This 134-page A4 ‘landscape’ softback book is crammed with hundreds of beautiful photographs chronicling the club’s successful ‘against-all-odds’ promotion campaign of 2016-17. The title is a tip of the hat to the club’s motto for the season, being Head Coach David Wagner’s response to many early season interview questions when asked whether or not the team would be able to sustain their early season table-topping form.
After the initial single page introduction, there is a message from the Chairman/Owner Dean Hoyle, followed by a similar spread for Head Coach David Wagner and then we’re into the main ‘body’ of the book covering every single game of the 2016-17 season: 46 League, 3 Play-Offs, 1 League Cup and 4 FAC games. This is then followed by the post-Play-Off celebrations at Wembley; the Civic reception in Huddersfield town centre; the end of season Player of the Year Awards night; and, finally, the fans in the stands.
The book really is a complete photographic record of what turned out to be one of the most successful seasons in the club’s history. Every ‘game’ double-page spread features one whole page ‘action’ image whilst the other usually has three or four smaller photographs, a short textual summary of the match, the team line-ups, attendance, referee details and all the usual stats regarding percentage possession, shots, corners, cards, etc. The photographic quality is superb too but, if I were being ‘picky’ – and, I suppose, in my role as critic I probably should be – I would point out that they could do with captions because in twenty or thirty years’ time there’s every chance that we won’t know who are the players in them. And, although the goalscorers are indeed listed, how much more difficult or time-consuming would it have been to add the times of those goals? Another nice touch might have been to have added the top of the league table after every game too. And finally, some of the match text is quite badly written with the odd typographical error slipping in too.
In conclusion, although there are signs that this publication was a bit of a rush job, it is still probably the best alternative to owning a DVD of the season and a ‘must-have’ publication in its own right and all Town fans should certainly do their utmost to acquire one.