As the final whistle blew at Falmer Stadium, Brighton and Howe Albion mathematically secured Premier League promotion for the first time in their history after securing a 2-1 win over Wigan. The celebrations were in full swing and the cameras centred around Tony Bloom, the man who invested over £250m for new infrastructure, who was slowly taking in the surreal feeling.
Congratulatory messages came in from all corners of the football world for an incredible achievement by the club who will now play amongst the 'big boys' of English football.
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 17, 2017
The club did foresee the situation and released an official press statement requesting the fans not to invade the pitch, should they secure promotion in any one of their last two home matches.
— BHAFC âš½ï¸ (@OfficialBHAFC) April 12, 2017
That ended well…mm-hmm yes?
@OfficialBHAFC Promise I won't go on the pitch ðŸ˜‚ I swear lads
— Steven (@Steven9BHA) April 12, 2017
— Keir Standing (@keirstanding) April 12, 2017
They were a community club on the verge of elimination from football league altogether only a couple of decades ago, but football would be a poorer sport without such fairytales.
They'll be a few sore heads in Sussex this morning…
Congratulations Brighton & Hove Albion on promotion to the Premier League! pic.twitter.com/HogQ9am4v2
— Euro Soccer Company (@EuroSoccer2) April 18, 2017
FT 2-1. BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION ARE GOING UP! pic.twitter.com/v7BJPi2Iex
— The Albion Roar (@albionroar) April 17, 2017
Most of the Brighton players left the player's lounge to continue the celebrations with the fans. And they responded eloquently.
On Road and Rail, Up Up and Away.
Brighton player Jiri Skalak getting carried down a road by Brighton fans! ðŸ‘ðŸ¼ pic.twitter.com/3KxHOSInCK
— FootyAwayDays Videos (@FootyAwayDayVid) April 18, 2017
Brighton players on the train back to the city with the fans. This is class. ðŸ‘ðŸ¼ pic.twitter.com/HFYqygSplg
— Premier League (@EPLBible) April 17, 2017