1989–90 Huddersfield Town A.F.C. season

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Huddersfield Town
1989-90 season
Chairman England Keith Longbottom
Manager Republic of Ireland Eoin Hand
Division Three 8th
FA Cup Fourth Round
Littlewoods Challenge Cup Second Round
Leyland DAF Trophy First Round
Top goalscorer League:
Craig Maskell (14)
All:
Craig Maskell (20)
Highest home attendance 13,262 vs Nottingham Forest (3 October 1989)
Lowest home attendance 1,714 vs Doncaster Rovers (7 November 1989)

Huddersfield Town's 1989-90 campaign was a fairly successful season, with the exception of Town's failure of reaching the play-offs, after they finished in 8th place, just 2 places and 4 points off the play-offs.

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
-- England DF Aidy Boothroyd
-- Wales DF Ian Bray
-- England DF Andy Duggan
-- England DF Chris Hutchings
-- Wales DF Dudley Lewis
-- England DF Graham Mitchell
-- Republic of Ireland DF Ken O'Doherty
-- England DF Simon Trevitt
No. Position Player
-- England DF Robert Wilson
-- England MF Junior Bent
-- England MF Chris Marsden
-- England MF Andy May
-- Republic of Ireland MF Kieran O'Regan
-- Republic of Ireland FW Mick Byrne
-- England FW Mike Cecere
-- England FW Craig Maskell
-- Scotland FW Iffy Onuora
-- England FW Peter Withe

Review[edit]

Following a disappointing first season back in the 3rd Division, many were wondering if Town were going to mount any serious promotion challenge, and if Craig Maskell was going to carry on his goalscoring form from the previous season. Town did start the season brightly and only lost two of their first 13 league games.

The middle part of the season saw Town carry on their good start to the season and during the Christmas/New Year season, they won 6 out of 8 and by February, Town reached 5th place, with a play-off place at least seeming to be the minimum requirement for Town's season. However, from February onwards, Town's promotion dreams took a major downward spiral into nothingness.

Amongst the interesting records set by Town during the end of the season were the unwanted record of losing 5 consecutive home league games set between March 3 and April 3. Also, Bury beat Town 6-0 at Gigg Lane in April, ironically 12 months after Town beat them 6-0 at Gigg Lane. On a brighter note, Craig Maskell became only the third Town player to score 4 goals in an away match in Town's 5-1 win at Cardiff City, equalling the feat set by Charlie Wilson and George Brown.

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
-- England DF Aidy Boothroyd
-- Wales DF Ian Bray
-- England DF Simon Charlton
-- England DF Andy Duggan
-- England DF Chris Hutchings
-- Wales DF Dudley Lewis
-- England DF Graham Mitchell
-- Republic of Ireland DF Ken O'Doherty
-- England DF Simon Trevitt
-- England DF Robert Wilson
No. Position Player
-- England MF Kevin Donovan
-- England MF John Kelly (on loan from Walsall)
-- England MF Chris Marsden
-- England MF Andy May
-- Republic of Ireland MF Kieran O'Regan
-- Republic of Ireland FW Mick Byrne
-- England FW Mike Cecere
-- England FW Peter Maguire
-- England FW Craig Maskell
-- Scotland FW Iffy Onuora
-- England FW Peter Withe

Results[edit]

Division Three[edit]

Date Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F - A

Scorers Attendance Position
19 August 1989 Swansea City H 1 - 0 Cecere 5,775 6th
26 August 1989 Walsall A 3 - 2 Wilson, Smith, Onuora 4,173 3rd
2 September 1989 Bolton Wanderers H 1 - 1 O'Regan 7,872 4th
9 September 1989 Preston North End A 3 - 3 Smith, Hutchings, Wilson 5,822 5th
16 September 1989 Brentford H 1 - 0 Smith 5,578 3rd
22 September 1989 Tranmere Rovers A 0 - 4 7,375 4th
26 September 1989 Fulham A 0 - 0 4,445 8th
30 September 1989 Leyton Orient H 2 - 0 Cecere (2, 1 pen) 5,258 7th
7 October 1989 Cardiff City H 2 - 3 Marsden, O'Regan 5,835 9th
14 October 1989 Reading A 0 - 0 3,950 10th
17 October 1989 Wigan Athletic H 2 - 0 Maskell, Smith 5,119 7th
21 October 1989 Birmingham City A 1 - 0 Smith 7,951 6th
28 October 1989 Shrewsbury Town H 1 - 1 Bent 6,001 6th
1 November 1989 Bristol Rovers A 2 - 2 Cecere, Smith 6,467 6th
4 November 1989 Chester City A 1 - 2 Wilson 2,660 9th
11 November 1989 Northampton Town H 2 - 2 Smith, Mitchell 4,973 9th
25 November 1989 Notts County H 1 - 2 Short (og) 5,416 10th
2 December 1989 Mansfield Town A 2 - 1 Wilson, Hutchings 2,966 9th
16 December 1989 Rotherham United A 0 - 0 6,673 10th
26 December 1989 Bury H 2 - 1 Maskell, O'Connell 8,483 8th
30 December 1989 Bristol City H 2 - 1 Smith, Maskell 7,681 5th
1 January 1990 Blackpool A 2 - 2 Hutchings, Onuora 5,097 6th
13 January 1990 Walsall H 1 - 0 Marsden 5,856 6th
21 January 1990 Swansea City A 3 - 1 Wilson, Hutchings (2) 4,488 5th
3 February 1990 Tranmere Rovers H 1 - 0 Onuora 7,005 3rd
10 February 1990 Brentford A 1 - 2 Wilson 6,774 4th
17 February 1990 Mansfield Town H 1 - 0 Maskell 5,441 4th
24 February 1990 Notts County A 0 - 1 7,632 7th
3 March 1990 Crewe Alexandra H 0 - 1 5,933 7th
6 March 1990 Leyton Orient A 0 - 1 3,040 7th
10 March 1990 Fulham H 0 - 1 4,780 8th
13 March 1990 Crewe Alexandra A 0 - 3 4,384 8th
17 March 1990 Cardiff City A 5 - 1 Maskell (4), O'Regan 2,628 8th
20 March 1990 Reading H 0 - 1 4,588 8th
24 March 1990 Wigan Athletic A 2 - 1 Byrne, Maskell 3,167 8th
31 March 1990 Birmingham City H 1 - 2 Withe 5,837 9th
3 April 1990 Preston North End H 0 - 2 4,381 9th
7 April 1990 Shrewsbury Town A 3 - 3 Byrne, Maskell (2, 1 pen) 2,867 9th
10 April 1990 Bristol Rovers H 1 - 1 Kelly 4,359 9th
14 April 1990 Blackpool H 2 - 2 Byrne, Maskell (pen) 4,845 9th
16 April 1990 Bury A 0 - 6 4,621 10th
21 April 1990 Rotherham United H 2 - 1 Edwards (2) 4,963 8th
24 April 1990 Bristol City A 1 - 1 Duggan 17,791 8th
28 April 1990 Northampton Town A 0 - 1 2,388 8th
1 May 1990 Bolton Wanderers A 2 - 2 Edwards, Maskell 8,550 8th
5 May 1990 Chester City H 4 - 1 Byrne, Maskell, Edwards, Reeves (og) 3,514 8th

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F - A

Scorers Attendance
18 November 1989 Round 1 Hartlepool United A 2 - 0 Cecere (2, 1 pen) 3,160
9 December 1989 Round 2 Chesterfield A 2 - 0 Cecere (pen), Maskell 6,687
6 January 1990 Round 3 Grimsby Town H 3 - 1 Smith, Maskell, Lever (og) 9,901
27 January 1990 Round 4 Crystal Palace A 0 - 4 12,920

Littlewoods Challenge Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F - A

Scorers Attendance
22 August 1989 Round 1 1st Leg Doncaster Rovers H 1 - 1 Onuora 3,983
29 August 1989 Round 1 2nd Leg Doncaster Rovers A 2 - 1 Wilson (2) 3,985
  • Huddersfield won 3-2 on aggregate.
20 September 1989 Round 2 1st Leg Nottingham Forest A 1 - 1 O'Doherty 18,976
3 October 1989 Round 2 2nd Leg Nottingham Forest H 3 - 3 (aet: 90 mins: 3 - 3) Maskell (2), Cecere 13,262
  • 4-4 on aggregate. Town lost on away goals rule.

Leyland DAF Trophy[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F - A

Scorers Attendance
7 November 1989 Preliminary Round

Group 5

Doncaster Rovers H 2 - 2 Smith, Maskell 1,714
12 December 1989 Preliminary Round

Group 5

Grimsby Town A 3 - 3 Onuora, Maskell (pen), Duggan 991
9 January 1990 Round 1 Rotherham United A 0 - 3 3,519

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
Junior Bent  England MF 6 (1) 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 8 (1) 1
Aidy Boothroyd  England DF 9 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 (1) 0
Ian Bray  Wales DF 13 (1) 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 16 (1) 0
Mick Byrne  Republic of Ireland FW 17 (2) 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 (2) 4
Mike Cecere  England FW 22 (1) 4 3 (1) 3 4 1 1 0 30 (2) 8
Simon Charlton  England DF 1 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 (2) 0
Kevin Donovan  England MF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Andy Duggan  England DF 15 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 17 2
Keith Edwards  England MF 6 (4) 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 (4) 4
Steve Hardwick  England GK 21 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 27 0
Chris Hutchings  England DF 46 5 4 0 4 0 3 0 57 5
John Kelly  England MF 9 (1) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 (1) 1
Dudley Lewis  Wales DF 28 0 3 0 4 0 2 0 37 0
Peter Maguire  England FW 0 (3) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (3) 0
Chris Marsden  England MF 29 (3) 2 4 0 3 (1) 0 3 0 39 (4) 2
Lee Martin  England GK 25 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 30 0
Craig Maskell  England FW 40 (1) 15 4 2 4 2 3 2 51 (1) 21
Andy May  England MF 40 (1) 0 3 0 2 0 3 0 48 (1) 0
Graham Mitchell  England DF 35 (2) 1 4 0 2 (1) 0 1 0 42 (3) 1
Brendan O'Connell  England FW 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
Ken O'Doherty  Republic of Ireland DF 17 (1) 0 1 0 4 1 1 0 23 (1) 1
Iffy Onuora  Scotland FW 3 (17) 3 2 (1) 0 0 (3) 1 1 (1) 1 6 (22) 5
Kieran O'Regan  Republic of Ireland MF 31 (6) 3 3 (1) 0 2 (1) 0 2 (1) 0 38 (9) 3
Mark Smith  England Fw 39 (5) 7 4 1 3 0 3 1 49 (5) 9
Simon Trevitt  England DF 7 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 10 0
Robert Wilson  England MF 27 (1) 6 3 0 4 2 3 0 37 (1) 8
Peter Withe  England FW 8 (4) 1 0 (1) 0 2 0 0 (1) 0 10 (6) 1