Huddersfield Town A.F.C.
|Full name||Huddersfield Town Association Football Club|
|Founded||15 August 1908|
|2018–19||Premier League, 20th of 20 (relegated)|
Huddersfield became the first English club to win three successive English League titles in 1926, a feat which only three other clubs have matched. The first two league titles were won under legendary manager and pioneer Herbert Chapman, who also led the club to an FA Cup win in 1922. In the late 1950s the club was managed by Bill Shankly and featured Denis Law and Ray Wilson. Following relegation from the First Division in 1972, Huddersfield spent 45 years in the second, third and fourth tiers of English football, before returning to the top flight in 2017. They were relegated back to the Championship at the end of the 2018–19 season.
In 1910, just three years after being founded, Huddersfield entered the Football League for the first time. In November 1919 a fund-raising campaign was needed to avoid a move to Leeds. Citizens of Huddersfield were asked to buy shares in the club for £1 each, and the club staved off the proposed merger. The team went on to reach the 1920 FA Cup Final and win promotion to Division One.
Huddersfield became the first English team to win three successive English League titles in 1926 – a feat that only three other clubs (Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United) have been able to match – and was achieved under the leadership of legendary manager and pioneer Herbert Chapman and his successor Cecil Potter. Huddersfield Town also won the FA Cup in 1922 and the Charity Shield the same year and have been runners-up on four other occasions in the FA Cup. During the club's heyday in the 1920s and 1930s, they achieved a record attendance of 67,037 on 27 February 1932 during their FA Cup 6th round tie against Arsenal at Leeds Road. This attendance has been bettered by only 13 other clubs in the history of the Football League.
After the Second World War, the club began a gradual decline, losing its First Division status in 1952. They came straight back up, but were relegated again three seasons later. Before the start of the 1969–70 season, Huddersfield Town adopted the nickname "The Terriers". They won the Second Division title that season, spending the next two seasons in the top flight. After that they moved up and down through the lower three divisions for 45 years.
In 1998, the club attracted the attention of local businessman Barry Rubery and, after protracted takeover talks, he took over the running of the club, promising significant investment as the club sought Premiership status. However, the club did not make it back to the top flight and fell two divisions. The club was sold by Rubery to David Taylor and under Taylor's ownership, slipped into administration. In the summer of 2003, the Terriers came out of administration under the new ownership of Ken Davy.
On 26 May 2012, following a penalty shoot-out in the 2012 Football League One play-off Final victory over Sheffield United, Huddersfield were promoted to the Championship. The shoot-out was the longest contested in the current League One play-offs format. After eleven rounds, the final score was 8–7 to Huddersfield, with the winning goal being scored by goalkeeper Alex Smithies.
On 29 May 2017, the club successfully earned promotion to the Premier League for the first time (since the rebranding in 1992) and the English top flight for the first time since 1972, beating Reading 4–3 on penalties following a 0–0 draw after extra time in the Championship play-off Final.
On 9 May 2018, the club secured safety from relegation, earning another season in the Premier League, following a 1–1 draw against Chelsea and went on to place 16th. However, the club suffered a very poor start to the 2018-19 season, taking just 2 wins in their first 22 matches. With the team rooted to the bottom of the table with just 11 points on the board, Wagner left the club by mutual consent on 14 January 2019. He was replaced with former Borussia Dortmund II manager Jan Siewert on a 2 year deal. However, he couldn't prevent Huddersfield suffering relegation from the Premier League on 30 March 2019 following a defeat to Crystal Palace, with the club joining Derby County and Ipswich Town as the only clubs in the league's history to be relegated with six matches left to play.
Badge and coloursEdit
The club spent over five years debating what colour the kit should be. It ranged from salmon pink to plain white or all-blue to white with blue yoke. Eventually in 1913, the club adopted the blue-and-white jersey that remains to this day.
The club badge is based on the coat of arms of Huddersfield. Town first used a badge on its shirts for the 1920 FA Cup Final based on the local Huddersfield Corporation coat of arms. It appeared again with a Yorkshire Rose for the 1922 FA Cup Final and again for the finals of 1928, 1930 and 1938. The club's main colours (blue and white) are evident throughout the badge both in the mantling and in the shield, in the form of stripes. Two Yorkshire White Roses and Castle Hill form part of the history of the club and the area.
Town stuck with the same principal design (blue and white stripes) until 1966, when Scottish manager Tom Johnston introduced all-blue shirts. The next badge did not feature until the 1966–67 season, when the simple "HTFC" adorned the Town's all-blue shirts.
When the club adopted the nickname "The Terriers" for the 1969–70 season, the blue and white stripes returned and with it a red terrier with the words "The Terriers", just in time for their promotion to the big time, the First Division. The terrier sits on top of the crest with a ball on a blanket of blue and white stripes. The Terriers was introduced to the badge shortly after "The Terriers" was adopted as the nickname and mascot of the club.
After relegation to the Fourth Division, Town returned to all-blue shirts with the return of Tom Johnston in 1975. This time they only lasted two seasons and the return of simply "HTFC" badge. This lasted from 1975–1977. Stripes returned from the 1977–78 season and has been the club's home kit ever since. The red Terrier returned to the shirt for the 1978–79 season. In 1980, Town adopted what remains their badge today based on the coat of arms of Huddersfield. This is both the club badge and playing shirt badge and is held in high esteem by Town fans.
In 2000, Town changed badge to a circular design, but that was never popular and following a change of board, returned to the heraldic-style badge. The badge was further redeveloped with a small but significant adaptation in February 2005. The club took the decision to remove "A.F.C." from the text leaving only the wording 'Huddersfield Town'. The current board said that this was in keeping with the time and to make merchandise easier to produce and to make slicker looking promotional material.
- Leeds Road (1908–1994)
- Kirklees Stadium (1994–present)
- Named "Alfred McAlpine Stadium" (1994–2004)
- Named "Galpharm Stadium" (2004–2012)
- Named "John Smith's Stadium" (2012–present)
Leeds United are considered to be the club's main rivals, with Huddersfield having the better head-to-head record of the two teams. Huddersfield have won 32 of the 78 derbies between the two sides with 19 draws and 27 Leeds wins. Huddersfield's other local rivals are Bradford City; this is due to both clubs having had roughly the same league status for the last couple of decades and therefore it could be argued that they are closest rivals out of the three West Yorkshire teams. Huddersfield also have the better head-to-head record between the two, winning 21 derbies with 17 draws and 14 Bradford wins.
There are smaller rivalries with Barnsley (31 wins, 15 draws, 26 defeats), Roses rivals Oldham Athletic (20 wins, 15 draws, 12 defeats) and formerly with near neighbours Halifax Town (8 wins, 5 draws, 4 defeats). Manchester City were also once considered rivals during the time that the two clubs were competing in the old First Division - Manchester City lead in the head-to-heads, however, with 27 victories to Huddersfield's 22, with 30 drawn games between them.
Main club sponsors and kit suppliersEdit
The main club sponsors also have the right to have their identity on the shirts.
|Season(s)||Kit supplier||Club Sponsor|
|1993–1994||Super League||Pulse (Home)|
Panasonic 3DO (Away)
|2001–2002||Bloggs||Prime Time Recruitment|
|2005–2007||Yorkshire Building Society|
|2009–2010||Yorkshire Air Ambulance (Home)|
Radian B (Away)
|2010–2011||Kirklees College (Home)|
Radian B (Away)
Radian B (Away)
Radian B (Away)
|2015–2017||Pure Legal Limited (Home)|
Radian B (Away)
|2017–2018||OPE Sports (chest), PURE Legal (sleeve)|
|2018–present||Umbro||OPE Sports (chest), Leisu Sports (sleeve)|
- As of 24 May 2019
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Full and U-21 InternationalsEdit
Only players who gained caps while at the club included. Players who gained U21 caps are italicised.
English Football Hall of Fame membersEdit
Several ex-players/managers associated with Huddersfield Town are represented in the English Football Hall of Fame, which was created in 2002 as a celebration of those who have achieved at the very peak of the English game. To be considered for induction players/managers must be 30 years of age or older and have played/managed for at least five years in England.
- 2002 – Denis Law, Bill Shankly, Peter Doherty
- 2003 – Herbert Chapman
- 2008 – Ray Wilson
- 2010 – Clem Stephenson
Football League 100 LegendsEdit
The Football League 100 Legends is a list of "100 legendary football players" produced by The Football League in 1998, to celebrate the 100th season of League football. Three former Huddersfield players made the list.
Player of the Year (Hargreaves Memorial Trophy)Edit
Young Player of the Year (Incomplete)Edit
PFA Team of the YearEdit
The following have been included in the PFA Team of the Year whilst playing for Huddersfield Town:
- 1975–76: Geoff Hutt (Fourth Division)
- 1976–77: Terry Poole (Fourth Division)
- 1979–80: Malcolm Brown, Ian Robins (Fourth Division)
- 1980–81: Malcolm Brown (Third Division)
- 1981–82: Malcolm Brown (Third Division)
- 1982–83: Malcolm Brown (Third Division)
- 1991–92: Simon Charlton, Chris Marsden, Iwan Roberts (Third Division)
- 1992–93: Simon Charlton (Division Two)
- 1994–95: Tom Cowan, Andy Booth (Division Two)
- 2003–04: Efe Sodje (Division Three)
- 2010–11: Anthony Pilkington (League One)
- 2011–12: Jack Hunt, Jordan Rhodes (League One)
- 2016–17: Aaron Mooy (Championship)
- Division 2: 1910–11 – 1919–20
- Division 1: 1920–21 – 1951–52
- Division 2: 1952–53
- Division 1: 1953–54 – 1955–56
- Division 2: 1956–57 – 1969–70
- Division 1: 1970–71 – 1971–72
- Division 2: 1972–73
- Division 3: 1973–74 – 1974–75
- Division 4: 1975–76 – 1979–80
- Division 3: 1980–81 – 1982–83
- Division 2: 1983–84 – 1987–88
- Division 3: 1988–89 – 1991–92
- Division 2 (Third Tier): 1992–93 – 1994–95
- Division 1 (Second Tier): 1995–96 – 2000–01
- Division 2 (Third Tier): 2001–02 – 2002–03
- Division 3 (Fourth Tier): 2003–04
- League One (Third Tier): 2004–05 – 2011–12
- Championship (Second Tier): 2012–13 – 2016–17
- Premier League (First Tier): 2017–18 – 2018–19
- Championship (Second Tier): 2019–20 –
First Division/Premier League (top tier)
Second Division/Championship (second tier)
Third Division/League One (third tier)
Fourth Division/League Two (fourth tier)
- Semi-finalists: 1968
- Winners (1): 1922
- Runners-up: 1994
- Area finalists: 2002, 2011
- Winners (1): 1994–95
Tournoi de Pentecôte du Red Star
- Winners (1): 1921
|Chief Executive||Julian Winter|
|Operations Director||Ann Hough|
|Commercial Director||Sean Jarvis|
|Financial Director||Darren Bryant|
Last updated: 12 April 2019
Source: Who's Who
Coaching and medical staffEdit
|Assistant Head Coach||Andreas Winkler|
|First Team Coach||Mark Hudson|
|Academy Manager||Steve Weaver|
|Head of Academy Recruitment||Vacant|
|Head of Goalkeeping||Paul Clements|
|Head of Strength & Conditioning||Dan Hughes|
|Head of Sports Science||John Iga|
|First Team Post Match Analyst||Chris West|
|First Team Opposition Analyst||Jansen Moreno|
|U23 Manager||Mark Hudson|
|U18 Manager||Leigh Bromby|
|Assistant Academy Manager||Graham Yates|
|Head of Coaching||Vacant|
|Academy Physiotherapist||Jon Worthington|
|Player Liaison Officer||Mark Fagan|
Last updated: 21 January 2019
Source: Who's Who
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