How the play-off winners have fared in the Premier League
- Author: Julie Sanders May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 4:58
Huddersfield Town's historic promotion to the Premier League after a penalty shoot-out win over Reading on Monday proves dreams come true, said their ecstatic chairman Dean Hoyle. And after steering Huddersfield clear of Championship relegation last season, has now brought them to the Premier League.
"It's been unbelievable, the support's been fantastic".
"I'm not a dreamer but I have visions, and the difference between a dream and a vision is, in a dream, you dream and you wake up and you didn't really know what happened.", said Huddersfield manager ahead of his team's Championship playoff semi-final against Sheffield Wednesday.
WHEN Christopher Schindler got a surprise call from David Wagner last summer saying he was interested in signing him for Huddersfield, he admitted he no idea where the town even was. It's such an incredible moment. He seems to be an expert at fostering a good team spirit, and although Huddersfield will start the season as comfortable favourites for the drop, we have seen this season that there's little to choose between most of the teams in the bottom half of the table.
"Brooky (Andy Brook) our kit man said when we left the training ground on the bus that we would see something exceptional today and he was right". "I am happy for everyone who has helped us make this big, big achievement, and especially for the chairman who has backed almost all of my ideas - even when they seemed ridiculous". But physically and mentally I was so tired and my body just couldnt do it for me..
The team were as low as the third tier in 2012, and have returned to the top tier for the first time since 1972.
Next term they will swap the likes of Griffin Park and Pirelli Stadium for Old Trafford and Anfield, and Wells, for one, can hardly wait. "They are now legends for sure".
"I think this whole group of players deserved it over the season".
The win not only guarantees the Terriers passage to the English top flight, but they also pocket an estimated $220 million.
But the huge boost to their bank balance pales in comparison to the lifetime of memories Huddersfield's players and supporters will take from their promotion triumph and next season's unexpected place among the Premier League aristocracy.
The buzzword when discussing how Huddersfield play this season has been gegenpressing, but that's reductive for a few reasons.