ASK 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. 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. However, relegation within two seasons dumped the club once more back amongst the also-rans and has-beens of the EFL (Football League).
Originally created to showcase my collection of Huddersfield Town cigarette and trade cards, the main emphasis of this site is still most certainly on those cards, but over the years 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 went under the name ‘THE HUDDERSFIELD TOWN COLLECTION’, which I feel more accurately describes the eclectic content. When GoDaddy inevitably got greedy in 2018 this third and, hopefully, final version 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 fluctuate 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.
And let me be clear – the items that are shown on these pages are 99% in my collection. I know that there are other Town collectables out there which I don’t have and as such I don’t usually include them here unless they are really special, are on my WANTED section, or are in the fabulous ‘TURTON TOWN SERIES’ of portrait postcards
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, of course, those in the FOR SALE section.
As well as publishing his own book ‘HUDDERSFIELD TOWN CARDS & STICKERS’ (Pashby Publications 2008), the author has also co-written ‘THE PINNACE COLLECTION: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN FC’ with Paul Days and is an acknowledged contributor to the following works:
’99 YEARS AND COUNTING’ by Alan Hodgson, Ian & Gwen Thomas, John Ward (2008)
‘100 YEARS: ALL THAT’S WORTH KNOWING’ by George Binns, Alan Hodgson, Ian & Gwen Thomas (2009)
‘HUDDERSFIELD TOWN MISCELLANY’ by Tony Matthews (2014)
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.
This year we bade a fond farewell to the following people connected with Huddersfield Town Football Club; rest in peace. 😥