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Born: 1967 (Age 48) Born in the West York­shire vil­lage of Heck­mond­wike, Hoyle grew up sup­port­ing Hud­der­s­field and owned a sea­son ticket from 1979. Af­ter leav­ing school, he worked as an en­gi­neer be­fore start­ing his own greet­ings card busi­ness in 1993. He opened his first shop –the Card Fac­tory – in Wake­field in 1997 at a cost of £20,000 and made a £100,000 profit in year one. The busi­ness ex­panded rapidly and in 2010, Hoyle sold

the Card Fac­tory to a pri­vate eq­uity com­pany for £350m. He re­mained on the board and last year’s stock mar­ket flota­tion saw the com­pany val­ued at over £700m. Hoyle joined the Hud­der­s­field board in 2008 be­fore com­plet­ing his pur­chase of a ma­jor­ity shareholding in the club in June 2009. One of his first acts was to re­duce ticket prices, lead­ing to a 100 per cent in­crease in at­ten­dances. Af­ter two League One play-off de­feats un­der Lee Clark, Hoyle ap­pointed Simon Grayson in Fe­bru­ary 2012 and that sea­son won pro­mo­tion via a play-off fi­nal victory over Sh­effield United. Grayson was sacked af­ter just 11 months in charge, with re­place­ment Mark Robins record­ing fin­ishes of 19th and 17th. A 4-0 de­feat to Bournemouth on the open­ing day of the 2014-15 sea­son saw Robins dis­missed and the Ter­ri­ers cur­rently sit in mid-ta­ble un­der re­place­ment Chris Pow­ell.

GO­ING UP: Cel­e­brat­ing pro­mo­tion at Wem­b­ley in 2012

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