Huddersfield Town head for EPL after "football's richest game" win

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Huddersfield Town head for EPL after "football's richest game" win

Huddersfield Town head for EPL after "football's richest game" win

GLYN KIRK

AFP

Huddersfield Town won promotion to the Premier League in dramatic fashion as Christopher Schindler's penalty sealed a 4-3 shoot-out victory over Reading in the Championship play-off final on Monday

Huddersfield Town won promotion to the Premier League in dramatic fashion as Christopher Schindler's penalty sealed a 4-3 shoot-out victory over Reading in the Championship play-off final on Monday.

David Wagner's side will play in the English top-flight for the first time in 45 years after holding their nerve in the nerve-shredding penalty shoot-out that followed a tense 0-0 draw at Wembley.

Play-off windfall

Huddersfield's promotion is worth at least £170 million ($218 million, 195 million euros) across the next three seasons and that figure could rise to in excess of £290 million if the club avoid relegation next season.

Huddersfield Town's Elias Kachunga celebrates after winning the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final and getting promoted to the Premier League

But the huge boost to their bank balance pales in comparison to the lifetime of memories Huddersfield's players and supporters will take from their promotion triumph and next season's unexpected place among the Premier League aristocracy.

Huddersfield have never played in the Premier League and haven't been a force in English football since the 1920s, when they won the title three times under legendary boss Herbert Chapman.

Their current manager is a close friend of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp after working under his fellow German as Borussia Dortmund's reserve team coach and now Wagner will get to face his former employer on equal terms.

A former mill town tucked away in the foothills of the Pennines in Yorkshire, Huddersfield is back on the football map and can look forward to playing host to the star-studded line-ups of Chelsea, Manchester United and company.

History made

The last three Championship play-off winners were all relegated the following season but Huddersfield, whose £12 million payroll ranks as one of the lowest in the second tier, won't care about that as they spend the summer celebrating one of the greatest days in the club's history.

Reading finished third in the table, two places and four points above Huddersfield, but it was Wagner's side who made all the running in the early stages.

Reading players look dejected after losing the penalty shootout

Huddersfield reached Wembley by beating Sheffield Wednesday on penalties and once again they hit the jackpot in the lottery.

Hefele missed Huddersfield's second penalty as Ali Al Habsi plunged to his right to save, but Liam Moore blazed Reading's fourth high over the bar.

When Ward kept out Jordan Obita's kick, Huddersfield were within touching distance of promotion and Schindler slotted home to send them into dreamland

Huddersfield Town's German defender Christopher Schindler (R) celebrates with teammates after he scores the final winning penalty in the shoot-out during the English Championship play-off final football match between Huddersfield Town and Reading

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