1955–56 Huddersfield Town A.F.C. season

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Huddersfield Town
1955–56 season
Chairman England Dick Parker
England J. Bernard Newman
Manager Scotland Andy Beattie
Division One 21st (relegated)
FA Cup Third Round
Top goalscorer League:
Jimmy Glazzard (11)
All:
Jimmy Glazzard (11)
Highest home attendance 37,780 vs Manchester United (31 March 1956)
Lowest home attendance 9,224 vs Birmingham City (7 March 1956)

Huddersfield Town's 1955–56 campaign saw Town relegated from Division 1. They finished in 21st position with 35 points, the same as 20th placed Aston Villa, who survived due to a superior goal average. The season was a cramped affair in the league standings, with difference in points between 2nd placed Blackpool and bottom placed Sheffield United, being just 16 points.

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 Jack Connor
-- England DF Tony Conwell
-- England DF Brian Gibson
-- England DF Laurie Kelly
-- England DF Bill McGarry
-- England DF Len Quested
-- England DF Ken Taylor
No. Position Player
-- Northern Ireland MF Gerry Burrell
-- Scotland MF Willie Davie
-- England MF Albert Hobson
-- England MF Jackie Marriott
-- England MF Vic Metcalfe
-- England FW Tommy Cavanagh
-- England FW Bryan Frear
-- England FW Jimmy Glazzard
-- England FW Ron Simpson
-- Scotland FW Jimmy Watson

Review[edit]

Following the previous season's failure to improve on the season before's 3rd placed finish, some were wondering what Town would conjure up under Andy Beattie. The start of the season was dreadful for Town, with many losses sending Town into a downward spiral to the bottom of Division 1. Even the signing of Aston Villa striker Dave Hickson didn't halt the slide to Division 2. A run of 7 defeats in a row, including a 5–2 defeat at Everton, followed immediately by a 6–2 defeat to Newcastle United at Leeds Road didn't help things much.

February to April saw Town mount a recovery mainly through the goals of Jimmy Glazzard, Dave Hickson and Vic Metcalfe. Town still had a chance of survival with 4 matches to go, although they realistically had to win all their last 4 games against West Bromwich Albion, Charlton Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur and Charlton Athletic. They did manage to achieve this, but an inferior goal average meant that Town went down, while Aston Villa survived.

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 Fearnley
-- England GK Jack Wheeler
-- England DF John Battye
-- England DF Ron Cockerill
-- England DF John Coddington
-- England DF Jack Connor
-- England DF Tony Conwell
-- England DF Brian Gibson
-- England DF Laurie Kelly
-- England DF Bill McGarry
-- England DF Len Quested
-- England DF Ken Taylor
No. Position Player
-- England DF Ray Wilson
-- Northern Ireland MF Gerry Burrell
-- Scotland MF Willie Davie
-- Scotland MF Bob Ledger
-- England MF Jackie Marriott
-- England MF Vic Metcalfe
-- England FW Tommy Cavanagh
-- England FW Bryan Frear
-- England FW Jimmy Glazzard
-- England FW Dave Hickson
-- England FW Ron Simpson
-- Scotland FW Jimmy Watson

Results[edit]

Division One[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance Position
20 August 1955 Portsmouth H 1–0 Watson 21,062 1st
24 August 1955 Chelsea H 1–3 Glazzard 20,308 14th
27 August 1955 Sunderland A 1–4 Cavanagh 42,369 17th
29 August 1955 Chelsea A 0–0 25,883 16th
3 September 1955 Aston Villa H 1–1 Glazzard 19,805 17th
10 September 1955 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–4 43,954 20th
17 September 1955 Manchester City H 3–3 McGarry, Metcalfe (pen), Connor 26,443 21st
24 September 1955 Cardiff City A 2–1 Watson, Davie 25,117 18th
1 October 1955 Preston North End H 2–2 Watson, Glazzard 23,892 16th
8 October 1955 Burnley A 0–2 22,109 19th
15 October 1955 Luton Town H 0–2 19,621 21st
22 October 1955 Manchester United A 0–3 34,150 21st
29 October 1955 Sheffield United H 1–2 Glazzard 17,832 21st
5 November 1955 Everton A 2–5 Glazzard, Lello (og) 36,423 21st
12 November 1955 Newcastle United H 2–6 Cavanagh, Watson 18,664 22nd
19 November 1955 Birmingham City A 0–5 24,841 22nd
26 November 1955 West Bromwich Albion H 1–0 Metcalfe (pen) 18,731 22nd
3 December 1955 Charlton Athletic A 1–4 Metcalfe (pen) 16,728 22nd
10 December 1955 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–0 Glazzard 11,094 22nd
17 December 1955 Portsmouth A 2–5 Metcalfe (pen), Watson 16,347 22nd
24 December 1955 Sunderland H 4–0 Quested, Marriott, Glazzard (2) 21,803 22nd
26 December 1955 Blackpool A 2–4 Glazzard, Hickson 27,628 22nd
27 December 1955 Blackpool H 3–1 Metcalfe (2), Gratrix (og) 34,619 22nd
31 December 1955 Aston Villa A 0–3 24,993 22nd
2 January 1956 Bolton Wanderers A 2–2 Hartle (og), Cavanagh 39,524 22nd
14 January 1956 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1–3 Metcalfe (pen) 14,587 22nd
21 January 1956 Manchester City A 0–1 21,076 22nd
4 February 1956 Cardiff City H 1–2 Metcalfe (pen) 12,586 22nd
11 February 1956 Preston North End A 2–1 Hickson (2) 17,363 22nd
18 February 1956 Burnley H 1–0 Cavanagh 16,243 21st
25 February 1956 Luton Town A 2–1 McGarry (2) 15,331 21st
7 March 1956 Birmingham City H 1–1 Simpson 9,224 20th
10 March 1956 Sheffield United A 1–3 Quested 30,382 21st
17 March 1956 Everton H 1–0 Hickson 18,807 21st
24 March 1956 Newcastle United A 1–1 Davie 20,008 20th
31 March 1956 Manchester United H 0–2 37,780 22nd
2 April 1956 Arsenal A 0–2 30,836 22nd
3 April 1956 Arsenal H 0–1 24,469 22nd
7 April 1956 West Bromwich Albion A 2–1 Hickson, Glazzard 16,141 22nd
14 April 1956 Charlton Athletic H 4–0 Metcalfe (2), McGarry, Hickson 14,065 22nd
21 April 1956 Tottenham Hotspur A 2–1 Norman (og), Hickson 36,387 21st
28 April 1956 Bolton Wanderers H 3–1 Glazzard, Hickson (2) 18,877 21st

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
7 January 1956 Round 3 Bolton Wanderers A 0–0 Match abandoned after 46 minutes due to fog ?
11 January 1956 Round 3 Bolton Wanderers A 0–3 20,862

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 8 0 0 0 8 0
Gerry Burrell  Northern Ireland MF 4 0 0 0 4 0
Tommy Cavanagh  England FW 19 4 1 0 20 4
Ron Cockerill  England DF 1 0 0 0 1 0
John Coddington  England DF 1 0 0 0 1 0
Jack Connor  England DF 2 1 0 0 2 1
Tony Conwell  England DF 18 0 0 0 18 0
Willie Davie  Scotland FW 21 2 0 0 21 2
Harry Fearnley  England GK 13 0 0 0 13 0
Bryan Frear  England FW 7 0 0 0 7 0
Brian Gibson  England DF 28 0 1 0 29 0
Jimmy Glazzard  England FW 27 11 1 0 28 11
Dave Hickson  England FW 26 9 1 0 27 9
Albert Hobson  England MF 3 0 0 0 3 0
Laurie Kelly  England DF 28 0 1 0 29 0
Bob Ledger  England MF 1 0 0 0 1 0
Jackie Marriott  England MF 27 1 1 0 28 1
Bill McGarry  England DF 40 4 1 0 41 4
Vic Metcalfe  England MF 31 10 1 0 32 10
Harry Mills  England GK 10 0 0 0 10 0
Len Quested  England DF 42 2 1 0 43 2
Ron Simpson  England FW 21 1 0 0 21 1
Ken Taylor  England DF 36 0 1 0 37 0
Jimmy Watson  Scotland MF 23 5 0 0 23 5
Jack Wheeler  England GK 19 0 1 0 20 0
Ray Wilson  England DF 6 0 0 0 6 0