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Whilst Huddersfield is acknowledged as the birthplace of Rugby League Football, its sporting history is dominated by the successes of the Association Football (soccer) team, Huddersfield Town Association Football Club (HTAFC).

HTAFC was officially registered as a limited company on August 15, 1908 and began their first season with a friendly game against Bradford on September 2nd of the same year. A crowd of around 1000 saw Town beat Bradford by 2 goals to 1. Three days later they played their first ever competitive game against South Shields Adelaide, at South Shields. Wearing pink shirts Town were beaten by 2 goals to 0. So started the illustrious history of Huddersfield Town! 90 years down the line Town have won the English First Division (now the Premiership) 3 times in a row and have played in 5 FA Cup finals, winning just once against Preston at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge ground.

The highest ever attendance at a home match was 67,037 in a fixture against Arsenal in February 1932. This was at the old Leeds Road stadium which was replaced by the ultra-modern McAlpine Stadium in 1994. Such was the prestige of the team in the 1920's that they had a range of beers, a locomotive and a cargo ship named after them. Unfortunately the team has also plumbed the depths of mediocrity and, in the 1970's, were almost at the bottom of the fourth division of the Football League. As of this season they are playing in the English Football League's first division and have made a solid start which has seen them head the table at one point although recent form has seen them drop to tenth.

McAlpine Stadium, Home of Huddersfield Town
The McAlpine Stadium

I personally have been a supporter of my home town team since I was about 8 although my memories of that time are rather limited. I can remember standing in the paddock at the foot of the main stand with my father when Town were in the old Second Division in the early to mid 1960's. My fanaticism really took off in the late 60's and what a time to be around "Town" for on April 14th 1970 Town were crowned champions of the division after winning their last match against Watford by three goals to one.
So Town were in the top division again and the next season was to prove to be an exciting one with several 40,000 plus crowds at Leeds Road (Leeds United and Manchester United in league matches and Stoke City in the FA Cup). I was at all of the home games plus travelled to several of the away game,. halcyon days indeed! But the bubble was about to burst as town spiralled down the leagues over the next few seasons. More of that at a later date.

Leeds Road, Now Demolished Home of Huddersfield Town
Leeds Road-Home of My Dreams


Huddersfield Town FA Cup Winning Team 1921/22

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1908-1909 Members of the North Eastern League
1909 - 1910 Members of the Midland League
1910 - 1911 Joined Football League, Division 2 (Finished 13th in the league)
1919 - 1920 Promoted to Division 1, FA Cup Finalists (Finished 2nd in the League)
1921 - 1922 FA Cup Winners, beating Preston by 1-0, a penalty scored by Billy Smith (Finished 14th)
1923 - 1924 1st Division Champions, managed by Herbert Chapman.
1924 - 1925 1st Division Champions, managed by Herbert Chapman.
1924 - 1925 1st Division Champions
Huddersfield town Shield
1926 - 1927
1st Division Runners-Up
1927 - 1928
1st Division Runners-Up, FA Cup Finalists . Reckoned to be the finest Town team ever!
1929 - 1930
FA Cup Finalists, losing 2-0 to Arsenal.(Finished 10th) The German airship Graf Zepplin flew low over Wembley as a propaganda stunt.
1933 - 1934
1st Division Runners-Up
1937 - 1938
FA Cup Finalists, losing 1-0 to Preston (Finished 15th)
1951 - 1952
Relegated from 1st Division (Finished 21st)
1952 - 1953
Promoted to 1st Division (Finished 2nd)
1955 - 1956
Relegated from 1st Division (Finished 21st)
1969 - 1970
2nd Division Champions and promoted to Division 1 (Played 42, Won 24, Drew 12, Lost 6)
1971 - 1972
Relegated from 1st Division (Finished 22nd)
1972 - 1973
Relegated from 2nd Division (Finished 21st)
1974 - 1975
Relegated from 3rd Division (Finished 24th)
1979 - 1980
Division 4 Champions and Promoted to Division 3
1982 - 1983
Promoted to Division 2 (Finished 3rd)-(now Division 1 after formation of Premier League)
1987 - 1988
Relegated from Division 2 (Finished 23rd)
1994 - 1995
Promoted to Division 1 after securing victory over Bristol Rovers in the play-off finals at Wembley.


1930 FA Cup Final With Zeppelin

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Highest Attendance(Leeds Road): 67037 versus Arsenal, FA Cup Sixth Round (27/2/1932)
Best Gate Receipts: £155,149 versus Wimbledon, FA Cup Fifth Round (17/2/1996)
Best League Victory: 10 - 1 versus Blackpool, Division 2 (13/12/1930)
Worst League Defeat: 1 - 10 versus Manchester City, Division 2 (7/11/1987)
Most Goals Scored In A Season - 101 (1979/1980)
Least Goals Scored In A Season - 27 (1971/1972)
Best Cup Win: 11 - 0 versus Heckmondwike, FA Cup 4th Preliminary Round (18/9/1909)
Most Capped Player: 31 Jimmy Nicholson (Northern Ireland)
Most League Appearances: 521 W.H. Smith (1914 to 1934)
Most Consecutive League Appearances: 226 M. Brown (1978 to 1983)
Most League Goals: 142 G. Brown (1921 to 1929) & J. Glazzard (1946 to 1956)
Most Goals In A Season: 35 G. Brown (1925/1926)
Fastest Goal: 10 seconds by K. Willingham against Sunderland (14/12/1935)
Highest Transfer Fee Received: £2,700,000 from Sheffield Wed for Andy Booth (1996)
Highest Transfer Fee Paid: £1,200,000 to Bristol Rovers for Marcus Stewart (1996)

Herbert Chapman, Huddersfield Town Manager


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Fred Walker 1908 - 1910;
Albert Pudan 1910 - 1912;
Arthur Fairclough 1912 - 1919;
Ambrose Langley 1919 - 1921;
Herbert Chapman 1921 - 1925;
Cecil Potter 1925 - 1926;
John Chaplin 1926 - 1929;
Clem Stephenson 1929 - 1942;
Ted Magner 1942 - 1943;
David Steele 1943 - 1947;
George Stephenson 1947 - 1952;
Andy Beattie 1952 - 1956;
Bill Shankly 1956 - 1959;
Eddie Boot 1960 - 1964;
Tom Johnstone 1964 - 1968;
Ian Greaves 1968 - 1974;
Bobby Collins 1974 - 1975;
Tom Johnstone 1975 - 1977;
John Haselden 1977 - 1977;
Tom Johnstone 1977 - 1978;
Mick Buxton 1978 - 1986;
Steve Smith 1987 - 1987;
Malcolm Macdonald 1987 - 1988;
Eoin Hand 1988;
Ian Ross;
Neil Warnock 1993-1995;
Brian Horton 1995 - 1997;
Peter Jackson 1997 - 1999;
Steve Bruce 1999 - 2000

Treble Championship Team Photo - Huddersfield Town
Treble Championship Team Photograph

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