1964–65 Huddersfield Town A.F.C. season

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Huddersfield Town
1964–65 season
Chairman England Roger B. Kaye
Manager England Eddie Boot (until 2 September 1964)
Scotland Tom Johnston (from 26 October 1964)
Division Two 8th
FA Cup Fourth Round
Football League Cup Second Round
Top goalscorer League:
Les Massie (10)
All:
Les Massie (11)
Highest home attendance 14,405 vs Manchester City (27 February 1965)
Lowest home attendance 5,533 vs Swansea Town (5 December 1964)

Huddersfield Town's 1964–65 campaign was mainly a season of change for the Terriers, with Roger B. Kaye becoming the new chairman just before the start of the season, followed by the departure of manager Eddie Boot after just 3 games. Tom Johnston would then give Town a big boost for the rest of the season. A superb second half of the season saw Town only lose 3 league games in 1965, which would eventually lead Town to 8th place in Division 2.

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
-- Republic of Ireland GK John Oldfield
-- England GK Ray Wood
-- England DF Denis Atkins
-- England DF John Coddington
-- England DF Stewart Holden
-- England DF Ray Holt
-- England DF Bob McNab
-- Republic of Ireland DF Mick Meagan
-- England DF Bob Parker
-- England DF Ken Taylor
-- England MF John Bettany
-- England MF Peter Dinsdale
No. Position Player
-- Scotland MF Billy Fraser
-- England MF Kevin McHale
-- England MF Michael O'Grady
-- England MF Steve Smith
-- England FW Chris Balderstone
-- England FW Allan Gilliver
-- England FW Kevin Lewis
-- Scotland FW Les Massie
-- England FW John Rudge
-- England FW Derek Stokes
-- England FW Len White

Review[edit]

Following the previous season's mid-table position, gates at Leeds Road drastically fell, no match recorded a crowd of more than 15,000 during the season. It wasn't helped by the dreadful start made by the Terriers, which cost Eddie Boot his job in early September. Town failed to win any of their first 9 matches. Tom Johnston would replace Boot and brought in Jimmy Nicholson, Tony Leighton and Johnny Quigley. But, Town's form didn't seem to completely improve until Town reached December.

Town's new acquisitions would help Town's form improve during the second half of the season, which would see Town lose only 3 times in the second half of the season. It would see Town finish in 8th place with 44 points, 12 points behind 2nd placed Northampton Town.

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
-- Republic of Ireland GK John Oldfield
-- England GK Ray Wood
-- England DF Denis Atkins
-- England DF Chris Cattlin
-- England DF John Coddington
-- England DF Stewart Holden
-- England DF Ray Holt
-- England DF Billy Legg
-- England DF Bob McNab
-- Republic of Ireland DF Mick Meagan
-- England DF Bob Parker
-- England DF Derek Parkin
-- England MF Peter Dinsdale
No. Position Player
-- Scotland MF Billy Fraser
-- England MF Kevin McHale
-- Northern Ireland MF Jimmy Nicholson
-- England MF Michael O'Grady
-- Scotland MF Johnny Quigley
-- England MF Steve Smith
-- England FW Chris Balderstone
-- England FW Allan Gilliver
-- England FW Tony Leighton
-- England FW Kevin Lewis
-- Scotland FW Les Massie
-- England FW John Rudge
-- England FW Derek Stokes

Results[edit]

Division Two[edit]

Date Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance Position
22 August 1964 Bolton Wanderers H 1–1 White 12,657 12th
26 August 1964 Plymouth Argyle A 0–0 17,841 8th
29 August 1964 Middlesbrough A 0–0 23,152 10th
2 September 1964 Plymouth Argyle H 1–2 White 9,478 17th
5 September 1964 Newcastle United H 0–1 8,770 21st
11 September 1964 Northampton Town A 2–3 O'Grady, Massie 12,984 20th
16 September 1964 Cardiff City A 1–1 White 9,392 20th
19 September 1964 Southampton H 0–3 6,969 21st
26 September 1964 Swindon Town A 1–4 Gilliver 12,764 22nd
29 September 1964 Cardiff City H 3–1 Lewis, Stokes, McHale 5,640 19th
3 October 1964 Coventry City A 3–2 Coddington (pen), Lewis, Balderstone 26,994 20th
7 October 1964 Derby County A 0–2 13,622 21st
10 October 1964 Portsmouth H 2–1 Massie, Stokes 7,511 18th
17 October 1964 Manchester City A 3–2 White (2), Gratrix (og) 15,704 17th
24 October 1964 Charlton Athletic H 0–1 7,480 18th
31 October 1964 Leyton Orient A 0–1 7,673 20th
7 November 1964 Bury H 0–2 7,793 21st
14 November 1964 Crystal Palace A 0–3 14,084 21st
21 November 1964 Norwich City H 0–0 6,536 21st
28 November 1964 Rotherham United A 3–2 Massie, O'Grady, Bettany 9,116 21st
5 December 1964 Swansea Town H 4–0 Holden, McHale (2), Massie 5,533 19th
15 December 1964 Bolton Wanderers A 0–1 11,782 19th
26 December 1964 Ipswich Town A 2–3 McHale, Stokes 11,608 21st
28 December 1964 Ipswich Town H 0–0 10,596 21st
2 January 1965 Newcastle United A 1–2 Leighton 45,315 21st
16 January 1965 Northampton Town H 2–0 Balderstone, Massie 7,359 21st
23 January 1965 Southampton A 3–3 Dinsdale, Leighton (2) 17,473 21st
6 February 1965 Swindon Town H 2–1 Leighton, Nicholson 9,064 19th
13 February 1965 Coventry City H 2–1 Massie, McHale 13,042 16th
20 February 1965 Portsmouth A 0–3 11,435 17th
27 February 1965 Manchester City H 1–0 Legg 14,405 15th
6 March 1965 Swansea Town A 2–2 Legg, Leighton 7,574 15th
13 March 1965 Leyton Orient H 0–0 11,237 15th
19 March 1965 Bury A 2–0 Leighton, Coddington (pen) 8,106 15th
27 March 1965 Crystal Palace H 2–0 Massie, O'Grady 10,255 14th
30 March 1965 Middlesbrough H 1–0 Massie 13,215 12th
3 April 1965 Norwich City A 2–0 Quigley, Massie 14,465 9th
10 April 1965 Rotherham United H 1–0 Legg 12,462 9th
17 April 1965 Charlton Athletic A 0–0 11,962 9th
19 April 1965 Preston North End H 3–0 Massie, Fraser, Leighton 12,261 9th
20 April 1965 Preston North End A 0–2 13,256 9th
24 April 1965 Derby County H 3–1 Leighton, Quigley (2) 10,275 8th

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance
9 January 1965 Round 3 Doncaster Rovers A 1–0 Massie 19,914
30 January 1965 Round 4 Swansea Town A 0–1 22,614

Football League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance
23 September 1964 Round 2 Leeds United A 2–3 Lewis, Bell (og) 9,837

Appearances and goals[edit]

Name Nation Position League Apps League Goals FA Cup Apps FA Cup Goals League Cup Apps League Cup Goals Total Apps Total Goals
Denis Atkins  England DF 27 0 2 0 1 0 30 0
Chris Balderstone  England MF 17 2 1 0 1 0 19 2
John Bettany  England MF 6 1 1 0 0 0 7 1
Chris Cattlin  England DF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
John Coddington  England DF 42 2 2 0 0 0 44 2
Peter Dinsdale  England DF 25 1 1 0 1 0 27 1
Billy Fraser  Scotland MF 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 1
Allan Gilliver  England FW 10 1 2 0 1 0 13 1
Stewart Holden  England MF 17 1 0 0 1 0 18 1
Ray Holt  England DF 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Billy Legg  England DF 7 3 1 0 0 0 8 3
Tony Leighton  England FW 18 8 0 0 0 0 18 8
Kevin Lewis  England MF 15 2 0 0 1 1 16 3
Les Massie  Scotland FW 36 10 2 1 1 0 39 11
Kevin McHale  England MF 32 5 2 0 0 0 34 5
Bob McNab  England DF 19 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
Mick Meagan  Republic of Ireland DF 34 0 2 0 0 0 36 0
Jimmy Nicholson  Northern Ireland MF 20 1 2 0 0 0 22 1
Michael O'Grady  England MF 23 3 1 0 0 0 24 3
John Oldfield  Republic of Ireland GK 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Bob Parker  England DF 12 0 0 0 1 0 13 0
Derek Parkin  England DF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Johnny Quigley  Scotland MF 15 3 0 0 0 0 15 3
John Rudge  England MF 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Steve Smith  England MF 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Derek Stokes  England FW 12 3 0 0 1 0 13 3
Ken Taylor  England DF 8 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
Len White  England FW 11 5 0 0 0 0 11 5
Ray Wood  England GK 30 0 2 0 1 0 33 0