Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder thanked the Halifax fans for his reception after Town beat his team 2-0 at The Shay.
Wilder received a warm round of applause from the Halifax supporters on what was his first return to the club as a manager since his departure in 2008.
Halifax went on to beat his United side thanks to second-half goals from Connor Hughes and Richard Peniket.
Wilder said: “I appreciate the reception I got and I’d like to thank the supporters.
“I think they appreciated the difficult times I had here.
“We did the job to the best of our ability and I’ve always said I’d never change a thing from my experience here.
“It was good and bad, there were some rough and rocky times throughout the period - it was up and down.
“But we always gave our all and I think northern people, and especially people in Halifax, recognise that and I appreciate that.
“But I don’t like coming back and getting beat and from our point of view it’s a wake-up call to know where we’re at and we’ve still got a lot of work to before the start of the season.”
Read more from Wilder in this Friday’s Halifax Courier.