Huddersfield – the team
Huddersfield began the campaign like a runaway train and while many people predicted that it wouldn’t last – in similar style to the way the experts reckoned the Albion would fall away last season – they are still up there, sitting pretty in fifth place. Jurgen Klopp’s former assistant David Wagner has got them playing in a similar style to that of which Klopp teams are accustomed and they looked a difficult proposition when we met earlier in the season at The Amex. Given that we’ve not been particularly good away from home in the last month or so despite picking up results, a trip to the
McAlpine Galpharm John Smiths Stadium looks a tough one to say the least.
Huddersfield – the place
We seem to be sent to Huddersfield in midweek every bloody time we play them which is unfortunate as it is an excellent drinking town. Those traveling by train will be lucky enough to experience the Grade 1 listed building which is Huddersfield Station with a facade second in the country only to St Pancras according to none other than John Betjeman. The area around Huddersfield was used for filming one of the countries best television shows, Where the Heart Is. Such was it’s popularity that you can still catch daily repeats of all the the goings on in Skelthwaite on ITV4 every day at around 3pm.
Huddersfield – the people
Huddersfield has given the world some of it’s greatest people. These include two time Prime Minister Harold Wilson, Hollywood actor James Mason and the scientist Sir Harold Percival Himsworth. (We’re being careful not to name anyone currently living in this section at the moment after the unfortunate events that saw us mention John Hurt being from Lincoln and then him dying within a matter of days).
A good WeAreBrighton.com memory of Huddersfield away
Our visit on the penultimate weekend of the 2008/09 season saw local legend Andy Booth play his last home game for the Terriers. To celebrate, free Andy Booth masks were handed out to anyone that wanted them which was great news for putting together a cheap and cheerful fancy dress costume for use while studying at university as we were at the time. Not many people can have gone on a Freshers Night Out dressed as Huddersfield Town striker Andy Booth now, can they?
A bad WeAreBrighton.com memory of Huddersfield away
Going all the way on a Tuesday the following season for a 7-1 (SEVEN) defeat. That was so terrible you just had to laugh.
Former Albion loanee Rajiv van La Parra now plays for Huddersfield. Plenty of us were quite mystified when his loan wasn’t turned into a permanent deal last January. The answer to that of course was that Chris Hughton had a certain Anthony Knockaert lined up. Well, that turned out quite well really.
Wagner has bought in a shit load of German players who practically nobody in this country would’ve heard of before but they have proven to be key in Huddersfield excellent season thus far. Striker Elias Kachunga is top scorer with nine goals while their back four contains two further Germans – Chris Lowe and Christopher Schindler who also makes the list of people to keep an eye on.
An away game against a promotion rival tends to mean draw, which you can back at 11/5. Jiri Skalak has been pretty poor in recent weeks but there is little doubt that this being an away game he will start for his defensive qualities and 5/1 to score anytime likes a decent price.
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