After waiting 45 years for top flight football Huddersfield celebrate there one year anniversary as a Premier League team this week. So let’s look back at the most historic year in the clubs history.
Having broken the transfer record multiple times during the summer (which was inevitable considering it was only 1.8 million) Huddersfield Town had re-recruited some of the loan heroes from the record-breaking playoff winning season such as Aaron Mooy and Elias Kachunga as well as bringing in new recruits such as Steve Mounie and Laurent Depoitre the future was looking bright for the Terriers even with the loss of playoff heroes Danny Ward and Izzy Brown.
The season started off incredibly with two back to back wins over rivals Crystal Palace and Newcastle with Huddersfield even sitting at the top of the Premier League table for almost a whole entire day. After not conceding in August Huddersfield headed into September unbeaten. However, a 2-0 defeat away at West Ham followed, but after picking up a couple of well-deserved points Town went into October not knowing that by the end of the month their name would be known around the world. Out of three games Huddersfield only picked up three points and they came on a day that will go down in Huddersfield history as one of their greatest as on the 21st of October little Huddersfield Town beat Manchester United 2-1 at the John Smiths Stadium.
However, signs of worry were starting to show in November only winning one out of four and that was against West Brom whilst conceding 11 goals at the hands of Bournemouth, Arsenal and Manchester City. December brought some winnable fixtures which did produce points including a memorable 4-1 win over Watford. This kept them mid-table heading into the new year. Another blip in form was shown in January after failing to win a league game.
When February came around heads were hanging low but a 4-1 win over Bournemouth and a 2-1 win over West Brom kickstarted another run of form and having been liberated from cup duty at the hands of Manchester United survival in the Premier League became the main focus. March brought unwanted nerves to Yorkshires only Premier league club after picking up just a point from four games Huddersfield Town found themselves in the relegation zone for the first time and time was running out until they hit there nightmare run in which most believed would relegate the club.
April brought four valuable points from three games but Huddersfield were still in the thick of it heading into May where they faced Champions Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal. A heroic draw against Manchester City on the Sunday and Southampton’s win against Swansea meant that Huddersfield just needed one point from two games to retain there place in the Premier League. The first game was a rearranged fixture against Chelsea, a day that will go down in history. Laurent Depoitre became Huddersfield’s hero after slotting into an open net just before halftime. Then a Marcos Alonso equalizer led to 15 of the most terrifying minutes in the clubs history which also produced one of the greatest saves in Premier League history as Jonas Lossl clawed away an Olivier Giroud shot with just minutes left on the clock. As soon as the final whistle Huddersfield knew they had created history staying in the Premier League and relegated Swansea just three days after there bitterrivals Cardiff were promoted to the top flight. This meant that the last game of the season was a home game against Arsenal. That day not even the Huddersfield fans cared about the score helping the gunners away supporters celebrate the incredible career of Arsene Wenger in his final game in charge.
Overall Huddersfields first season back in the top flight has had it’s ups and down but we wouldn’t change it for the world. Bring on 2018/19.
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