Tag: Huddersfield Town

A Wet Saturday Afternoon In Brighton

There fall some days when you know, you can just feel, that this isn’t going to be your day. Saturday lunchtime in Brighton town centre has started with a little light Christmas shopping accompanied with the slowly dawning realisation that no, I hadn’t bought the tickets that said I would for that afternoon’s Championship match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town that I promised I would. The days of just being able to pitch up at matches and pay to get in are long gone, of course. It’s the Saturday before Christmas and tickets are available. It’s just a matter of how to get hold of them which starts to become something of an issue. I stand around in the club’s town centre shop while the staff busy themselves by contriving to do everything but engage with me, and five minutes after this I find myself in a bizarre conversation with an assistant at the Portakabin which now sits outside Brighton railway station on match-days, at which I have apparently misinterpreted a sign on the counter that says “Tickets On Sale” on the – perhaps naive, perhaps stupid – assumption that such a sign would mean that I could buy tickets from there. I can’t, said the girl behind the counter with a look of complete bemusement at the very concept that I could float such an...

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Match Of The Past: Huddersfield Town

We continue our series of video highlights of the clubs in the Football League Championship today with Huddersfield Town. Three times champions of England in the 1920s under the managership of Herbert Chapman, we kick off with a curio from a little later in the clubs history and a recording of their player Alex Jacksons preview of the 1930 FA Cup Final against the club that Chapman left Huddersfield to manage, Arsenal. The club went into decline after the war, however, and television appearances became somewhat rare. Our second match sees Huddersfield entertaining Luton Town at a snow-bound Leeds Road in January 1973. We then skip forward to the 1990s for three matches from that decade. First up is arguably he greatest come-back in the entire history of the club, from an away match against Bury from 1991 and a match that saw the club go four goals to nil down before coming back to earn a draw. Next we follow the club to Wembley for a then Second Division – now League One – play-off final against Bristol Rovers in 1995, at the end of their first season at the Galpharm Stadium. Finally from the 1990s, we have a match against Manchester City from 1997. Huddersfield had lost at Maine Road by ten goals to one exactly a decade earlier, but they won this match with a fine...

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The Twohundredpercent Play-Off Jamboree: Huddersfield Town 0-3 Peterborough United

The extent to which the history of a football club can be woven into its modern day persona. It’s obvious that there is nothing genetic in passing down a legacy of greatness at a club. The enduring power of those that stay at the top is nothing to do with inherent superiority, but is usually a more prosaic matter of financial clout and strong organisation at every level of the club concerned. It is possible to argue that short, protracted periods of success can be the legacy of one individual. Herbert Chapman was the manager of Huddersfield Town for just four years, but the imprint that he left upon the club has proved to be indelible. Huddersfield won three championships and an FA Cup during the 1920s. Chapman departed for Arsenal in 1925, but the club remained a regular fixture in the First Division until the mid-1950s. Apart from a couple of seasons back there in the early 1970s, however, they haven’t been back there since. How much does the weight of his history hang over the club in the twenty-first century? Compared to Huddersfield Town’s rich heritage, Peterborough United could be described as nouveau riche, but it is now more than half a century since they replaced Gateshead in the Football League after having won the Midland League for five consecutive seasons. Like Huddersfield, though, they are now...

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The Twohundredpercent Play-Off Jamboree: Huddersfield 3-3 Bournemouth (4-4 Agg)

In League One, the sense that this was to be the year of the south coast started to grow as winter turn to spring. Brighton & Hove Albion soared away at the top of the table, and as the home straight of the season came into view, the pre-season favourites Southampton also began to pull away into the distance, themselves securing an automatic promotion place with a couple of games of the season still to spare. All attention, then, turns to the end of season play-offs, and this evening brings the first of the second legs of the semi-finals between Huddersfield Town and AFC Bournemouth. For much of the autumn and winter, Huddersfield Town looked as likely as not to bag that second automatic promtion place. They begin this evening at Galpharm as the favourites ahead of Bournemouth, following a 1-1 draw at Dean Court at the weekend. Huddersfield finished the season in third place in the table, five points behind Southampton but seventeen ahead of Bournemouth, who sneaked home on the last day of the season, just ahead of Leyton Orient and Exeter City. Huddersfield supporters may well think that the sixteen point buffer should give them the definitive advantage over Bournemouth this evening, but season play-off watchers will be more than aware that end of season league positions can count for little over one hundred and eighty...

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Match Of The Week – Leeds United 1-2 Huddersfield Town

It’s difficult to say whether this proves anything or whether it’s just a coincidence, but a high number of the most objectionable people that I have met in the course of my adult life have been Leeds United supporters. The guy that played football for the same team as me and said to me, just before the 1997 general election, that he was voting Conservative because the BNP weren’t standing in St Albans. The guy that we used to play football against who had a Union Jack tattooed on the back of his leg and would usually play with a black eye because he had been fighting at a Leeds match the day before. The next door neighbour in Brighton who would drink all day every Saturday and then harangue me over some imagined crime via the intercom. All of these people had that one thing in common. It’s difficult to say whether this is a pattern which is repeated nationwide (and I should temper this by saying that I have, in my life, met a couple of Leeds supporters that weren’t complete wretches too), but it’s certainly true to say that the club continues to invite derision that is out of proportion to their current league position. The club itself hasn’t helped matters in recent years. Their murky exit from administration gave substance to the “Dirty Leeds” belief...

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