Huddersfield fans have been congratulating Newcastle on their promotion back to the Premier League.

Whilst the odd one jumped the gun and thought it was already mathematically the case, even despite needing two points more for United to be certain, they almost universally accept that their defeat to Fulham means it is realistically the case.

However, whilst some think Newcastle deserve a pat on the back for bouncing back at the first opportunity, others prefer to think that finishing second would be failure ad Rafa should be sacked!

There are also clearly frustrations amongst the Huddersfield fans on their own position, having looked to be serious outside contenders for automatic promotion for so long, falling away and seeing their team beaten 4-1 at home by play-off hopefuls Fulham has been a sobering instant for some.

Comments from Huddersfield fans via their top message board Down At The Mac:

‘So many congratulations (to Newcastle United), we gave it a good shot, but not to be. Choose what anybody thinks, they really are a truly massive club evidenced not least by consistently pulling in 54,000 home fans in The Championship.

Their posters on here have been in the main a decent bunch when it looked like being a three horse race a while ago.

Well done and fair play!’

‘We can still get 87 points, so Newcastle not quite up yet. If they beat Preston then they will be promoted.’

‘Have we really given it a good shot?

Defeats at against Burton, Forest and Bristol City suggest otherwise…relinqueshing of it too easily.’

‘Are you kidding me?

We play in the one of the most competitive leagues in the world.

We have been top six for nearly all season.

We have a bottom six of the league budget.

We’ve played the best football most fans have seen in our lifetimes.

We’ve had half a team imported from a lower intensity league in Germany that’s had to get used to the English league.

We’ve had our most dynamic attacker injured for the second half of the season and our most incisive attacker injured for every game you mention.

You make it sound as though the team have just sacked it off because they can’t be bothered.’

 ‘Yeah 3 cheers for Newcastle everyone. Come on, hip hip…’

‘I really don’t feel like congratulating a club of that size and financial backing on finishing above Town. It is like congratulating Man City for finishing in the top half of the PL.’

Yet Villa who spent more are in the bottom half of the league.’

‘Yes and it is the funniest thing ever. But I’ll bet they are up there next year though. Money wins in the end. For the odd season it doesn’t but it does in the end.’

‘I think they (Villa) will be further up the league next season but I wouldn’t bet on them finishing as high as they would like, they made an £81 million loss last year while in the Premiership and they can’t keep that up.’

‘I admitted it was a mistake, and premature.

But today was the day Newcastle went up whatever you say.’

‘Would have snapped your hand off last August for a bite at the play-offs so I’m ok where we’re at.

Good luck to the Toon but they should have easily won this league with their resources and never mind 2nd spot! What did Bill Shankly once say about finishing second? ;-)’

For me Rafa should be sacked for finishing second, they are an absolute joke of a club from top to bottom.

Let’s congratulate Brighton, not them.’

  • gallowgate26

    To be honest with them, I think out of the five teams who could yet get up through the playoffs; Fulham are the only one whose current squad would have any chance of survival. The rest would just be cannon fodder without seriously massive investment.

    • Burt Humperdink

      Agree but Leeds and Sheff Wed are technically fairly big clubs who should be playing at that level.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    I say hat off to Huddersfield. Been one hell of a team for their resource and the only thing to outdo them is squad size that has caught up with them in the end. They kept us honest albeit it we have had some shocking officiating decisions which would have had us out of sight of Brighton which for me will be one mega happy reason to be out of this league. Make no bones about it they have been class. I wish them all the best for playoffs they are in with some heavy weights but I fancy a Fulham Huddersfield final and I wouldnt say either way it would go.

    • Wor Lass

      Well said, m8. I`ve said all along that if we finished above Huddersfield we`d go up.

    • Tony Mann

      Fully agree with this. I had Huddersfield down for relegation before the season started and they opened my eyes when the won at the toon. Their budget is miniscule to ours and they have definitely been punching above their weight. Not sure if they’re strong enough for the play offs with Wednesday and Fulham showing how to finish a season. Good luck to them regardless and to Burton as well for staying in the league (I hope).

      • Kev Newcastle England

        Fulham are different class on their day of the play off teams and should win it.Huddersfield have blew up.

  • Albert Stubbins

    we havent finished second and we are not up yet. Still a lot to play for so lets see it out till the end of the season. Never take your eye off the ball- still 9 points to play for. We thought we had won it in 96 and look what happened there- to coin a Birmingham city anthem- lets keep right on till the end of the road!!

    • Jezza

      True we are not up yet but we have already come a lot closer than we did in 96. Back then we were out in front in February but overtaken before the end of March.

  • Phil K

    Fair comments all round. We SHOULD have won this league. But I’ll take 2nd. But wow…..there’ll have to be MAJOR signings for next season. Two thirds of the players we have are just not good enough for prem

    • Polarboy

      I’ve said this before before if you look at a lot of premier league squads a large proportion of their squads are made up of very average players. We of course will need to buy at least six first team players, but if we’re clever we can do well.

    • Mark Scott

      I said from day one if we got promoted by finishing in 2nd then do be it, job done, we move on and continue the rebuilding process. We were in a dire state when we went down and would have struggled to get top half has Rafa not come in and sorted the rot out. I don’t know who else some fans think we could have got in that was better…

  • Wor Monga

    They’ll be lucky to keep their manager, and the expensive imports, and loan players they brought in to have this longshot at the PL jackpot, and because they’ve kept on challenging hard on the long road I wouldn’t put it past them being suckered in the play-offs…possibly by Fulham or Wednesday who are coming good at the right time…

    …It’s a hard long road the championship, and the clubs that miss out this time will more than likely be knocking on the door again next season…I’ll put money down that the Mackems won’t get a look in!!!

  • Grahame Johnson

    As Huddersfield and many more teams fans found out Newcastle is a cracking city for a away day, they brought 3200 up on the 2 game of the season and the good few I chatted to where surprised by the way they could wander around town with no police telling them where to go or what to do, many teams have found out home and away Newcastle fans are a canny bunch. Like most teams we have the odd nugget. For the first time in a longtime we showed other teams older fans and newer fans for the first time, how great a football occasion can be home and away.

  • Wor Lass

    That last comment could have been lifted from the Chronicle, never mind the Huddersfield fans` forum – they`re fairer than some of ours!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Football is entertainment & so are the forums, everything should be taken with a large pinch of salt because at the end of the day we all support Newcastle United

      • Wor Lass

        Quite right, old boy!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    as long as we`re up that`ll do for me, the Ghosts of the famous 3 still haunt me.
    Pardspew with his Bull Schitt, Geordie John the clueless one & the Village idiot from Yarm

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Haha! 😂😂😂 Carver was one of the best you know…?

      • Toonrobbybobson

        BTW 4… you missed JFK

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Well he knew Sir Bobby

        • Toonrobbybobson

          So did Sir Bobby’s neighbour… must have been one of the best neighbours 😂

  • Grahame Johnson

    How many times during the 3 stooges time did we see them give up and the team go to pieces, this season our squad have got us in a position to go up and our manager has been on the side lines managing. Pardew should stick to dancing, McLaren to his I chew gum like fergie and learning dutch. Carver should just sit at the end of the bar telling random strangers he new Bobby

  • Christopher Rannigan

    look at your own team, yesterday was a must win for you and you blew it big time.

  • Sean Lynch

    I’ll celebrate when we’re mathematically up and not before, as a great man once said – “If you count your chickens before they have hatched, they won’t lay an egg in the basket.”


  • custurd

    I get tired of hearing how Newcastle should’ve walked the league given their resources and whatnot, but i didn’t realise, until i sat down to do one of those “predict your team for game-X” thingies, how bad our squad actually is! Lascelles, Dummet, Diame, Colback, Atsu and Perez have all been rubbish over the course of the season, with Gouffran and Anita having the odd moment. But what are the alternatives? Gamez (defence), Hanley (defence), Haidara (defence), Lazaar (defence), Yedlin (defence), Mbemba (defence), hot-headed Mitrovic and pension-aged Murphy. What happened to strengthening every position for the long championship season? We have such a lop-sided squad, I dread to think where we would be if not for Darlow, Clark, Shelvey and Richie picking up the slack for the rest of the team, and Gayle and Hayden doing their bit when fit, but even those half dozen have had their fair share of off days this season. Credit to Rafa for getting that rabble to second in the league and on the verge of promotion, but his recruitment needs to be better next season.

    • Clarko

      What do you mean “credit to Rafa”, he’s the one who assembled the “bad”, “lop-sided” squad, and we should’ve absolutley won the league.

      • Mark Scott

        No, Rafa actually rebuilt the squad from something that was abysmal into something that was suited to the job at hand. All the talk of spending overlooks the fact we made a massive profit during that rebuild. The squad he built was never meant to be anything other than to get promoted…

        • Jezza

          All correct. No other manager in the Championship was tasked with bringing in a colossal £40 million transfer profit like Rafa was.

        • Clarko

          Benitez spent £55m and assembled, in my opinion, the best squad in the Championship. Fundamentally, the best squad should finish in 1st place, right now we sit in 2nd, on the rules of logic it’s a failure.

  • Ryan

    Massive well done from Leeds United and all the best for next season! Hopefully it will be our turn next season, who cares if you finish 1st or 2nd in the championship you are still promoted and a championship trophy is nothing to brag about any one in the championship would take 2nd at the start of the season don’t care how big they are.

    The only reason Leeds are still in the championship is smaller clubs players put more effort in against the likes of Leeds and Newcastle and it makes it far more difficult, if Newcastle was not a big club they would of finished 1st all the best for next season enjoy your promotion!

    • Rich Lawson

      No it’s just cos you didn’t play well enough and are now imploding under the pressure against sides who aren’t really good enough to beat you.Sort your owner out and have another go next season.

    • MadMag83

      Tend to agree there, clubs try harder against us than the rest. Look at Ipswich, beat Newcastle then lose to Rotherham! Granted Newcastle haven’t been anywhere near great this season but some of the smaller sides have thrown the kitchen sink at us!