'I slept on sofas; now I'm in the Premier League'

Florence Lopez
May 8, 2018

Cardiff City secured automatic promotion back to the Premier League on Sunday after Fulham were surprisingly beaten by Birmingham 3-1 on the final day of the Championship.

Warnock even has time for some brevity in his post-match conference as he reflects on playing in the Premier League next season.

Manager Neil Warnock had said winning a record eighth promotion would be his "greatest achievement" - and it is no wonder, considering the Bluebirds were second from bottom and in disarray when he was appointed in October 2016.

Fulham are in third and only one point behind Cardiff - as such the Welsh side will know that anything other than victory could condemn the club to the lottery of the playoffs.

Etheridge will get a chance to make his Premier League debut next season, something that eluded him during his spell with Fulham from 2008 to 2014, having to play behind first-choice goalie Mark Schwarzer and David Stockdale.

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"The team has been strong all year and to finish the way that we did was fantastic", he told Cardiff City FC reporters. "I got offered a short-term contract at Oldham, to sit on the bench", says Etheridge, whose only game for the club was in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy against Preston North End.

Aaron Wilbraham was the hero with a late victor as Bolton - who had started the day 23rd in the table - scored twice in as many minutes to complete a miraculous escape.

For context, only the top two teams in the Championship are awarded automatic promotion to the Premier League, while the next four best teams battle for one spot in the promotion playoffs.

Etheridge is also goalkeeper for the Philippines national team, known as the Azkals.

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