The Terriers are in dreamland

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One of the stories of the 2016-17 season is the promotion of Huddersfield Town into the Premier League.The Terriers won the EFL Championship promotion playoff against Reading on penalties and for the first time in 47 years the Terriers are going to play in the highest division of English football.Located in West Yorkshire just 32 kilometers from Leeds,Huddersfield is a market town known for its textile industry,when it came to sports it is a town known for the rugby league club Huddersfield Giants which plays in the Rugby Super League,but also for its football club,Huddesfield Town known as the Terriers which were founded in 1908 and in 1911 became a member of the Football League,however the Terriers were in deep debt which would had forced them to move to Leeds which was avoided thanks to the fans which have paid off the club’s debts.And then after a tough first decade of existence came the golden 1920s for the Terriers which they established themselves as a force in English football and for that was responsible one of the greatest English managers of all time-Herbert Chapman.Thanks to him,in 1920 the Terriers reached the FA Cup final where they were defeated by Aston Villa by a single goal and the same year they won promotion the the First Division.In the following 1921-22 season the Terriers reached the FA Cup final where they beat Preston North End by a single goal scored by Billy Smith besides that the Terriers were battling relegation and evenutally finished 14th,but with new signings signed by Chapman the Terriers finished 3rd in the following season and then came their biggest achievements where they won three straight Football League titles (1924,1925,1926),a feat accomplished only by Arsenal (the club Chapman managed after the Terriers where he made his name),Liverpool and Manchester United.After WWII the club was in a state of decline when in 1952 lost its First Division status,besides that the club was the springboard of careers of Denis Law and Billy Shankly it was in a state of bouncing between the First and Second Division,but in 1970 they played the last time in the First Division and from that moment they began a 47 year journey into the football wilderness which ended this season.The Terriers road to return began in 2008 when Dean Hoyle bought the club and made investments to get the Terriers to the Premier League and three years later under Lee Clark they broke Nottingham Forest’s record of 43 unbeaten matches besides they lost the 2011 EFL League One playoff final against Peterborugh,however in the next season they made it to the EFL Championship when they beat 8-7 in penalty shootouts Sheffield United under Simon Grayson.In the last years in the EFL Championship the Terriers spent at the bottom of the table fighting relegation until the hiring of David Wagner two years ago,who was for four years the manager of the reserve team of Borussia Dortmund.Nobody at the beginning of this season would ever predict the fantastic rise and the promotion of the Terriers which made it to the Premier League after 47 years of waiting since the last time they played in the First Division.The Terriers journey into the Premier League began with a 2-1 victory over Brentford at their home ground in the first match of the season,but after a dry autumn,came a two month run which lasted from mid December to mid February where they 36 out of 45 points and made them a promoton favorite,after that in the spring they tried to chase Newcastle United for the second automatic promotion spot which they failed and eventually they ran out of steam at the end of the regular season where they finished at 5th place with 81 points.Nevertheless their underdog status among the playoff favorites like Sheffield Wednesday,Reading and Fulham who were all familiar Premier League names,but in the end the Terriers made it through two consecutive penalty shootouts to the Premier League,a historical achievement for a club which was a three time champion of England under a legendary manager and was forgotten for a very long time.But next season at Kirklees Stadium the Premier League will be played and the Terriers will count on their underdog status to live the Premier League dream.

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