1920–21 Huddersfield Town A.F.C. season

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Huddersfield Town
1920–21 season
Chairman England William Hardcastle
England Joseph Barlow
Manager England Ambrose Langley (until March 23, 1921)
England Herbert Chapman (from March 31, 1921)
Division One 17th
FA Cup Third Round
Top goalscorer League:
Jack Swann (8)
All:
Jack Swann (8)
Highest home attendance 33,862 vs Sheffield United (29 March 1921)
Lowest home attendance 14,000 vs Oldham Athletic (2 May 1921)

Huddersfield Town's 1920–21 campaign was Town's first season in the promised land of the top-flight. Unfortunately, the first season would be more a baptism of fire than a season of success. They would finish in 17th place, mainly after scoring only 42 goals in the league and that no one player got into double figures for Town.

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. Position Player
-- England GK Ted Davis
-- Scotland GK Sandy Mutch
-- England DF Harry Brough
-- England DF Fred Bullock
-- Scotland DF Jimmy Campbell
-- England DF Harry Linley
-- Scotland DF Colin McKay
-- England DF Ralph Rodgerson
-- England DF Charlie Slade
-- England DF Billy Watson
-- England DF Tom Wilson
No. Position Player
-- England DF James Wood
-- England MF George Richardson
-- England MF Billy Smith
-- England FW Ernie Islip
-- England FW Fred Lunn
-- England FW Frank Mann
-- England FW Ralph Shields
-- England FW Billy E. Smith
-- England FW Jack Swann
-- England FW Sammy Taylor

Review[edit]

After the previous season's successes in both Division 2 and FA Cup, many were wondering how Ambrose Langley's team would get on in the top-flight. After winning 5 of their first 6 games, Town were in line for a possible chance at the title, however the next 26 league games would only produce 3 more wins, which saw Town in the middle of a relegation battle.

Earlier in the season, a Mr. Herbert Chapman was brought in as the new club secretary and at the end of March, he replaced Langley as manager and in 4 of his 7 games, Town recorded the necessary wins which pulled Town out of any danger of relegation.

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. Position Player
-- England GK Ted Davis
-- Scotland GK Sandy Mutch
-- England DF Frederick Brock
-- England DF Harry Brough
-- England DF Fred Bullock
-- England DF Harry Linley
-- Scotland DF Colin McKay
-- England DF Charlie Slade
-- England DF Sam Wadsworth
-- England DF Billy Watson
-- England DF Tom Wilson
No. Position Player
-- England DF James Wood
-- Scotland MF Billy Johnston
-- England MF George Richardson
-- England MF Billy Smith
-- England FW Ernie Islip
-- England FW Fred Lunn
-- England FW Frank Mann
-- England FW Billy E. Smith
-- England FW Clem Stephenson
-- England FW Jack Swann
-- England FW William Wright

Results[edit]

Division One[edit]

Date Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance Position
28 August 1920 Preston North End A 1–0 Taylor 26,000 1st
30 August 1920 Burnley H 1–0 B. Smith 22,500 1st
4 September 1920 Preston North End H 1–0 Mann (pen) 18,000 1st
6 September 1920 Burnley A 0–3 30,000 3rd
11 September 1920 Bradford City H 1–0 Lunn 27,500 2nd
18 September 1920 Bradford City A 2–0 Lunn, Islip 25,000 1st
25 September 1920 Sunderland H 0–0 31,000 3rd
2 October 1920 Sunderland A 1–2 Taylor 45,000 6th
9 October 1920 Everton H 0–1 26,500 6th
16 October 1920 Everton A 0–0 50,000 8th
23 October 1920 West Bromwich Albion H 5–1 Taylor, Mann (pen), Shields (2), Islip 24,020 5th
30 October 1920 West Bromwich Albion A 0–3 44,049 7th
6 November 1920 Manchester City H 0–1 26,400 8th
13 November 1920 Manchester City A 2–3 Islip, Watson 30,000 13th
20 November 1920 Arsenal H 0–4 19,000 16th
27 November 1920 Arsenal A 0–2 35,000 17th
4 December 1920 Bolton Wanderers H 0–0 14,500 15th
11 December 1920 Bolton Wanderers A 1–3 Taylor 27,500 17th
18 December 1920 Derby County H 2–0 Wright, Swann 15,000 17th
25 December 1920 Middlesbrough A 0–2 35,000 18th
27 December 1920 Middlesbrough H 0–1 32,430 18th
29 December 1920 Sheffield United A 1–1 Sturgess (og) 37,500 18th
1 January 1921 Derby County A 1–2 Wright 12,000 18th
15 January 1921 Bradford Park Avenue A 1–1 Wright 20,000 18th
22 January 1921 Bradford Park Avenue H 0–0 20,700 18th
5 February 1921 Blackburn Rovers H 0–0 19,800 18th
10 February 1921 Blackburn Rovers A 2–1 B. Smith, Islip 25,000 18th
12 February 1921 Newcastle United A 0–1 46,500 18th
23 February 1921 Newcastle United H 1–3 Johnston 30,000 18th
26 February 1921 Liverpool A 1–4 Wright 35,000 18th
5 March 1921 Liverpool H 1–2 Johnston 18,000 18th
12 March 1921 Aston Villa A 0–0 20,000 18th
19 March 1921 Aston Villa H 1–0 Swann 25,000 17th
26 March 1921 Manchester United H 5–2 Swann (2), Stephenson, Wilson, Mann 20,468 18th
29 March 1921 Sheffield United H 1–0 Mann 33,862 18th
2 April 1921 Manchester United A 0–2 30,000 18th
9 April 1921 Chelsea H 2–0 Johnston, Mann 14,200 18th
16 April 1921 Chelsea A 1–1 Islip 37,500 18th
25 April 1921 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–0 Swann (2) 28,000 18th
30 April 1921 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–1 32,500 18th
2 May 1921 Oldham Athletic H 3–1 Johnston, Mann, Swann 14,000 18th
7 May 1921 Oldham Athletic A 2–1 Swann, B. Smith 12,029 17th

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
8 January 1921 Round 1 Brentford A 2–1 Islip, Wright 14,439
29 January 1921 Round 2 Bradford Park Avenue A 1–0 Mann 30,303
19 February 1921 Round 3 Aston Villa A 0–2 60,627

Appearances and goals[edit]

Name Nation Position League Apps League Goals FA Cup Apps FA Cup Goals Total Apps Total Goals
Frederick Brock  England DF 1 0 0 0 1 0
Harry Brough  England DF 19 0 0 0 19 0
Fred Bullock  England DF 25 0 3 0 28 0
Jimmy Campbell  Scotland DF 1 0 0 0 1 0
Ted Davis  England GK 1 0 0 0 1 0
Ernie Islip  England FW 24 5 3 1 27 6
Billy Johnston  England FW 14 4 0 0 14 4
Harry Linley  England DF 3 0 0 0 3 0
Fred Lunn  England FW 6 2 0 0 6 2
Frank Mann  England FW 33 6 3 1 36 7
Colin McKay  Scotland DF 4 0 0 0 4 0
Sandy Mutch  Scotland GK 41 0 3 0 44 0
George Richardson  England MF 27 0 3 0 30 0
Ralph Rodgerson  England DF 14 0 1 0 15 0
Ralph Shields  England FW 4 2 0 0 4 2
Charlie Slade  England DF 34 0 3 0 37 0
Billy E. Smith  England FW 2 0 0 0 2 0
Billy H. Smith  England MF 33 3 2 0 35 3
Clem Stephenson  England FW 9 1 0 0 9 1
Jack Swann  England FW 26 8 1 0 27 8
Sammy Taylor  England FW 19 4 0 0 19 4
Sam Wadsworth  England DF 6 0 0 0 6 0
Billy Watson  England DF 31 0 3 0 34 0
Tom Wilson  England DF 42 2 3 0 45 2
James Wood  England DF 34 0 2 0 36 0
William Wright  England FW 9 4 3 1 12 5