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Opposition Watch: Huddersfield Town

The Chairboys play host to Huddersfield Town in the EFL Championship on Tuesday 24th November 2020 at Adams Park, with an earlier evening kick-off time of 7pm.

24 November 2020

Let’s get to know our opponents:

The Club
Huddersfield Town Football Club is an English professional football club based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. The club was founded on 15 August 1908 and entered the Football League in 1910. In 1906, at a meeting in the Imperial Hotel, members of the Huddersfield & District FA and other interested parties discussed the possibilities of starting up a professional soccer club in the town. After further public meetings local football enthusiasts eventually managed to acquire land for a ground in Leeds Road.

They entered the North-Eastern League in 1908 and the team currently competes in the English Championship, the second tier of English football and achieved an 18th place finish last season.

Huddersfield became the first English club to win three successive English league titles in 1925, 1926 and 1927. The first two league titles were won under manager and pioneer Herbert Chapman, who also led the team to an FA Cup win in 1922. They have been runners-up in the First Division thrice, and FA Cup runners-up four times. Town were the second team, after Blackpool, to have won all three divisional play-offs.

In the late 1950s, the club was managed by the great 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, after winning all three playoff games. Unfortunately for them, they were relegated back to the Championship in 2019 after two seasons in the top flight.

The early red shirts had earned them the nickname ‘The Scarlet Runners’. But they have also been known as the ‘Colnesiders’ since their pitch was located next to the river Colne. The second decade of the twentieth century saw the introduction of ‘The Babes’, after entering the Football League in 1910. The nickname ‘The Terriers’ was introduced in the 1969/70 season by promotions manager Bill Brooke, because of ‘Huddersfield Ben’ (more on this in a bit!), but it was also acknowledging the terrier-like qualities of fitness and tenacity of Ian Greaves’ young side.

Huddersfield Town's main rivals are considered to be West Yorkshire clubs Bradford City and Leeds United. Town hold the better head-to-head record against Bradford; 21 wins, 17 draws, and 14 losses. Including games against United's predecessor team Leeds City, Huddersfield have won 36 of the 90 derbies between the two sides, with 20 draws and 34 Leeds wins.

There are smaller rivalries with South Yorkshire clubs Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday, and there is a “Roses Rivalry” with Oldham Athletic. They also have a rivalry with Cambridgeshire based Peterborough United, largely fuelled by the play-off meetings in 1992 and 2011.

The John Smith's Stadium
Huddersfield Town play at the Kirklees Stadium, which is currently known due to sponsorship as the John Smith's Stadium. It is a multi-use stadium in Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, England. Since 1994, it has been the home ground of football club Huddersfield Town and rugby league side Huddersfield Giants, both of whom moved from Leeds Road.

During planning and construction, the stadium was referred to as the Kirklees Stadium. It was built by Alfred McAlpine (who would own the naming rights for the stadium for a spell), designed by Populous and was awarded the RIBA Building of the Year award for 1995.

The decision to build a new stadium for Huddersfield Town and Huddersfield Giants was made in August 1992. Construction began the following year and it was completed in time for the 1994–95 season, enabling the clubs to move to their new base after 86 years at Leeds Road and 114 years at Fartown respectively, with the Rugby club sharing Leeds Road from 1992 to 1994.

When the stadium opened only the two side stands (the Riverside and Kilner Bank stands) were ready. The South Stand was opened in December 1994. Construction on the North (Panasonic) Stand began in 1996 and it was completed in 1998, bringing the overall capacity of the stadium to approximately 24,500. The estimated total cost of construction was £40 million.

The stadium was a venue at the Rugby League World Cup in 1995, 2000 and 2013, in addition to the 1999 Rugby World Cup. It is owned by both clubs, as well as Kirklees Council. Its naming rights have passed from constructors Alfred McAlpine to pharmaceutical company Galpharm International in 2004, then to John Smith's Brewery eight years later.

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From 1994 until 2004 the stadium was known as the Alfred McAlpine Stadium. Alfred McAlpine had been the main construction contractor and its name was part of the payment contract for ten years. The company elected not to renew its sponsorship which was taken up by Galpharm Healthcare, leading to the new name. Individual stands are sponsored by local businesses. On 19 July 2012, it was announced that the brewery firm, Heineken had bought the sponsorship rights for the stadium using their domestic John Smith's Brewery as the beneficiary, and as such the stadium was renamed as The John Smith's Stadium on 1 August as part of a five-year deal. In December 2016, this was extended for a further five years

The first concerts at the stadium were on 25 and 26 July 1995 by American band R.E.M., attended by around 80,000 people and providing a £3 million boom to local businesses. The Eagles, Bryan Adams and The Beautiful South also performed there in the 1990s, followed four years later by Bon Jovi in June 2001.

After three years with no performances, Blue played at the stadium on 31 July 2004 with Girls Aloud and Darius supporting, in an event to reveal Galpharm's new sponsorship of the venue. The following two summers, Elton John and Lulu in 2005, and Bryan Adams again in 2006, performed.

The 2020/21 Huddersfield Town Kit
The home jersey has wide French blue and white stripes to the body and three stars to the back neck sign off to celebrate the three consecutive league titles that the Club won in the 1920’s.

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This season's away jersey has a Chili Pepper Red Marl colour front body panel, with the rest of the body and sleeves in solid Chili Pepper with contrast Lollipop Red rib to collar and cuffs.

Projecting and amplifying the design of an old Huddersfield shirt pattern and blasting it across the sleeves has helped create a bold new third shirt. Blazing yellow body and bold graphic printed sleeves in Blazing yellow and Parachute Purple.

This Season so far...
So far in the 2020/21 Championship season, under the stewardship of manager Carlos Corberán, Huddersfield Town have won 4, drawn 2 and lost 6 of their 12 games. This is good for 14 points and a 16th place position in the league. They have scored 15 goals and conceded 17.

So far, the English quartet of Harry Toffolo, Jonathan Hogg, Josh Koroma and Frazier Campbell have appeared in all 12 games, with defender Toffolo and midfielder Hogg starting all 12.

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Forward Josh Koroma is the club’s top scorer so far with 3 goals, with Campbell, Isaac Mbenza and Carel Eiting all chipping in 2 goals each. The man pulling the strings so far this season is Harry Toffolo, who has 4 assists to his name this term.

Their biggest win this season was a 3-0 victory over Millwall on 31st October 2020, with goals from Josh Koroma, right-back Pipa and a stoppage time goal from centre half, Lewis O’Brien. The Terriers had 54% ball possession that day and amassed an impressive 84% pass accuracy.

Christian Schindler is the club captain. His full name is Christopher Wolfgang Georg August Schindler. He came through the ranks at 1860 Munich before joining the Terriers before the 2016/17 season with the club in the Championship. He was in the side that won promotion to the Premier League, as was captain for the relegation back to the Championship. He has played 172 times and scored 5 goals in blue and white.

Fun Facts about Huddersfield
The Aussie rock heroes, AC/DC filmed the video for 'You Shook Me All Night Long' in Milnsbridge, Paddock and Outlane in Huddersfield in 1986, including the famous scene featuring frontman Brian Johnson having a scrub in the bath!

While Aston Martin was not founded in Huddersfield, its success as a luxury sports car manufacturer can be traced back to Huddersfield's own David Brown. Brown, who had successful tractor business, bought Aston Martin in 1947 and was key in designing the first in the line of iconic luxury DB models. The range still bears his initials to this day.

Staff at KD Decoratives in Huddersfield, famed for making beautiful and creative Christmas decorations, were once commissioned to make Britain’s largest nodding dog for the Dogs Trust. “Dogcilla” stands at over 11 feet tall!

Famous Terriers Fans
Cricketer Ryan Sidebottom supports the side after his dad, Arnie, played for the club between 1975 and 1978. Arnie played for the Manchester United academy in 1971, turned pro in ‘72 and joined Huddersfield in ‘75. In 2007, he was voted in at Number 5 in The Times poll of the "50 Worst footballers to grace the top division.” Sidebottom also had a cricketing career, and first played for Yorkshire in 1973, but did not win his county cap till 1980.

Ryan took to cricket and played domestic cricket for Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire, but retired in 2017 after taking more than 1,000 career wickets. He is the only player to win 5 county championships and also won the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 with England.

Actor Sir Patrick Stewart was born in Mirfield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire - close to Huddersfield Town Football Club’s stadium of the same name. Famous for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the TV series, Star Trek.

Stewart received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 16 December 1996, and in 2010, Stewart was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to drama. He actually cancelled all his working engagements to watch Town's SkyBet Championship promotion run-in.

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Jodie Whittaker came to prominence in 2006, starring in Venus for which she received British Independent Film Award and Satellite Award nominations. She was later praised for her roles in the cult science fiction film Attack the Block (2011), the Black Mirror episode "The Entire History of You" (2011), as grieving mother Beth Latimer in Broadchurch and most famously as the thirteenth and first female, Doctor Who.

During her appearance on a 2018 episode of American chat show,‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’, she told Stephen that she was from Huddersfield, but it appears the show's subtitlers had a hard time spelling out Jodie's hometown, putting "Hoodezfield" on the the screen!

Former Premier League referee, Bobby Madley, officiated in the Football League as a referee from 2010 and was one of the youngest officials to progress to the top-flight of English football.

The Badge
The first Yorkshire Terrier to be registered with the Kennel Club in the 1880’s was named ‘Huddersfield Ben’. Whatever tag has been attached over the years, the most enduring nickname and the one most commonly used yesteryear and in the present day is ‘The Town’.

The club’s first badge, adopted in 1920, is basically the shield of the coat of arms of the old Huddersfield County Borough Council. The arms are based on the heraldic shield of the Ramsden family from which the borough bought its own land in 1918. Three rams and three turrets represent the family, who have held the Manor of Huddersfield since Elizabeth’s I’s reign.

The black chevron represents the river Colne. The full arms, including the crest with a ram’s head holding the white rose of Yorkshire in its mouth, and the motto ‘Juvat impigros Deo’, meaning ‘God aids the diligent’, has been worn in each of Town’s last four Cup Finals.

In 1969, commercial director Bill Brooke decided the existing logo needed to be changed because the team needed a nickname. As said, he came up with ‘The Terriers’. The three rams in the club shield went, as did two of the turrets, replaced by two white roses representing Yorkshire pride. The surviving turret represents the ‘Jubilee Tower’ on Castle Hill, built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee in 1897. A terrier, perched on a football and a helmet, was added as a crest.

In 2001, the badge was reduced in size and surrounded by a shield, the terrier now depicted in it, replacing the turret, and three stars were added, representing the three consecutive titles from yesteryear. It was ditched in 2002 in favour of the previous badge as a result of fans wishes!

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Record league victory: 10–1 v Blackpool, Division One, 13 December 1930
Record FA Cup victory: 11–0 v Heckmondwike, Preliminary Round, 18 September 1909
Record League Cup victory: 5–1 v Mansfield Town, First Round, Second Leg, 13 September 1983
Record league defeat: 1–10 v Manchester City, Division Two, 7 November 1987
Record FA Cup defeat: 0–6 v Sunderland, Third Round, 7 January 1950
Record League Cup defeat: 0–5 v Arsenal, Second Round, First Leg, 21 September 1993
Record attendance at Leeds Road: 67,037 v Arsenal, FA Cup Sixth Round, 27 February 1932
Record attendance at Kirklees: 24,169 v Man United, Premier League, 21 October 2017
Most appearances : 574 – Billy Smith.
Most league appearances: 521 – Billy Smith.
Most consecutive appearances : 259 – Malcolm Brown.
Most consecutive league appearances : 226 – Malcolm Brown.
Most consecutive FA Cup appearances : 52 – Tom Wilson.
Most consecutive FL Cup appearances : 222 – Malcolm Brown.

How you can watch the Game
Chairboys and Huddersfield fans inside the UK & Ireland can watch Saturday's Championship encounter live on iFollow for £10, with passes available for overseas supporters at the price of £7.

Buying match passes to watch Championship games on iFollow is a great way to support your club, with Wanderers retaining 100% of the net revenue after VAT and bank charges/transaction fees (previously 80%).

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