Wednesday 17 January 2018

Huddersfield's rise from League One to the Premier League - a timeline

Huddersfield will play in the top flight for the first time in 45 years next season
Huddersfield will play in the top flight for the first time in 45 years next season

Huddersfield's Championship Play-off Final win over Reading on penalties at Wembley will see the club return to the top flight of English football for the first time in 45 years.

Here Press Association Sport looks at the resurgence of the three-time Division One champions in the last seven years as they have risen from the third tier to the top table.

May 2010 - A sixth-placed finish put the Terriers into the League One Play-off semi-finals but after a goalless home draw they lost 2-0 at Millwall.

May 2011 - Manager Lee Clark registered an improvement in league form by guiding Huddersfield to third, five points short of automatic promotion, but despite coming through a penalty shoot-out semi-final play-off win over Bournemouth they lost 3-0 in the final to Peterborough - the team who finished eight points below them.

February 15 2012 - Despite twice guiding them into the play-offs, and presiding over the longest unbeaten run in the club's history which saw them go 43 regular season matches without defeat - Clark was sacked with the club in fourth and four points off the League One automatic promotion places.

May 26 2012 - The move to replace Clark with Simon Grayson paid off as Huddersfield beat Sheffield United on penalties to win a goalless Play-off Final having overcome MK Dons in the semis.

January 24 2013 - Grayson is sacked with the club seven points above the relegation zone having gone 12 league matches without a win.

February 14 2013 - Mark Robins is appointed manager and six wins in their final 14 matches secure their safety by four points, finishing 19th.

May 3 2014 - Huddersfield finish 17th, nine points clear of the bottom three, after two wins in their last three matches following a run of 10 games without defeat.

August 10 2014 - Robins was sacked just one game into the new season but it was an accumulation of results ahead of the 4-0 drubbing at home to Bournemouth which cost him.

September 3 2014 - Chris Powell is appointed the club's seventh permanent manager in as many years.

May 2 2015 - Huddersfield finish 16th, 14 points clear of trouble despite a run of three wins in their final 17 matches.

November 4 2015 - Powell is sacked after the club drop to 15th, five points above the relegation zone.

November 9 2015 - After a series of unsuccessful British appointments Huddersfield bring in Borussia Dortmund under-23 manager David Wagner.

May 7 2017 - Wagner wins just 10 of his 30 matches in charge as Huddersfield finish 19th, 11 points from safety.

August 2016 - Huddersfield take 13 points from their first five matches to get Wagner's first full season in charge off to a flying start.

May 20 2017 - After finishing fifth with a negative goal difference and beating Sheffield Wednesday on penalties Huddersfield win promotion to the Premier League for the first time with a Wembley shoot-out win over Reading after a goalless Play-off Final.

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