Villa are back in the Premier League after beating Derby in the play-off final 2-0 at Wembley to cap off a brilliant 2019.
Dean Smith’s men won courtesy of goals from Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn to send the Birmingham-based side back to the big time.
The Rams were unable to get into the flow of the game and two huge defensive errors allowed Villa to capitalize.
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Aston Villa are promoted to the Premier League 12 months after play-off heartache
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On-loan winger El Ghazi opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time after getting in ahead of Jayden Bogle to score with his shoulder.
And the match was put out of sight by McGinn when the Scotsman made the most of a horrendous gaffe to double the lead.
Derby managed to grab one back through Jack Marriott but Smith’s side held on despite a nervy end.
Prince William was watching on from the stands and is a massive Villa fan.
And the 36-year-old was utterly over the moon watching his team return to the Premier League after three years in the Championship.
He could be seen celebrating with Villa legend John Carew – of all people.
It is a special return for Villa, who at one stage looked resigned to another yearn the second tier.
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Under Steve Bruce, the fans were disillusioned and the level of play was dire – resulting in the managerial veteran getting the chop before Christmas.
Lifelong supporter Smith joined from Brentford and a 10-match winning streak saw the Villans snatch a place into the top six.
For Jack Grealish, it was particularly special after rejecting a move to the Premier League to stay with his boyhood club.
Smith made him captain during his managerial reign and the 23-year-old has performed excellently ever since.
He said: “I’m speechless. It was such a hard game, but when I look around and I’ve got John, Anwar I believe.
“It means the world to go up, we know where this club belongs. I’ve stayed here and we’re back there now. I’ve led my boyhood team to the Premier League.”