Brighton earn Premier League promotion

Uwe Hunemeier of Brighton & Hove Albion in action during the Sky Bet Championship match against Wigan Athletic.

We knew what we'd achieved previous year and we recruited well - not many, but we started the season with a better team and squad.

"I think the motivation was that they thoroughly enjoyed being at the top end of the table last season, all season". We have to strengthen, that goes without saying.

Despite the fans already in party mode, goalkeeper David Stockdale knows there are still games to be played and wants to finish the season as champions. Whether it's Arsenal performing well below expectations, Sunderland spending year after year barely escaping relegation (and likely not pulling it off this season), key players getting injured, key players demanding transfers...

Anthony Knockaert can not wait for a second chance as a Premier League footballer after helping Championship leaders Brighton and Hove Albion gain promotion.

Here, we look at Brighton's eventful journey over the last couple of decades. We kept all our main players, we strengthened, helped all the players believe this was going to be our season, and so it has proved. A draw or even a defeat will be enough if Newcastle fail to get a better result than Brighton in their Monday night home game against Preston.

'There were one or two more hard ones. His two previous spells as a Premier League manager both ended in him being sacked, although many felt he was treated extremely harshly by both Newcastle and Norwich. Although that was before the Premier League invented football, so it clearly doesn't count.

"We are very lucky we have a very wealthy owner who has set aside money to give us an edge", Barber said in February.

Despite the pressures of the job and the microscope that football fraternity is constantly under, Hughton is still very much in love with the game. We were in a bad position when he came in.

He added: "We've got to consolidate, The gaffer is the ideal man to do that". He did that. It wasn't pretty or easy, but you have that in football.

It would take Brighton losing all their remaining three games and third-placed Huddersfield overturning a 32-goal swing for the club to not be playing in the Premier League next season.

  • Julie Sanders