Promoted teams in profile: Huddersfield Town

By SFC Media Tue 13 Jun First team

We round-off our profiles of the promoted teams with an in-depth look at play-off winners Huddersfield Town, who returned to the top-flight for the first time since 1972.

Huddersfield Town’s fairytale season had the perfect ending at Wembley, when they won 4-3 against Reading on penalties in the Play-Off final.

Christopher Schindler’s penalty secured a place amongst the elite after a remarkable campaign under the stewardship of David Wagner.

The Terriers always found a way in a season where 22 of their 25 league victories came by a single-goal margin and they conceded the fewest shots against them per match in the Championship.

Interestingly, the club was the first team to win a three successive Division One titles from 1923/24 to the 1925/26 season, and they will be hoping to buck the trend to survive in a division where the three previous play-off victors have all been relegated back to the Championship.

Manager

When David Wagner joined Huddersfield in November 2015, the brief was to make sure the club remained in the Championship, with supporters nervously looking over their shoulders.

The turnaround that followed given the financial clout of others better-placed for a return to the Premier League was nothing short of extraordinary – going from 19th position to fifth in 2016/17.

The former Borussia Dortmund II boss is often compared to his former colleague Jurgen Klopp, with whom he formed a close bond in the early 1990s at Mainz 05.

Connections

Midfielder Chris Marsden made over 100 appearances for Huddersfield Town between 1988 and 1994, before later going on to captain Saints in the 2003 FA Cup final as well as scoring an incredible individual goal against Ipswich Town.

He made 129 Premier League appearances for the club in total before moving on to play for Busan IPark in South Korea.

Ken Monkou also played for both clubs, making 238 appearances for Southampton before heading to Huddersfield on a free transfer in 1999.

Head-to-head record

Southampton wins: 11

Draws: 2

Huddersfield Town wins: 11

Previous four meetings


December 2010
: Southampton 4-1 Huddersfield (Lambert, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jaidi, Chaplow)
October 2010: Huddersfield 2-0 Southampton
March 2010: Southampton 5-0 Huddersfield Town (Lambert, Barnard, Puncheon, Hammond, Wago)
August 2009: Huddersfield 3-1 Southampton (Lambert)

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