HUDDERSFIELD Town chairman Dean Hoyle spoke of the "tough choices" he had to make this season at a civic reception for the club at Huddersfield Town Hall last night.
Mr Hoyle, referring to the sacking of former boss Lee Clark in February with Town still flying high, said: "I have made some tough choices thisyear.
"I got the players together and explained where we were and got Simon (Grayson) in to replace Lee. We got Simon
in to get us over the line.
"After last year's disappointment (against Peterborough) we picked ourselves up and came through it."
He singled out keeper Alex Smithies who had overcome an "horrendous injury" to become Saturday's Wembley legend.
"He has been through the pain barrier and with Benno (Ian Bennett) injured he rose to the challenge."
Turning to the players, he said: "Life is full of opportunities. Some take them, some don't. On Saturday you took it. Well done!"
Kirklees Council leader Mehboob Khan hailed Town as a "true community club" and said 15,000 fans had turned out to show their support.
"Some have been waiting in town since 2pm, and that says something about this club."
Clr Khan said it had been a "fantastic day" and added: "I must single out Dean Hoyle for his commitment and for making those tough decisions.I know what it's like to be unpopular and have to make tough decisions!"
Clr Khan expects the Huddersfield 'feel-good' factor to linger and said: "That's a great boost to everybody, particularly in these tough times."
Mayor of Kirklees Clr David Ridgway also added his congratulations toMr Hoyle and said: "When he took over at
Huddersfield Town few would have believed we would be here for this celebration today."