1946–47 Huddersfield Town A.F.C. season

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Huddersfield Town
1946–47 season
Chairman England Philip Wood
Manager Scotland David Steele
Division One 20th
FA Cup Third Round
Top goalscorer League:
Jimmy Glazzard (11)
All:
Jimmy Glazzard (11)
Highest home attendance 39,944 vs Barnsley (7 January 1947)
Lowest home attendance 4,172 vs Portsmouth (29 January 1947)

Huddersfield Town's 1946–47 campaign was the first full season since the end of World War II, but Town would have little to cheer during the season. Under David Steele, Town were in relegation trouble for most of the season, but because of the even worse displays of Brentford and Leeds United saw Town live to fight another day in Division 1.

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 Don Clegg
-- England GK Bob Hesford
-- Republic of Ireland GK Brendan McManus
-- England DF Graham Bailey
-- England DF Jeff Barker
-- England DF Eddie Boot
-- England DF Tom Briggs
-- England DF George Green
-- Republic of Ireland DF Bill Hayes
-- England DF George Howe
-- England DF Alf Newbold
-- England DF John Simpson
No. Position Player
-- England DF Les Smith
-- England DF Albert Watson
-- England MF Albert Bateman
-- England MF Eddie Carr
-- England MF Vic Metcalfe
-- England MF George Skelton
-- England FW Lewis Brook
-- England FW Jimmy Glazzard
-- England FW Joe Poole
-- England FW Billy Price
-- Scotland FW Frank Reid
-- England FW Arnold Rodgers

Review[edit]

David Steele had been Town manager since 1943, but this was his first season in league football management with the Leeds Road club and it would be his last in Huddersfield. Town lost 5 of their opening league matches, but oddly enough won the other game 5–2 against Derby County. During October, Town lost 4 matches and conceded 19 goals in a 5–0 defeat against Leeds United, a 6–1 loss at Wolverhampton Wanderers and 4–1 defeats to Liverpool and Middlesbrough.

Following that run, Town beat Charlton Athletic 5–1, but Town's form never made any dramatic improvements and even lost an FA Cup tie at home to Barnsley. Luckily during that season, Town were up against 2 worse teams in the relegation dogfight in Brentford and Leeds United, who were more than 7 points behind Town by the end of the season. This however didn't stop Steele from resigning at the end of the season.

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 Don Clegg
-- England GK Bob Hesford
-- Republic of Ireland GK Brendan McManus
-- England DF Graham Bailey
-- England DF Jeff Barker
-- England DF Eddie Boot
-- England DF Tom Briggs
-- England DF George Green
-- Republic of Ireland DF Bill Hayes
-- England DF George Hepplewhite
-- England DF George Howe
-- England DF Joe Lodge
-- England DF John Simpson
-- England DF Les Smith
-- England DF Alan Stewart
No. Position Player
-- England DF Albert Watson
-- England MF Albert Bateman
-- England MF Eddie Carr
-- Scotland MF Harry McShane
-- England MF Vic Metcalfe
-- England MF George Skelton
-- England FW Lewis Brook
-- Northern Ireland FW Peter Doherty
-- England FW Jimmy Glazzard
-- England FW Billy Price
-- Scotland FW Frank Reid
-- England FW Arnold Rodgers
-- England FW Arthur Thompson
-- England FW Maurice Tompkin
-- England FW Alf Whittingham

Results[edit]

Division One[edit]

Date Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance Position
31 August 1946 Blackpool H 1–3 Glazzard 14,378 17th
4 September 1946 Sunderland A 0–3 37,595 21st
7 September 1946 Brentford A 0–2 31,264 22nd
11 September 1946 Derby County H 5–2 McShane, Glazzard, Price (2), Bateman 18,748 17th
14 September 1946 Blackburn Rovers H 0–1 17,368 20th
21 September 1946 Portsmouth A 1–3 Glazzard 30,591 22nd
25 September 1946 Sunderland H 0–0 15,551 21st
28 September 1946 Everton H 1–0 Glazzard 19,208 18th
5 October 1946 Leeds United A 0–5 30,622 22nd
12 October 1946 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1–6 Bateman 37,690 22nd
19 October 1946 Liverpool H 1–4 Brook 17,323 22nd
26 October 1946 Middlesbrough A 1–4 Tompkin 36,694 22nd
2 November 1946 Charlton Athletic H 5–1 Rodgers (3), Bateman, Glazzard 16,944 22nd
9 November 1946 Grimsby Town A 0–1 14,815 22nd
16 November 1946 Preston North End H 3–0 Rodgers (2), Thompson 17,733 22nd
23 November 1946 Manchester United A 2–5 Thompson, Glazzard 39,216 22nd
30 November 1946 Stoke City H 1–0 Metcalfe 26,767 22nd
7 December 1946 Bolton Wanderers A 0–4 21,975 22nd
14 December 1946 Chelsea H 1–4 Bateman 9,011 22nd
21 December 1946 Sheffield United A 2–2 Bateman, Glazzard 23,980 22nd
25 December 1946 Aston Villa A 2–2 Glazzard, Rodgers 29,906 22nd
26 December 1946 Aston Villa H 1–0 Rodgers 39,606 20th
28 December 1946 Blackpool A 1–2 Metcalfe 24,558 21st
4 January 1947 Brentford H 3–0 Rodgers (2), Glazzard 27,759 21st
18 January 1947 Blackburn Rovers A 2–2 Glazzard, Metcalfe 24,218 21st
29 January 1947 Portsmouth H 1–2 Doherty 4,172 21st
1 February 1947 Everton A 0–1 37,205 21st
22 February 1947 Liverpool A 0–1 35,000 21st
8 March 1947 Charlton Athletic A 3–0 Thompson, Bateman, Doherty 27,805 20th
15 March 1947 Grimsby Town H 3–2 Bateman, Doherty, Whittingham 17,204 20th
22 March 1947 Preston North End A 2–6 Doherty, Whittingham 25,460 20th
29 March 1947 Manchester United H 2–2 Whittingham, Doherty 18,509 20th
4 April 1947 Arsenal A 2–1 Metcalfe, Doherty (pen) 46,105 20th
5 April 1947 Stoke City A 0–3 29,257 20th
7 April 1947 Arsenal H 0–0 33,381 20th
12 April 1947 Bolton Wanderers H 1–0 Whittingham 21,639 20th
19 April 1947 Chelsea A 0–1 38,903 20th
26 April 1947 Sheffield United H 1–1 Whittingham 18,406 20th
3 May 1947 Derby County A 0–1 16,883 20th
10 May 1947 Leeds United H 1–0 Doherty (pen) 20,596 19th
17 May 1947 Middlesbrough H 3–1 Whittingham (2), Glazzard 16,328 19th
26 May 1947 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0–1 25,401 19th

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance
11 January 1947 Round 3 Barnsley H 3–4 Doherty (2), Bateman 39,944

Appearances and goals[edit]

Name Nation Position League Apps League Goals FA Cup Apps FA Cup Goals Total Apps Total Goals
Graham Bailey  England DF 33 0 1 0 34 0
Jeff Barker  England DF 32 0 1 0 33 0
Albert Bateman  England MF 40 7 1 1 41 8
Eddie Boot  England DF 40 0 1 0 41 0
Tom Briggs  England DF 15 0 0 0 15 0
Lewis Brook  England FW 6 1 0 0 6 1
Eddie Carr  England MF 2 0 0 0 2 0
Don Clegg  England GK 1 0 0 0 1 0
Peter Doherty  Northern Ireland FW 19 7 1 2 20 9
Jimmy Glazzard  England FW 31 11 1 0 32 11
George Green  England DF 2 0 0 0 2 0
Bill Hayes  Republic of Ireland DF 18 0 0 0 18 0
George Hepplewhite  England DF 23 0 1 0 24 0
Bob Hesford  England GK 40 0 1 0 41 0
George Howe  England DF 10 0 0 0 10 0
Joe Lodge  England DF 1 0 0 0 1 0
Brendan McManus  Republic of Ireland GK 1 0 0 0 1 0
Harry McShane  Scotland MF 15 1 0 0 15 1
Vic Metcalfe  England MF 27 4 1 0 28 4
Alf Newbold  England DF 2 0 0 0 2 0
Joe Poole  England FW 2 0 0 0 2 0
Billy Price  England FW 9 2 0 0 9 2
Frank Reid  Scotland FW 2 0 0 0 2 0
Arnold Rodgers  England FW 13 9 1 0 14 9
John Simpson  England DF 5 0 0 0 5 0
George Skelton  England FW 1 0 0 0 1 0
Les Smith  England DF 16 0 0 0 16 0
Alan Stewart  England DF 7 0 1 0 8 0
Arthur Thompson  England FW 18 3 0 0 18 3
Maurice Tompkin  England FW 10 1 0 0 10 1
Albert Watson  England DF 6 0 0 0 6 0
Alf Whittingham  England FW 15 7 0 0 15 7