One Giant Step towards Immortalisation

In years to come, we will look back at this game. Not because of its quality or action-packed nature but because it was Town’s giant step towards immortalisation.

A game that already, even though the dust has yet to settle,  feels like a season-defining moment.


On the day itself, the sun shined on Town in more ways than one.

Following Southampton’s demoralising second-half collapse against Chelsea, the door was left ajar for Town.

At one stage, it looked like the gap between Southampton and Town would only be a point but another spirit-crushing defeat against a top-six side meant that a win would see Town open a seven-point gap on Southampton and an eight-point gap on Stoke City.

A gap of that size at this stage of the season would be massive and David Wagner, his squad and us in the stands knew it.

Whilst the game itself was far from a classic, the only thing that mattered was the outcome. Despite the massive amount of pressure, Town found a way to win.

That meant that the final whistle was met by an eruption of noise followed by choruses of ‘we are staying up’ ringing around the John Smith Stadium.

Around the stadium, the emotion of the occasion was clear to see. Images emerged of David Wagner and Dean Hoyle embracing one and other in the tunnel.

 

On the pitch, the dramatic end to the game had taken its toll.

Alex Pritchard was crumpled in a heap in the centre of the pitch. A player who had never stopped running, never stopped fighting until the final whistle had blown and now the emotion and sheer exhaustion had caught up with him.

In the stands, tears poured. Strangers were embraced. A combination of jubilation and sheer relief was reflected both on the pitch and in the stands.

As arms were linked and the mutual respect and appreciation was shown by both the fans and the players, it was symptomatic of the character and togetherness of this club.

It was a moment, a game, a day that will always be remembered by both the fans and the squad.


After our fairytale promotion last season, nobody expected to us stand a chance in the Premier League.  It was a step too far and every pre-season prediction from fans, journalists and pundits alike suggested that Town would be stranded at the bottom of the Premier League.

Instead, this team under the tutelage of David Wagner is on the brink of making history.

Already, this team will live long in our memories but if Town do secure safety which is looking increasingly likely, they will be immortalised.

Immortalised as the golden era of Town’s recent history.