Video of the Day: Huddersfield Town vs West Ham United, February 1972
West Ham United seek to kick-start their faltering Premier League season with a home league match against Huddersfield Town this evening, but after just three matches of the season – for these two clubs, at least – this match is hardly a guaranteed three points for the home side. Huddersfield still sit in sixth place in the current table, and a win in London this evening would see them back at the top of the table, level on points with Manchester United and Manchester City. Quite a start to the season, and a long way removed from the more apocalyptic pre-season previews that were imposed upon David Wagner’s team.
Huddersfield Town were tumbling from the First Division at the time of today’s match from the archives. Prior to the start of this season, the 1971/72 season was the Terriers last season in the top flight of English football, and they ended that season in bottom place in the table with just twenty-five points. The FA Cup, however, was a different story, with the club taking the field for a Fifth Round match against West Ham United having already knocked Burnley and Fulham out of the competition. West Ham United, for their part, had already knocked out Luton Town and that season’s giant-killers du jour, Hereford United.
The home side did go on to win this match at Leeds Road, but their run came to an end in the next round, when they were beaten by Birmingham City. West Ham United, meanwhile, would go on to win the FA Cup in 1975, winning the final against Fulham. Both sides, however, would finish the 1970s outside the top flight, but West Ham would return in 1981, while Huddersfield would have to wait until this very year before making their return. Their supporters may well be considering that, for now at least, it was well worth the wait.