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7 Of The Best Players To Ever Play For Huddersfield

Podcast Blog Post 16

7: Jimmy Glazzard

One of the greats of the 1940s and 50s, Glazzard played 299 times for Town between 1946 and 1956, scoring 142 goals. He had a prolific partnership with winger Vic Metcalfe, who supplied many of the crosses, which Glazzard would head.

His first game after the resumption of the Football League was in August 1946 and his last was in April 1956. Apart from one season (1952–53) Huddersfield were in the First Division of the Football League throughout this period.

After being used in various positions in midfield and attack he settled into his most effective position, at centre-forward. Although of relatively slight build compared to, say, Nat Lofthouse he was the top scorer for the club on six occasions and joint top scorer in the First Division with 29 goals in 1953-54.

6: Mark Lillis 

Lillis displayed that never-say-die attitude which Town fans love and he featured in two promotion-winning teams under Mick Buxton, never failing to show whole-hearted commitment to the cause.

Lillis started his professional career at Huddersfield Town in Summer 1978. He played for Huddersfield for seven seasons before being sold in 1985 to Manchester City for £130,000. He stayed at this club for just one season, in which he finished Manchester city's top scorer with 12 goals and in August 1986 was sold to Derby County for £200,000. Because of knee problems, he didn't play very often for Derby, and in September 1987 he went to Aston Villa. After that, he played for Stockport County and Scunthorpe United before his playing career finished at Macclesfield Town in the mid-90s.

He netted 63 goals in 242 appearances and has since been a popular coach and caretaker manager at the club.

5: Marcus Stewart 

Fifth is a more modern-day hero, someone who became massively popular under the arches of the (now) John Smith’s Stadium – striker Marcus Stewart.

He signed from Bristol Rovers for a club record £1.2m and proved to be a brilliant marksman, netting 68 goals for the club in 160 appearances and earning a high-profile move to Ipswich Town, who he helped win promotion to the top flight.

His form at that level put him right on the edge of an England call-up as the goals continued to flow, with his skill and movement in the opposition penalty area earning him many plaudits nationally 

4: Ray Wilson

It’s an England icon who is next on the list for The terrier's legends – 1966 World Cup winner Ray Wilson.

One of the best-known players ever to pull on a Town shirt, he played 283 times for the club between 1952 and 1964, when he moved on to Everton.

He remains Town’s most capped England international while with the club, having played with the Three Lions 30 times while on the Leeds Road books.

3: Denis Law

Those who saw him make his debut under Bill Shankly and emerge as a world-class talent over the next few years at Leeds Road still talk about the impact he made – most had never seen anything like him.

Not surprisingly, when he was sold to Manchester City, it was for a then British record transfer fee of £55,000. Law, of course, went on to gain international fame with City, Torino in Italy and Manchester United, playing in the World Cup with his country and being inducted into their Hall of Fame.

2: Frank Worthington 

He played more matches for Leicester City and numbered arch-rivals Leeds United among his 10 other senior clubs.

But Huddersfield Town fans will always think of one-time star striker Frank Worthington as one of their own. Flamboyant striker Frank Worthington, who began his career with Town as a schoolboy signing in 1964 and was part of the Second Division Championship title team of 1970.

Worthington was not just a very good player - he went on to win England honours after two Under 23 appearances while at Leeds Road - but a real entertainer in the varied colours of Town, Leicester, Bolton Wanderers, Birmingham City, Leeds, Sunderland, Southampton, Brighton and Hove Albion, Tranmere Rovers (where he was player-manager), Preston North End and Stockport County as well as a string of non-league club and teams in the USA, Sweden, South Africa and Ireland. 

He led the attack in the top flight and went on to play for England in a colourful career, which included spells at a myriad of clubs.

Town’s greatest ever player: Andy Booth

Top of the list was Andy Booth, the club’s current Ambassador, who scored 150 times for his hometown club in a career goal tally of 188 for Town, Sheffield Wednesday, England Under 21s and the Football League Under 21 representative side. 

At a time when the English game was blessed with top class strikers from the likes of Alan Shearer, Teddy Sheringham, Les Ferdinand, Ian Wright, Robbie Fowler, Andrew Cole and much more; Andy Booth was doing his thing in the lower tiers of English football. 

Born and raised in Huddersfield, he joined his boyhood club as a trainee after he was very close to signing with Scarborough FC. In March 1992, he made his debut as a substitute against Fulham. Then manager Ian Ross was convinced enough with Andy’s potential that he decided to hand him his first ever-professional contract.

He was, without doubt, one of the most popular players ever to pull on a Town shirt and he never gave less than 100% in his two spells with the club, being part of the play-off promotion winning team against Bristol Rovers at Wembley in 1995.

He is 7OTB and The Football Hours greatest Terriers player.

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