Emotions are running high for Brighton fans on social media, as they prepare to head to the Amex for their club’s opening Premier League game against Manchester City.
It’s the day supporters have been waiting for since promotion to the top flight was confirmed in April. Months of anticipation have all been building up to this afternoon’s clash at the Amex, and Seagulls fans were understandably over the moon when they woke up this morning.
Don't think I've ever woken up this excited/nervous #bhafc— T Fitz (@tomfitz12) August 12, 2017
It’s not just fans that are looking forward to Albion’s first Premier League game, with both former and current players showing their support for the club online.
All the best to all the @OfficialBHAFC family this season!!— INIGO CALDERON (@I_CALDERON_14) August 12, 2017
Try to enjoy every second of it!
It's been a long journey!!!
It’s been a hard-fought journey for both Albion and the fans, who’ve had to wait 34 years to return to the top flight.
In that time they’ve had their former home, The Goldstone, taken from under their feet; almost dropped out of the Football League altogether; forced to undertake a 150 mile round trip to play home games in Gillingham for two years; moved from Gillingham back to Brighton at the converted athletics stadium in Withdean for 12 years and had to fight for the right to build a new home in Falmer.
To paraphrase Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You”, the club and its fans have come a long, long way together.
So. After 34 years years #bhafc are back in the top flight of English football. Today is going to be a special day, whatever the result.— Kieron Moorman (@kmoorman1968) August 12, 2017
19 years ago i watched my 1st #bhafc game at the bottom of Division 3 at Gillingham. Today, in our own home, we play in the premier league ?— Chris Field (@chrisfield25) August 12, 2017
We've come a long way!— Robert Gilbert (@thegilbertros) August 12, 2017
2 years at Priestfield
12 years at Withdean
TODAY a place in The Premier League
From the gutters to the stars! #bhafc