For the first time in their history, Huddersfield Town are in the Premier League, with the Wagner Revolution finally paying dividends for the West Yorkshire side as Town won 4-3 on penalties to secure promotion.
David Wagner first watched his Huddersfield side lose 3-0 at home to Leeds United in November 2015. Now 18 months later he has just seen them win a tense Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final on penalties at Wembley.
Three times Huddersfield found the net from 12 yards out through Chris Lowe, Nakhi Wells and Aaron Mooy, with the popular Michael Hefele the one player to miss from the spot. Finely poised at 3-3 after Liam Moore and Jordan Obita missed for Reading, it was Christopher Schindler who netted the crucial penalty that is said to be worth £16.2 million per yard to the Terriers.
the early season form that saw Huddersfield sprint to the head of the table was punctuated by dips in form, before a recovery saw them into the play-offs where the lottery that is penalties was enough to see them hit the promised land of the Premier League.
Put aside the history of a hat-trick of consecutive Division 1 championships in 1923/24, 1924/25 and 1925/26, suspend thoughts of any wins in any competitions since then. It is the ‘now’ that matters to Terriers fans, the richest promotion in the clubs history meaning that the side from the John Smiths Stadium will get to mix with the big boys of English football next season.
Huddersfield Town fans celebrate as Terriers snap their way to Premier League
— West Yorkshire Sport (@WYSdaily) May 29, 2017
It’s been 45 years since they were last in English football’s top flight, and they’ve earned it over the course of three play-off games. As can be expected, Town fans are over the proverbial moon at the prospect of top-flight football for next season. Here’s the moment the last penalty went in – £16.m per yard of it.
Here’s more from happy Town fans.
Fantatic stuff Town. Up we go
— HTAFC Patrons (@HTAFCPatrons) May 29, 2017
From an Ipswich Town fan but slid it in here just for the ‘medal hits noggin’ clip.
Penny keeps it plain and very simple.
Fans of other clubs are also offering their congratulations.
@Carl_Babs It was case of are HTAFC going to regret missing those chances, like AFC in Cup Final, but in end best team won!
— John Vince (@JohnVince20) May 29, 2017
— Preston North End NL (@PnefcNL) May 29, 2017
Congrats Huddersfield, great fans, great club. #HTAFC
— Exeter City Updates (@ExeterCity_News) May 29, 2017
Genuinely buzzing for Huddersfield. Proper club who fully deserve to be in the Premier League. Hope they can upset a few as well #htafc
— Andy Kaye (@andybfc182) May 29, 2017
There’s even Leeds United fans putting out congratulations for the Terriers.
— Elliott (@elliott_benn) May 29, 2017