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Bishop 'over the moon' at football team promotion

Huddersfield Town beat Reading in their Championship play-off final at Wembley yesterday. It was a nervy affair, going right down to penalties after extra time. It's reported that victory is worth around £170m in extra revenue next season.

The Rt Revd Jonathan Gibbs tells Premier it's great for the entire local community and for bringing people together:

"Huddersfield has enormous potential for the future. It'll bring recognition across the world. Huddersfield has a great history, not only in sport but in textiles and engineering. It is the heart of a great region."

Bishop Jonathan also says the football club can help build on the success of the local rugby league team whom they share a ground with:

"Town is something of the history of this wonderful place, everyone identifies with the club and there is a great sense of pride right across the community."

And he continued to sing the town's praises as they look forward to a brighter future:

"We have a brilliant university, where I have my office. This is all part of it coming together and we really want to see this being a focus for building up the life of everyone here and that's something as Bishop I am privileged to support."

There'll be a civic reception this evening and the Bishop will be there after being invited by the Mayor.

He says he's looking forward to Huddersfield playing in the top flight next season but has admitted he will have divided loyalties after being born in Manchester and brought up as a United fan!

"I am looking forward to Town playing in the Premier League against all the big clubs and the big names coming here."

But, as far as the day when the two sides come together to play each other, he won't be swayed:

"A Leopard never changes his spots. I will remain a Manchester United fan. I shall be rooting for Huddersfield but also quite divided on the day and will remain a United fan!"

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