penultimate post in this series of six presents the Yorkshire side who won
promotion via the play offs, one year on from disappointment at the same stage.
Find other posts in the series here:
Nickname: ‘The Terriers’ Manager: Simon Grayson
Play at: Galpharm Stadium, 207 miles from Ashton Gate
Capacity: 24,500; Last Season Avg Attendance: 14,146
Interesting Facts: Huddersfield were the best club around in the 1920’s, becoming the first club to win the league title in three successive seasons in the 1920’s in a run of positions that went 3 – 1 – 1 – 1 – 2 – 2 >>> They won the FA Cup in 1922, reaching the final on three other occasions inside ten years >>> Jordan Rhodes netted 40 goals last season yet only 12 were single strikes. His haul included a 5 away at Wycombe, all 4 at Sheffield Wednesday and three other hat-tricks. He scored 26 goals away from home – City as a team scored just 18…
Notable match vs City: City 6 Huddersfield 1 (Bob Taylor hat-trick) April 1989
2012-13 Fixtures: 3rd Nov (A), 27th April (H) (Last home game of the season)
What does your club bring to a tight, competitive and entertaining division?
Simon Grayson made us solid in order to get us over the line, but with many departing players and a number of anticipated arrivals, it might be a little too early to say. I suspect we’ll be a pragmatic side but with a touch of flair from the wide-men.
Who are the star players we should all look out for?
Jack Hunt is an attacking right back with electric pace and a real attacking instinct. Attacking midfielder Kallum Higginbotham arrived from Falkirk in January, and after a loan spell at Barnsley, returned and became a potential game changer with a willingness to be on the ball and the ability to beat a man.
So, just how good is Jordan Rhodes?
And is there an up-and-coming future star in your midst?
Murray Wallace was bought from Falkirk by Lee Clark and loaned back to them. However he arrives with a very strong reputation as a ball playing centre back with an excellent reading of the game. Hopefully he’ll be able to establish himself as a first team regular.
What are your views of your manager?
….and of your Chairman, Dean Hoyle?
You hit the headlines last winter by sacking Lee Clark despite a remarkably long unbeaten run. In retrospect, it looks a solid decision as the ultimate aim has been achieved, but was it not a strange choice at the time?
What are your expectations for the upcoming season?
It depends on who we bring in. As of yet we’ve brought in Sean Scannell from Crystal Palace (ER: and fullback Paul Dixon from Dundee United, a player previously linked with City) and if we add more players of that quality then I’d expect us to compete and finish around mid-table. I don’t think for one second we’ll do a Norwich or a Southampton but I don’t think we’ll be overawed and we might surprise a few people.
Who will be your big rivals in this division?
And finally, do you have any specific favourite memory of playing against Bristol City?