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Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Chris Hughton eyeing Championship title after Brighton clinch promotion


Another central defender would be useful, and perhaps a right-back too: club captain Bruno has been excellent this season, but will be 37 in October, so may not have the legs for a full Premier League season. Indeed, a draw against the latter on the last day of the season at the Riverside meant that Hughton's side missed out on promotion on goal difference.

And now they are in the top flight for the first time since 1982-83, the year in which they were both relegated from the old First Division, and beaten in the FA Cup Final by Manchester United 4-0 after forcing a replay in a insane 2-2 draw.

The Seagulls' promotion from the Championship was confirmed on Monday, after their 2-1 win over Wigan was followed by rivals Huddersfield Town dropping points in a 1-1 draw with Derby County.

The club then moved back to Brighton, playing at the Withdean Stadium - a site not originally built for football - before finally switching to their current Amex Stadium home in 2011 under the ownership of Tony Bloom.

Brighton's rise this season has been a reward to the fans who have stuck with the club through thick and thin.

"To be here at the Amex stadium, with nearly 30,000 Brighton fans... it's all our dreams come true". Villa in particular have spent more than us this season, and they're 12th! "It's a set up that some teams in the Premier League would be delighted with in terms of the training ground and stadium and we have the chairman to thank for that".

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Manager Chris Hughton says the challenge is to now capture the league title, as they sit seven points clear of Newcastle United with three games to play.

Brighton's current record transfer is Shane Duffy, who signed for around £4 million from Blackburn Rovers in the summer transfer window. I think the team really enjoyed being at that end of the table, and winning more games than we lost.

Brighton possess surprisingly little Premier League experience, despite the average age of their players. First and foremost, we need to win promotion.

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Even if they don't, at least we'll get a couple more installments of the M23 Derby, as Crystal Palace and Brighton renew their deeply felt, slightly confusing rivalry.

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