Footballing hipsters have been treated to not one, but two new clubs in the Premier League next season. Brighton’s rise was inevitable after showing extraordinary resolve in the face of endless near-misses, but Huddersfield, it’s fair to say, have been perennial strugglers in the Championship. Since achieving promotion from League One in 2012, the Terriers have not finished higher than 16th.
David Wagner guided them to a par-for-the-course 19th spot last term but shrewd signings and exceptional man-management was rewarded with play-off glory against Reading at the end of this campaign. The German-born, former USA international is best friends with Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and the pair played together at Mainz.
The similarities don’t end there as both coached at Dortmund, demonstrate similar antics on the touchline and share a penchant for baseball caps and spectacles. With Wagner at the helm and Huddersfield entering the Premier League as an unknown quantity, the Yorkshire club are sure to be good entertainment value next season.
Huddersfield are so much more than a novel underdog story, so we’ve rounded-up seven facts you may not have known about the Premier League new boys…