DEAN HOYLE looked ahead to Huddersfield Town’s first Wembley trip in 17 years and urged fans: “Be loud and proud.”
The club’s ticket sales have so far topped 21,000, and the overall attendance for the League I play-off showdown with Sheffield United is set to exceed the 48,410 who saw last season’s final defeat by Peterborough at Old Trafford.
While fans will make their way to the national stadium by plane, train, coach and car, Hoyle and six other Town supporters will today set off by bike, a journey being made to raise enough money to give 1,000 local children the chance of a big day out they would not have under normal circumstances.
“I’m lucky enough to be a Club Wembley member, which means I’ve been to the new stadium to watch England and to see cup finals,” explained Town’s owner-chairman Hoyle.
“It’s an iconic venue, and having been to the old Wembley as a fan when Town played there in 1994 (Autoglass Trophy against Swansea) and 1995 (League I play-off final against Bristol Rovers), it will be a tremendously proud moment to see the players run out on Saturday.
“I still remember the two trips in the nineties vividly, but let’s be fair, at that time the stadium had seen better days.
“The refurbished version is fantastic, and I want the current generation of fans, many of who will be going for the first time, to have a day they will always remember, hopefully capped by a victory.”
Town manager Simon Grayson and his squad leave Huddersfield this afternoon.