ANTHONY PILKINGTON says Huddersfield Town’s loyal fans deserve a promotion success to savour at Wembley on Saturday.
The Galpharm old boy who has shone with Norwich in the Premier League this season was thrilled with the ovation he received when he returned for last week’s play-off semi-final second leg showdown against MK Dons as a Sky television pundit.
Fans chanted his name and the 23-year-old winger, who was forced to watch last season’s League I play-off final defeat by Peterborough from the sidelines at Old Trafford as he recovered from a broken leg and dislocated ankle, said: “It was fantastic.
“The supporters were brilliant towards me all the time I was here (from January 2009 until last summer) and particularly after my injury.
“It’s a real family club and I’ve got an awful lot of time for so many people here, so I come back as often as I can.
“A lot of former players feel the same. You can see that from the fact that Robbie SImpson (now at Oldham) and Lee Peltier (Leicester) were both here.
“With a bit of luck, Town will be taking on Pelts in the Championship next season, and I’d be so happy to see them up there.”
Pilkington, who was a Wembley play-off winner with Stockport in 2008, when Rochdale were beaten 3-2 in the League II play-off final, will be watching the clash with Sheffield United while on holiday in Cyprus.
“I’d like to have been there in person, but the holiday has been fixed for a while now,” he explained. “I’ll be finding a bar showing Sky and I’ll be willing Town to do it.