughan’s effort helped them to a 3-0 win over Millwall.

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The Limerick squad is now a feast of outrageous hairstyles