1988–89 Huddersfield Town F.C. season

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Huddersfield Town
1988-89 season
Chairman England Keith Longbottom
Manager Republic of Ireland Eoin Hand
Division Three 14th
FA Cup Third Round
Littlewoods Challenge Cup First Round
Sherpa Van Trophy Area Quarter-Final
Top goalscorer League:
Craig Maskell (28)
All:
Craig Maskell (33)
Highest home attendance 15,543 vs Sheffield United (7 January 1989)
Lowest home attendance 2,216 vs Scunthorpe United (13 December 1988)

Huddersfield Town's 1988-89 campaign was a fairly unsuccessful campaign following the disastrous relegation the previous season. Under the leadership of former Ireland manager Eoin Hand, but a disastrous end to the season saw Town finish 14th, just 6 points and 7 places above the relegation zone.

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 Steve Hardwick
-- England GK Lee Martin
-- Wales DF Ian Bray
-- England DF Malcolm Brown
-- England DF Chris Hutchings
-- England DF Graham Mitchell
-- Republic of Ireland DF Ken O'Doherty
-- England DF Malcolm Shotton
-- England DF Simon Trevitt
-- England DF Gordon Tucker
-- England MF Mark Barham
No. Position Player
-- England MF Junior Bent
-- England MF Paul France
-- England MF Micky Holmes
-- England MF Chris Marsden
-- England MF Andy May
-- England MF Ian McInerney
-- Republic of Ireland MF Kieran O'Regan
-- England MF Julian Winter
-- England FW Craig Maskell
-- England FW Peter Ward
-- England FW Peter Withe

Review[edit]

Following the disastrous campaign orchestrated by Steve Smith and Malcolm Macdonald the previous season, it was up to former Ireland manager Eoin Hand and assistant Peter Withe to try to recover Town's perilous position in the 3rd tier of English football. At the start of the season, Town seemed to register a loss and a win every alternate week. Although new signing Craig Maskell (bought using the money funded by the sale of Duncan Shearer during the close-season.) started to score the goals that would try to bring Town up to the play-off spots.

The season did not bring much joy to the Town fans probably still reeling from relegation the previous season, although Town did bring some joy with some good results during January and February, as well as a narrow defeat by soon-to-be promoted Sheffield United in the FA Cup restored some pride to the beleaguered fans.

Also during the season Town recorded their biggest ever away league victory - a 6-0 thrashing of Bury at Gigg Lane. Bizarrely, Town would lose 6-0 at Bury the following season. In the last 7 games, Town lost 5 of them and drew the other 2. But, on a positive note, Craig Maskell broke a post-war goalscoring record of 32 goals set by Jimmy Glazzard in the 1954-55 season, by scoring his 33rd goal of the season in the last game of the season at home to Wigan Athletic.

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 Steve Hardwick
-- England GK Lee Martin
-- Wales DF Ian Bray
-- England DF Andy Duggan
-- England DF Chris Hutchings
-- England DF Graham Mitchell
-- Republic of Ireland DF Ken O'Doherty
-- England DF Simon Trevitt
-- England DF Gordon Tucker
-- England MF Junior Bent
-- England MF Paul France
No. Position Player
-- England MF Chris Marsden
-- England MF Andy May
-- England MF Ian McInerney
-- Republic of Ireland MF Kieran O'Regan
-- England MF Mark Smith
-- England MF Julian Winter
-- Republic of Ireland FW Mick Byrne
-- England FW Mike Cecere
-- England FW Craig Maskell
-- England FW Peter Withe

Results[edit]

Division Three[edit]

Date Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F - A

Scorers Attendance Position
27 August 1988 Brentford A 0 - 1 5,632 20th
3 September 1988 Preston North End H 2 - 0 Maskell, Shotton 5,622 12th
10 September 1988 Cardiff City A 0 - 3 3,891 18th
17 September 1988 Gillingham H 1 - 1 Hutchings 4,688 18th
20 September 1988 Notts County H 3 - 1 Byrne (2), Maskell (pen) 5,655 11th
24 September 1988 Chester City A 0 - 3 3,319 14th
1 October 1988 Fulham H 2 - 0 Maskell (2) 4,576 10th
3 October 1988 Port Vale A 0 - 2 5,938 11th
8 October 1988 Northampton Town A 3 - 1 Bent, Hutchings, Maskell (pen) 3,975 10th
15 October 1988 Bristol City H 0 - 1 5,952 16th
22 October 1988 Aldershot A 1 - 0 Hutchings 2,155 12th
25 October 1988 Swansea City H 1 - 1 Hutchings 5,711 12th
29 October 1988 Bristol Rovers A 1 - 5 Hutchings 4,460 15th
5 November 1988 Sheffield United H 3 - 2 Byrne, Maskell (2) 10,400 14th
8 November 1988 Bolton Wanderers H 0 - 1 7,802 15th
12 November 1988 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1 - 4 Maskell 12,697 16th
26 November 1988 Wigan Athletic A 2 - 0 Maskell, Cecere 2,779 14th
3 December 1988 Blackpool H 1 - 1 Maskell 5,738 15th
17 December 1988 Bury H 3 - 2 Bent, O'Regan, Maskell 5,150 12th
26 December 1988 Chesterfield A 1 - 1 Bent 5,539 13th
31 December 1988 Mansfield Town A 0 - 1 4,628 14th
2 January 1989 Southend United H 3 - 2 Maskell, Bent, Byrne 6,403 14th
14 January 1989 Preston North End A 0 - 1 6,959 14th
21 January 1989 Cardiff City H 1 - 0 Bent 4,869 11th
28 January 1989 Gillingham A 2 - 1 Maskell, O'Regan 3,530 10th
4 February 1989 Fulham A 2 - 1 O'Doherty, Cecere 4,081 9th
11 February 1989 Port Vale H 0 - 0 8,004 9th
18 February 1989 Northampton Town H 1 - 2 Maskell (pen) 5,802 10th
28 February 1989 Swansea City A 1 - 0 Match abandoned due to floodlight failure. ?
4 March 1989 Aldershot H 2 - 1 Winter, Byrne 4,709 10th
7 March 1989 Reading H 2 - 2 Duggan, Maskell 4,933 10th
11 March 1989 Sheffield United A 1 - 5 Marsden 13,680 10th
14 March 1989 Bristol Rovers H 2 - 3 Cecere, Maskell 4,105 10th
22 March 1989 Swansea City A 0 - 1 4,075 12th
25 March 1989 Southend United A 4 - 2 Duggan, Byrne, Maskell (2, 1 pen) 3,582 10th
27 March 1989 Chesterfield H 1 - 1 Maskell 5,819 11th
1 April 1989 Bury A 6 - 0 Cecere, Maskell (3), Smith, Byrne 4,145 10th
5 April 1989 Reading A 1 - 2 May 3,802 12th
8 April 1989 Mansfield Town H 2 - 0 Maskell, McInerney 5,327 9th
15 April 1989 Chester City H 3 - 1 Winter, Smith, May 6,109 9th
18 April 1989 Bristol City A 1 - 6 Maskell 4,542 9th
22 April 1989 Notts County A 0 - 3 5,499 12th
25 April 1989 Brentford H 1 - 2 Maskell 3,538 12th
29 April 1989 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0 - 0 8,757 12th
1 May 1989 Bolton Wanderers A 1 - 3 Maskell (pen) 5,511 12th
6 May 1989 Blackpool A 1 - 2 Maskell 4,070 14th
13 May 1989 Wigan Athletic H 1 - 1 Maskell 4,225 14th

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F - A

Scorers Attendance
19 November 1988 Round 1 Rochdale H 1 - 1 May 6,178
28 November 1988 Round 1 Replay Rochdale A 4 - 3 Withe, O'Shaughnessy (og), Maskell, Bent 5,645
10 December 1988 Round 2 Chester City H 1 - 0 O'Regan 6,295
7 January 1989 Round 3 Sheffield United H 0 - 1 15,543

Littlewoods Challenge Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F - A

Scorers Attendance
30 August 1988 Round 1 1st Leg Scunthorpe United A 2 - 3 Maskell, Mitchell 3,820
6 September 1988 Round 1 2nd Leg Scunthorpe United H 2 - 2 Maskell, Trevitt 4,237
  • Huddersfield lost 5-4 on aggregate.

Sherpa Van Trophy[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F - A

Scorers Attendance
13 December 1988 Preliminary Round

Group 6

Scunthorpe United H 1 - 0 Byrne 2,216
19 December 1988 Preliminary Round

Group 6

Halifax Town A 0 - 1 2,437
17 January 1989 Round 1 Grimsby Town A 3 - 1 Cecere, Maskell, Withe 2,116
21 February 1989 Area Quarter-Final Scarborough H 1 - 2 Maskell 4,665

Appearances and goals[edit]

Name Nation Position League Apps League Goals FA Cup Apps FA Cup Goals League Cup Apps League Cup Goals FLT Apps FLT Goals Total Apps Total Goals
Mark Barham  England MF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Junior Bent  England MF 14 (8) 5 3 1 0 0 2 0 19 (8) 6
Malcolm Brown  England DF 1 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 1 (1) 0
Mick Byrne  Republic of Ireland FW 29 (8) 7 2 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 2 1 13 (10) 8
Mike Cecere  England FW 28 (3) 4 4 0 0 0 4 1 36 (3) 5
Andy Duggan  England DF 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 2
Paul France  England DF 2 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 (1) 0
Steve Hardwick  England GK 46 0 4 0 2 0 3 0 55 0
Micky Holmes  England MF 3 (4) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 (4) 0
Chris Hutchings  England DF 41 5 4 0 2 0 4 0 51 5
Chris Marsden  England MF 10 (4) 1 0 (2) 0 2 0 3 0 15 (6) 1
Lee Martin  England GK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0
Craig Maskell  England FW 46 28 4 1 2 2 4 2 56 33
Andy May  England MF 45 2 4 1 1 0 4 0 54 3
Ian McInerney  England MF 5 (5) 1 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 5 (6) 1
Graham Mitchell  England DF 33 (1) 0 4 0 2 1 3 0 42 (1) 1
Ken O'Doherty  Republic of Ireland DF 37 1 4 0 1 0 3 0 45 1
Kieran O'Regan  Republic of Ireland MF 36 2 4 1 2 0 4 0 46 3
Malcolm Shotton  England DF 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 1
Mark Smith  England Fw 17 (3) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 (3) 2
Simon Trevitt  England DF 35 (4) 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 39 (4) 1
Gordon Tucker  England DF 11 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 1 (1) 0 1 (1) 0 13 (4) 0
Peter Ward  England FW 1 (3) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 1 (4) 0
Julian Winter  England MF 35 2 4 0 0 0 4 0 43 2
Peter Withe  England FW 14 (12) 0 2 (1) 1 2 0 0 (2) 1 18 (15) 2