EMOTIONAL chairman Dean Hoyle revelled in Huddersfield Town’s Wembley glory and beamed: “This is for our fans!”
Victory at the national stadium marked an end to 11 years of hurt for Town in League I and success in the play-offs at the third time of asking for lifelong supporter Hoyle as head of the club.
He could barely watch the sensational penalty shoot-out, sitting quietly alongside manager Simon Grayson as the drama unfolded, but then joined wild celebrations on the pitch and the balcony as Peter Clarke became only the club’s second winning captain (after Lee Sinnott) to lift silverware at Wembley.
“This is probably the best day of my life – that’s how much it means,” said Hoyle, whose cycle ride to the final raised £47,000 to allow disadvantaged children to attend the match.
“I go through agony every week in the directors box and this makes it all worthwhile, but it’s not about me, it’s about our fans – and this is for them.
“I only represent the club, but I am proud of Huddersfield Town, I am proud of Huddersfield and we are back on the map.”
Town can now cash in with a major income boost of around £15m and Hoyle firmly believes the building blocks are in place to create success at Championship level.
“I can’t believe it’s finally happened for us after all the hard work that’s gone in by everyone,” he said.
“I’ve been chairman now for three years, we’ve had two failed play-off bids which have been very tough and now we’ve done it, so it’s brilliant for our fans and I’m absolutely chuffed to bits for them.