Brighton gains promotion into English Premier League

Brighton and Hove Albion has ended their 34­-year wait for a return to the top flight of English football when they were promoted to the Premier League.

Championship leaders Brighton beat Wigan Athletic 2-­1 and their promotion was confirmed when Huddersfield Town could only manage a 1-­1 draw at Derby County in the day’s late kick­off.

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 have not played in English football’s top flight since their relegation from the old First Division in 1983 after a season where they also reached the FA Cup final only to lose to Manchester United in a Wembley replay.

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