The pair were honoured at a special council meeting earlier today.
Brighton & Hove Albion chairman Tony Bloom and manager Chris Hughton became freemen of the city at a special council meeting in Brighton Town Hall this afternoon.
The pair were recognised for their contributions to the city, after Bloom and Hughton helped to lead the Seagulls into the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history.
Speaking on the day, Bloom expressed his pride after receiving the honour and dedicated the award to the club’s staff and supporters.
He said, “I’m feeling great. We’ve been on a high for the last three of four weeks now and this award is very unexpected. It’s a tribute to our amazing staff at the football club and the wonderful fans we have.
“The first I heard of it was when the leader of the council talked about it and it was in the Argus the day after the Wigan game. I then got the formal invitation; it was unexpected and I am hugely honoured to receive this.”
Hughton was second to receive the freeman status, after the Brighton & Hove City Council members unanimously voted in favour of giving the award, and the Albion boss was honoured to be recognised.
“Firstly, it’s not something that I expected. It’s not very often that an award or an honour like this comes around.
“It’s just a feel of what the club means to the city and what the city means to the club. It’s a huge honour, but also a very humbling one as well.”