in the top flight

in the top flight

At the top level or rank of a larger group or set. Used especially in reference to football (soccer). Primarily heard in UK. The underdog team is trying to secure their fourth consecutive win in the top flight, in what has been one of the most remarkable seasons for a team in recent memory.
See also: flight, top

in the first/top ˈflight

among the best of a particular group: Everybody hopes that the new manager will be able to keep the team in the top flight next year.
See also: first, flight, top
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Norton: Captain - Marc Symington Professionals - None Ins - Mark Davies (Wolviston), Gary Burgum (Middlesbrough), Matt Wilkinson (Great Ayton) Outs - Lee Dalby (University commitments) Prospects - happy to have survived their first season back in the top flight, mid-table security is the clear aim of the only club not to employ 'pros.' .' Having said that former Durham and Kent star Davies is said to be fully fit again, and having returned to the club where he played junior cricket his bowling skills in particular will tie up a few opponents.
VERDICT: Tough first season back in the top flight in 2012 but will be better for the experience and Brown's capture should ensure no wooden spoon repeat.
Like most Hawthorns regulars I'm disappointed to see the team once again failing to establish itself in the top flight, but I'm delighted at how my fellow fans are standing by their man (pictured).
Davies, Diouf, Ivan Campo, Kevin Nolan and Tal Ben Haim have all been red-carded in the top flight this season.
Keegan made an astute signing in Schmeichel for his first season back in the top flight, saving himself a fortune into the bargain, but time is catching up with the former Old Trafford legend.
EVERTON are likely to have new signings Richard Wright, Li Tie and Brazilian Juliano Rodrigo making their debuts when the club mark their 100th season in the top flight at home to Tottenham.
The pressure on Walter Smith has been growing after a string of poor results threatened the club's Premiership status, after 48 years in the top flight.
ODDS: 80/1 PREDICTION: 9th WIDNES VIKINGS COACH: Denis Betts STAR MAN: Kevin Brown INS: Kevin Brown, Phil Joseph, Stefan Marsh, Joe Mellor VERDICT: Tough first season back in the top flight in 2012 but will be better for the experience and Brown's capture should ensure no wooden spoon repeat.
Chris Read will have points to prove to many, and if he can help to keep Nottinghamshire comfortably back in the top flight of the championship it will not be a bad start.
Harps have done well to remain in the top flight over the past four seasons, but maybe their luck has run out.
Stoke may have been forced to play percentage football when they first arrived in the top flight, but they are much better than they get credit for.
"The players dug deep and fought through and we managed to stay in the top flight and now we want to build on that.
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