Summer Break - Huddersfield Town
It has become something of a received wisdom within the present day that the mainstream media exist as the pinnacle of what is possible in sports journalism. Whilst it is not in our interest to reject this assumption, here at A Team of John O’Sheas we believe that some of the most perceptive insight regarding the top teams in the country comes from the fans themselves. In the course of this podcast series, we will be bringing together some of the most influential fans from across the Premier League to give you the low-down on the teams that they watch week in, week out. We’ll look back over the season just gone, try to get a handle on the transfer activity that rumbles on through the summer months, and look forwards to the next season which, as always, seems to creep up on us with ever increasing speed.
In this episode, we find ourselves in a Northern town that has never before enjoyed Premier League experience. Which is not to say that Huddersfield Town has not pedigree: in the 1920s, they won the first division three times in a row – a record shared with Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United. It has been some time since Huddersfield were in the top division of English football though. Even as recently as the early 2000s, the Terriers had dropped into the fourth tier and were headed for administration. Things only started looking up for the club with the arrival of Dean Hoyle in 2009. After getting Huddersfield promoted into the Championship in 2012, Hoyle’s next stroke of genius was appointing German-American, David Wagner, as the head coach. It took him just 2 seasons to get the club into the Premier League, winning promotion in through a play off final victory over Jaap Stam’s Reading. So here we are: Huddersfield are the highest placed team from Yorkshire in the English league structure. But will it stay that way? Or will next season prove that it is becoming increasingly improbable that newly-promoted sides can survive the Premier League?
Joining us today are two luminaries of Huddersfield Town fandom: Greg Marah and Dan Fowler. Greg is one of the founders of Thrice Champions, where football art meets the occasional blog and a monthly football podcast. With a background in journalism, Greg currently hosts the podcast and isn’t adverse in causing some debate on social media. Dan is a long suffering Town fan of over 25 years, and very occasional blogger on the business side of Huddersfield town at Thrice Champions.He moved from the North to London over 10 years ago but remains a season ticket holder and active away fan.