Many Brighton & Hove Albion fans are likely to have had little sleep last night as hopes for a huge promotion party continue to brew on the South Coast.
Should The Seagulls defeat struggling Wigan Athletic at The Amex Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship this afternoon, the club will be virtually assured of a first ever place in the Premier League next season barring a 31-goal swing in the goal difference between themselves and third placed Huddersfield Town.
Beating The Latics would reduce many fans to tears at the thought of the club’s fairytale rise in recent years. Prior to the move to their fabulous 30,750 capacity Amex Stadium home in 2011, Albion had been homeless for 14 years with the club having been forced to play matches at Gillingham’s Priestfield Stadium and the less than impressive Withdean Stadium, an athletics stadium which was only just passed fit for league football.
The Seagulls now have one of the most luxurious home grounds in the country, a stadium which is geared up for the top flight along with a team which have done the town proud on the pitch.
Former Sky Bet Championship sides AFC Bournemouth and Burnley have proved that they can compete with the big clubs in the Premier League and there is no reason why The Seagulls cannot be a breath of fresh air to the division themselves.
Manager Chris Hughton and his squad could write themselves into footballing history with victory this afternoon and a huge promotion party is set to take place into the night should Albion get the job done.