Five facts on Brighton's big promotion to Premier League

  • 18 April 2017
Brighton's Anthony Knockaert and Oliver Norwood Image copyright PA
Image caption It's been a good season for Brighton's Anthony Knockaert (left) - he's also been named the EFL's Championship Player of the Year

Brighton are celebrating - the football team's won promotion to the Premier League.

Their win against Wigan and then Huddersfield's draw with Derby mean Brighton have done enough to reach the top league of English football again.

But how much do you know about this football team?

1. It's been a long wait!

The last time Brighton were in the top league of English football was back in 1983. Even though they were runners-up in the FA Cup that season they didn't do enough to avoid relegation.

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Image caption Didn't they look different in 1979? From then until 1983 Brighton were playing against the best teams in England

2. They're called the Seagulls

The team are nicknamed the Seagulls and the bird is on the club's emblem - very fitting for a city where you'll often see seagulls at the beach.

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Image caption Was this seagull celebrating at the team's home stadium?

3. They've bounced back from tough times

Twenty years ago things were very different for Brighton. Things were going downhill and they had to fight to even stay in the Football League.

4. They had to sell their stadium

They managed to avoid relegation, but they had to sell their stadium to pay off their debts. This meant the team had to train at a stadium 70 miles from Brighton for two seasons!

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Image caption Brighton's team had to train at Gillingham's Priestfield Stadium 70 miles away for two seasons

5. Manager Chris Hughton does it again

Brighton is the second team that manager Chris has had promoted to the Premier League.

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Image caption Brighton manager Chris Hughton used to play for the Republic of Ireland

He was the boss of Newcastle United and took them up to the Premier League in 2010. But that didn't last long.

Now that Brighton are in the Premier League, how long will they stay?

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