OLD BOY Jon Stead has played on some of the English game's biggest stages since his £1.3m transfer to Blackburn.
But the 21-year-old insists he has never been as nervous about a match as he was when watching yesterday's.
He drove down to South Wales to watch his former teammates in action, received a massive cheer from the Town fans when he was shown on the stadium big screens, and ended up on the pitch celebrating promotion.
Having netted 18 times this season before his February switch to Ewood Park, Stead has played a major role in Town's success.
And while his focus is now on Blackburn, for whom he made an instant impact with six goals in 13 games, it's clear Town are still in his heart.
"I'm a Huddersfield lad, Town were my first club, and I'll always have a soft spot for them," he said.
"Now I can say my goodbyes knowing Town are back on the up, and this has put the icing on a amazing season for me.
"It became a bit of a joke in the Blackburn dressing room that I always asked for the Town result as soon as I came in after a game, but that's the way Peter Jackson gets you."
Stead, who teams up with shoot-out star Lee Fowler for a holiday in St Lucia later this week, added: "It was absolutely nerve-racking but I'm so pleased.
"There were a couple of moments in normal time when my heart was in my mouth, and over the 120 minutes, it was pretty even in terms of chances.
"But knowing what the lads are like, I was optimistic about the penalties.
"While we put them all away brilliantly, Paul Rachubka made a great save from their first, and I was a bit surprised when Liam Lawrence decided to try and chip his in.
"However it has happened, the main thing is Town are up and that's great."