Huddersfield Town A.F.C.

Huddersfield Town Association Football Club is a professional football club in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England, which competes in the Championship.

Huddersfield Town A.F.C.
Full nameHuddersfield Town Association Football Club
Nickname(s)The Terriers
Founded15 August 1908 (1908-08-15)
GroundKirklees Stadium
Coordinates53°39′15.0361″N 1°46′5.8605″W
ChairmanPhil Hodgkinson
ManagerDanny Cowley
2018–19Premier League, 20th of 20 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

Huddersfield became the first English club to win three successive English League titles in 1926, a feat which only three other clubs have matched. The first two league titles were won under legendary manager and pioneer Herbert Chapman, who also led the club to an FA Cup win in 1922. In the late 1950s the club was managed by Bill Shankly and featured Denis Law and Ray Wilson. Following relegation from the First Division in 1972, Huddersfield spent 45 years in the second, third and fourth tiers of English football, before returning to the top flight in 2017. They were relegated back to the Championship at the end of the 2018–19 season.


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.

Huddersfield became the first English team to win three successive English League titles in 1926 – a feat that only three other clubs (Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United) have been able to match – and was achieved under the leadership of legendary manager and pioneer Herbert Chapman and his successor Cecil Potter. Huddersfield Town also won the FA Cup in 1922 and the Charity Shield the same year and have been runners-up on four other occasions in the FA Cup. During the club's heyday in the 1920s and 1930s, they achieved a record attendance of 67,037 on 27 February 1932 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 2010–11, Huddersfield went 43 games unbeaten, the second-highest in the league after Arsenal's 49-match run of 2003–04.[2]

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. Huddersfield missed the first three penalties became the first team to win an football league play-off penalty shootout after doing so.

In November 2015, German-born 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.[3]

On 29 May 2017, the club successfully earned promotion to the Premier League for the first time (since the rebranding in 1992) 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.[4]

On 9 May 2018, the club secured safety from relegation, earning another season in the Premier League, following a 1–1 draw against Chelsea and went on to place 16th.[5] However, the club suffered a very poor start to the 2018-19 season, taking just 2 wins in their first 22 matches. With the team rooted to the bottom of the table with just 11 points on the board, Wagner left the club by mutual consent on 14 January 2019.[6] He was replaced with former Borussia Dortmund II manager Jan Siewert on a 2 year deal.[7] However, he couldn't prevent Huddersfield suffering relegation from the Premier League on 30 March 2019 following a defeat to Crystal Palace, with the club joining Derby County and Ipswich Town as the only clubs in the league's history to be relegated with six matches left to play.[8]

After failing to win any of the first 3 matches of the 2019–20 season, Siewert was sacked in August after just 7 months in charge.[9] He was replaced by Lincoln City boss Danny Cowley on 9 September.[10]

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.

To mark Town's promotion to the Premier League in 2017-18, the club adopted a Terriers logo to replace the historic crest on the shirts.[11]

To mark Town's relegation from the Premier League in 2019, the club agreed to have Paddy Power shirt sponsorship in a striking beauty queen style diagonal sash design.[12] Within days, the club were contacted by The Football Association for their 'observations' about the kit.[13] Shortly it was revealed that the "sash" shirt was a prank envisioned by Paddy Power, and that the club would play in shirts without a sponsor.[14]


  • 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.[15][16]


Leeds United are considered to be the club's main rivals, with Huddersfield having the better head-to-head record of the two teams. Including games against United's predecessor club Leeds City, Huddersfield have won 36 of the 88 derbies between the two sides with 20 draws and 32 Leeds wins.[17] 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. Huddersfield also have the better head-to-head record between the two, winning 21 derbies with 17 draws and 14 Bradford wins.

There are smaller rivalries with Barnsley (31 wins, 15 draws, 26 defeats), Roses rivals Oldham Athletic (20 wins, 15 draws, 12 defeats) and formerly with near neighbours Halifax Town (8 wins, 5 draws, 4 defeats). Manchester City were also once considered rivals during the time that the two clubs were competing in the old First Division - Manchester City lead in the head-to-heads, however, with 28 victories to Huddersfield's 22, with 30 drawn games between them. [18]

A survey conducted as recently as August 2019 showed that Huddersfield supporters consider Leeds United, Bradford City and Oldham Athletic to be their fiercest rivals, with Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday following.[19]

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
1982–1984BuktaCentral Mirfield
1993–1994Super LeaguePulse (Home)
Vileda (Away)
1994–1995Pulse (Home)
Panasonic 3DO (Away)
2001–2002BloggsPrime Time Recruitment
2005–2007Yorkshire Building Society
2009–2010Yorkshire Air Ambulance (Home)
Radian B (Away)
2010–2011Kirklees College (Home)
Radian B (Away)
2012–2013Rekorderlig (Home)
Radian B (Away)
2014–2015Rekorderlig (Home)
Radian B (Away)
Covonia (3rd)
2015–2017Pure Legal Limited (Home)
Radian B (Away)
Covonia (3rd)
2017–2018OPE Sports (chest), PURE Legal (sleeve)
2018–2019Umbro[20]OPE Sports (chest), Leisu Sports (sleeve)
2019–presentPaddy Power (unbranded)[14]



First-team squad

As of 5 December 2019[21][22]

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

No. Position Player
1 GK Kamil Grabara (on loan from Liverpool)
4 DF Tommy Elphick
5 DF Terence Kongolo
6 MF Jonathan Hogg
7 MF Juninho Bacuna
8 DF Trevoh Chalobah (on loan from Chelsea)
9 FW Elias Kachunga
11 MF Adama Diakhaby
13 GK Joel Coleman
14 DF Herbert Bockhorn
16 FW Karlan Grant
17 DF Danny Simpson
18 MF Isaac Mbenza
19 FW Josh Koroma
20 MF Reece Brown
21 MF Alex Pritchard
22 FW Fraizer Campbell
No. Position Player
23 FW Collin Quaner
24 FW Steve Mounié
26 DF Christopher Schindler (Captain)
27 DF Jon Gorenc Stanković
28 DF Jaden Brown
31 GK Ryan Schofield
33 DF Florent Hadergjonaj
35 DF Rarmani Edmonds-Green
37 FW Kian Harratt
38 DF Demeaco Duhaney
39 MF Lewis O'Brien
41 MF Matty Daly
42 GK Jacob Chapman
43 MF Scott High
46 DF Josh Austerfield
47 DF Ben Jackson

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
10 MF Aaron Mooy (at Brighton & Hove Albion until 31 May 2020)
GK Ben Hamer (at Derby County until 31 May 2020)
No. Position Player
MF Aaron Rowe (at Boston United until 6 January 2020)
MF Ramadan Sobhi (at Al Ahly until 31 May 2020)

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.[23]

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 Terry Dolan
1976 Terry Gray
1977 Kevin Johnson
1978 Mick Butler
1979 Alan Starling
1980 Malcolm Brown
1981 Mark Lillis
1982 Mick Kennedy
1983 David Burke
1984 Paul Jones
1985 David Burke
1986 Joey Jones
1987 Duncan Shearer
1988 Simon Trevitt
1989 Steve Hardwick
Year Winner
1990 Lee Martin
1991 Graham Mitchell
1992 Iwan Roberts
1993 Neil Parsley
1994 Steve Francis
1995 Ronnie Jepson
1996 Tom Cowan
1997 Tom Cowan
1998 Jon Dyson
1999 Nico Vaesen
2000 Jamie Vincent
2001 Craig Armstrong
2002 Leon Knight
2003 Martin Smith
2004 Jon Worthington
Year Winner
2005 Nathan Clarke
2006 Andy Booth
2007 David Mirfin
2008 Andy Holdsworth
2009 Gary Roberts
2010 Peter Clarke
2011 Peter Clarke
2012 Jordan Rhodes
2013 James Vaughan
2014 Adam Clayton
2015 Jacob Butterfield
2016 Nahki Wells
2017 Aaron Mooy
2018 Christopher Schindler
2019 Christopher Schindler

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/Premier League (top tier)

Second Division/Championship (second tier)

Third Division/League One (third tier)

Fourth Division/League Two (fourth tier)


FA Cup

Football League Cup

FA Charity Shield

Football League Trophy

Yorkshire Electricity Cup


Tournoi de Pentecôte du Red Star

  • Winners (1): 1921[24]


Club officials

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

Updated to match played 12 April 2019
Source: Who's Who

Coaching and medical staff

Position Staff
Manager Danny Cowley
Assistant Manager Nicky Cowley
First Team Coach Mark Hudson
Head Of Football Operations David Webb
Academy Manager Steve Weaver
Head of Academy Recruitment Vacant
Head of Goalkeeping Paul Clements
Head of Strength & Conditioning Dan Hughes
Head of Sports Science John Iga
Physiotherapist Ian Kirkpatrick
First Team Post Match Analyst Chris West
First Team Opposition Analyst Jansen Moreno[25]
U23 Manager Mark Hudson
U18 Manager Leigh Bromby
Assistant Academy Manager Graham Yates
Head of Coaching Vacant
Academy Physiotherapist Jon Worthington
Player Liaison Officer Mark Fagan

Last updated: 9 September 2019
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)


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