1950–51 Huddersfield Town A.F.C. season

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Huddersfield Town
1950–51 season
Chairman England Haydn Battye
Manager England George Stephenson
Division One 19th
FA Cup Fifth Round
Top goalscorer League:
Harold Hassall (18)
All:
Harold Hassall (18)
Highest home attendance 52,479 vs Blackpool (7 April 1951)
Lowest home attendance 11,537 vs Sunderland (7 March 1951)

Huddersfield Town's 1950–51 campaign continued Town's post-war form of surviving relegation to Division 2 by the skins of their teeth. They finished in 19th place, just 4 points clear of the 3 teams below them, Chelsea, who survived relegation and the unlucky twosome of Sheffield Wednesday and Everton.

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 Harry Mills
-- England GK Jack Wheeler
-- England DF John Battye
-- England DF Eddie Boot
-- Northern Ireland DF Charlie Gallogly
-- England DF George Hepplewhite
-- England DF George Howe
-- England DF Jack Howe
-- England DF Donald Hunter
-- England DF Don McEvoy
-- England DF Lol Morgan
No. Position Player
-- England DF Henry Stewart
-- Scotland MF Ian Duthie
-- Northern Ireland MF Johnny McKenna
-- England MF Vic Metcalfe
-- England FW Ronnie Burke
-- England FW Jimmy Glazzard
-- England FW Harold Hassall
-- England FW Albert Nightingale
-- England FW Conway Smith
-- England FW Jeff Taylor

Review[edit]

Since the end of World War II, Town's form was more relegation than championship-winning form. However, Town's form at the start of the season was impressive with 5 wins in their first 7 games. Following that, Town's form made a rapid spiral downwards with a dreadful 6–2 loss against Arsenal and an even worse 8–0 defeat by Middlesbrough. Town's form would eventually improve following the defensive purchases of Bill McGarry and Laurie Kelly. Between December and mid-March, Town would only win 2 matches, oddly enough both away from home at Burnley and Aston Villa.

Town were in dire straits by the end of the season, but an amazing run of form saw Town record impressive wins over wouldbe champions Tottenham Hotspur and 3rd placed Blackpool. A 6–0 defeat by Manchester United right at the end made no difference to Town's fate, with the Terriers just surviving yet again. They finished in 19th place, just 4 points clear of the 3 teams below them, Chelsea, who survived relegation and the unlucky twosome of Sheffield Wednesday and Everton.

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 Harry Mills
-- England GK Jack Wheeler
-- England DF John Battye
-- England DF Eddie Boot
-- Northern Ireland DF Charlie Gallogly
-- England DF George Howe
-- England DF Jack Howe
-- England DF Donald Hunter
-- England DF Laurie Kelly
-- England DF Don McEvoy
-- England DF Bill McGarry
-- England DF Lol Morgan
-- England DF Colin Senior
No. Position Player
-- England DF Henry Stewart
-- South Africa MF Jackie Carr
-- Scotland MF Ian Duthie
-- Scotland MF Alistair Gunn
-- Northern Ireland MF Johnny McKenna
-- England MF Vic Metcalfe
-- England MF Ernest Womersley
-- England FW Ronnie Burke
-- England FW Jimmy Glazzard
-- England FW Harold Hassall
-- England FW Albert Nightingale
-- England FW Jeff Taylor

Results[edit]

Division One[edit]

Date Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance Position
19 August 1950 Everton A 2–3 Taylor (2) 51,768 14th
23 August 1950 Stoke City H 3–1 Smith, Boot, Hassall 16,075 9th
26 August 1950 Portsmouth H 2–1 Hassall, Taylor 28,087 7th
28 August 1950 Stoke City A 1–0 Hassall 21,780 1st
2 September 1950 Chelsea A 2–1 Taylor, Hepplewhite 41,112 2nd
6 September 1950 Newcastle United A 0–6 34,031 6th
9 September 1950 Burnley H 3–1 Cummings (og), Metcalfe (pen), Nightingale 30,664 3rd
13 September 1950 Newcastle United H 0–0 30,343 4th
16 September 1950 Arsenal A 2–6 Metcalfe, Nightingale 54,200 7th
23 September 1950 Sheffield Wednesday H 3–4 Nightingale, Hassall, Metcalfe 28,645 9th
30 September 1950 Middlesbrough A 0–8 32,401 11th
7 October 1950 Sunderland A 0–0 33,571 9th
14 October 1950 Aston Villa H 4–2 Taylor (2), Hassall (2) 25,903 7th
21 October 1950 Fulham A 1–1 Hassall 36,000 9th
28 October 1950 Bolton Wanderers H 0–4 30,989 10th
4 November 1950 Derby County A 0–3 21,593 13th
11 November 1950 Liverpool H 2–2 Glazzard, Battye 25,229 13th
18 November 1950 Blackpool A 1–3 Glazzard 19,724 15th
25 November 1950 Tottenham Hotspur H 3–2 Glazzard, Hassall, Metcalfe 39,519 12th
2 December 1950 Charlton Athletic A 2–3 Hassall, Croker (og) 19,605 15th
9 December 1950 Manchester United H 2–3 Metcalfe (pen), Taylor 26,845 15th
16 December 1950 Everton H 1–2 Glazzard 12,253 16th
23 December 1950 Portsmouth A 0–1 22,411 16th
25 December 1950 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1–2 Hunter 24,952 18th
26 December 1950 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1–3 Hassall 40,838 20th
13 January 1951 Burnley A 1–0 Glazzard 22,371 20th
20 January 1951 Arsenal H 2–2 Glazzard, Hassall 37,175 18th
3 February 1951 Sheffield Wednesday A 2–3 Taylor, Hassall 40,805 20th
17 February 1951 Middlesbrough H 2–3 Hassall, Senior 23,533 20th
3 March 1951 Aston Villa A 1–0 McKenna 34,882 19th
7 March 1951 Sunderland H 3–4 Metcalfe (pen), Hassall, Glazzard 11,537 19th
10 March 1951 Fulham H 1–2 Nightingale 19,651 19th
17 March 1951 Bolton Wanderers A 0–4 29,796 20th
24 March 1951 Derby County H 2–0 Nightingale, Taylor 25,573 19th
26 March 1951 West Bromwich Albion A 2–0 Metcalfe, Hassall 24,360 19th
27 March 1951 West Bromwich Albion H 1–2 Glazzard 32,401 19th
31 March 1951 Liverpool A 4–1 Hassall, Spicer (og), Glazzard, Metcalfe 27,915 18th
7 April 1951 Blackpool H 2–1 Taylor, Hassall 52,479 19th
14 April 1951 Tottenham Hotspur A 2–0 Glazzard, Nightingale 55,014 18th
18 April 1951 Chelsea H 2–1 Glazzard, Hassall 23,995 16th
21 April 1951 Charlton Athletic H 1–1 Taylor 24,109 17th
28 April 1951 Manchester United A 0–6 25,560 18th

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance
6 January 1951 Round 3 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–0 Taylor, Glazzard 25,390
27 January 1951 Round 4 Preston North End A 2–0 Metcalfe (pen), Taylor 39,552
10 February 1951 Round 5 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–2 52,708

Appearances and goals[edit]

Name Nation Position League Apps League Goals FA Cup Apps FA Cup Goals Total Apps Total Goals
John Battye  England DF 22 1 3 0 25 1
Eddie Boot  England DF 37 1 2 0 39 1
Ronnie Burke  England FW 2 0 0 0 2 0
Jackie Carr  South Africa MF 1 0 0 0 1 0
Charlie Gallogly  Northern Ireland DF 30 0 1 0 31 0
Jimmy Glazzard  England FW 18 11 2 1 20 12
Alistair Gunn  Scotland MF 3 0 1 0 4 0
Harold Hassall  England FW 40 18 3 0 43 18
George Hepplewhite  England DF 19 1 2 0 21 1
George Howe  England DF 4 0 0 0 4 0
Jack Howe  England DF 9 0 0 0 9 0
Donald Hunter  England DF 6 1 0 0 6 1
Laurie Kelly  England DF 30 0 3 0 33 0
Don McEvoy  England DF 25 0 3 0 28 0
Bill McGarry  England DF 10 0 0 0 10 0
Johnny McKenna  Northern Ireland MF 28 1 0 0 28 1
Vic Metcalfe  England MF 41 8 3 1 44 9
Harry Mills  England GK 18 0 0 0 18 0
Lol Morgan  England DF 1 0 0 0 1 0
Albert Nightingale  England MF 34 6 3 0 37 6
Colin Senior  England DF 5 1 1 0 6 1
Conway Smith  England MF 8 1 0 0 8 1
Henry Stewart  England DF 11 0 0 0 11 0
Jeff Taylor  England FW 34 11 3 2 37 13
Jack Wheeler  England GK 24 0 3 0 27 0
Ernest Womersley  England MF 2 0 0 0 2 0