Tony Bloom celebrates Albion's promotion.
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12:28 18th April 2017
by Kieran Cleeves
The Albion chairman showed his elation after reaching the Premier League.
Brighton & Hove Albion chairman Tony Bloom spoke of his immense pride at seeing the club reach the Premier League for the first time, and praised the tremendous effort involved from everyone to make the dream a reality.
Albion guaranteed their place in the top flight of English football with victory over Wigan Athletic, and Bloom spoke about the magnitude of the club’s achievement.
He said, “Myself, the 30,000 people here, the tens of thousands of other people in the city and Brighton supporters living across the world will be elated that we’re in the Premier League.
“Days like this are never inevitable, you can go close six or seven times on the spin. Everyone at the club has been working very hard to get to this position, and I think we absolutely deserve it.
“We were this close to going out of the Football League and who knows what the future would’ve held if we were in the Conference without a stadium, so this is a truly amazing feeling as a fan and chairman of this football club.
Bloom heaped praise on Albion boss Chris Hughton for the magnificent job he’s done since taking charge of the club, and believes the playing squad thoroughly deserve their place in the Premier League.
“He’s been here for two and a half seasons and has done a magnificent job. We were in a bad position in early January two and a half years ago when he came in.
“The first stage of what he needed to do was to keep us up, which he did and it wasn’t pretty or easy.
“It was a very tough season, but you have that in football and as a club we’ve recruited very well in the last few windows.
“The team spirit in the squad is fantastic and he’s done remarkably well in a very tough league. We’ve thoroughly deserved it and I think he’s done magnificent.”
The Seagulls secured promotion after coming agonisingly close last season, and Bloom applauded the team’s magnificent reaction, before looking ahead to the club’s first season in the Premier League.
“Last season we got to 89 points and in almost any other season it gets you automatic promotion, but it didn’t happen for us.
“We’ve been on the go since the first day of the season and we’ve got 92 points with three games to go, which is an amazing achievement by Chris and all the players.
"Brighton’s a great city with a great fanbase. We have an amazing stadium that will be sold out every single game and hopefully on the pitch we will do the city and our supporters proud.”