Brighton on the top deck
Brighton have made it. They gained promotion to Division One for the first time in their history after an emotional season manager Alan Mullery sounded out a warning to the big-guns Albion will be facing next season.
"We are not going into Division One just to survive," he said. "We want to make an impact and I know we have the players to do it."
In just three years, Mullery has taken Brighton from Division Three to a place amongst the country's soccer elite - and now he is looking forward to meeting clubs like Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal next season. "Some of our players have never played in Division One before - but I know that men like Brian Horton and Mark Lawrenson will do well. Our Division One is the best in the world and that's where players like these belong."
Five matches from this historic promotion season are available on Seagulls TV.
Watch the 1978/79 season unfold.
First matchBrighton 1 (Gilliver)
Doncaster Rovers 0
(3 Jan '70)
5. J. Napier
8. K. Napier
Last matchBrighton 4 (Clarke 2, Ward, Ryan)
Manchester City 1
(29 Dec '79)
Best of times…
worst of times...
The season Brighton won promotion to Division Two under Pat Saward, playing all-out attacking football, is still regarded by many fans as their favourite campaign.
Watch the 1971/72 season.
Peter Ward, Daily Mirror