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21st November 2003 10:11

Before the 1988-89 season, the Stags had not played Huddersfield in a league game and the reasons for that are quite obvious. In 1974-75 when the Mighty Stags clinched the division 4 championship in style, Huddersfield slid down to that division after playing at the highest level only three years earlier! And when Hudds won the division 4 championship with a club record of 101 league goals, not even achieved in their glorious 20's, the Stags were relegated to the basement.
Therefore, the first league game between the teams was played on New Year's Eve 1988 at Field Mill where the Stags won by the only goal of the game (scorer: Owen), the only Stags win in league games so far. The latest league meeting up to last season was a 1-2 home defeat on March 13, 1993, which proved to be a pointer to the teams as the Stags were relegated and the Terriers staying up. But the clubs met in the FA Cup 1st round in the 1976-77 division 3 Championship season and after a goalless draw at Leeds Road, the Stags won the replay 2-1. And 25 years later, on December 8, 2001, the teams played in the FA Cup again. A glorious display by the Mighty Stags saw them thrash Hudds 4-0, three goals by Chris Greenacre, to earn a lucrative 3rd round tie at Leicester. I remember that weekend very well as after the game, I posted my first posting on the stagsnet under my username!
The clubs have also met twice in the league cup with Huddersfield going through on both occasions, in 1983-84 and in 1998-99.
The teams went down together last season after a Huddersfield 2-0 at Field Mill due to two second-half strikes from Smith on October 19, 2002. The same player shot the Terriers in front against the run of play on March 18, 2003, before Corden converted a penalty twelve minutes from time to clinch a 1-1 draw.
At the moment, the Stags are second while Hudds figure in the play-offs shake-up in 8th position following a good 3-1-victory over Hull in front of nearly 14,000 spectators, definitely a division One attendance.

Played for both sides: Fred Roebuck (20's), George Anderson (1930's), Alfred Calverley (immediately after World War II), Terry Eccles, Jim McCaffrey (both sold to Hudds after the 1976-77 cup games!), Terry Austin, Adrian Boothroyd, Brian Cox (kept goal in the first-ever league fixtures between the teams in 1988-89), Kevin Gray, Lee Glover, Stuart Hicks, Simon Ireland, Kevin Lampkin, Iffy Onoura, John Saunders, Phil Stant.

Also: Kevin Bird (a true faithful long-serving Stag between 1972 and 1983, left for Huddersfield), George Darwin (profilic scorer with 63 goals in 126 appearances in the mid-fifties) and David Lyon (two games on loan from Hudds in 1973-74). Plus Scott Sellars and Terence Statham

Another interesting fact is that the Leeds knockout man in 1994, Simon Ireland, started his league career at - Huddersfield!!!!!!

Managed both sides: Ian Greaves (Huddersfield 1968-1974, 259 games, Mansfield 1983-1989, 301 games).
Greaves steered Huddersfield to the old division 1 after 14 years' absence in 1969-70 as Champions, repeated that feat for Bolton in 1977-78 and guided the Stags to promotion from division 4 in 1985-86 and to the Freight Rover triumph at Wembley in 1986-87 penalizing a Bristol City side featuring current Stags manager Keith Curle.

Home games: P 5, W 1, D 1, L 3, GF 3, GA 6
Away games: P 5, W 0, D 2, L 3, GF 4, GA 8

Season Home Date Away Date

1988-89 1-0 1988-12-31 0-2 1989-04-08 Div 3 (old)
1989-90 1-2 1989-12-02 0-1 1990-02-07 Div 3 (old)
1990-91 0-0 1991-05-04 2-2 1990-10-27 Div 3 (old)
1992-93 1-2 1993-03-13 1-2 1992-11-07 Div 2
2002-03 0-2 2002-10-19 1-1 2003-03-18 Div 2

Cup games:

FA Cup:

1976-77 0-0 1976-11-20 1st round at Leeds Road
1976-77 2-1 1976-11-22 1st round replay at Field Mill
2001-02 4-0 2001-12-08 2nd rond at Field Mill

League Cup:

1983-84 1-2 1983-08-30 1-5 1983-09-13 1st round (Huddersfield win 7-2 on aggregate)
1998-99 1-1 1998-08-18 2-3 1998-08-11 1st round (Huddersfield win 4-3 on aggregate)

Svante Bernhard aka Sweden Stag (pictured, above right)


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