Huddersfield Town by Seb Avery

  • 166094When Huddersfield Town signed Nahki Wells from Bradford City for a rumoured club record £3m in January, he became only the third player of Bermudan nationality to play in the second tier of English football. Wells, who started off in English football at Carlisle United, follows in the footsteps of Shaun Goater who made 43 appearances for Reading (03-05) and six for Coventry (loan 04/05). Reggie Lambe was the other Bermudan, spending two years with Ipswich Town (09-11) and making 2 appearances. After a short spell with Bristol Rovers and Toronto FC in the MLS, Lambe now plays in the third tier of Swedish football for First Division side Nyköpings BIS.
  • Current Huddersfield manager Mark Robins had previous managerial jobs at Barnsley and Coventry. However he may be more well known to some for his playing career, in which he scored the infamous ‘goal that saved Fergie’s job’ in the 1989/90 season. Man United were on a poor run of form and suffering the prospect of a relegation battle in the old First Division (what is now the Premier League), with fans calling for Sir Alex to be sacked. However Robins scored a header to seal a 1-0 away win in the FA Cup against Nottingham Forest, which ultimately meant Ferguson kept his job. They went on to win the FA Cup that season, the first of Ferguson’s 33 trophies with United. Red Devils fans should thanks the Huddersfield manager, because without his goal, the last 25 years at Old Trafford could have been very, very different.
  • Huddersfield Town number 1 Alex Smithies was the only ever present for Huddersfield Town in the 2013/14 season. He appeared in all 46 league games, plus both FA Cup matches and all 3 in the League Cup, making 9 clean sheets in the process. He will face stiff competition this season however with the arrival of experienced Republic of Ireland stopper Joe Murphy from Coventry.
  • If recent success is anything to go by, Huddersfield Town could have an influx of youngsters stealing a march on the first team after their U18 side won 2 trophies last season. The 2013/14 season saw their Under 18 side crowned League 2 North champions, before beating Crewe Alexandra 6-5 on penalties in the Professional Development League 2 North Play-Off Final on Saturday.

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Jason is currently studying Multimedia Journalism at Bournemouth University and is an editor for the72. He hopes to graduate from University with an increased knowledge of journalism, eventually leading to a career in sports journalism. He is an AFC Bournemouth season ticket holder, with interest in football up and down the English leagues and abroad. Twitter @_JasonLewis

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