DEAN HOYLE FACTFILE
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