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Club Profile

Huddersfield Town

A favorite story of recent years, Huddersfield Town is also a fine example of a fun, easy, off-the-normal-circuit club to go and visit on a day out from Manchester.

LOCATION: Thirty minutes northeast by train from Manchester

CONTACT: htafc.com, 01484 960 600, #HTAFC

NICKNAMES: The Terriers, which was introduced to honor the fitness and tenacity of a late-1960s side

History

The club was founded in 1908 and in the 1920s was arguably the best team in the country. They were the first to win the league three years in a row, in 1924-26. Only three other clubs have done it, and no one has won four in a row. They also won the FA Cup in 1922 and lost the final another four times that decade. After World War II, Town faded,…

Rivalries

Leeds United, just 21 miles away, are the most hated; any game between these two and Bradford City would be called a West Yorkshire Derby. However, Leeds and Huddersfield Town haven’t played so often, just 80 times over all the years, with Town winning 33 of them. The rest of the years, they haven’t been in the same division. No doubt Leeds, with…

Women's Team

Huddersfield Town Women FC are in the Women’s National League North at tier 3 of the pyramid. Home games are at Stafflex Arena, home of Shelley Community

Songs

Their most famous is “Smile a While,” which sprang out of the terraces in their glory days of the 1920s. It was based on a song that was popular during World War I. Here are the lyrics, which aren’t typically sung in full, but it’s a real treat when they give it a proper go, usually right before kickoff: There’s a team that is dear to its…

Stadium

The John Smith’s Stadium, with 24,500 seats, has been their home since 1994. It replaced Leeds Road, where they played from the club’s founding in 1908. The Smith’s is a terrific, modern, attractive stadium just a few minutes’ walk from the train station. The combination makes it one of the best of the recently built grounds in the country. Fun…

Going to a Game at Huddersfield Town

GETTING THERE: It’s an easy 15-minute walk from the train station. As always, follow the colors! PUBS: Right outside the station, which dates to 1850 and is famous for its colonnades, there is a beautiful courtyard area and two great pubs. The one on the right, The Head of Steam, offers food and beer. The one on the left, the King’s Head, is more…

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