31 December 1969

Copy of Programme Notes - Huddersfield Town

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  • Wednesdayite have a page in the official match day programme and you can read our column there first.

    Peter Shaw is the author of these notes and his latest column from the home game V Huddersfield is published below:-

     This afternoon we welcome the supporters of "The Terriers", who after ourselves are historically the second most successful Club in Yorkshire, alongside Leeds.

    I genuinely believe that SWFC are on the cusp of a major "rebirth" under our new owner, Mr. Chansiri, and it would be fantastic to have a real Yorkshire team being successful again. There is a strong argument to suggest today's two teams are the real historical powerhouses in our region. Between 1923 and 1930 one of them occupied the top two places in English football continuously, and they won the top league 5 times between them. It is time for Yorkshire to walk tall amongst the elite of English football again!

    Not many teams can boast of having had two of the greatest managers of all time in their ranks. Herbert Chapman (1921-1925) is certainly the greatest pre-war manager after what he achieved at Huddersfield and Arsenal. And of course what a manager and character the late, great Bill Shankly (1956-1959) was.
    As for players, I have said on previous occasions that former player, Denis Law, the 1964 European Footballer of the Year, was in my opinion the greatest British striker of all time as he was electric and didn't have a weakness in his prime. I will not rehearse that argument but every football fan should know about Frank Worthington who started his career with the Town in 1968. He won 8 caps for England and scored 2 goals, but like Matt Le Tissier, Frank had the flair, artistry and skill to have achieved many more. He never wore shin pads and strutted around with his socks by his ankles. He was a real character, flamboyant and charismatic who had quite a "hectic" social life in the local nightclubs. In fact Bob Paisley was poised to sign him for Liverpool until he found out about Frank's liking for living life in the fast lane!
    And finally I have to give a special mention to ex Huddersfield striker and son of our goalkeeping coach, Jordan Rhodes. Of all the strikers I have seen outside the top league, he is one of the very best I have ever witnessed. He is one of those rare strikers who guarantees goals. No performance I have witnessed encapsulates this more than his 4 goals here at Hillsborough in December, 2011. Some performance, some striker, his Dad must have been very proud.

     In just 2 days we travel to Carrow Road, Norwich, for the Championship game v Norwich City on Easter Monday, 6th April.
     Kick off is at 3:00pm and a Wednesdayite Coach service will be departing from the Wednesdayite Car Park, Penistone Road (Opposite the Kop at Hillsborough) at 7:45amprompt, hopefully giving us time to call off en-route for a drink and bite to eat. Further details are available through www.wednesdayite.com Enjoy the game this afternoon.

    UTOs, WAWAW.

     Peter Shaw, Wednesdayite Director

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