Congratulations Brighton & Hove Albion

Release date: 
Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Pride of Sussex

We're sending our congratulations to the country’s newly promoted premiership side, Brighton & Hove Albion!

Speaking shortly after promotion was confirmed yesterday (Monday 17 April) when Huddersfield could only manage a draw away to Derby, council leader Warren Morgan said:

"I'm elated and relieved. We are finally there. It's been a long road since relegation from the top flight in ‘83, and a hard one since the end of the Goldstone era twenty years ago.

“We wouldn't be here now if it wasn't for Dick Knight, Martin Perry, Tony Bloom and all the fans who fought to keep the Albion alive and into our new home at Falmer. Thank you.

“Speaking as council leader, promotion to the Premier League could mean an economic boost for the city running into the hundreds of millions, and puts Brighton & Hove on the sporting map globally. But as a lifelong fan, all that matters to me is that we are going up.

“Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs, Man United and Palace; we're on our way. And we've got Knockaert. Anthony Knockaert."

Brighton & Hove City Council has changed the home page of its website to mark the historic occasion.

Civic reception and bus parade on Sunday 14 May

Councillor Morgan has invited the Brighton & Hove Albion FC players, coaching staff, chairman and board of directors to a civic reception and bus parade to mark the club’s promotion to the Premier League. 

The event will take place on Sunday 14 May and the parade along the seafront is likely to start at around 5pm. We're working with the club to finalise plans and will release more details soon.