Brighton return to Premier League after 34-year absence

Albion, who nearly went into non-league and liquidation in 1997 and have been beaten play-off semi-finalists in three of the past four years, can claim the title with a win at Norwich on Friday but third-placed Huddersfield Town's draw at Derby on Monday evening guaranteed elevation.

"He has brought us a new ground (the 30,750 capacity Amex Stadium), training facilities and covered the losses".

However, having reached their nadir they wallowed in lower league mediocrity until Bloom came along in 2009, and with a wave of his cheque book he transformed the then League One club's fortunes on and off the pitch.

Many congratulations to them, and especially to boss Chris Hughton - a man richly deserving of such success.

Goals from Glenn Murray and Solly March were enough for the leaders, despite a late strike from Nick Powell.

Today, Brighton & Hove Albion have the chance to win promotion to the Premier League on their home turf, for the first time ever. It's been a long wait for their loyal fans, but next season they'll be competing in the top division in the country for the first time since 1983.

It marks an incredible turnaround for a club who were nearly relegated from the Football League in 1997.

Daniel Pudil struck a first-half victor for Sheffield Wednesday as they saw off QPR 2-1 at Loftus Road to go fifth and remain in the driving seat for a play-off spot, having lost in the final last season.

"I don't necessarily think that was the motivation behind what we've been able to achieve this season", he said. 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. Instead they conceded twice more, David McGoldrick and Emyr Huws the scorers.

It was all in marked contrast to Newcastle's display in a 1-1 draw at home to Leeds on Friday, a match they dominated until Chris Wood's last-gasp equaliser in stoppage-time.

"He added: "(Promotion) is something we feel we deserved.

The former Ireland worldwide was determined to avoid the mistakes of the past this year, and having been a permanent fixture in the top two since October, Brighton have secured promotion to the top tier for the first time since 1983.

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