Big-Time Football Beckons for Huddersfield After Playoff Final Win
Huddersfield is not exactly the party capital of the world; it’s not even the party capital of West Yorkshire. But a party like no other is underway after the Terriers earned promotion to the Premier League courtesy of victory over Reading in the Championship playoff final. Heck, the club could probably stump up for the drinks bill with some of the £170 million that is heading their way thanks to promotion.
It was not a classic for the ages at Wembley on Bank Holiday Monday, played in front of 76,682 fans virtually to a man, woman and child decked out in blue and white – hoops of Reading and stripes of Huddersfield – but it was drama filled and for the second playoff match in succession the Terriers required the lottery of penalties to prevail.
Christopher Schindler netted the decisive spot kick, while keeper Danny Ward also played his part with a save from Jordan Obita.
It is a remarkable turnaround for Huddersfield, who finished 19th in the Championship a mere 12 months ago. Much of that credit has to go to manager David Wagner, and chairman Dean Hoyle who took the bold decision to appoint the American in November 2015.
The dust has barely settled on the victory, the party is probably still going strong in parts of Huddersfield, yet the focus has shifted to how the Terriers will survive in the top flight.
Fighting like their nickname suggests will be at the forefront of the battle plan, but whether fight alone will keep their heads above water is doubtful.
A positive to take for Huddersfield fans is they are a shorter price to win the Premier League than Leicester City were in 2015/16. Yes they are rank outsiders, and by definition favourites for relegation, but their price of 2501 with 188BET is shorter than the 5001 you could have got for the Foxes.
For those who feel it will be a one-season stay in the top flight for Huddersfield, you can have 1.50 with 188BET for the Terriers to be relegated.
Wagner, who worked wonders to turn the club from Championship relegation candidates to promotion, got the best out of his side on the back of hard work. Whether last summer’s pre-season trip to the wilds of Sweden is repeated is not yet clear, but the American will look for his side to channel their undoubted underdog status to their advantage.
It will be a hard battle ahead, but without doubt a story to follow.
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