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Huddersfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday
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Sunday 15th September - 12:00 ko
at the John Smith's Stadium

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Huddersfield Town welcome Sheffield Wednesday to the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday lunchtime with both clubs on the brink of a new era.

The Owls, have ex Leeds boss Garry Monk in charge, making his first return to the John Smith's since his infamous shoulder barge on David Wagner, which sparked off a big handbag fight and ended with them both being sent to the stands. Prick!
Whereas we have the start of the Cowley era to look forward to. He was reported as being in talks with Wednesday last week about the manager's job, but that turned out to be wrong and there was only one club that could match the ambitions of the brothers Danny and Nicky Cowley, and that was Huddersfield Town. Here's an edited version of what I wrote about Danny on my recent Lincoln match thread.

So what's happening down at Sincil Bank Leeds Road?  Managed now by Danny Cowley, with his brother Nicky as his assistant. Danny started out in football at Wimbledon in their youth set up, but had bad knees (suffering from Osgood-Schlatter disease, click the link if you want to know more). He did however play non league football as a midfielder for Barking, Romford, AFC Hornchurch and Brentwood Town before becoming manager at Concord Rangers. Here he won three promotions for the club all the way to the National League South and took them for the first time ever to the first round proper of the FA Cup, where they were beaten in a replay by Mansfield Town.
He was poached by National League side Braintree Town the year after and took them to their highest ever position of 3rd and a Play Off spot, which they lost 1-2 to Grimsby Town. After just one season he was on the move again, this time to Lincoln City.
A remarkable first season saw them promoted as champions, but also they became the first non league team in over a century to reach the FA Cup quarter finals. They beat Ipswich Town, Brighton and Premier League side Burnley on the way before eventually getting beat by Arsenal. Then he led them to the EFL Trophy and promotion to League 1.
On Monday September the 9th he and his brother moved to Huddersfield Town

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A brief history of Sheffield Wednesday: Formed in 1867 by members of the Wednesday Cricket Club, they became professional in 1889 and reached the FA Cup Final in 1890, losing 1-6 to Blackburn Rovers. They joined the Football League in 1892 and then won the FA Cup for the first time in 1896, beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 at Crystal Palace, with both goals scored by Fred Spiksley.

Having played their early seasons at Brammall Lane, they were kicked out of there in 1899 and moved to Hillsborough. That move was soon followed by their first League titles, winning it back to back in 1903 and 04. And then another FA Cup in 1907, beating Everton 2-1 with goals from Jimmy Stewart and George Simpson.

They were relegated after the War, but came back up in 1926 and won back to back League titles again in 1929 and 1930. Then another FA Cup in 1935, beating West Brom 4-2 at Wembley, goals this time from Jack Palethorpe, Mark Hooper and Ellis Rimmer (2).

After the 2nd World War, they were relegated again, and again and again, but each time coming back up as 2nd division champions (in 1952, 56 and 59). In the 60s they finished runners up to Spurs in 1961 and reached the 1966 FA Cup Final, losing this time to Everton 2-3, with a 5th round win at Leeds Road along the way.

They were relegated at the end of the decade and then went down to the 3rd division for the first time in their history. Back up again in 1980 and then under the management of Howard Wilkinson, they returned to the 1st Division.

Back down again at the start of the 90s, but as a 2nd Division club, under the management of Ron Atkinson, they went and won their first major trophy since 1935 when they beat Manchester Utd 1-0 in the League Cup Final at Wembley with a goal from John Sheridan. And as an added bonus to the season, they won promotion back up to the 1st Division.

In 1993 they reached both the League Cup and FA Cup Finals, losing them both to Arsenal. And it was Arsenal again who relegated them on the last day of the 1999/2000 season from the Premier League, which 19 years later, they are still trying to return to.

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Head to Head


Town lead the overall head to head with 24 wins to Wednesday's 20 with 14 draws.

Our first meetings came in the 1926/27 season after Wednesday had been promoted back up to the 1st Division. At Hillsborough we drew 1-1, but won 4-3 at Leeds Road with Bob Kelly getting a hat trick. We followed that up the following season with a Christmas double, winning at home 1-0 on Boxing Day with an Alex Jackson goal. But then really ruining their festivities the day after by winning 5-0 at their place, this time with a George Brown hat trick. And yet another big win in 1931/32 and another Town legend bagging a hat trick. This time it was a 6-1 win at Leeds Road and that legend was Dave Mangnall. That was during his club record of scoring in 13 consecutive matches (22 goals). Oh for a goalscorer like that now!

There have been loads of similar high scoring matches between the two of us, but my first trip to Hillsborough was in 1983 when a crowd of 27,824 attended a dull goalless draw in the 2nd Division. I mention the crowd because in that away end it felt like they were all in there. To compare it to the disaster that followed a few years later wouldn't be appropriate but we did get crushed and it was scary. If only.....

Anyway, back to Town legends scoring hat tricks. In 2011, a cracking game at Hillsborough, after taking an early two goal lead through Jordan Rhodes, typical Town blew it. From 2-0 up to 2-4 down by the 74th minute. Loads of Town fans walked out, some of them breaking seats as they went (dickheads!). But then Rhodes completed his hat trick as they were wandering down Leppings Lane and were back on the A629 by the time he scored his 4th to equalise in injury time to send us all barmy who had bothered to stay.

There was the famous Martin Paterson/Adam Clayton 1-2 a couple of years later, but all these victories paled into insignificance with a 1-1 draw one night in May 2017. Do we need a reminder of it?

So what's happening down at the Sausage Cottage Hillsborough? Managed nowadays by our old friend Garry Monk, a man brought up with class, humility and respect. This is his fifth managerial post having previously been at Swansea City, Leeds United, Middlesbrough and Birmingham City.
His playing career was almost entirely at Swansea, being part of their rise from the 4th Division to the Premier League, but he did start out at Torquay Utd and then Southampton, from where he spent a loan period in 2002/03 at Hillsborough, playing 15 games for them.
But of course he will long be remembered in these parts as the arsehole who picked a fight with David Wagner after we beat his Leeds team at the John Smith's in our promotion season.

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So who have they got in their squad? Well they still have Fernando Forestieri in their squad, who famously had a penalty saved by Danny Ward one night in May 2017, but he won't be playing in this after losing his appeal against a 6 match ban for using racist language. Also still there is Steven Fletcher, who scored in that 1-1 draw in the Play Offs. He has three goals already this season. Ex Cardiff midfielder Kadeem Harris is second top scorer with two.
They still have Keiren Westwood in goal. He was going to sign for us in the summer, according to reports but decided to stay there. There's a famous Sheffield Wednesday name at right back. Palmer's the name, but it's not Carlton, it's Liam Palmer, and he's in his tenth season there, although one of them was spent on loan at Tranmere. Another defender is Dominic Iorfa, who came last January from Wolves. Also in defence they have Julian Börner, who came from Germany in the summer.
Left wing back Adam Reach is one for a spectacular goal or two. He came from Middlesbrough, but his career at times has plumbed the depths of Darlington and Bradford City. They have Barry Bannan, who scored one and Sam Hutchinson, who missed one of the penalties in that 1-1 draw one night in May 2017, still in midfield. Kieran Lee is also still there, he scored in the shoot out. Funny that. They have kept all but one of those who took part in the shoot out one glorious night in May 2017, whereas we haven't got any of ours still at the club.
And then up top, coming off the bench mainly, is fan's favourite Atdhe Nuhiu.

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Club Connections:

Andy Booth: scored 150 goals for Town, putting him third in our all time goalscoring table behind George Brown and Jimmy Glazzard. In 1996 he was transferred to Sheffield Wednesday, then in the Premier League, for a club record fee, which we spent on bringing Marcus Stewart, Andy Payton and Andy Morrison to the club. Stewart scored a hat trick in a League Cup match in his first home match at Town, but the Town fans were strangely singing about Andy Booth. Why? News had come through that he had scored the winner against Leeds at Bellend Road on his Wednesday debut.  Laugh
Boothy scored 28 goals for the Owls, but it's at the other end he made his most famous performance for them after one keeper had gone off injured and the sub got sent off, he went in goal and made a load of saves to earn them a 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

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Jack Hunt: is called Helmet by Town fans for some reason. Could be because he's a bell end! He was a brilliant right wing back for us, but got ideas above his station and engineered himself a move to Premier League Crystal Palace. He endeared himself with their fans and earned his bell end reputation with us by telling them how much better they are than us. Well it did him no good as he got injured and never played a game for them.
It's a shame really, because he helped us get promoted in 2012, scoring in the shoot out at Wembley against Sheffield Utd, having scored previously in the semi final win over MK Dons.
He had a few loans away from the Palace and eventually signed for the Owls in 2015, staying there for three seasons. He scored one of their penalties in their losing penalty shoot out against Huddersfield Town, one brilliant night in May 2017.

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Steve Bruce: has managed both clubs. We were his second club, signing him shortly after he had resigned from Sheffield Utd in 1999. Initially he had success with us and we had a great first half of the season, beating Chelsea in the League Cup and some superb wins in the league including a 7-1 win at home to Palace and a massive win at Maine Road against Man City. It all went wrong though when Marcus Stewart was sold and we lost our final two matches at home to Stockport County and away at Fulham to miss out on the Play Offs. The following season, with only one win, a 3-2 win at Hillsborough, in the first 19 matches, saw Bruce sacked.
Sheffield Wednesday were his tenth managerial job and one of his shortest appointments, lasting only 6 months before being poached by Newcastle.
Earlier in his playing career, he was a legend at Gillingham.

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Jordan Rhodes: plays for the Owls now, but has actually scored more goals at Hillsborough for Huddersfield Town than Sheffield Wednesday.  Big Grin
He came to us in 2009 from Ipswich, sold off at a bargain price by far sighted manager Roy Keane, and scored on his Town debut at Southend. In a match against Exeter, he scored an 8 minute headed hat trick, a Football League record. He scored 5 goals in a match down at Wycombe. That was the season he broke the club record of league goals in a season, scoring 36 (40 in all comps). Then went and scored one in the penalty shoot out against Sheffield Utd, though strangely, not one of the first five.
But then him and his dad got big ideas and he got transferred to Blackburn Rovers. He scored a load of goals for them, but has now lost his touch and can't hit a cow's arse with a banjo now he's at Wednesday.   Whistle

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Wednesday's last 6 matches:

Wendy 1-2 QPR
Rotherham 0-1 Wendy (EFL Cup)
PNE 2-1 Wendy
Wendy 1-0 Luton
Millwall 1-0 Wendy
Wendy 2-0 Barnsley

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That were a reight good giggle.
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Its scary that the 4-4 draw was 8 years ago!!!!!!! Both clubs have certainly moved on from that time!!!
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Good to see you got that "class, humility and respect" quote in there Snoots. Thumb up

Funnily enough young Mr. Cowley mentioned humility and respect several times in his presser the other day. Class that! Had to wonder whether he was being serious or just seriously taking the piss with Monk coming to Town this weekend. I couldn't keep a straight face every time I heard it. Tongue

If there's anyone in blue and white with boots on this weekend that isn't up-fer-it then really, they've no place at our club and need to shuffle off to pastures new.

Sadly an out of town wedding invite gets in the way of me enjoying the view of the roadworks on the M6 this weekend, and the match as a result, so hopefully I'm back home in time (or down the local) on Sunday to watch it all unfold on the tellybox. Angry

Hopefully Mr. Hudson has got the buggers that were left behind this week fit enough to play for 90 minutes. Should have had them running upstairs and downstairs (or at least the terrace steps) until their thighs were on fire. Those that didn't get left behind had better come back fitter than when they left us. Hadergonads was given a good run around at Sarfamton v England so that should have improved his fitness a bit. Not sure if it did owt to improve his crossing ability though. The Benin goal machine was as prolific as ever too. Doh
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Reasons to drink real ale
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No retreat lads. No Surrender
Real Ale + Liver + Kidneys = Bud
Another good podcast produced by the And He Takes That Chance boys. This time an interview with the new chairman, Phil Hodgkinson. Sorry, don't have a link.
He revealed lots of information not previously in public knowledge. One of them being the process of the new management appointment. Mrs Cowley's boys were never interested in the Wendy job. They applied for our job and having been told they had got it, went away and decided they still had work to finish at Lincoln. So the initial reports that they turned us down were true, but it wasn't owt to do with Sheffield Wednesday.
Phil approached them again and snuck them into Canalside under the cover of darkness and talked them into it.
Other stuff talked about is the Aaron Mooy loan, which was very interesting. And where has all the Billing money and the parachute payments gone. All interesting stuff, but you need a couple of hours as once he gets going, there's no shutting him up.

Oh and the abuse! He'd had so much abuse from so called Town supporters that his wife and mother felt it unsafe to go to the Fulham home game.
Now that is bad. Disgusting! Angry
Town’s team vs Sheffield Wednesday
1. Kamil Grabara
4. Tommy Elphick
5. Terence Kongolo
6. Jonathan Hogg
8. Trevoh Chalobah
11. Adama Diakhaby
16. Karlan Grant
22. Fraizer Campbell
26. Christopher Schindler ©
33. Florent Hadergjonaj
39. Lewis O’Brien

Ryan Schofield; Juninho Bacuna, Elias Kachunga, Isaac Mbenza, Steve Mounié, Jon Gorenc Stanković, Jaden Brown

Nice to see Danny and Nicky getting involved with the pre match warm up.
Hmmphrrhh! Angry
Town are poor at the back the lad with the unpronounceable name and Elphick are average and Wednesday typical Monk away performance
Have you heard about the news on Mizar 5
People got to shout to stay alive

@themaclad  twitter account

Hadagonad to his friends.

Hadamare more like.

Getting pelters on twitter.

I don't hold with blaming one or two. It would help if we could put in a cross / have someone on the end of one / not fall over when there's a sitter to be had (excuse the pun) / not give the ball away. Delete as appropriate.

I don't think most are bad players, just not playing well.

There's obviously a huge confidence problem.
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