Huddersfield Town A.F.C.

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Huddersfield Town
Huddersfield Town A.F.C. logo.svg
Full name Huddersfield Town Association Football Club
Nickname(s) The Terriers
Founded 15 August 1908; 109 years ago (1908-08-15)
Ground Kirklees Stadium
Ground Capacity 24,500
Ground Coordinates 53°39′15.0361″N 1°46′5.8605″W / 53.654176694°N 1.768294583°W / 53.654176694; -1.768294583Coordinates: 53°39′15.0361″N 1°46′5.8605″W / 53.654176694°N 1.768294583°W / 53.654176694; -1.768294583
Chairman Dean Hoyle
Head Coach David Wagner
League Premier League
2016–17 Championship, 5th of 24 (promoted via play-offs)
Website Club website
Current season

Huddersfield Town Association Football Club is a professional football club based in the town of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England. The club competes in the Premier League, the highest tier of English football, having been promoted by winning the 2017 Championship play-off final.[1]

In 1926, Huddersfield became the first English club to win three successive league titles, a feat which only three other clubs have matched, and none have bettered. The first two league titles were won under their manager Herbert Chapman, who also led the club to the FA Cup in 1922. In the late 1950s the club was managed by Bill Shankly and the team featured Denis Law and Ray Wilson. After two seasons in the top division in the early 1970s the club spent 45 years in the second, third and fourth tiers of English football before being promoted to the Premier League in 2017 under their manager David Wagner.

Nicknamed The Terriers, the club plays in blue and white vertically striped shirts and white shorts. They have played home games at the Kirklees Stadium since 1994. The stadium replaced Leeds Road, Huddersfield Town's home since 1908.


Chart showing the progress of Huddersfield Town A.F.C. through the English football league system.

In 1910, just three years after being founded, Huddersfield entered the Football League for the first time. In November 1919 a fund-raising campaign was needed to avoid a move to Leeds. Citizens of Huddersfield were asked to buy shares in the club for £1 each, and the club staved off the proposed merger. The team went on to reach the 1920 FA Cup Final and win promotion to Division One.

In 1926, Huddersfield became the first English team to win three successive league titles – a feat that only three other clubs (Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United) have been able to match. Huddersfield Town also won the FA Cup in 1922 and have been runners-up on four other occasions. During the club's heyday, on 27 February 1932 the club achieved a record attendance of 67,037 during their FA Cup 6th round tie against Arsenal at Leeds Road. This attendance has been bettered by only 13 other clubs in the history of the Football League.

After the Second World War, the club began a gradual decline, losing its First Division status in 1952. They came straight back up, but were relegated again three seasons later. Before the start of the 1969–70 season, Huddersfield Town adopted the nickname "The Terriers". They won the second division title that season, spending the next two seasons in the top flight. After that they moved up and down through the lower three divisions for 45 years.

In 1998, the club attracted the attention of local businessman Barry Rubery and, after protracted takeover talks, he took over the running of the club, promising significant investment as the club sought Premiership status. However, the club did not make it back to the top flight and fell two divisions. The club was sold by Rubery to David Taylor and under Taylor's ownership, slipped into administration. In the summer of 2003, the Terriers came out of administration under the new ownership of Ken Davy.

In 2010–2011, Huddersfield went 43 games unbeaten, the second-highest in the league after Arsenal's 49-match run of 2003–04.

On 26 May 2012, following a penalty shoot-out in the 2012 Football League One play-off Final victory over Sheffield United, Huddersfield were promoted to the Championship. The shoot-out was the longest contested in the current League One play-offs format. After eleven rounds, the final score was 8–7 to Huddersfield, with the winning goal being scored by goalkeeper Alex Smithies.

In February 2013, Simon Grayson was sacked and Mark Lillis was put in charge as caretaker manager until the club appointed Mark Robins as manager. Robins left the club after the first game of the 2014–15 season that saw Huddersfield Town lose 4–0 at home to AFC Bournemouth (who won the league). In September 2014, Chris Powell was named the new Huddersfield Town manager. He was sacked on 3 November 2015, for "failing to meet the club's objectives".

The following day, ex-US international David Wagner was appointed head coach, becoming the first person born outside the British Isles to manage the club in their 107-year history. On 29 May 2017, the club successfully earned promotion to the Premier League for the first time and the English top flight for the first time since 1972, beating Reading 4–3 on penalties following a 0–0 draw after extra time in the Championship play-off Final.

Badge and colours

The club spent over five years debating what colour the kit should be. It ranged from salmon pink to plain white or all-blue to white with blue yoke. Eventually in 1913, the club adopted the blue-and-white jersey that remains to this day.

The club badge is based on the coat of arms of Huddersfield. Town first used a badge on its shirts for the 1920 FA Cup Final based on the local Huddersfield Corporation coat of arms. It appeared again with a Yorkshire Rose for the 1922 FA Cup Final and again for the finals of 1928, 1930 and 1938. The club's main colours (blue and white) are evident throughout the badge both in the mantling and in the shield, in the form of stripes. Two Yorkshire White Roses and Castle Hill form part of the history of the club and the area.

Town stuck with the same principal design (blue and white stripes) until 1966, when Scottish manager Tom Johnston introduced all-blue shirts. The next badge did not feature until the 1966–67 season, when the simple "HTFC" adorned the Town's all-blue shirts.

When the club adopted the nickname "The Terriers" for the 1969–70 season, the blue and white stripes returned and with it a red terrier with the words "The Terriers", just in time for their promotion to the big time, the First Division. The terrier sits on top of the crest with a ball on a blanket of blue and white stripes. The Terriers was introduced to the badge shortly after "The Terriers" was adopted as the nickname and mascot of the club.

After relegation to the Fourth Division, Town returned to all-blue shirts with the return of Tom Johnston in 1975. This time they only lasted two seasons and the return of simply "HTFC" badge. This lasted from 19751977. Stripes returned from the 1977–78 season and has been the club's home kit ever since. The red Terrier returned to the shirt for the 1978–79 season. In 1980, Town adopted what remains their badge today based on the coat of arms of Huddersfield. This is both the club badge and playing shirt badge and is held in high esteem by Town fans.

In 2000, Town changed badge to a circular design, but that was never popular and following a change of board, returned to the heraldic-style badge. The badge was further redeveloped with a small but significant adaptation in February 2005. The club took the decision to remove "A.F.C." from the text leaving only the wording 'Huddersfield Town'. The current board said that this was in keeping with the time and to make merchandise easier to produce and to make slicker looking promotional material.


  • Leeds Road (1908–1994)
  • Kirklees Stadium (1994–present)
    • Named "Alfred McAlpine Stadium" (1994–2004)
    • Named "Galpharm Stadium" (2004–2012)
    • Named "John Smith's Stadium" (2012–present)

Huddersfield are the only team to have played at each of the top four levels of English football at two different grounds.[2][3]


Main articles: West Yorkshire derby

Leeds United are considered to be the club's main rival, with Huddersfield having the better head-to-head record of the two teams. Huddersfield have won 25 of the 61 derbies between the two sides with 17 draws and 19 Leeds wins.[4] Huddersfield's other local rivals are Bradford City; this is due to both clubs having had roughly the same league status for the last couple of decades and therefore it could be argued that they are closest rivals out of the three West Yorkshire teams.

There are smaller rivalries with Barnsley, Roses rivals Oldham Athletic and formerly with near neighbours Halifax Town. Manchester City were also once considered rivals during the time that the two clubs were competing in the old First Division.

Affiliated clubs


Main club sponsors and kit suppliers

The main club sponsors also have the right to have their identity on the shirts.

Season(s) Kit supplier Club Sponsor
1975–1979 Bukta none
1979–1982 Barralan
1982–1984 Bukta Central Mirfield
1984–1986 Daihatsu
1986–1987 Eagle Greenall's
1987–1989 Matchwinner  
1989–1991 Beaver
1991–1993 Gola Gola
1993–1994 Super League Pulse (Home)
Vileda (Away)
1994–1995 Pulse (Home)
Panasonic 3DO (Away)
1995–1997 Panasonic
1997–1999 Pony
1999–2001 Mitre
2001–2002 Bloggs Prime Time Recruitment
2002–2003 VOI
2003–2005 Admiral
2005–2007 Yorkshire Building Society
2007–2009 Mitre CasinoRed
2009–2010 Yorkshire Air Ambulance (Home)
Radian B (Away)
2010–2011 Kirklees College (Home)
Radian B (Away)
2011–2012 Umbro
2012–2013 Rekorderlig (Home)
Radian B (Away)
2013–2014 Puma
2014–2015 Rekorderlig (Home)
Radian B (Away)
Covonia (3rd)
2015–2017 Pure Legal Limited (Home)
Radian B (Away)
Covonia (3rd)
2017– OPE Sports



First-team squad

As of 31 January 2018[5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Denmark GK Jonas Lössl (on loan from Mainz 05)
2 England DF Tommy Smith (captain)
3 England DF Scott Malone
4 England MF Dean Whitehead
5 Netherlands DF Terence Kongolo (on loan from Monaco)
6 England MF Jonathan Hogg (vice-captain)
7 Republic of Ireland MF Sean Scannell
8 Denmark MF Philip Billing
9 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Elias Kachunga
10 Australia MF Aaron Mooy
11 Morocco MF Abdelhamid Sabiri
12 England DF Tareiq Holmes-Dennis
13 England GK Joel Coleman
15 Germany DF Chris Löwe
17 Netherlands MF Rajiv van La Parra
No. Position Player
19 United States MF Danny Williams
20 Belgium FW Laurent Depoitre
21 England MF Alex Pritchard
22 England MF Tom Ince
23 Germany FW Collin Quaner
24 Benin FW Steve Mounié
25 Denmark DF Mathias Jørgensen
26 Germany DF Christopher Schindler (vice-captain)
27 Slovenia DF Jon Gorenc Stanković
28 England GK Robert Green
31 England GK Ryan Schofield
33 Switzerland DF Florent Hadergjonaj (on loan from Ingolstadt 04)
36 England DF Jordan Williams
39 England MF Lewis O'Brien
44 Germany DF Michael Hefele

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
16 England MF Jack Payne (on loan to Blackburn Rovers until 31 May 2018)
England FW Jordy Hiwula (on loan to Fleetwood Town until 31 May 2018)

Development squad

Player achievements

Full and u-21 internationals

Only players who gained caps while at the club included. Players who gained U21 caps are italicised.

English Football Hall of Fame members

Several ex-players/managers associated with Huddersfield Town are represented in the English Football Hall of Fame, which was created in 2002 as a celebration of those who have achieved at the very peak of the English game. To be considered for induction players/managers must be 30 years of age or older and have played/managed for at least five years in England.[6]

Football League 100 Legends

The Football League 100 Legends is a list of "100 legendary football players" produced by The Football League in 1998, to celebrate the 100th season of League football. Three former Huddersfield players made the list.

Player of the Year (Hargreaves Memorial Trophy)

Year Winner
1975 England Terry Dolan
1976 England Terry Gray
1977 England Kevin Johnson
1978 England Mick Butler
1979 England Alan Starling
1980 England Malcolm Brown
1981 England Mark Lillis
1982 England Mick Kennedy
1983 England David Burke
1984 England Paul Jones
1985 England David Burke
1986 Wales Joey Jones
1987 Scotland Duncan Shearer
1988 England Simon Trevitt
1989 England Steve Hardwick
Year Winner
1990 England Lee Martin
1991 England Graham Mitchell
1992 Wales Iwan Roberts
1993 England Neil Parsley
1994 England Steve Francis
1995 England Ronnie Jepson
1996 Scotland Tom Cowan
1997 Scotland Tom Cowan
1998 England Jon Dyson
1999 Belgium Nico Vaesen
2000 England Jamie Vincent
2001 England Craig Armstrong
2002 England Leon Knight
2003 England Martin Smith
Year Winner
2004 England Jon Worthington
2005 England Nathan Clarke
2006 England Andy Booth
2007 England David Mirfin
2008 England Andy Holdsworth
2009 England Gary Roberts
2010 England Peter Clarke
2011 England Peter Clarke
2012 Scotland Jordan Rhodes
2013 England James Vaughan
2014 England Adam Clayton
2015 England Jacob Butterfield
2016 Bermuda Nahki Wells
2017 Australia Aaron Mooy

Young Player of the Year (Incomplete)

PFA Team of the Year

The following have been included in the PFA Team of the Year whilst playing for Huddersfield Town:

League history



First Division (top tier)

Second Division (second tier)

Third Division (third tier)

Fourth Division (fourth tier)


FA Cup

Football League Cup

  • Semi-finalists: 1968

FA Charity Shield

Football League Trophy

  • Runners-up: 1994
  • Area finalists: 2002, 2011

Yorkshire Electricity Cup


Club officials

Chairman Dean Hoyle
Directors Dean Hoyle
Ann Hough
Sean Jarvis
Roger Burnley
Chief Executive Julian Winter
Operations Director Ann Hough
Commercial Director Sean Jarvis
Financial Director Darren Bryant
Lifetime Ken Davy

Last updated: 3 March 2016
Source: Who's Who

Coaching and medical staff

Position Staff
Head Coach GermanyUnited States David Wagner
Assistant Head Coach Germany Christoph Bühler
First Team Coach England Andrew Hughes
Head of Football Operations Vacant
Academy Manager England Steve Weaver
Head of Academy Recruitment Vacant
Head of Goalkeeping England Paul Clements
Head of Strength & Conditioning England Dan Hughes
Head of Sports Science England John Iga
Physiotherapist England Ian Kirkpatrick
Assistant Physiotherapist England Dave Hanson
First Team Post Match Analyst England Chris West
Kit Manager England Andrew Brook
U23 Manager England Mark Hudson
U18 Manager England Leigh Bromby
Assistant Academy Manager England Graham Yates
Head of Coaching Vacant
Academy Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach England Stuart Heaviside
Education & Welfare Officer England Karen Crosland
Academy Physiotherapist England Jon Worthington
Player Liaison Officer England Mark Fagan

Last updated: 11 January 2018
Source:Who's Who


  • "Huddersfield Town – 75 years on – A History of Huddersfield Town" by George S. Binns
  • "Huddersfield Town – A Complete Record 1910–1990" ISBN 0-907969-64-X
  • "Huddersfield Town – Champions of England 1923–24, 1924–25, 1925–26" by Jim Brown (published in 2003 by Desert Island Books)


  1. ^ Championship League Table 2016/2017 
  2. ^ Match of the Day. 4 November 2017. 73 minutes in. BBC. BBC One HD. 
  3. ^ "HUDDERSFIELD TOWN". Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  4. ^ LTD, Digital Sports Group. "Huddersfield Town vs Leeds United Complete Head to Head Statistics – Footymad". 
  5. ^ "First team 2017/18". Huddersfield Town A.F.C. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  6. ^ "Hall of Fame – National Football Museum". National Football Museum. Archived from the original on 14 November 2007. Retrieved 16 November 2007. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Supporters Trust
  • HTAFC Patrons
  • Huddersfield Town Blog
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