Hudderfield We Have Met Before !
Thursday, 13th Aug 2009 09:17
When have Saints played the Terriers before.
Meetings between Saints and Huddersfield have not been a frequent fixture on the calendar, in fact we have met only 20 times over the years, with it currently being equal on all accounts with 9 wins apiece and 2 draws.
The last time we met was in the then Coca Cola cup of 94/95 2nd round, a two legged affair, 13,814 turned up at Huddersfield and on a rainy night local boy Simon Charlton who had signed for Saints the previous year returned to his old club to cross for Matt Le Tissier to head home the games only goal in injury time.
In the second leg Saints eased past the Terriers 4-0 with Le God netting all four, 12,032 witnessing the event.
Prior to that it was 70/71 & 71/72 when Huddersfield returned to the top flight and hoped to recreate their days of glory of the 1920's when they won the league Championship three times in a row, sadly they couldnt manage three seasons in the division in a row, let alone winning it.
In their first season they stayed up by two points, we did our part as they slammed us 3-1 at then ground Leeds Road in front of 24,424 to in their first home game back in the top flight, almost 39 years to the day, 18th August, we meet them this year, Ron Davies gave us a first half lead but 3 goals in the last 20 minutes undone all the good work.
At home in the January, Ted Bates was presented with the December manager of the month award and Terry Paine celebrated by scoring the only goal of the game on the half hour in front of 19,422.
In 71/72 Town finished rock bottom although we were one of their six wins, 2-1 at the Dell early in the season, in the last game before Xmas however we gained our revenge, Bobby Stokes and Ron Davies scoring infront of only 10,435 a far cry from a year earlier.
Not being in the top flight until 1966 we didnt play Huddersfield until 1952/53, Town had been in the top flight since 1920 and were newly relegated, at the end of the season we dropped into Div 3 ourselves whilst Town went straight back up, the bulk of our meetings took place in the sixties in the old second division
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