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Five points on Huddersfield - with home-town boy Tony Galvin

Posted on 28 September 2017  - 21:05

Wing wizard Tony Galvin was born and raised in Huddersfield before embarking on a top-level playing career that included back-to-back FA Cup wins and UEFA Cup honours with us in the early-1980s. A regular on the terraces at Town’s old Leeds Road ground with his father, some of Tony’s childhood pals remain season ticket holders at the John Smith’s Stadium. As he looks forward to catching up with family and friends at Saturday’s game, our legendary former player gives us his ‘five points’ on David Wagner’s newly-promoted side.

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5points_galvinTony Galvin

Born in Huddersfield, July, 1956.
Signed for Spurs from Yorkshire-based non-league Goole Town, 1978.
273 appearances, 31 goals, 1979-1987.
FA Cup winner, 1981 and 1982.
UEFA Cup winner, 1984.
Later played for Sheffield Wednesday and Swindon Town.
29 caps, 1 goal for Republic of Ireland.

Point 1 – Huddersfield’s current style of football

Tony: “They’re quite aggressive in terms of their closing-down. They work very hard early on in the game so they’ll normally try to close opposing teams down early, they’re quite fit and aggressive and they’ll try to nick an early goal. They don’t score a lot of goals but defensively they’re fairly tight. This will be their biggest test of the season so far at the weekend, though. Personally, I think Spurs will be too strong for Huddersfield on Saturday but for them it’s a learning process. Really all they’ve got to do is finish fourth from bottom and they’ve had a successful season.”

Point 2 – Their star men

Tony: “The one who seems to have been the best over the last season and a bit is Aaron Mooy (pictured, below), the Australian international who used to be at Manchester City. He was on loan last season and he signed in the summer for about £10million. He’s a left-sided midfield player, he was very consistent last year and he’s had a very good start to the season. They’ve also got a couple of defenders that they brought in from the German second division who have adapted really well. One of them, Christopher Schindler, is a big, tall centre-half who played really well in the play-off final against Reading. There’s also Chris Löwe, the left-back, and another one who is very good is the Dutch winger, Rajiv van La Parra.”

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Point 3 – John Smith’s Stadium

Tony: “In the mid-1990s they built a new ground quite close to the old Leeds Road on a bit of spare land. It’s lovely, a nice ground. I’ve been a few times and some of my friends who are season ticket holders said that the atmosphere last season was incredible. It’s said to be very good with a lot of noise but I think the atmosphere is contributed to by the manager, David Wagner. He gets the crowd worked up, he gesticulates and runs around a lot, a bit like Jurgen Klopp does at Liverpool. He was assistant to Klopp at Borussia Dortmund and they’re very similar. He’s done a fantastic job.”

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Point 4 – Tony’s own history and affinity with the club

“When I was growing up in Huddersfield, I used to go there occasionally with friends to watch them play. My dad took me there as the first team I ever saw play and in my first game in the early-1960s, Stanley Matthews played against them for Stoke. He was probably the most famous footballer in the country at the time. Some of my friends from school used to go. A few of them who went along then are season tickets holders now and they’re all going to the game on Saturday. Generally I remember them as being a Second Division team and they had some quite famous players around the late-1960s, probably one of the most famous being Frank Worthington. He was an outstanding player and a bit of a hero at Huddersfield. In 1970 they managed to get into the First Division as was, and that was very exciting at the time. They had a good team, Trevor Cherry played in that team and then went on to play for Leeds. Unfortunately it only lasted two seasons and they went back down, then I moved away to university and only occasionally watched them but obviously you always follow them because it’s your home team.”

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Point 5 – Matchday

“I’m going to the game on Saturday and staying with my brother Chris, who played for Leeds as a youngster in the late-1960s and early-1970s. He went from Leeds to Hull City, who were mainly in the Second Division around the mid-1970s. He’s lived in Huddersfield all his life. It’s going to be a special occasion for a lot of people and it’ll be a great day for Huddersfield, whatever the result.”