It’s official – Huddersfield Town will be playing in the English Premier League next season.
And while Caltex Socceroos midfielder Aaron Mooy was soaking in the moment on the field, his dad was in the thick of Terriers travelling fans’ wild celebrations.
After achieving the near impossible with back-to-back draws against Manchester City and Chelsea to guarantee safety from relegation, fans and players alike went crazy – due reward after so many wrote off their chances this season.
Mooy played the pass to Laurent Depoitre that proved to be the vital strike in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge and was lauded for his vital performance in a backs-to-the-wall display.
Once Lee Mason blew the full-time whistle, the celebrations began.
Mooy Snr travelled to London for the game, sporting a Western Sydney Wanderers kit – a former club of Mooy’s during his time in the Hyundai A-League – and joined in with the fans who admire the 27-year-old star.
But don’t expect the celebrations to die down anytime soon – Huddersfield coach David Wagner has already confirmed the club has cancelled their flight back to the Midlands and will instead be enjoying “more than one” beer before getting a bus back to soak in the scenes with the local diehards.
“The guys just said we cancelled the flight and we will go back by bus,” Wagner told the press post-game.
He added: “I thought the whole time we looked very consistent. We were never in the bottom three apart from one matchday. I always thought it would be tight for sure.
At Christmas I said to Christoph [Bühler, Wagner’s assistant coach], ‘if it is a final against Arsenal at home at the end of the season, I would take it’.”
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