1953–54 Huddersfield Town A.F.C. season

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Huddersfield Town
1953-54 season
Chairman England Dick Parker
Manager Scotland Andy Beattie
Division One 3rd
FA Cup Third Round
Top goalscorer League:
Jimmy Glazzard (29)
All:
Jimmy Glazzard (29)
Highest home attendance 48,237 vs West Bromwich Albion (27 February 1954)
Lowest home attendance 20,896 vs Charlton Athletic (27 March 1954)

Huddersfield Town's 1953-54 campaign is Town's best ever finish in a season since World War II. Following the previous season's promotion onslaught, Town and especially Jimmy Glazzard made sure that the previous season's achievements weren't forgotten in a hurry. They finished in 3rd place in Division 1 with 51 points, just 6 points behind the champions Wolverhampton Wanderers. The goalscoring feats of Jimmy Glazzard, who scored 29 goals and the assistance of Vic Metcalfe, who himself scored 11 goals helped Town finish in their highest post-war finish to date.

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 Brian Gibson
-- England DF George Howe
-- England DF Laurie Kelly
-- England DF Don McEvoy
-- England DF Bill McGarry
-- England DF Len Quested
-- England DF Ron Staniforth
No. Position Player
-- Scotland MF Willie Davie
-- Scotland MF Alistair Gunn
-- England MF Vic Metcalfe
-- England FW Tommy Cavanagh
-- England FW Bryan Frear
-- England FW Jimmy Glazzard
-- England FW Roy Shiner
-- England FW Ron Simpson
-- Scotland FW Jimmy Watson

Review[edit]

Andy Beattie's team were on an all-time high following their immediate return to Division 1 after just one season in Division 2. The start of the season continued where the previous season left off and after 4 games, Town were top of the table with 3 wins, including a 5-1 win over Portsmouth, where Jimmy Glazzard got the first of his 3 hat-tricks that he would achieve during the season. His other 2 came in the space of 3 matches against Sheffield United and Aston Villa.

The team's performances kept them up in the upper realms of the division, with the chance of winning the title, not being too unrealistic. The season ground to a halt near the end, when Vic Metcalfe was forced to miss the last 7 games of the season and many say this was the reason that Town failed to win the title for the first time in 28 years. They did however finish 3rd, just 6 points behind Wolverhampton Wanderers, who Town actually beat in their penultimate game of the season.

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 Brian Gibson
-- England DF George Howe
-- England DF Laurie Kelly
-- England DF Don McEvoy
-- England DF Bill McGarry
-- England DF Len Quested
-- England DF Ron Staniforth
-- England DF Ken Taylor
No. Position Player
-- Northern Ireland MF Gerry Burrell
-- Scotland MF Willie Davie
-- Scotland MF Alistair Gunn
-- England MF Vic Metcalfe
-- England FW Tommy Cavanagh
-- England FW Bryan Frear
-- England FW Jimmy Glazzard
-- England FW Roy Shiner
-- England FW Ron Simpson
-- Scotland FW Jimmy Watson

Results[edit]

Division One[edit]

Date Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F - A

Scorers Attendance Position
19 August 1953 Preston North End A 2 - 1 Watson (2) 35,925 6th
22 August 1953 Arsenal A 0 - 0 54,847 4th
26 August 1953 Cardiff City H 2 - 0 Watson, Metcalfe 30,089 1st
29 August 1953 Portsmouth H 5 - 1 Glazzard (3), Davie, Watson 22,474 1st
2 September 1953 Cardiff City A 1 - 2 Glazzard 29,446 2nd
5 September 1953 Blackpool A 1 - 3 Davie 34,507 6th
9 September 1953 Manchester City H 1 - 1 Metcalfe 24,341 7th
12 September 1953 Chelsea H 3 - 1 Davie, Glazzard, Watson 29,631 3rd
16 September 1953 Manchester City A 1 - 0 McGarry 24,580 3rd
19 September 1953 Sheffield United A 6 - 3 Glazzard (3), Metcalfe (2), Davie 40,065 2nd
26 September 1953 Middlesbrough H 2 - 1 Glazzard (2) 37,054 2nd
3 October 1953 Aston Villa H 4 - 0 Glazzard (3), Metcalfe 36,534 2nd
10 October 1953 West Bromwich Albion A 0 - 4 47,043 4th
17 October 1953 Liverpool H 2 - 0 Glazzard, Metcalfe 30,115 3rd
24 October 1953 Newcastle United A 2 - 0 Glazzard, Brennan (og) 46,644 2nd
31 October 1953 Manchester United H 0 - 0 34,175 3rd
7 November 1953 Charlton Athletic A 1 - 2 Glazzard 23,733 3rd
14 November 1953 Sheffield Wednesday H 2 - 0 Glazzard (2) 30,671 3rd
21 November 1953 Tottenham Hotspur A 0 - 1 42,503 3rd
28 November 1953 Burnley H 3 - 1 Glazzard, Davie (2) 34,666 3rd
5 December 1953 Bolton Wanderers A 0 - 0 36,077 3rd
12 December 1953 Preston North End H 2 - 2 Cavanagh, Metcalfe (pen) 26,972 3rd
19 December 1953 Arsenal H 2 - 2 Glazzard (2) 34,018 3rd
25 December 1953 Sunderland A 1 - 1 Watson 36,751 4th
26 December 1953 Sunderland H 2 - 1 Cavanagh, Metcalfe 40,898 3rd
2 January 1954 Portsmouth A 2 - 5 Mansell (og), Quested 27,533 3rd
16 January 1954 Blackpool H 0 - 0 25,733 3rd
23 January 1954 Chelsea A 2 - 2 Glazzard (2) 45,041 3rd
6 February 1954 Sheffield United H 2 - 2 Frear (2) 27,335 4th
13 February 1954 Middlesbrough A 3 - 0 Metcalfe, Burrell, Glazzard 18,717 3rd
20 February 1954 Aston Villa A 2 - 2 Metcalfe, Glazzard 24,118 3rd
27 February 1954 West Bromwich Albion H 0 - 2 48,237 3rd
6 March 1954 Liverpool A 3 - 1 Burrell (2), Cavanagh 46,074 3rd
13 March 1954 Newcastle United H 3 - 2 Cavanagh (2), Glazzard 25,710 3rd
20 March 1954 Manchester United A 1 - 3 Metcalfe (pen) 41,184 3rd
27 March 1954 Charlton Athletic H 4 - 1 McGarry, Frear (2), Cavanagh 20,896 3rd
3 April 1954 Sheffield Wednesday A 4 - 1 Glazzard, Frear (2, 1 pen), Cavanagh 31,106 3rd
10 April 1954 Tottenham Hotspur H 2 - 5 Glazzard, Shiner 26,232 3rd
17 April 1954 Burnley A 1 - 2 Cavanagh 26,180 3rd
19 April 1954 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0 - 4 42,862 4th
20 April 1954 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2 - 1 Glazzard, McGarry 35,814 3rd
24 April 1954 Bolton Wanderers H 2 - 1 McGarry (pen), Cavanagh 25,635 3rd

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F - A

Scorers Attendance
9 January 1954 Round 3 West Ham United A 0 - 4 25,250

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 3 0 0 0 3 0
Gerry Burrell  Northern Ireland MF 19 3 1 0 20 3
Tommy Cavanagh  England FW 29 9 0 0 29 9
Willie Davie  Scotland FW 30 6 1 0 31 6
Bryan Frear  England FW 14 6 0 0 14 6
Brian Gibson  England DF 2 0 0 0 2 0
Jimmy Glazzard  England FW 37 29 1 0 38 29
Alistair Gunn  Scotland MF 23 0 0 0 23 0
George Howe  England DF 6 0 0 0 6 0
Laurie Kelly  England DF 36 0 1 0 37 0
Don McEvoy  England DF 35 0 1 0 36 0
Bill McGarry  England DF 42 4 1 0 43 4
Vic Metcalfe  England MF 35 11 1 0 36 11
Harry Mills  England GK 38 0 1 0 39 0
Len Quested  England DF 26 1 1 0 27 1
Roy Shiner  England FW 5 1 0 0 5 1
Ron Simpson  England FW 1 0 0 0 1 0
Ron Staniforth  England DF 40 0 1 0 41 0
Ken Taylor  England DF 7 0 0 0 7 0
Jimmy Watson  Scotland MF 30 6 1 0 31 6
Jack Wheeler  England GK 4 0 0 0 4 0