Brighton promoted to Premier League as Huddersfield fail to beat Derby County

Huddersfield had to win to delay Brighton's celebrations but their result left the Seagulls 13 points clear of Reading, now in third place, with only a maximum of nine points available to the Berkshire club from their three remaining league games this season.

Brighton & Hove Albion have secured promotion to the Premier League after they defeated struggling Wigan and Huddersfield played a draw with Derby County.

Chris Hughton has dedicated Brighton & Hove Albion's promotion to the staff and supporters who came through "the hard periods" after victory against Wigan Athletic ensured his team returned to the top flight after a 34-year absence.

Brighton can make sure of the Championship title with another win at Norwich on Friday and Seagulls manager Chris Hughton praised the club's grit and determination last summer to keep the side together.

"I think the motivation was that they thoroughly enjoyed being at the top end of the table last season, all season". They made up their minds they wanted more of it. That's the first thing.

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.

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1996-97: Thirteen years after their drop from the top flight - the same season they were also FA Cup finalists - Brighton came close to liquidation, with the club's board selling the Goldstone Ground to pay off debts.

Their play-off spot was claimed by Fulham, who kept up their entertaining season with a 3-1 win over 10-man Aston Villa, Ryan Sessegnon again among the goals.

I can only apologise to these fans that we had the audacity to reinvest the money to prepare the squad for the "shock" we were going to get after our first taste of Championship football, right? First and foremost, we need to win promotion. I went up with Newcastle as a team that just came down, and although we'd lost players, I had a very strong team.

One area that needs bolstering is right back - Bruno is now a loyal servant in that position but they lack strength in depth and the veteran Spaniard is approaching the end of his career.

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