Championship beckons for Ed after Wembley play-off victory

WEMBLEY JOY: Yeovil Town's Ed Upson, centre, is looking forward to games against Harry Redknapp's Queens Park Rangers, FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic and former employers Ipswich Town after promotion to the npower Championship
WEMBLEY JOY: Yeovil Town's Ed Upson, centre, is looking forward to games against Harry Redknapp's Queens Park Rangers, FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic and former employers Ipswich Town after promotion to the npower Championship

Yeovil Town’s Ed Upson can’t wait to be back at home in Bury St Edmunds to celebrate becoming a Championship player his friends and family.

The 23-year-old played a decisive role in the 2-1 play-off final win over Brentford at Wembley Stadium on Sunday as the unfancied Somerset club made history.

The former King Edward VI pupil, who will be returning to former club Ipswich Town’s Portman Road in the league next season, believes they can defy the critics who have instantly tipped them for a swift return to League One.

“As I said before it (returning to Ipswich) is something I will really look forward to but it is not the biggest thing about being in the Championship for me,” he told the Free Press at Wembley.

“It is just that tag of being a Championship player and competing against top players.

“It is going to be an unbelievable experience and I think we can hold our own.”

With his Bury-based parents Chris and Sue and older brother Peter having been in the crowd alongside a group of former school friends, he added: “I can’t wait to be back home, I love Bury, it is a special place and I will be desperate to get back there and see everyone.”

It was Upson’s man-of-the-match performance in the semi-final second leg against Sheffield United, scoring an 85th-minute winning header which sent Yeovil to Wembley.

And the former Bury schoolboy, who scored the winning goal in the 2005 FA Youth Cup final for Ipswich Town as a 15-year-old, rose to the occasion alongside his teammates at Wembley in front of a crowd of 41,955.

The midfielder released Sam Foley in the sixth minute and his deflected shot off Shaleum Logan fell to Paddy Madden, who expertly curled into the top left-hand corner.

After some stoic defending, Upson then curled a 41st-minute right-sided corner kick on to the head of giant centre-half Dan Burn, with his effort going between a crowd of players for a 2-0 lead at half-time.

Despite Harlee Dean’s header after 51 minutes getting Uwe Rosler’s side back in the game, Upson and Yeovil dug deep to see the game out and send ex-Newmarket Town manager Gary Johnson’s side into England’s second tier for the first time in their history.

“It is massive,” said a jubilant Upson. “We were relegation favourites at the start of the season — what the odds were on getting promoted I don’t know.

“It is just an unbelievable achievement from everyone at the club, from the gaffer to the staff to the players and the fans and backroom staff — everyone involved in Yeovil is buzzing from this.”

He added: “We are a very good side and we showed that.”

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