1970–71 Huddersfield Town A.F.C. season

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Huddersfield Town
1970–71 season
ChairmanEngland Frank Drabble
ManagerEngland Ian Greaves
Football League First Division15th
FA CupFourth round
(knocked out by Stoke City)
Football League CupSecond round
(knocked out by Nottingham Forest)
Top goalscorerLeague: Frank Worthington (10)
All: Frank Worthington (12)
Highest home attendance43,011 vs Leeds United (12 April 1971)
Lowest home attendance13,580 vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (24 April 1971)
Biggest win3–0 vs Blackpool (15 August 1970)
3–0 vs Crystal Palace (24 March 1971)
Biggest defeat0–4 vs Liverpool (22 August 1970)

Huddersfield Town's 1970–71 campaign was Town's first season in the Football League's top division since the 1955–56 season, following their successful previous season in Division 2. They finished in 15th place, but only 9 points clear of the relegation zone. They had some brilliant results during the season, including a 2–1 win over champions and FA Cup winners Arsenal, and were top of the table after wins over Blackpool and Southampton. Their top position lasted only one more season, followed by their dramatic slide in the 1971–72 season.

Squad at the start of the season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
-- GK England ENG David Lawson
-- GK England ENG Terry Poole
-- DF England ENG Trevor Cherry
-- DF England ENG Dennis Clarke
-- DF England ENG Roy Ellam
-- DF England ENG Geoff Hutt
-- DF England ENG Alan Jones
-- DF Wales WAL Ray Mielczarek
-- MF Wales WAL Mike Barry
-- MF England ENG Les Chapman
No. Pos. Nation Player
-- MF England ENG Colin Dobson
-- MF England ENG Bobby Hoy
-- MF England ENG Brian Mahoney
-- MF Scotland SCO Jimmy McGill
-- MF Northern Ireland NIR Jimmy Nicholson
-- MF England ENG Steve Smith
-- FW England ENG Brian Greenhalgh
-- FW Wales WAL Dick Krzywicki
-- FW England ENG Jimmy Lawson
-- FW England ENG Frank Worthington

Review[edit]

After a successful previous season, Town started their Division 1 lives with convincing 3–0 & 3–1 wins over Blackpool & Southampton respectively. Those wins actually put Town top of the table, but they were soon put back into place with a 4–0 drubbing by Liverpool at Anfield. They had a pretty mixed season, but they were never in any danger of being dragged into a relegation dogfight. One of their most impressive wins was a 2–1 win over Arsenal in January 1971. Goals by Les Chapman and Frank Worthington in between a Ray Kennedy equalizer gave Town a win over the eventual league and FA Cup winners.

Town finished in 15th place, despite only winning 11 games all season. They had 36 points, but never looked like getting relegated or fighting for a European place.

Squad at the end of the season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
-- GK England ENG David Lawson
-- GK England ENG Terry Poole
-- DF England ENG Trevor Cherry
-- DF England ENG Dennis Clarke
-- DF England ENG Roy Ellam
-- DF England ENG Geoff Hutt
-- DF England ENG Alan Jones
-- MF Wales WAL Mike Barry
-- MF England ENG Les Chapman
-- MF England ENG Colin Dobson
No. Pos. Nation Player
-- MF England ENG Terry Dolan
-- MF England ENG Bobby Hoy
-- MF England ENG Brian Mahoney
-- MF Scotland SCO Jimmy McGill
-- MF Northern Ireland NIR Jimmy Nicholson
-- MF England ENG Steve Smith
-- FW England ENG Brian Greenhalgh
-- FW Wales WAL Dick Krzywicki
-- FW England ENG Jimmy Lawson
-- FW England ENG Frank Worthington

Results[edit]

Division One[edit]

Date Opponents Home/
Away
Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance Position
15 August 1970 Blackpool H 3–0 Smith (2), Worthington (pen) 22,787 1st
18 August 1970 Southampton H 3–1 Krzywicki, Nicholson, Smith 24,424 1st
22 August 1970 Liverpool A 0–4 52,628 9th
25 August 1970 Arsenal A 0–1 34,848 9th
29 August 1970 Derby County H 0–0 27,997 10th
1 September 1970 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–1 Smith 26,701 9th
5 September 1970 Coventry City A 0–0 25,899 10th
12 September 1970 Crystal Palace H 0–2 18,820 16th
19 September 1970 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1–3 Dobson 19,444 18th
26 September 1970 West Ham United H 1–1 Smith 20,887 18th
3 October 1970 Leeds United A 0–2 36,498 19th
10 October 1970 Ipswich Town H 1–0 McGill 17,944 18th
17 October 1970 Blackpool A 2–2 Smith, Worthington 21,006 18th
24 October 1970 Nottingham Forest H 0–0 17,121 16th
31 October 1970 Stoke City A 1–3 Worthington 17,625 18th
7 November 1970 Chelsea H 0–1 24,631 20th
14 November 1970 Burnley A 3–2 Hoy (2), J. Lawson 18,112 17th
21 November 1970 West Bromwich Albion H 2–1 J. Lawson, Hutt 18,209 15th
28 November 1970 Manchester United A 1–1 Hoy 45,306 16th
5 December 1970 Everton H 1–1 Worthington 27,658 15th
12 December 1970 Newcastle United A 0–2 21,254 17th
19 December 1970 Liverpool H 0–0 25,033 16th
26 December 1970 Manchester City A 1–1 Book (og) 40,091 15th
9 January 1971 Southampton A 0–1 19,422 16th
16 January 1971 Arsenal H 2–1 Chapman, Worthington (pen) 30,455 15th
30 January 1971 Manchester United H 1–2 Worthington (pen) 41,464 15th
6 February 1971 Everton A 1–2 Worthington 37,213 17th
13 February 1971 Newcastle United H 1–1 Cherry 15,580 17th
20 February 1971 West Bromwich Albion A 1–2 Worthington 18,254 17th
27 February 1971 Stoke City H 0–1 15,626 18th
6 March 1971 Nottingham Forest A 3–1 Worthington, Nicholson, Mahoney 15,798 17th
13 March 1971 Burnley H 0–1 18,793 18th
20 March 1971 Chelsea A 0–0 28,207 18th
24 March 1971 Crystal Palace A 3–0 J. Lawson, Cherry, Mahoney 16,646 17th
27 March 1971 Coventry City H 1–0 Ellam 15,141 15th
3 April 1971 Derby County A 2–3 Clarke, Ellam 24,194 17th
10 April 1971 Manchester City H 1–0 Cherry 21,922 17th
12 April 1971 Leeds United H 0–0 43,011 15th
17 April 1971 Ipswich Town A 0–2 16,626 17th
24 April 1971 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1–2 Nicholson 13,580 17th
28 April 1971 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–1 Cherry 18,859 18th
1 May 1971 West Ham United A 1–0 J. Lawson 24,988 15th

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/
Away
Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
2 January 1971 Round 3 Birmingham City H 1–1 Hoy 26,486
5 January 1971 Round 3 Replay Birmingham City A 2–0 Krzywicki, Worthington 26,558
23 January 1971 Round 4 Stoke City A 3–3 Worthington, Chapman, Mahoney 34,231
26 January 1971 Round 4 Replay Stoke City H 0–0 40,363
8 February 1971 Round 4 2nd Replay Stoke City N 0–1 39,302

Football League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/
Away
Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
9 September 1970 Round 2 Nottingham Forest H 0–0 18,165
16 September 1970 Round 2 Replay Nottingham Forest A 0–2 15,818

Appearances and goals[edit]

Name Nation Position League Apps League Goals FA Cup Apps FA Cup Goals League Cup Apps League Cup Goals Total Apps Total Goals
Mike Barry  Wales MF 2 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 2 (2) 0
Les Chapman  England MF 12 (3) 1 4 1 1 0 17 (3) 2
Trevor Cherry  England DF 35 4 5 0 1 0 41 4
Dennis Clarke  England DF 39 1 4 0 1 0 44 1
Colin Dobson  England FW 6 (3) 1 0 (1) 0 2 0 8 (4) 1
Terry Dolan  England MF 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0
Roy Ellam  England DF 42 2 5 0 2 0 49 2
Brian Greenhalgh  England FW 10 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
Bobby Hoy  England MF 11 (1) 3 2 1 1 0 14 (1) 4
Geoff Hutt  England DF 38 1 5 0 2 0 45 1
Alan Jones  England DF 12 0 1 0 1 0 14 0
Dick Krzywicki  Wales MF 14 (2) 1 2 1 0 0 16 (2) 2
David Lawson  England GK 19 0 3 0 0 0 22 0
Jimmy Lawson  England MF 27 (1) 4 1 0 0 0 28 (1) 4
Brian Mahoney  England MF 14 (1) 2 1 1 0 0 15 (1) 3
Jimmy McGill  Scotland MF 41 1 5 0 2 0 48 1
Ray Mielczarek  Wales DF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Jimmy Nicholson  Northern Ireland MF 33 3 3 0 2 0 38 3
Terry Poole  England GK 23 0 2 0 2 0 27 0
Steve Smith  England MF 41 6 5 0 2 0 48 6
Frank Worthington  England FW 42 9 5 2 2 0 49 11