By Finley Cowperthwaite
West Yorkshire club Huddersfield Town reached the Premier League for the first time in their history last season, and as their first campaign in England’s top flight league draws to a close, it’s time to take a look back on how well they’ve done over the course of the season.
It’s almost a year ago since Chris Schindler scored the winning penalty at Wembley to send the Terriers to the Premier League for the first time in their history. Now they sit 16th in the table, 3 points above the relegation zone with a tough game coming up away at already crowned champions Manchester City on Sunday.
Many would agree it’s been a successful campaign for the Terriers as they are currently above the relegation zone and have barely been near it, which may come as a surprise as most people tipped them as favourites to go down before the season started.
They got off to the best possible start with a 3-0 victory away at Crystal Palace on the opening day of the season, followed by a win at home to also newly promoted Newcastle, leading to Terriers boss David Wagner being named manager of the month. After that however the wins were scarce, with Town suffering some heavy defeats such as the 4-0 home loss to Tottenham Hotspur.
Their next win came in what could arguably be described as the highpoint of their season, as they beat Manchester United 2-1 at home. The result will go down in history and it shocked the footballing world, proving that anyone can beat anyone in the Premier League.
Other impressive wins included a 4-1 away win at Watford in December as well as another 4-1 win at home to Bournemouth in February. Now after 35 games played they’ve accumulated 35 points and despite being 3 points clear of the drop zone they have very tough fixtures remaining, all against top 6 sides. The Terriers travel to Manchester City and Chelsea before a home fixture against Arsenal on the last day of the season.
They will hope to still be the only West Yorkshire side in the top flight of English football come May the 13th as they battle for survival, looking to avoid falling back into the Championship.