Hughton hails Premier League new boys Brighton

1997-98: Playing at Gillingham's Priestfield Stadium under the ownership of Dick Knight, another poor campaign saw Brighton register a second successive 23rd-place finish, but Doncaster's Football League record low of 20 points meant relegation was never in danger.

Brighton's goal difference of 37 made that win practically enough to guarantee their return to the top flight after 34 years, but Jacob Butterfield's 88th-minute equaliser for Derby against the Terriers made it mathematically certain.

"To put together the run they have, at this stage of the season, is incredibly hard, and they deserve every bit of credit", Brighton manager Chris Hughton said.

"The amounts of money in the Premier League does equalise things a bit", Bloom told the British media.

Bloom's Midas touch has now helped Brighton & Hove Albion FC progress to the big league in a move which is estimated to be worth £170 million for their first season, and then £290 million by season 2.

Glenn Murray of Brighton and Hove Albion celebrates with Anthony Knockaert after scoring their first goal against Wigan Athletic at The American Express Community Stadium, April 17, 2017.

"That will add something to all of their CVs, all of their thoughts when they're looking back". We have good players already and we want to strengthen from that position'.

For a long portion of that game, it looked as though Brighton's promotion party would have to wait.

"I think we have gone under the radar, but we have been quietly confident in our little bubble that we can do it and all the talk has been about Newcastle".

Freddie Sears put the hosts ahead at Portman Road before former Ipswich man Daryl Murphy equalised. Instead they conceded twice more, David McGoldrick and Emyr Huws the scorers.

Fortunately for Newcastle, Huddersfield Town failed to close the gap on them and sit fourth with a game in hand on Newcastle and Reading. It is 11 months since I went into the changing-room at the end of the play-off semi-final against Sheffield Wednesday and the players were on the floor.

Leeds United are out of the top six, however, by virtue of a shock 1-0 home defeat to Wolves, who secured their Championship status for another season thanks to Nouha Dicko's first-half strike.

  • Julie Sanders