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Brighton & Hove Albion secure promotion to Premier League

Huddersfield Town draw 1-1 with Derby County at Pride Park, meaning a place in the Premier League for Brighton & Hove Albion who can no longer be caught by the Terriers.

Brighton & Hove Albion will play top-flight football next season for the first time in 34 years after securing promotion from the Championship.

Brighton & Hove Albion players celebrate promotion to the Premier League on April 17, 2017© SilverHub

The Seagulls saw off Wigan Athletic 2-1 at The Amex on Monday afternoon, sparking a pitch invasion at full time as a top-two finish was all but secured.

Automatic promotion was made mathematically certain a couple of hours later, though, as a late strike from Jacob Butterfield earned Derby County a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town in the evening kickoff, meaning that the third-placed Terriers can no longer catch Albion.

Events at Pride Park would also have been celebrated in the North-East, with Newcastle United - beaten 3-1 at Ipswich Town earlier today - also now on the brink of a return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Brighton will now look to mark their three-and-a-half decade wait for a place in the top tier in style by winning the title, sitting seven points above closest challengers Newcastle with just three games left to play.

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Newcastle United's English head coach Steve McClaren applauds on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at White Hart Lane in north London on December 13, 2015.
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