Monday, 14 October 2019

The last round up.

Posted by Tony Hutton

In trying to review the highlights of this blog which has taken me four years to complete, having started in February 2015, it is perhaps necessary to re-read my introduction at the beginning of proceedings way back in 1946. It all started with seeing the 1946 cup final on the cinema newsreels when Derby County beat Charlton at Wembley and then really took off when my Grandad took me to see Leeds United play Sheffield United at Elland Road in August 1946.

Three years living in Huddersfield saw me follow the fortunes, or mis-fortunes, of Huddersfield Town who were perennial relegation candidates, but somehow managed to escape for a while anyway. One of my favourite games at Huddersfield was a cup tie between Manchester United and Charlton Athletic which was played at Leeds Road due to both Manchester Clubs being drawn at home when they shared the Maine Road ground.

I can still reel off the full United team who went on to win the cup that season by beating Blackpool 4-2 at Wembley. Other highlights at Huddersfield were seeing Billy Liddell of Liverpool race through from half way to crash a powerful shot into the Town net, seeing the great England goalkeeper Frank Swift's last match for Manchester City and being allowed to touch the F.A.Cup carried by Billy Wright of Wolves in an old wooden box.

That took me to the end of the 1940s when my father's job took us off to the Midlands where I started watching both Walsall and Aston Villa the two clubs closest to where we lived. I soon became a bit more adventurous and started watching West Bromwich Albion, Wolves and Birmingham City as well. Walsall were really the lowest of the low at that time and repeatedly had to apply for re-election to the league. However I stuck with them in my quest to see all the teams of the Third Division South as it then was.

Aston Villa were a strange side during the 1950s, with lots of good players, although some of them were rather long in the tooth, a large ground which was the regular venue for F.A. Cup semi-finals and a good level of support. However, they never really looked like winning anything. Of the others I must say West Bromwich Albion were my favourites from the mid-fifties onwards and I became a season ticket holder in mid-sixties, when I first watched football from a seat in the stand, rather than the terraces behind the goals.

I also watched a lot of the Wolves, probably the most successful Midlands side of that period, but although admiring the play of Billy Wright and the two wingers Johnny Hancocks and Jimmy Mullen, never really took to them with their long ball tactics when led by manager Stan Cullis.
Albion were far more to my taste. I thought they played proper football, with clever ball players like Don Howe, Ray Barlow and Bobby Robson. My greatest favourite was Ronnie Allen, not a typical centre forward as he was not very tall, but a brilliant player with a tremendous shot and able to lay on goals for others.

Walsall of course eventually had their seasons in the sun, after years of struggling in the lower reaches of the Third Division. The formation of the new Fourth Division led them to becoming league champions in 1959-60 and they continued on the crest of a wave to gain promotion to the Second Division at the end of 1960-61 on a memorable night in Shrewsbury. The start of 1961-62 season was probably the high point of Walsall's history with great home wins at Fellows Park over star studded Sunderland and Newcastle United.

Despite the tremendous goal scoring of Tony Richards and Colin Taylor during this period and the sterling work of such stalwarts as 'Chopper' Gutteridge and Albert McPherson in defence, Walsall were relegated after just two seasons when they lost a tragic replay (following a monsoon like downpour) in their vital last match of 1962-63 with Charlton.

Towards the end of the 1960's when I re-located first to Derbyshire and then back to Yorkshire, I started to watch both Derby County, then in the Second Division, and Matlock Town, members of the new Northern Premier League. This was at the beginning of the Brian Clough and Peter Taylor era at Derby and it was great to share the incredible Baseball Ground atmosphere as promotion was followed by the First Division Championship and entry into the European Cup. A new goal scoring hero arrived in the shape of Kevin Hector, who was surrounded by some class players developed by the management team with such precision.

Matlock Town, despite being a perennial mid-table side finally came good in 1975, when the whole town seemed to descend on Wembley to see Peter Swan's side trounce favourites Scarborough in the F.A. Trophy final. Then it was on into Sheffield where my son and I became regulars at Bramall Lane after winning season tickets in a father and son competition. Some great games here with Sheffield United often upsetting the top teams with such favourites as Tony Currie and Alan Woodward.

We also watched Sheffield Wednesday on occasions at Hillsborough including the famous visit by Santos of Brazil, with the inimitable Pele, on a Wednesday afternoon due to the floodlight ban. An occasion when the whole city seemed to come to a standstill. Finally I came full circle when we returned to Leeds and became season ticket holders in the Lowfields Road stand to watch the end of an era as Don Revie's great team gradually departed one by one. By 1980 my enthusiasm for the game began to wane and, like many a middle aged man, compared the new version of the game and it's atmosphere unfavourably with my boyhood memories. However I still have all those wonderful memories of great games of the past, even if today's game largely passes me by.


List of most memorable matches.

7.2.1948 - F.A. Cup - Manchester United 2 Charlton Athletic 0 (at Leeds Road, Huddersfield)

30.4.1949 - Division Three North - Hull City 6 Stockport County 1.

18.3.1950 - Division Three South - Walsall 3 Notts County 3. (at Fellows Park)

2.2.1952 - F.A. Cup - Birmingham City 0 Leyton Orient 1. (at St. Andrews)

6.9.1952 - Division Two - Huddersfield Town 6 Barnsley 0. (at Leeds Road)

4.10.1952 - Division One - Wolves 6 Manchester Utd. 2. (at Molineux)

28.2.1953 - F.A. Cup - Aston Villa 0 Everton 1. (at Villa Park)

21.3.1953 - F.A. Cup semi-final - Blackpool 2 Spurs 1. (at Villa Park)

13.3.1954 - F.A. Cup - W.B.A. 3 Spurs 1. (at the Hawthorns)

29.9.1954 - Charity Shield - Wolves 4 W.B.A. 4. (at Molineux)

26.3.1955 - F.A. Cup semi-final - Manchester City 1 Sunderland 0. (at Villa Park)

7.5.1955 - F.A. Cup Final - Newcastle Utd. 3 Manchester City 1. (at Wembley)

15.10.1955 - Division One - Aston Villa 4 Manchester Utd. 4. (at Villa Park)

1.3.1958 - F.A. Cup - W.B.A. 2 Manchester Utd. 2. (at the Hawthorns)

22.3.1958 - F.A. Cup semi-final - Manchester Utd. 2 Fulham 2 (Villa Park)

23.2.1959 - F.A. Cup - Notts Forest 5 Birmingham City 0 ( Filbert Street, Leicester)

2.3.1960 - European Cup - Wolves 2 Barcelona 5 (Molineux)

26.4.1961 - Division Three - Shrewsbury Town 1 Walsall 2 (Gay Meadow)

19.8.1961 - Division Two - Walsall 4 Sunderland 3 (Fellows Park)

26.12.1963 - Division One - W.B.A. 4 Spurs 4 (The Hawthorns)

23.3.1966 - League Cup  - W.B.A. 4 West Ham United 1 (The Hawthorns)

30.7.1966 - World Cup Final - England 4 West Germany 2  (Wembley)

3.3.1967 - League Cup Final - Queens Park Rangers 3 W.B.A. 2  (Wembley)

7.10.1967 - Division One - Leeds United 7 Chelsea 0 (Elland Road)

29.5.1968 - European Cup Final - Manchester United 4 Benfica 1 (Wembley)

2.10.1968 - League Cup - Derby County 3 Chelsea 1 (The Baseball Ground)

23.10.1968 - League Cup - Derby County 1 Everton 0 (The Baseball Ground)

15.3.1969 - League Cup Final - Swindon Town 3 Arsenal 1 (Wembley)

20.9.1969 - Division One - Derby County 5 Spurs 0 (The Baseball Ground)

1.5.1972 - Division One - Derby County 1 Liverpool 0 (The Baseball Ground)

7.5.1973 - Jack Charlton Testimonial - Leeds Utd. 3 Glasgow Celtic 4 (Elland Road)

19.5.1973 - International - England 1 Scotland 0 (Wembley)

4.9.1973 - Division One - Sheffield United 5 Arsenal 0 (Bramall Lane)

22.3.1975 - Division One - Sheffield United 3 West Ham United 2 (Bramall Lane)

26.4.1975 - F.A. Trophy Final - Matlock Town 4 Scarborough 0 (Wembley)

1.5.1976 - F.A. Cup Final - Southampton 1 Manchester United 0 (Wembley)

8.1.1977 - F.A. Cup - Carlisle United 5 Matlock Town 1 (Brunton Park)

4.5.1978 - Northern Premier Cup Final - Matlock Town 3 Boston United 0 (Maine Road)

16.4.1980 - F.A. Cup semi-final replay - West Ham 2 Everton 1 (Elland Road)

26.4.1981 - Division One - Aston Villa 3 Middlesborough 0 (Villa Park)

28.7.1985 - Bradford City Testimonial match - England 1966 6 West Germany 1966 4


Finally I will try to pick my best team of all the great players I have seen over the years, which has been a very difficult task, but here goes:-

1. Bert Trautmann (Manchester City)
2. John Carey (Manchester United) 2. Roger Byrne (Manchester United)
4. Billy Bremner (Leeds Utd) 5. John Charles (Leeds Utd) 6. Dave Mackay (Spurs and Derby)
7. George Best (Manchester Utd), 8. Raich Carter (Derby and Hull City),
9. Ronnie Allen (W.B.A.), 10. Bobby Charlton (Manchester Utd), 11. Tom Finney (Preston N.E.).

As an alternative a team of players who entertained me the most, picked from all the teams I followed over the years:-

1. Bert Williams (Wolves)
2. Don Howe (W.B.A.), 3. Bill Gutteridge (Walsall);
4. Colin Todd (Derby), 5. Roy McFarland (Derby), 6. Ray Barlow (W.B.A.)
7. Johnny Hancocks (Wolves), 8. Kevin Hector (Derby), 9. Tony Richards (Walsall),
10. Tony Currie (Sheffield Utd and Leeds United), 11. Colin Taylor (Walsall).






Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Goodbye to Leeds Road, Huddersfield - 30.4.1994

Posted by Tony Hutton

Although I was not present myself for the last rites, I collected a lot of material to celebrate the last ever match played at the Leeds Road ground of Huddersfield Town. This took place on 30th April 1994 when Town took on Blackpool. I lived in Huddersfield as a young schoolboy from 1946-1949 and was a regular on the terracing behind the goal at the Kilner Bank end in front of the half time scoreboard. So lots of memories flooded back as I re-lived those three years in the very first stages of this blog.

















After a team of former players had been introduced to the crowd by Steve Kindon, including Albert Nightingale, who fell over to remind us of his antics as one of the first 'divers' in the game, the teams came out of the tunnel for the last time. The players introduced were Hugh Turner, Len Butt, Eddie Boot, Peter Doherty, Albert Nightingale, Willie Davie, Dennis Law, Kevin mcHale, Steve Smith, Peter Fletcher and Dave Sutton.









    The last match. This is where I used to stand to watch Huddersfield Town from 1946-1949.

      The last match. This is the view I had from a bit lower down behind the goal.

Pictures from the Huddersfield Examiner.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

1981-2016 - End of the road

Posted by Tony Hutton


SATURDAY 12TH DECEMBER, 1981

LEAGUE DIVISION ONE AT ELLAND ROAD, LEEDS

LEEDS UNITED 0 TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS 0

Lukic; Hird, Stevenson; Cherry, Hart, Firm;
Chandler, Parlane, Conner, Sabella, Graham; sub hamson.

Daines; Smith, Hughton; Taylor, Lacy, Perryman;
Ardiles, Archibald, Villa, Hoddle, Crooks;

Referee:- D.T. Richardson, Lincoln





SATURDAY 20TH FEBRUARY 1982                    Attendance 20,287

LEAGUE DIVISION ONE AT ELLAND ROAD, LEEDS

LEEDS UNITED 0 IPSWICH TOWN 2 (Brazil, Mills)

Lukic; Hird, Gray (F); Stevenson, Hart, Aspin;
Butterworth, Graham, Parlane, Gray (E), Barnes; sub Flynn.









WEDNESDAY 12TH MAY 1982

LEAGUE DIVISION ONE AT ELLAND ROAD, LEEDS

LEEDS UNITED 3 (Worthington 2, 1 pen., Connor)
BIRMINGHAM CITY 3 (Harford 2, Broadhurst)

Lukic; Hird, Gray (F); Flynn, Hart, Cherry;
Gray (E), Graham, Worthington, Connor, Barnes; sub Flynn.


SATURDAY 21ST AUGUST, 1982

FRIENDLY MATCH AT NETHERMOOR, GUISELEY

GUISELEY 1 ((Baker) LEEDS UNITED XI 0





                       Think he meant lethargic!

                       Match report by Peter Hutton



SATURDAY 15TH JANUARY 1983

NORTHERN COUNTIES (EAST) LEAGUE AT WELFARE GROUND, EMLEY

EMLEY 1 (Branch) HEANOR TOWN 1 (Ramsey)


SATURDAY 9TH APRIL, 1983

NORTHERN COUNTIES (EAST) LEAGUE AT THE DENNYFIELD, THACKLEY

THACKLEY 1 ILKESTON TOWN 1


MONDAY 23RD APRIL 1984

NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE AT CAUSEWAY LANE, MATLOCK

MATLOCK TOWN 1 (Warburton) BURTON ALBION 1 (Froggatt)



SATURDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 1984

NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE AT CAUSEWAY LANE, MATLOCK

MATLOCK TOWN 2 (Mountain 2) MOSSLEY 1 (Scarborough)



SUNDAY 28TH JULY 1985                                           Attendance 19,496

BRADFORD CITY FIRE TESTIMONIAL MATCH AT ELLAND ROAD, LEEDS

ENGLAND (1966) 6 (Hurst 3, Ball 2, Peters) WEST GERMANY (1966) 4 (Seeler 2, Overath,
                                                                                                                            Holzenbein)

Banks; Cohen, Wilson; Stiles, Charlton (J), Moore (capt);
Ball, Hunt, Charlton (R), Hurst, Peters;

Tilkowski; Lutz, Lorenz; Beckenbauer, Schultz, Fichiel;
Holzenbein, Held, Seeler (capt), Overath, Emerich;

Referee:- J. Taylor, England.






















MONDAY 5TH AUGUST, 1985                                 Attendance 2,134


WEST RIDING CUP AT ELLAND ROAD, LEEDS

LEEDS UNITED 2 (Baird, Lorimer pen) HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1 (Tempest)

Swinbourne; Irwin, Hamson; Snodin, Bentley, Aspin;
McCl;uskey, Sheridan, Baird, Lorimer, Sellars; subs Simmonds, Rose.

Mason; Wilson, Bray; Cowling, Webster, Jones;
Curran, Cork, Tempest, Dale, Winter, Cooper; sub Wadsworth.

Referee:- J. McAulay, Leeds.
Match report by Mark Ledgard.


Ian Baird, the strong-moving striker from Southampton, showed at Elland Road last night that he is capable of giving Leeds United an inspiring lead again this season.

Baird, who took Leeds so close to promotion in the final weeks of last season, shattered Town's hopes late in this West Riding Senior Cup engagement. As two defenders expected an offside decision after sixty eight minutes, Baird raced through to beat Mason with an angled shot from fifteen yards. 

Two minutes later, he was threatening again when Jones brought him down and Lorimer clinched matters for Leeds from the penalty. Leeds created some surprise for the crowd of 2,134 by playing Snodin their £200,000 midfield signing from Doncaster at the heart of their defence in the absence of Linighan. But Snodin never put a foot wrong as he proved just what an out standing buy he could turn out to be.

Town had their chances in the first half when Curran, the new signing from Everton, stamped his authority on their attacking ways. They were not sharp enough though near goal to beat Swinburne, the new Leeds reserve goal-keeper from Brentford, and it was not until two minutes from the close that Tempest eventually broke through to score.





SATURDAY 28TH NOVEMBER, 1987

LEAGUE DIVISION TWO AT LEEDS ROAD, HUDDERSFIELD

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1 (Cooper) LEICESTER CITY 0


SATURDAY 31ST DECEMBER, 1988

LEAGUE DIVISION FOUR AT SCARBOROUGH

SCARBOROUGH 2 (L. Thompson, Graham) CREWE ALEXANDRA 1 (Richards og)




MONDAY 2ND JANUARY 1989

LEAGUE DIVISION TWO AT VALLEY PARADE, BRADFORD

BRADFORD CITY 1 (Leonard) SUNDERLAND 0

Tomlinson; Mitchell, Abbott; Banks, Jackson, Evans;
Palin, Sinnott, Ormondroyd, Kennedy, Leonard; subs Jewell and Thomas.

Norman; Bennett, Gray (F); Ord, McPhail, Doyle;
Lemon, Armstrong, Gates, Gabbiadini, Owers; subs Agboola and Cornforth.

A large army of Sunderland supporters had travelled early for this twelve noon kick off, but they went home disappointed after a controversial goal gave City the points. Leonard scored after Sunderland claimed that goalkeeper Tony Norman had been fouled. Norman it was who had kept the visitors in the game with a series of fine saves.

Sunderland looked dangerous on the break with former Ipswich man, Eric Gates, and former York player Marco Gabbiadini prominent. However City's defence, with Peter Jackson outstanding, held firm. Sunderland's manager, Dennis Smith, was so incensed with the goal that he refused to speak to the Press after the game, but Terry Dolan was delighted with his team's performance.











SATURDAY 4TH MARCH 1995

LEAGUE DIVISION TWO AT THE McALPINE STADIUM, HUDDERSFIELD

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 0 BRADFORD CITY 0

Francis; Billy, Scully, Sinnott, Cowan; Crosby, Bullock, Duxbury, Reid;
Jepson, Booth; sub Dunn.

Tomlinson; Huxford, Mitchell, Richards, Jacobs; Showler, Robson, Verveer, Youds, Hamilton;
Taylor;

Referee:- K. Lupton


After four seasons without seeing any football at all I was invited by the late Des Layton, to join him in the Hospital Radio commentary point at the new McAlpine Stadium, which I had not previously visited. The game originally planned was with York City in February 1995 and we were in position when the game was abandoned due to torrential rain before kick-off.

So here I was again for a game with no goals, but plenty of action and a record attendance.





Just a handful of games remain all of them accompanied by my son, most of them un-memorable in the extreme, although I did enjoy seeing Brazil in Abu Dhabi.

21.4.2001 - Bradford City 2 Derby County 0
8.9.2001 - Leeds United 0 Bolton Wanderers 0
12,11.2005 - U.A.E. 0 Brazil 8
7.4.2012 - Derby County 0 Ipswich Town 0
24.10.2015 - Huddersfield Town 1 Derby County 2
and finally (I think!) 19.3.2016 - Derby County 1 Notts Forest 0 to celebrate my son's 50th birthday with excellent corporate hospitality at Pride Park, hosted by former Derby centre forward Roger Davies.


Not quite the end of my football blogging yet, as I have quite a lot on Huddersfield Town's farewell to their old Leeds Road ground, of which I have such happy memories as a young boy, as well as some sort of summary of what I enjoyed most over this very long period of time.


















1980-81 - (Part two) - Huddersfield Town/Derby County/Leeds Utd.

Posted by Tony Hutton

SATURDAY 7TH FEBRUARY, 1981

LEAGUE DIVISION THREE AT LEEDS ROAD, HUDDERSFIELD

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1 (Cowling) BARNSLEY 0

Freeman; Brown, Robinson; Stanton, Sutton, Hanvey;
Lillis, Kennedy, Austin, Kindon, Cowling;

New; Joyce, Chambers; Glavin, Banks, McCarthy;
Evans, Parker, Riley, Lester, Downes; sub Cooper.

Referee:- N. Midgley, Salford.


















SATURDAY 21ST FEBRUARY, 1981                     Attendance 15,709

LEAGUE DIVISION TWO AT THE BASEBALL GROUND, DERBY

DERBY COUNTY 1 (McFarland) LEYTON ORIENT 1 (Margerison)

Jones; Emery, Buckley; B. Powell, McFarland, Ramage;
Reid, Swindlehurst, Biley, Hector, Wilson; sub Osgood.


SATURDAY 7TH MARCH, 1981                       Attendance 28,518

LEAGUE DIVISION TWO AT HILLSBOROUGH, SHEFFIELD

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 0 DERBY COUNTY 0

Jones; Emery, Buckley; Reid, McFarland, Ramage;
Sheridan, Clayton, Swindlehurst, Hector, Wilson;



TUESDAY 31ST MARCH, 1981

LEAGUE DIVISION ONE AT ELLAND ROAD, LEEDS

LEEDS UNITED 3 (Hird pen., Harris, Hart) IPSWICH TOWN 0

Lukic; Greenhoff, Gray (E); Flynn, Hart, Cherry;
Harris, Hird, Parlane, Stevenson, Graham; sub Sabella.








TUESDAY 21ST APRIL, 1981                                 Attendance 9,463

LEAGUE DIVISION THREE AT LEEDS ROAD, HUDDERSFIELD

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1 (Lillis) WALSALL 1 (S. Waddington)

Freeman; Brown, Robinson; Stanton, Sutton, Hanvey;
Lillis, Kennedy, Austin, Kindon, Cowling; sub Robins.

Green; Macken, Mower; Horne, Bains, Hart;
Rees, Waddington, Penn, Buckley, Caswell;

Referee; R. Bridges, Deeside.
















SATURDAY 25TH APRIL, 1981                          Attendance 38,018

LEAGUE DIVISION ONE AT VILLA PARK, BIRMINGHAM

ASTON VILLA 3 (Shaw, Withe, Evans) MIDDLESBOROUGH 0

Rimmer; Swain, Williams; Evans, McNaught, Mortimore (capt);
Bremner, Shaw, Withe, Cowans, Morley;

Platt; Nobbs, Bailey; Bell, Angus, McAndrew;
Cochrane, Proctor, Burns, Shearer, Armstrong;

This was Villa's last home match of the season and it was worth breaking the journey home to Yorkshire from London, braving the torrential rain and the dreadful Birmingham pubs, to see them crowned as League Champions.

Middlesborough, with a poor looking side, gave the appearance of knowing they were only there to make up the numbers against a side which has looked worthy champions for most of the season. Ron Saunders has built a fine team from players who in many cases have been rejected by other clubs. However he has certainly found the right blend and particularly in the case of Dennis Mortimore and Gordon Cowans who run the side from mid-field.

Gary Shaw the young, goal-scoring inside forward has been a revelation and the old fashioned centre forward play of Peter With and the explosive speed of Tony Morley on the left wing were all much in evidence today. Many years ago since I stood on the terraces behind the goal to watch the lack lustre sides of the 1950s, but nice to be sitting in the comfort of the main stand for the first time ever, to see them take the First Division title.











TUESDAY 28TH APRIL, 1981

FRIENDLY MATCH AT ELLAND ROAD, LEEDS

LEEDS UNITED 2 (Huber o.g., Graham) BORUSSIA DORTMUND 0

Smith; Greenhoff, Madeley; Flynn, Firm, Cherry;
Harris, Hird, Parlane, Stevenson, Graham; subs Connor, Gray and Seaman (unused).

Bertram; Huber, Koch; Russman, Schneider, Dormann;
Abramczik, Schneider (T), Edwaldson, Geyer, Wagner; sub Holz.

Referee:- T.L. Morris, Leeds









That just about brings me to the end of my football watching story which started at Elland Road nearly thirty five years ago. By now I had become totally disillusioned by the game and the atmosphere surrounding it. I suppose most people remember the game as it was during their younger days through rose coloured spectacles, but I had lost my sense of excitement and anticipation. My son, who had been my constant companion for many years, still came to watch Rugby League with me at Headingley, but now went to Elland Road to be with his school mates on the Kop.

Very soon he was working in local radio, starting with non-league football and is still travelling the world to watch football wherever he can while remaining loyal, along with his two sons, to his first two clubs - Derby County and Matlock Town.

For completeness sake I will list the few remaining games I saw in my final blog but this only involves another eighteen games over the following eight seasons. I then only saw one live game in the ten years of the 1990s. There have been one or two since but usually special occasions involving my family.