Staglabergets artikelserie fortsätter och från Bergamo och Italien förflyttar vi oss nu nordväst till England och Yorkshire. I fokus är det gamla storlaget Huddersfield Town och den hängivna Town-supportern Alasdair W ger oss en glimt av hur det är följa ett lag i den engelska tredjedivisionen.
I denna första del berättar han om Huddersfields stolta historia, om hur populärt laget alltjämt fortfarande är och avrundar med att beskriva dagens situation för klubben från Englands största by (town). I nästa del kommer Alasdair att fokusera mer på Huddersfields supportrar och berör då ämnen som huliganism och rivalitet.
Då Alasdair skriver bra och tydligt om sitt lag ser vi på Staglaberget ingen anledning att översätta hans alster. Således kommer Fans i fokus denna gång att vara på engelska, hoppas ni har överseende med detta. Trevlig läsning!
Alasdair W – Huddersfield Town del 1/2
One of the most historic teams in English football, affectionately known as the Terriers, secured a hatrick of top league titles before any other club and join an illustrious bank of names as the only teams to have done it. The others Arsenal (who achieved this directly after the terriers with the same manager!), Liverpool ( European and domestic powerhouse of the 70’s) and the ever present Manchester United. As you can see, Huddersfield join a high class of teams as part of the great English teams.
However since the 1920’s and 1930’s we have not seen Huddersfield stay in the top flight of English football for a sustained length of time. Support has always been strong in the UKs largest town, also the birthplace of rugby league, so there has always been a big attraction for players to come, and supporters to come.
2008 saw the centenary season of Huddersfield town, and a special price of £100 was made for season tickets. Over 16000 were sold, which is huge for a League 1 club, but nothing compared to that of the 1920’s when the Huddersfield town record for attendance was set at the old Leeds road ground. A staggering 120,000 flocked to see the terriers play The Arsenal.
Today the Galpharm stadium seats around 27000 and won World Stadium of the year in 1997 for its revolutionary ‘banana beams’ which we see in almost all new stadiums (Arsenal, Wigan, Wembley, Bolton etc). The stadium boosted the clubs morale and in 1996/7 town were promoted to the old division one through the playoffs, and the 1998/9 saw the epic rise to the top under Steve Bruce and were top of the old division one for most of the year, but a drop in form left us missing out on the play-offs on the last game of the season. This was the best season Huddersfield have had in recent times, but excitement lies ahead. Former England assistant Derek Fazackerley was made first team coach, Steve Black was made performance coach and Lee Clark former Newcastle player was made manager in late 2008. Currently the team are pushing for the play offs….