Brighton promoted to the Premier League!


It is the first time since 1983 that Brighton have reached the top flight and the first time since the Premier League was introduced in 1992, allowing them to become the 48th club to do so.

Brighton, who last played in the top flight in 1982-83, secured promotion from the Championship on Monday and are firm favourites to finish top ahead of big-spending Newcastle.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton has challenged his players to now go on and win the Championship.

Monday's joy was all the more welcome given Bloom had experienced several near misses, none more so than last season when they lost out in heartbreaking fashion on the second and last automatic promotion place on goal difference.

"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".

"It's a performance today that apart from that last 15 minutes warrants us being where we are, we've been outstanding all season".

He said: "We have to strengthen, that goes without saying".

"I knew we had a group of lads that were capable of doing it, but being capable of doing it and actually doing it are two different things. We've put ourselves in a good position to attempt to do it".

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"It is possible to do both like Bournemouth past year and probably Burnley will this season".

"We've got a very competitive squad who will all want an opportunity to play in the Premier League", he added. Should he get more credit?

"They said we were bottlers".

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

"Having got this far and got into this division we absolutely want to stay there", Barber told Sky Sports News HQ.

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.

Brighton need only to better Newcastle United's result this weekend to secure the title, while Tottenham closed the gap on Chelsea to four points over Easter.

Just don't be surprised when they come up to SE25 and leave questioning why they couldn't topple a team who are a solid, established Premier League team.