A COUPLE of joyous Town players were missing from the squad which returned in triumph to Huddersfield last night.
Penalty shoot-out hero Paul Rachubka, the goalkeeper on loan from Charlton who saved the first Mansfield penalty from Wayne Corden, headed straight back to London to catch an early-morning holiday flight.
And defender Steve Yates went straight home to Chester with wife Louise and their two children, Katie (4) and Lucy (eight months) because the final was played on his ninth wedding anniversary!
"It's a great way to celebrate, my winners' medal is going to Katie and she's wearing it around her neck all the way home," said Yates, who would have been Town's fifth penalty taker if needed.
"Even though I've been a championship winner early in my career, I don't think I've ever been happier to win a game of football than this."
Substitute John McAliskey planned to sleep with his medal around his neck!
"I can't believe it, I'm just speechless," he said.
"I saw my friends and family on the lap of honour because they'd all had T-shirts with `Macca's Mum' on them and `Barmy Army.'
"When I rang them on the way home, they were all drunk and having a right party."