Not much is going on and all we got are memories of what football used to be like. But where do Huddersfield Town fit into the scheme of things? For the last couple of years, they’ve been right up there at the top table. So, it almost feels weird when you think it ain’t actually all that long since we were both in the same manor. How times change, eh? In more ways than one ‘n’ all. Gadzooks! Here’s the tale of us and them to kill a bit of your new-found time on the sofa.
Who are Huddersfield Town?
It’ll be the Terriers’ 112th birthday this summer, with the club forming in August 1908. And things seemed to happen pretty quickly at the start too. They were elected to the Football League in time for the 1910-1 campaign and were promoted to the top flight at the end of the first season back after World War One. That same year (1920), there was an FA Cup Final outing to celebrate too – but Aston Villa ran out 1-0 winners. Not that they’d have to wait too much longer for the good times.
In 1922, the FA Cup returned to Huddersfield for the first time and – two seasons later – the Terriers started a run of three successive title-winning campaigns. The rest of those roaring 1920s and slightly-less-so 1930s saw them go close to the title and FA Cup on more than one occasion. But the 1938-9 FA Cup semi-finals was arguably the end of a special era for the club. After World War Two, they spent far less time at the top table – sinking as low as Division Four in 1975 after three rapid relegations.
Why do we know Huddersfield Town?
After finishing the 20th century in the second tier, the Terriers were slow to start the 21st. Relegations in 2001 and 2003 saw them back in the basement division, but they did rise straight back up into the third tier through the 2003-4 Division Three playoffs. In the next few years, they went on to fall short twice in the now-League One playoffs – 2006-7 and 2009-10. The longer they stuck around in the same division, the higher the chances of a side like us making up the ground to become equals. In 2011, that’s just what happened.
What is our record against Huddersfield Town?
In short, our record against the Terriers is forgettable. Mind you, there have only been two matches between us to this point. So, it’s not like we had a lot of margin for error. Our first-ever meeting was at the John Smith’s Stadium in October 2011. And those margins could not be finer. Trailing in the dying moments, we were handed an opportunity to grab a point from the penalty spot. John Mousinho missed, however. And we ended up coming back from West Yorkshire with nothing to show for our efforts.
Did we mention that we didn’t exactly get on in that first meeting either? No? Oh well…
Fast forward four months to the return fixture in late February 2012 and somehow we’re in exactly the same position. The Terriers are 2-1 up in the latter stages of the match and we get a penalty. This time, the taker is different: Scott Laird. But the outcome is the same, to the horror of the Lamex faithful. There was a happy-ish outcome as Robin Shroot popped up to complete our comeback from two down. How many fine margins do you want? Either way, both sides will feel they should have taken more points from those two encounters.
Huddersfield Town: Boro’s Record
Our head-to-head: P 2 — W 0 — D 1 — L 1 — F 3 — A 4 — Pts 1 — WR 0%
Our last tango: Stevenage 2-2 Huddersfield Town, 28 February 2012
What happened to Huddersfield Town?
In that 2011-2 League One season, we were busy messing with another Yorkshire side to be too caught up with the Terriers – albeit a South Yorkshire side. Thanks to our 2-2 draw at Bramall Lane later on that term, we all but ended Sheffield United‘s hopes of automatic promotion. And that was to the benefit of Sheffield Wednesday too! Of course, the Blades got their revenge in the playoffs. That put them into a Wembley final against Huddersfield, who were keen to make up for their disappointment at the same stage the season before.
After an epic pelanty shootout, up the Terriers went; ending an eight-year stay in the third tier. The next four seasons saw ’em bumble around the lower parts of the Championship; they only avoided relegation straight back to League One by two points to begin with! But it all clicked into place in that fifth season; returning to the top flight for the first time since 1972. They held their own in their first Premier League campaign too. They didn’t survive a second term, though; relegated at the end of the 2018-9 season with a dismal 16 points.
Now? Well, who knows what now becomes of this current campaign. But the Terriers are just three points above the Championship drop zone and face a battle to avoid a second straight relegation. You’ll have to check back in later this year to find out how that one is gonna end…
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