1994–95 Huddersfield Town F.C. season

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Huddersfield Town
1994-95 season
Chairman England Terry Fisher
England Geoffrey Headey
Manager England Neil Warnock
Division Two 5th (promoted via play-offs)
FA Cup Second Round
Coca-Cola Cup Second Round
Auto Windscreens Shield Area Quarter-final
Top goalscorer League:
Andy Booth (26)
All:
Andy Booth (30)
Highest home attendance 17,959 vs Birmingham City (6 May 1995)
Lowest home attendance 4,183 vs York City (17 October 1994)

Huddersfield Town's 1994-95 campaign was Town's first season in their new stadium, the Alfred McAlpine Stadium. After playing at Leeds Road for 86 years, Town moved to the new stadium with a then capacity of around 20,000. Under the leadership of Neil Warnock, Town finished in 5th place, but after qualifying for the play-offs, Town beat 2nd placed Brentford, they beat 4th placed Bristol Rovers at Wembley Stadium.

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 Kevin Blackwell
-- England GK Steve Francis
-- Scotland DF Tom Cowan
-- England DF Jon Dyson
-- England DF Kevin Gray
-- England DF Graham Mitchell
-- Republic of Ireland DF Pat Scully
-- England DF Simon Trevitt
-- England MF Simon Baldry
-- England MF Chris Billy
No. Position Player
-- England MF Darren Bullock
-- England MF Gary Clayton
-- England MF Richard Logan
-- England MF Paul Reid
-- England FW Andy Booth
-- England FW Iain Dunn
-- England FW Ronnie Jepson
-- England FW Phil Starbuck
-- England FW Craig Whitington

Review[edit]

Following a mediocre season the previous year, many were hoping the move to the Alfred McAlpine Stadium, many were hoping a charge up the Division 2 ladder.

In the summer of 1994, popular full-back Tom Cowan made his loan move from Sheffield United a permanent one, centre-back Kevin Gray arrived from Mansfield Town in a part exchange with Iffy Onuora, and midfielder Paul Reid made the switch from local rivals Bradford City. Phil Starbuck, despite speculation about a move to Notts County, signed a new deal that stipulated he was made new club captain. In addition to these signings, veteran striker Ronnie Jepson was revitalised and formed a potent strikeforce with the precocious Booth. A first-day 4–1 drubbing of Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, Reid and Jepson scoring twice, signalled that Town meant business.

A brilliant start to the season saw Town beat Blackpool 4-1 at Bloomfield Road, a 1-0 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers in their home league game followed, but they then went on a run of 13 league games without defeat, which was brought to an abrupt halt by a 3-0 defeat at York City. During Town's 2nd round match in the Auto Windscreens Shield, Iain Dunn became the first person in England to score a golden goal in first-class professional football.

In August 1994, the Terriers opened their new home with a 0–1 defeat to Martin O'Neill's recently promoted Wycombe Wanderers. However, things were soon to get much better for Warnock's team, Jepson and Booth amassing 53 goals between them in League and cup. Town soon reached the top of the league, where they would battle with Birmingham City and Brentford for the one automatic spot that season. But with Starbuck unable to find his form, the festive period saw a downturn in their fortunes. Starbuck had played his last game for the club and would move on loan to Sheffield United, later making his move permanent. Despite a substantial outlay on the Bradford City Lees (Sinnott and Duxbury) with Graham Mitchell going in the other direction, the first warning signs came with some poor results over the festive season, including defeats at Wycombe and Hull City. The Terriers challenge started to fade around Easter with solitary points gained in Yorkshire derbies against Hull City and Rotherham United and a defeat in a match played in farcical conditions at Shrewsbury Town signalled the end of Town's automatic hopes. Warnock's men limped over the finish line in 5th place (one of their lowest positions in months) and signed off with a home defeat by newly crowned champions Birmingham.

A two-legged play-off against 2nd placed Brentford then followed. After a 1-1 draw at the McAlpine, many thought Town blew it again, but a 1-1 draw at Griffin Park led to a penalty shoot-out. After Pat Scully missed, Steve Francis saved the penalties of both Denny Mundee and Jamie Bates, it was left to Darren Bullock to score the winner to send Town to Wembley for a match against 4th placed Bristol Rovers.

At Wembley, Town took the lead in the play-off final with a goal from Andy Booth one minute from half-time, but within a minute of the goal, future Town player Marcus Stewart levelled proceedings, but with less than 10 minutes remaining Huddersfield-born Chris Billy scored the winning goal which gained Town's promotion. Within a few days of winning promotion, Neil Warnock left to become manager of Plymouth Argyle.

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 Kevin Blackwell
-- England GK Steve Francis
-- Scotland DF Tom Cowan
-- England DF Jon Dyson
-- England DF Kevin Gray
-- Republic of Ireland DF Pat Scully
-- England DF Lee Sinnott
-- England DF Simon Trevitt
-- England MF Simon Baldry
-- England MF Chris Billy
-- England MF Darren Bullock
No. Position Player
-- England MF Gary Clayton
-- England MF Simon Collins
-- England MF Gary Crosby
-- England MF Lee Duxbury
-- England MF Richard Logan
-- England MF Paul Reid
-- England FW Andy Booth
-- England FW Iain Dunn
-- England FW Ronnie Jepson
-- England FW Paul Moulden
-- England FW Craig Whitington

Results[edit]

Division Two[edit]

Date Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F - A

Scorers Attendance Position
13 August 1994 Blackpool A 4 - 1 Reid (2), Jepson (2) 8,343 4th
20 August 1994 Wycombe Wanderers H 0 - 1 13,334 12th
27 August 1994 Chester City A 2 - 1 Booth, Dunn 2,895 8th
30 August 1994 Leyton Orient H 2 - 1 Booth, Reid 8,552 6th
3 September 1994 Oxford United H 3 - 3 Booth, Starbuck (pen), Bullock 10,122 5th
10 September 1994 Plymouth Argyle A 3 - 0 Booth (3) 5,464 4th
13 September 1994 Peterborough United A 2 - 2 Dunn (2) 5,316 4th
17 September 1994 Stockport County H 2 - 1 Booth (2) 9,526 2nd
24 September 1994 Bradford City A 4 - 3 Booth (2), Jepson, Reid 11,300 2nd
1 October 1994 Brighton & Hove Albion H 3 - 0 Booth, Reid, Logan 10,321 1st
8 October 1994 Birmingham City A 1 - 1 Bullock 15,265 1st
15 October 1994 Cambridge United H 3 - 1 Jepson (2, 1 pen), Dunn 10,742 1st
22 October 1994 Crewe Alexandra A 3 - 3 Jepson, Billy, Booth 5,352 1st
29 October 1994 Bournemouth H 3 - 1 Booth, Jepson, Scully 11,251 1st
1 November 1994 Wrexham H 2 - 1 Bullock, Billy 9,639 1st
5 November 1994 York City A 0 - 3 6,345 1st
19 November 1994 Brentford H 1 - 0 Jepson 10,889 1st
26 November 1994 Bristol Rovers A 1 - 1 Jepson (pen) 5,679 2nd
10 December 1994 Wycombe Wanderers A 1 - 2 Jepson 6,790 4th
17 December 1994 Blackpool H 1 - 1 Booth 11,536 4th
26 December 1994 Hull City A 0 - 1 10,220 4th
27 December 1994 Rotherham United H 1 - 0 Booth 15,557 4th
31 December 1994 Swansea City A 1 - 1 Booth 5,438 4th
2 January 1995 Shrewsbury Town H 2 - 1 Jepson, Duxbury 12,748 2nd
7 January 1995 Crewe Alexandra H 1 - 2 Booth 11,466 2nd
14 January 1995 Cardiff City A 0 - 0 3,808 2nd
28 January 1995 Bournemouth A 2 - 0 Jepson, Duxbury 4,427 2nd
4 February 1995 Bristol Rovers H 1 - 1 Booth 10,389 3rd
11 February 1995 Wrexham A 2 - 1 Booth, Jepson 5,894 2nd
18 February 1995 Cardiff City H 5 - 1 Booth, Cowan, Jepson, Reid, Crosby 10,035 2nd
21 February 1995 Brentford A 0 - 0 9,562 2nd
25 February 1995 Brighton & Hove Albion A 0 - 0 7,751 3rd
28 February 1995 York City H 3 - 0 Jepson, Bullock, Crosby 10,468 1st
4 March 1995 Bradford City H 0 - 0 17,404 1st
7 March 1995 Oxford United A 1 - 3 Dyson 7,160 2nd
11 March 1995 Chester City H 5 - 1 Cowan, Jepson, Booth (3) 9,606 2nd
18 March 1995 Leyton Orient A 2 - 0 Dunn, Jepson (pen) 3,177 2nd
21 March 1995 Plymouth Argyle H 2 - 0 Dyson, Booth 12,099 1st
25 March 1995 Stockport County H 2 - 1 Jepson (pen), Gannon (og) 5,383 1st
1 April 1995 Peterborough United H 1 - 2 Bullock 11,324 2nd
8 April 1995 Swansea City H 2 - 0 Crosby (2) 10,105 1st
15 April 1995 Rotherham United A 1 - 1 Booth 6,687 1st
17 April 1995 Hull City H 1 - 1 Sinnott 12,402 2nd
22 April 1995 Shrewsbury Town A 1 - 2 Jepson (pen) 4,758 3rd
29 April 1995 Cambridge United A 1 - 1 Booth 5,188 3rd
6 May 1995 Birmingham City H 1 - 2 Bullock 17,959 5th

Division 2 Play-offs[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F - A

Scorers Attendance
14 May 1995 Semi-final 1st Leg Brentford H 1 - 1 Billy 14,160
17 May 1995 Semi-final 2nd Leg Brentford A 1 - 1 Booth 11,161
  • 2-2 on aggregate.
    Penalties  
Grainger Penalty scored
Taylor Penalty scored
Mundee: Francis saved Penalty missed
Ratcliffe Penalty scored
Bates: Francis saved Penalty missed
3 – 4 Penalty scored Jepson
Penalty missed Scully: Dearden saved
Penalty scored Duxbury
Penalty scored Sinnott
Penalty scored Bullock
 

Play-Off Final[edit]

Date Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F - A

Scorers Attendance
28 May 1995 Bristol Rovers N 2 - 1 Booth, Billy 59,175

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F - A

Scorers Attendance
12 November 1994 Round 1 Doncaster Rovers A 4 - 1 Bullock, Booth, Jepson, Dunn 6,626
3 December 1994 Round 2 Lincoln City A 0 - 1 4,143

Coca-Cola Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F - A

Scorers Attendance
16 August 1994 Round 1 1st Leg Scunthorpe United A 1 - 2 Scully 2,841
23 August 1994 Round 1 2nd Leg Scunthorpe United H 3 - 0 Jepson (2), Reid 6,445
  • Huddersfield won 4-2 on aggregate
20 September 1994 Round 2 1st Leg Southampton H 0 - 1 13,765
5 October 1994 Round 2 2nd Leg Southampton A 0 - 4 12,032
  • Huddersfield lost 5-0 on aggregate

Auto Windscreens Shield[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F - A

Scorers Attendance
11 October 1994 Round 1

Group 7

Bradford City A 2 - 1 Baldry, Booth 3,772
18 October 1994 Round 1

Group 7

York City H 3 - 0 Mitchell, Clayton, Starbuck (pen) 4,183
30 November 1994 Round 2 Lincoln City H 3 - 2 (aet: 90 mins: 2 - 2) Crosby, Jepson (pen), Dunn (gg) 5,738
24 January 1995 Area Quarter-final Bury A 1 - 2 Clayton 3,311

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 Playoff Apps Playoff Goals Total Apps Total Goals
Simon Baldry  England MF 8 (3) 0 0 0 2 0 0 (2) 1 0 0 10 (5) 1
Chris Billy  England MF 30 (7) 2 2 0 3 (1) 0 3 (1) 0 3 2 41 (9) 4
Kevin Blackwell  England GK 3 (1) 0 1 0 0 (1) 0 3 0 0 0 7 (2) 0
Andy Booth  England FW 45 (1) 26 2 1 4 0 2 (1) 1 3 2 56 (2) 30
Darren Bullock  England MF 39 6 2 1 3 0 0 0 3 0 47 7
Gary Clayton  England MF 0 (2) 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 4 (3) 2
Simon Collins  England DF 2 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 0 0 3 (3) 0
Tom Cowan  Scotland DF 37 2 2 0 4 0 2 0 3 0 48 2
Gary Crosby  England MF 16 (3) 4 1 0 1 0 2 (2) 1 3 0 23 (5) 5
Iain Dunn  England FW 13 (26) 5 0 (2) 1 1 (2) 0 3 1 0 (3) 0 17 (33) 7
Lee Duxbury  England MF 26 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 29 2
Jon Dyson  England DF 23 (5) 2 0 0 4 0 1 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 28 (7) 2
Steve Francis  England GK 43 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 3 0 52 0
Kevin Gray  England DF 5 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 8 0
Ronnie Jepson  England FW 36 (5) 19 2 1 3 (1) 2 4 1 3 0 48 (6) 23
Richard Logan  England MF 24 (3) 1 1 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 31 (3) 1
Graham Mitchell  England DF 11 (1) 0 2 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 16 (1) 1
Paul Moulden  England FW 0 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (2) 0
Paul Reid  England MF 42 6 2 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 48 7
Pat Scully  Republic of Ireland DF 38 1 2 0 4 1 2 1 3 0 49 3
Chris Short  England DF 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
Lee Sinnott  England DF 25 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 28 1
Phil Starbuck  England FW 4 (5) 1 0 0 3 0 2 1 0 0 9 (5) 2
Simon Trevitt  England DF 20 (1) 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 3 0 29 (1) 0
Craig Whitington  England FW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Paul Williams (1st Spell)  England DF 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Paul Williams (2nd Spell)  England DF 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0

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