Former Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Dean Cox singled out the great escape 2008/09 season as his stand-out campaign with the Seagulls.
Albion secured a 1-0 victory over Stockport County on the final day of the season to maintain their League One status, and Cox believes that result helped set the club on its eventual path to the Premier League.
He said, “The great escape with Russell Slade was the highlight for me in the 2008/09 season.
“We looked doomed going into the last eight games of the campaign, but managed to turn it around with some great performances and results to keep us afloat in League One.
“I’d like to think that being able to keep the club at that level has helped them on the start of their journey to where they now find themselves in the Premier League.”
The winger left Albion a year later following the end of his contract, but explained he had achieved everything he set out to during his time on the south coast.
“I grew up playing for my boyhood club and I couldn’t have asked for anymore.
“It was lovely, and they were great times that I’ll never forget because I enjoyed every game.
“I came through all the youth ranks from the age of seven and to make the first team was a dream come true – I’m just thankful that I was one of the lucky ones who was able to do that.”
Cox also paid tribute to Tony Bloom for transforming the club since his arrival, and is delighted to see Albion currently plying their trade in the Premier League.
“The chairman has backed every manager since he’s been at the club and I think he deserves a lot of credit.
“The facilities they have now compared with my time there are fantastic and it’s a lovely stadium.
“Tony deserves immense credit, and he’s had people around him to help him too - it’s a Premier League club now and hopefully they stay there for many years to come.”