Huddersfield Town Club Profile
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Huddersfield Town : Club Background
Huddersfield Town was formed in 1908, a late arrival in an area dedicated to that point by egg chasing, and admitted into the Football League two years later, playing at their old Leeds Road ground. The new club was very nearly liquidated and merged with neighbours Leeds United in 1919, but the threat was enough to galvanize the townsfolk of Huddersfield into supporting their local team in sufficient numbers to make it a going concern. Promotion into the top flight of Division One followed a year later; and the decade of the 20's brought unprecedented success to the Terriers, the club winning the FA Cup in 1922 and going on from there to win three consecutive Championships, the first club to accomplish such a feat, as well as finishing third once and runners-up twice - halcyon days indeed!

The Riverside Stand
The stadium's main stand - The Riverside

The Terriers remained in the top flight until 1952, though they never managed to win another League Championship. They bounced back from relegation the very next season, and finished 3rd in Division 1 a year later. By the end of the '55-'56 season they had returned to the Second Division however, where they stayed until 1970 when once again they were promoted, this time as Division Two champions. The year previously Huddersfield reached the semi-finals of the League Cup before being knocked out by Arsenal.

If the 1920's were sublime for The Terriers, then the 70's were surely the club's nadir. Relegation was followed by relegation which in turn was followed by relegation - only 5 years after being promoted up into Division One Huddersfield found themselves back in Division Four and playing in front of less than two thousand fans - from the sublime to the ridiculous in half a decade.

Into more recent times, and once again Town found themselves on the up - under Mick Buxton the club won the Fourth Division title and two years later won promotion from the Third Division. The yo-yoing continued with relegation back to Division Three two seasons later, where the club remained until league reorganisation saw it become the new Division Two in 1992. At the same time, with Leeds Road now very much looking its age and capacity forever being reduced in the name of safety, the new McAlpine Stadium started to be constructed, the club agreeing to groundshare with the local rugby league side. By 1994 the building was complete and The Terriers moved into the McAlpine, reaching the final of the Autoglass Trophy the same year.

Twelve months later and Huddersfield were back at Wembley, beating Bristol Rovers 2-1 to win the play-off final and promotion to Division One. Several years of consolidation followed, but yet again things went wrong. Steve Bruce was brought in to his first managerial post and though he started well results soon deteriorated and he was replaced by Lou Macari. The Scot couldn't rescue the situation however and Huddersfield found themselves back in the Second Division for 2002. Macari was himself fired at the end of the that season for failing to get the club out of the division, something managed with ease by his replacement Mick Wadsworth 12 months later - but unfortunately at the wrong end of the table.

The Kilner Stand
Opposite the main stand is the Kilner Stand

To be fair to Wadsworth there was not much he could do at the McAlpine with money worries being the biggest barrier to progress. A new board took over after multi-millionaire owner Barry Ruberry withdrew his financial support from the club, and eventually put the club into administration. For a while the prospects looked extremely bleak, but with former owner Ruberry writing off the millions the club owed him personally, and a new consortium in charge, Huddersfield Town survived.

Peter Jackson returned as manager in 2003, the former Terriers boss a popular choice amongst fans. Cash was still tight however and although Huddersfield were undoubtedly one of the bigger clubs in the bottom division he did well to get them straight into the play-offs. A very tight semi-final against Lincoln City was won 4-3 on aggregate. The Final at the Millennium Stadium versus Mansfield Town ended 0-0 and it was penalties that took the Terriers up.

With the Alfred MacAlpine renamed after new sponsors the Galpharm Stadium Huddersfield had a solid season in the renamed League One in 2004-05. They were our prediction for the title in 2005-06, but in the end only made the play-offs. That they ended up slipping outside the automatics was in no small part due to ourselves. On the penultimate game of that season, the Glovers pulled back from 1-0 down at the Galpharm to win 1-2 and confirm our League One status and to condemn the Terriers to the play-off lottery. As with most teams who find entering the play-offs a disappointment rather than a bonus, they didn't make it through them.

In the 2006-07 season the wheels came well and truly off at the Galpharm. Again Huddersfield were expected to challenge. Few would have expected them to have finished 15th. The knives were out for both manager Peter Jackson and the Terriers board as early as our visit in September, with demonstrations outside the stadium after the game. After their season slipped away, Jackson got his marching orders and in came former Barnsley boss Andy Ritchie. He only oversaw the final four games of that season, but the performance the following term was deemed simply not good enough as they headed for a mid-table finish and the same pattern was replayed, with Ritchie out in the Spring and Stan Ternent brought in. We predicted he too would have one season to get them up or be out on his ear. In fact he got the boot in six months and in December 2008 Lee Clark entered the revolving mangerial door at the Galpharm.

Clark was on the whole a successful appointment. In his opening six months he only managed a 9th placed finish, but a year later they sneaked into the play-offs, with a 6th place slot. Losing in the play-offs, Clark bettered that position for the 2010-11 season with a 3rd placed finish, but still Huddersfield were the bridesmaids.

The 2011-12 season saw more of the same, with Huddersfield finishing 4th in the table. They did so by firing Lee Clark in February of that season and replacing him with Simon Grayson, who had got Blackpool up through the play-offs against the Glovers in 2007. That managed to break the hoodoo, as they defeated Sheffield United at Wembley after a mammoth shootout. Grayson's reward for promotion was to be given under a year in the job - he was fired in January 2013, with present incumbent Mark Robins taking over a month later. They finished the 2012-13 season in 19th place - a reasonable achievement for a club stabilising in the Championship division again.

The South Stand
The South Stand - just about spacious enough for 347 on the weekday evening of this visit.

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Huddersfield Town : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Huddersfield Town

21/10/2003HomeDIV3W2-15274Skiverton 4, Johnson 51
02/03/2004AwayDIV3L1-39395Way 78
12/11/2005HomeCCL1L1-26742Johnson 47
29/04/2006AwayCCL1W2-114473Jevons 66, 72
16/09/2006AwayCCL1W3-29573Morris 14, Davies 51, Cohen 77
05/01/2007HomeCCL1W3-15554Morris 4, Best 23, Own Goal 36
11/08/2007AwayCCL1L0-19876
02/02/2008HomeCCL1L0-24823
28/10/2008AwayCCL1D0-010719
27/01/2009HomeCCL1W1-03703MacDonald 45
29/08/2009AwayCCL1L1-212646Murtagh 6
30/01/2010HomeCCL1L0-14110
18/09/2010AwayNPL1L2-413479Bowditch 9, Tudur Jones 15
05/03/2011HomeNPL1D1-13620A Williams 39
29/10/2011HomeNPL1L0-13486
05/05/2012AwayNPL1L0-213520
29/12/2013AwayCHPL1-512946Miller 14
21/04/2014HomeCHPL1-25903Lawrence 73


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Huddersfield Town

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Huddersfield Town : Club Statistics

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence:
Away Results Sequence: Overall Results Sequence:


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Huddersfield Town : Club Information

The John Smith's Stadium
Stadium Way
Leeds Road
Huddersfield
West Yorkshire
HD1 6PX

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Telephone Number : 0870 4444677
Fax : 01484 484101
Email: info@htafc.com
Chairman : Dean Hoyle
Fixtures Secretary : Ann Hough
Head of Communications : Alisdair Straughan
Manager : Mark Robins

Capacity : 24,554
Seated : All-seated
Covered Terrace : n/a
Record Attendance : at the new stadium - 23,678 v Liverpool, FAC R3, 12/12/1999; all time (at Leeds Road) - 67,037 v Arsenal, FAC R6, 27/02/1932

Colours : shirt - blue and white stripes; shorts - white; socks - blue with white trim
Nickname : The Terriers

Ticket Prices :
Ticket prices for the 2013-14 season are as follows:

Adults: £23.00; Over-60s: £13.00; Under-18s: £10.00; Under-8s: £5.00.

Away supporters are located at one end of the ground in the South Stand (currently dubbed the John Smith's Stand) which has a 4,000 seat capacity. Huddersfield have split the accommodation on the odd occasion, but usual practice is to give the whole end to away supporters.

Disabled Info :
There are 14 dedicated car-parking places for away disabled fans behind the South Stand on a first-come, first-served basis. 16 wheelchair places for away fans at rear of the South Stand with access via a series of ramps. 2 disabled toilets available. For visually-impaired people there are 26 positions for home and away supporters with full match commentary available located towards the front of the Lawrence Batley Stand. Prices are: Wheelchair users are charged at the same rate as the Over-60s. Ambulant disabled: pay the relevant able-bodied price. Assistants for both, free of charge. Disabled car parking spaces can be applied for.

Huddersfield's Disabled Liaison Officer is Sue Farrell. She can be contacted on 01484 484102 or by emailing sue.farrell@htafc.com.

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Huddersfield Town : Directions To The Ground
General

Huddersfield can be found in West Yorkshire just south of the M62 between Junctions 23 and 25.

The South Stand
347 found the way for a mid-weeker



By Road

If coming from the West along M62 : exit at Junction 24, and take the A629 following the signs for Huddersfield and Town Centre. After approximately 2 miles you'll pick up the signs for the Stadium. Follow them, turning left onto Castlegate ring road (still A629). Go left onto the A62 (Leeds Road), by which time you should be able to see the stadium and be following car park signs. Thistle Street (on your right) takes you towards the ground.

If coming from the East along M62 : you can carry on to Junction 24 (see directions from there above) or exit at Junction 25. If taking the J25 option take the A644 south (signed Huddersfield and Dewsbury) and after a mile and a half at the roundabout take the second exit (A62, signed Huddersfield). Follow the A62 into Huddersfield. This is Leeds Road and brings you within sight of the Stadium and car parking. Thistle Street (on your left) takes you towards the ground.

Coming up the M1 from the South : a possibility, to cut off the M1 / M62 loop, is to exit the M1 at Junction 38, following the A637 signs for Huddersfield. After about six miles turn right onto the A462. After another 3 miles this becomes the A629 after you've passed Fenay Bridge and are coming into the outskirts of Huddersfield. You should start picking up signs for the Stadium. Go onto Southgate Ring Road, then turn onto the A62 (Leeds Road). Thistle Street (on your right) takes you towards the ground.

The one time we tried to cut out the M1 / M62 loop and go 'cross country' - on a trip to The Shay as it happens, not Huddersfield - it wasn't a great success and we've subsequently just followed the motorways round. Longer in terms of mileage, but simpler, and just as quick if not quicker in terms of time.

Parking

There is a fair sized official car park at the ground which charges £5.00. There's also a number of 'unofficial' car parks around the stadium area. Charges seemed to be completely variable in these and made up randomly on the spot depending on who you were, what you looked like etc. It also wasn't entirely clear (at least to us) where the official car parking ended and unofficial operators began.
We have found this one of the best ever large stadiums to get out of and away from speedily on our previous visits.

By Supporters Coaches

The Green and White Supporters Club are running coaches to the match for this 2013-14 season League One fixture as follows:

Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 7.30a.m. Cost of travel will be £28.00 with concessions available at £26.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

To place your booking, text Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or if you prefer, call him after 6.00p.m. Remember to state the match you are booking for and the names/contacts of anyone you are booking on behalf of.

By Rail

For South-East Glovers there are services out of Kings Cross and Euston. The Euston line and Virgin, changing at Manchester Piccadilly on to the Transpennine, is the simplest and quickest for most journeys, however the Kings Cross is another option you may want to consider.

From Yeovil the best route is probably the one out of Penn Mill via Bristol and Manchester.You can just about do Huddersfield as a day trip. Typically on the way out, you'll go from Yeovil Junction via Salisbury, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester or a little later from Pen Mill via Castle Cary, Westbury, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester. The return journey will take you via Wakefield, Birmingham, Bristol, Salisbury, arriving back at Yeovil Junction. Do look at Engineering works though - you're using pretty much the first and last services of the day and so anything like that could make things 'interesting'.

The ground is a 15-20 minute walk from Huddersfield train station. After coming out of the Station, turn left past the front of the George Hotel. Go straight over the crossroads into Northumberland Street and walk down across the Ring Road straight on into Leeds Road. Turn right down Gasworks Street. Go straight over the crossroads and pass the Market Tavern towards the stadium.

By Bus

Buses No. 327 runs along Leeds Road, five minutes walk from the stadium. There were additional 'Football Specials' running from Market Street in the town centre to the ground on matchdays at fifteen minute intervals but we're struggling to find up to date info on this, so they may have been scrapped. That said, it's around a 10 minute walk to the stadium from the town, and it's mostly downhill on the way, so the lack of a bus isn't a disaster for most.

By Taxi

A selection of Huddersfield taxi companies can be found here.

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Huddersfield Town : Web Resources
Web Sites

Blue and White Stripes
Site set up for collectors of Huddersfield Town programmes & memorabilia.


HTFC World
Mainly match reports on this site, but match reports with a difference. I won't spoil the surprise, suffice it to say that this is probably one of the most original and funniest footy sites I've seen on the web. Highly recommended.


Huddersfield Town Official
PTV site, registration required to view.


Terrier Bytes
Neat and tidy independent site with the usual news, views, match reports and other features. Well worth a visit, especially to avoid the horrors of PTV.


Web Message Boards

Terrier Bytes Forum
Unofficial message board, registration required.



E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters

HTFC Mailing List
There appear to be several low or non-existent volume HTFC lists around, but the one that seems to be the most used is the imaginatively-named HTFC Mailing List. Use the link for subscribing/unsubscribing instructions.




Local Press

Huddersfield Examiner



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Huddersfield : Food & Drink
General :

Not particularly one for modern stadiums, but thought the Galpharm (McAlpine as then was) looked eerily beautiful in the dark on our first visit, and still looked good in the cold light of day on our next.

Club Bar :

There is a concourse bar in the South Stand, serving Tetley's Bitter, Carlsberg Lager and Guinness.

Local Pubs :

Cherry Tree: Huddersfield's Wetherspoon outlet in the centre of town. One of the better examples of the ilk, with the usual house beers of that chain but also up to seven guest beers, often from local breweries, and two ciders: Weston's Vintage and Old Rosie. Very large pub that takes up most of the ground floor of a Seventies looking office block - and styled internally in a similar fashion. Opening Sunday – Thursday 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 midnight, Friday - Saturday 9.00 a.m. – 1.00 a.m. Nowhere to smoke except the street.
Cherry Tree, Pearl Assurance House, 16-18, John William Street, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 1BA. Tel: 01484 448190. Map: Click Here.

Flyboat: Sort of on the way from the station to the stadium, and popular with football and rugby league fans on matchdays, it's a back street style public house. Drinking only - no food. Opening times were 5.00 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. Friday & Saturday before the law change. The beer is Tetley's and there is pool, darts and Sky Sports.
Flyboat, 6, Colne Street, Aspley, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 3BS. Tel: 01484 353494. Map: Click Here.

Excellent all-rounder of a pub - our choice on previous trips to Huddersfield
Excellent all-rounder of a pub - our choice on previous trips to Huddersfield
© Hugh Gleave
Head of Steam: The Head of Steam chain is a small pubco (currently five outlets, having sold the Euston Flyer a few years back to Fullers) that runs real ale establishments close to or even in railway stations. On visiting one can see the Wetherspoon influence, but they have a very different character - live music and comedy feature two or three times a week. The Huddersfield version has ten handpumps. The house regulars are three or so from Black Sheep Best Bitter, Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Samuel Smith Old Brewery Bitter, Camerons Best Bitter or Twaites Mild, with the rest made up from guests, generally specialising in small independent breweries. For the 'lager boys' there's Stella Artois, Budweiser Budvar (the Czech stuff, not the American sh*te), Budweiser (ah, the American sh*te, brewed in the UK, rears its head for those who want to embarrass themselves), Kronenbourg, San Miguell, Heineken, Liefmans Kriek, Fosters; and even a real lager on occasion for those who can deny themselves their carbon dioxide fix: Harviestoun Schiehallion. Their Guinness is brought over from the Dublin brewery not up from the London one. The draught cider is the pretty bland Stowford Press, but if you ask they sometimes have something rather better in a cask behind the bar. For those into Belgian bottled beers, especially of the Trappist Monasteries, these pubs are a bit of a Mecca (to mix our religions).
Opening times are 11 a.m - 12.30 a.m. Monday - Thursday, and 11 a.m. - 2.00 a.m. Friday & Saturday. Sunday is 12.00 noon to 10.30 p.m. There are four rooms : The Buffet is the actual station buffet bar; The Family Room - as it says; The Lounge - where the live acts perform; The Bar. The full food menu is served Monday – Saturday 11.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m., whilst on Sunday they do a Roast Dinner menu from 12.00 noon – 6.00 p.m.
Mini beer festivals are frequent, and at Huddersfield you can sit out and drink on an area of the station itself.......though why anyone would want to? Wheelchair friendly. Cash and games machines.
If you haven't come across a Head of Steam pub before think a lively vibrant version of a Wetherspoon, before that chain became over large, dull and staid. However, although reasonable, don't expect Wetherspoon prices. Thoroughly recommended.
Head of Steam, St. George's Square, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 1JB. Tel: 01484 454533. Fax: 01484 451701. Email: huddersfield@theheadofsteam.co.uk. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

One of two pubs at the station
One of two pubs at the station
© Hugh Gleave
King's Head: Not one but two pubs can be found in Huddersfield station - see Head of Steam above. This one was previously called the Station Tavern but reverted to an earlier name in 2008. Open 11.30 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday - Saturday, 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m. Beers vary continuously, with up ten real ales on at any one time. There is wheelchair access, very limited parking, TV and a piano. It doesn't have any 'decor' whatsoever - lino on the floor and what look like chairs and tables snatched out of a skip randomly scattered about. It's a place to go to drink beer, and none the worse for that.
Huddersfield station is a 15 minute walk away from the Stadium.
King's Head, St. George's Square, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 1JB. Tel: 01484 511058. Map: Click Here.

Lord Wilson: Previously simply carrying the generic 'Lloyds No.1' name, which is for the part of the Wetherspoon chain supposedly aimed at a slightly younger market, though in all honesty the differences between these and ordinary Wetherspoon pubs are minimal, it has now been given its own distinctive handle: The Lord Wilson. This one has a child certificate. Sunday – Wednesday 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 midnight, Thursday – Saturday 9.00 a.m. – 1.00 a.m. Nowhere to smoke except out in the street.
Lord Wilson, 27, Kingsgate Centre, King Street, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 2PZ. Tel: 01484 411020. Map: Click Here.

One of the closest pubs to the ground
One of the closest pubs to the ground
© Hugh Gleave
Market Tavern: One of the last pubs you are likely to walk past on the approach to the stadium. As one would expect from its location very much a home fans pub. Open 'all day'. No further details.
Market Tavern, 98, Leeds Road, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 6NN. Tel: 01484 420452. Map: Click Here.

Had the largest selection of real ales in town but this crown has passed to the Grove.
Had the largest selection of real ales in town but this crown has passed to the Grove.
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Rat and Ratchet: This was a brew pub, but in 2004 the brewing plant was sold off separately to a pub in Nuneaton, and the pub itself bought by the local independent Ossett Brewery as one of its seven tied outlets. No longer the biggest choice of real ales in the area but still an impressive dozen hand pumps, it carries up to five of Ossett's own beers, Timothy Taylor Landlord, and around six guests. A real cider, porter and mild are always on. To be found on the south side of the town centre, close to the railway station and with its own parking. Food is lunchtimes only, Wednesday - Saturday. Opening: 3.00 p.m. - 12.00 midnight Monday & Tuesday; 12.00 noon - 12.00 midnight Wednesday & Thursday; 12.00 noon - 12.30 a.m. Friday & Saturday; 12.00 - 11.00 p.m. Sunday. There's a rear outside terrace with seating where smokers can sup their drinks.
Rat and Ratchet, 40, Chapel Hill, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 3EB. Tel: 01484 542400. Map: Click Here.

Slubber's Arms: Only tied Timothy Taylor house in town it naturally features their beers, with Landlord, Best Bitter and Golden Best as well as a guest. Hot and cold meals available lunchtimes. Five or so minutes walk from the stadium on the edge of the town centre. Beer garden for smoking on the premises. Live music on occasion.
Slubber's Arms, 1, Halifax Old Road, Hillhouse, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 6HW. Tel: 01484 429032. Map: Click Here.

Star Inn: Traditional back-street drinkers pub (no food) south of the town centre about a mile and a half from the stadium. Opening is 5.00 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. Saturday, 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m. Sunday. Regular beers are Timothy Taylor Landlord and Best, and Pictish Brewers Gold. There are a regularly changing and wide ranging selection of four guests on each week, with one always a mild or stout or porter. Lagers are Hoegaarden, Lindeboom and Carling, and there's Guinness and Strongbow. Three festivals a year. Beer garden for smokers and others.
Star Inn, 7, Albert Street, Lockwood, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 3PJ. Tel: 01484 545443. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

The Gas Sports & Social Club: Not one we've been in yet, but forum regular Dellboy has and gave it the thumbs up, saying that they even had live music on before the game on his visit. The management of this place have contacted us and have said that away fans are welcome here, including families - good news as it's one of the closest to the away end. As it's a private social club, admission is £1.00. You can also park for £2.00 there. They serve hot food, and prices are typical of a 'social club' - i.e. a notch or two down from the outlying pub prices. If you head there, let us know what it was like.
The Gas Sports & Social Club, Gasworks Street, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 6NA. Map: Click Here.

The Grove: This outlet has come from nowhere in the last few years to now be one of the premier real ale pubs in the area, if not the country, with a dazzling array of beers. There are six regular ales: College Green Molly's Chocolate Stout, Empire Brewing Grove Grog, Fullers ESB or Chiswick, Timothy Taylor Landlord and Golden Best and Thornbridge Jaipur IPA. Then throw in around ten British real ale guests at any one time, Thatcher's excellent Cheddar Valley as the cider, Saxon Cherry Perry, a range of ten (eight on at a time) draught continental beers - Anchor Liberty Ale, Budweiser Budvar Original (Czech Pilsner), Budweiser Budvar Dark (Czech Dark Lager), De Koninck, Erdinger Weiss (Wheat Beer), Früli Strawberry, Kwak (at 8.0% and sold by the half), Jever Pilsner, Moravka Kvasnicové (unfiltered), and Moravka Pilsner - just to show what 'lager' style beers can taste like, and over 230 bottled beers and ciders from around the World, and rare spirits from the likes of Ireland (Poteens), Latvia, Lithuania (Meads), France and Belgium, and you are close to pub heaven. This place is for serious drinkers - lined glasses, no 'pub fayre', no alcopops or jugs of brightly coloured garbage, no 'cocktails' sporting names of oh so amusing sexual innuendo. Opening times are: 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. Sunday - Thursday; 12.00 noon - 12.00 midnight Friday - Saturday. Enjoy.
The Grove, 2, Spring Grove Street, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 4BP. Tel: 01484 430113. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

The Sportsman: This pub got a revamp a few years back and turned itself into a beer drinker's heaven. It's situated just north of the railway station but still roughly the same distance walk from the ground. They do eight real ales on tap, with Timothy Taylor Landlord and Golden Sheep as fixed, but with six guests that are mainly from localish brewers such as Anglo Dutch, Golcar and Riverhead. If you like continental lagers then they offer plenty of Budvar and Belgian types, plus Aspalls Suffolk draught cider. They are Huddersfield's CAMRA Pub of the Year for 2012. Food-wise, it's typical pub grub, but with an 'ethnic feel' (Stuffed Yorkshire Puddings, mushy peas, black pudding) to a fair bit of the menu for that little taste of authentic Yorkshire. Opening hours: 12.00 - 23.00 (Mon - Thurs), 11.00 - 00.00 (Fri - Sat), 12.00 - 23.00 (Sun).
The Sportsman, 1 St Johns Road, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, HD1 5AY. Tel: 07766 131123. Email: thesportsman.hudds@gmail.com. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

The Vulcan: The Vulcan is very close to the stadium, and so is likely to be filled with home fans, but deserves a mention as it makes the 2014 Good Beer Guide. They have six handpumps serving real ale - regulars are Copper Dragon's Golden Pippin and Thwaites Brewery's Wainright, with four rotating guests mostly from smaller Yorkshire and Lancashire breweries. There is basic food served at lunchtime. Opening hours are recorded as being 9.00a.m. until 2.00a.m. (we're not sure if they start up beer sales immediately) - it's seen as a typical town backstreet local.
The Vulcan, 32 St Peter's Street, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 1RA. Tel: 01484-302040. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

White Cross Inn: North-eastern outskirts of Huddersfield, on the juction of the Leeds Road (A62) and Bradley Road for those who prefer venues out of town. If leaving the M62 at Junction 25 you'll pass this pub on the journey in to the ground. There is parking and wheelchair access. Opening 11.45 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday - Saturday, 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m. Sunday. Food is served lunchtimes. There is pool, and house beers are Copper Dragon Black Gold and Taylor Golden Best, with up to four additional guests. Has an annual beer festival, but unfortunately in February. Dedicated smoking area outside.
White Cross Inn, 2, Bradley Road, Bradley, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD2 1XD. Tel: 01484 425728. Map: Click Here.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

Generally I've preferred the trips oop North on the Lancashire side of the Pennines to those on the Yorkshire side since we've been in the Football League - nicer towns and friendlier people. However Huddersfield is a bit on an exception. It won't win any beauty contests, but hasn't the blatant aggressiveness of a Leeds, the sullen threat of a Barnsley, the decaying seediness of a Rotherham or the chip-on-the-shoulder of a Doncaster. The locals have the gloomy resignation that if something can go wrong it will go wrong one finds amongst football supporters everywhere - but seems to be cultivated to perfection as a way of life by those from the North.

Top-Tip :

If you're going by train to the game, and like a spot of real ale, don't bother to go any further than the two pubs inside the station, although that's not to say that they are the only two good pubs in town!

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Huddersfield Town : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.


Other Points Of Interest

There are several damned good pubs, so who cares about the rest of Huddersfield?

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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