Brighton cachet promotion to Premier League

Chris Hughton's side knew that victory over Wigan coupled with a draw or defeat for Huddersfield against Derby would guarantee them a place in the top-flight for the first time since 1983.

The Seagulls can win the title with a sixth straight win at Norwich on Friday. We knew what we'd achieved a year ago and we recruited well - not many, but we started the season with a better team and squad.

Here, we look at Brighton's eventful journey over the last couple of decades.

Albion missed out on automatic promotion on goal difference on the final afternoon of last term, but that is now a distant memory for Hughton and his men.

"We are reminded about it by the fans and everyone wants us to get promoted to take this group of players to the next level".

After their status in English football's top tier was confirmed, staff will already receive a guaranteed bonus and could earn an even bigger pay packet when performance-related increases are decided. "All those memos we put out asking fans to stay off the pitch didn't really do the job but I can understand their emotions". We had a board meeting planned but that became the first day of the new season.

"We made it a little bit hard for ourselves".

"It was on in the background", the Brighton boss said. 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.

He added in The Argus: "We're not there for just one season, we intend to be there for a while".

England Under-21 global Solly March ensured the celebrations could continue in earnest, when he converted Anthony Knockaert's cutback, and a late goal from substitute Nick Powell could not change the picture. "We got a goal back and were pushing at the end".

Review, reports and reaction from Monday's Sky Bet Championship action, as Brighton seal promotion. 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.

  • Julie Sanders