Dean looks ahead to Boxing Day and 2017On behalf of everyone at Huddersfield Town, I’d like to wish every supporter a very Merry Christmas. I hope you have a fantastic day with your family and friends.
Tomorrow, we reach the halfway point of what has proven to be an exciting and enjoyable 2016/17 season when we host Nottingham Forest at the John Smith’s Stadium.
We’re expecting a huge crowd, with around 22,000 fans inside the ground. That’s easily a record for the John Smith’s Stadium on Boxing Day. If you don’t have your ticket yet, please don’t delay; come and be a part of the day.
I think that crowd is the latest example that shows just how much people have bought into what is happening at the Club. Right from the first day of Season Card sales back in March to reaching 15,001 sales at the end of the £179 offer, I had the feeling we might be in for something special together. So far, that has proven to be the case.
Huge credit to David Wagner, his coaching team, and the players for that. You can make tickets as cheap as you like, but ultimately fans must want to come and watch what’s happening on the pitch. The changes David made to the team last season paved the way for the success of the Season Card sales and it’s been brilliant to see further progression on the pitch this season.
Thanks also to the staff at the Club. The aim of every Huddersfield Town employee is to do their bit in putting a successful team out on the pitch and I know just how hard everyone works behind the scenes. Just like the staff, every staff member has played their part.
Massive thanks from me to Huddersfield Town supporters, too. As David has said before, the style of play we’ve adopted needs to feed from the energy coming from the stands and you’ve provided that whenever the team has run out onto the pitch, both in terms of numbers and noise. We’re all in this together and you’ve more than played your part in ensuring Huddersfield Town occupies a Play-Off spot on Christmas Day 2016.
Now, as we look forward to 2017, it’s vital that nobody – players, staff, or fans – rest on their laurels. Are we ahead of where we expected to be at this stage? Yes, I’d say so. However, having created such an amazing opportunity, it’s important we do everything to take advantage of it.
As we’ve said before, we’ll ensure no stone is unturned as we try to turn what has been a good season so far into a great one.
See you all on Boxing Day – and Merry Christmas again!
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