Huddersfield have waited forty-five years for the chance to add to the three league titles they won the earlier part of the century under Herbert Chapman, but now manager David Wagner is taking Huddersfield Town into English football’s top flight.
Wagner joined the club in November 2015 with the brief that he was to avoid the team’s relegation to League One. He has worked hard since then to create a united family atmosphere within his club and a togetherness within his squad.
This was helped by the infamous trip to a remote Swedish island last summer, when the players were denied modern comforts and then in sharp contrast, the squad and their families travelled to a luxurious destination in Portugal to reward and relax them.
And now finally, on a Bank Holiday Monday at Wembley, the Yorkshire club sealed an extraordinary achievement after central defender Christopher Schindler scored the decisive penalty in the shoot-out against Reading.
It had been 120 minutes of intense action during the Championship play-off final, until the win was sealed for the Terriers with a 4-3 shoot out victory and misses from Liam Moore and Jordan Obita for Reading.
Wagner who has been fond of comparing his side’s run to Leicester City’s Premier League title victory was delighted to have accomplished his team’s promotion after the criticism he has received for being inexperienced.
“I’m so happy we’ve proved that experience is not everything in England,” Wagner told reporters.
“I’ve always been confronted with having no experience in English football, no experience in this league, no experience of not having the winter break, no experience of the play-offs. Experience is important, but if you have passion, desire and ideas you can match it.
“I’m so happy we’ve proven this is possible and brought this fairytale to a happy ending.”