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1st Division ShieldASK​ ANY FOOTBALL FAN to name the clubs who have won the League Championship three times in a row and he – or she! – will quite cheerfully guess his (or her) way through Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United but will almost always come up short when asked for the fourth team to do it. Ask again, but this time point out that this club achieved the feat the very first time that it ever happened and thereby earned their position ahead of those three “more glamorous” clubs. It will be a very knowledgeable fan indeed who will be able to name Huddersfield Town, but it is a fact that from 1924 to 1926, Huddersfield Town were at the pinnacle of the English Football League. The club was presented with this commemorative shield which marked Town’s success in becoming THRICE CHAMPIONS, a feat which had never been achieved before.

Hail Town! THRICE CHAMPIONS!!

Indeed, they were also runners-up for the following two seasons, had won the FA Cup in 1922 and were finalists in 1920, 1928, 1930 and again in 1938 but the years since the heady days of the inter-war years have seen Town leapfrog around the divisions spending the majority in sorry disarray in the wilderness that is life outside the top flight. But all this changed in May 2017 when Town finally won back their place at the top table by beating Reading in the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley; happy days are here again!

Triple ChampionsCreated in 2006 ostensibly to display my collection of Huddersfield Town cigarette and trade cards, the emphasis of this site is still most certainly on those cards, but I have diversified to include other elements of my increasingly vast collection. This site is now in its third incarnation: the first in 2006 was on Virgin’s web-system but when that vanished in 2016 a re-launch on GoDaddy allowed a re-branding so that the site now goes under the name of ‘THE HUDDERSFIELD TOWN COLLECTION’, which I feel more accurately describes the eclectic content. When GoDaddy inevitably got greedy in 2018 this third – and final? – version has appeared. Each occasion has necessitated a ‘start again from scratch’ situation so hopefully you are now looking at the final edition! I am also endeavouring to add more commentary with each item together with catalogue or market value, although this, of course, will change over time so they should only be used as guides. I am also now adding a ‘watermark’ to the more “desirable” items on this site so that unscrupulous eBay dealers don’t rip them off and sell copies.

Oh, and before you ask, NONE of the items on this website is for sale; they are all part of my collection and will not be parted with … except those in the FOR SALE section.

Signature  town fan gif


Finally, one important thing worth mentioning is that this site is – and always will be – a ‘work-in-progress’; there will be constant additions as and when I acquire them and all of these will be announced in the BLOG section (see the main menu at the top). You may also find that certain items flit from one date section to another and for this I am indebted to Alan Jenkins’ Football Cartophilic Information Exchange website (the best football card website anywhere on the internet) for providing me with accurate issue dates for many of these cards.


 

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As others have commented, what a great site and what a true labour of love!
My grateful thanks to Roger for his prompt and informative response to my enquiry about my grandfather, Tom Felstead, who signed for HTAFC in May 1909 as a goalkeeper and who played two, if not three, seasons for the Club. Roger provided scanned copies of five team photographs, covering this period. These will now become treasured memories of a man whom I knew for only the first seven years of my life. Tom died in 1956.
If anybody has more information about Tom’s playing career, including any other clubs for which he might have played after leaving Huddersfield Town, I should be grateful for a reply to this post. Equally, if I can help anyone with more information about Tom’s life, I would be happy to do so.
Once again, Roger, many thanks for your help; long may your website flourish.

Ken

Excellent book and site.
Hope you are keeping well, Roger – last time I saw you was Wembley 95!!

Phil Brook