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28 April 2017

Albion will celebrate promotion to the Premier League in style.


Brighton & Hove Albion will mark the end of the season in style this Saturday, with an array of pre-match entertainment ahead of the 5.30pm kick-off against Bristol City. 

It's Albion's final home match of the season, and also the first since Chris Hughton's side clinched promotion to the Premier League on Easter Monday.

Saturday's game will also see the club mark the 20th anniversary of the last-ever game at the Goldstone Ground, and flags will be placed on every seat to mark the occasion.

Sussex Steel will be performing on the bandstand from 3.15pm before the stadium turnstiles open at 3.30pm, allowing fans plenty of time to arrive before the build-up begins at 4.50pm.

This includes an interview with Albion director Martin Perry, followed by the club's poet in residence John Baine reading his iconic poem Goldstone Ghosts.

Next up will be an interview with Stuart Storer, who netted the last, crucial goal at the Goldstone, to secure a vital 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers in April 1997 - before a special big screen video commemorating the 20th anniversary.

That is followed by operatic soprano Donna-Marie Hughes singing Abide With Me in tribute to those Albion players and fans who've passed in the previous year - including former skipper Paul McCarthy and supporter Paul Whelch.

Then Albion's two greatest-ever goalscorers Peter Ward and Bobby Zamora will be pitch side for an interview with Seagulls TV host Richard Reynolds, who'll then introduce a re-run of the end-of-season montage originally aired at Monday's end-of-season awards night.

That will lead into a live rendition of Sussex by the Sea, by Donna-Marie, to welcome both teams onto the pitch.

Victory for Albion would secure the Championship title, and if Albion are champions by the full-time whistle, the trophy will be presented at the end of the match - but regardless of the outcome, the players and staff will return to the pitch to thank supporters for their brilliant support throughout the season.

Fans are asked to remain in their seats to allow the appropriate post-match events to take place.

Meanwhile, Albion have produced a special commemorative 134-page issue of the matchday programme. The bumper edition is priced £5 and the club has already received pre orders for 500 copies.

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