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.