1956–57 Huddersfield Town A.F.C. season

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Huddersfield Town
1956–57 season
Chairman England J. Bernard Newman
Manager Scotland Andy Beattie (until 3 November 1956)
Scotland Bill Shankly (from 5 November 1956)
Division Two 12th
FA Cup Fifth Round
Top goalscorer League:
Dave Hickson (19)

All:
Dave Hickson (22)
Highest home attendance 55,168 vs Burnley (16 February 1957)
Lowest home attendance 5,878 vs West Ham United (23 February 1957)

Huddersfield Town's 1956–57 campaign was a fairly poor season for the Terriers under Andy Beattie and then his assistant Bill Shankly, following the previous season's relegation from Division 1. They finished in 12th place with 42 points, 12 points behind 2nd placed Nottingham Forest, but only 12 points ahead of 20th placed Notts County.

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 Harry Fearnley
-- South Africa GK Sandy Kennon
-- England DF John Battye
-- England DF Ron Cockerill
-- England DF John Coddington
-- England DF Jack Connor
-- England DF Tony Conwell
-- England DF Brian Gibson
-- England DF Laurie Kelly
-- England DF Bill McGarry
-- England DF Len Quested
No. Position Player
-- England DF Ken Taylor
-- England DF Ray Wilson
-- Scotland MF Willie Davie
-- England MF Bob Ledger
-- England MF Jackie Marriott
-- England MF Vic Metcalfe
-- England FW Bryan Frear
-- England FW Dave Hickson
-- England FW Ron Simpson
-- Scotland FW Jimmy Watson

Review[edit]

Following the previous season's relegation from Division 1, Andy Beattie tried to get Town back into the 1st Division at the first attempt. A mixed start to the season saw Town gain some memorable wins including an opening day 3–2 win at Anfield over Liverpool. Beattie resigned in early November and was replaced by his assistant Bill Shankly, who would then lead Liverpool to greatness in the 1960s and 1970s. Memorable wins during the season for Town were a 5–0 away win at Barnsley and a 6–2 win over West Ham United, where defender Ken Taylor, playing as an emergency striker, scored 4 goals.

This season also marked the debuts of Town's future stalwarts Kevin McHale and Les Massie and future British transfer record holder Denis Law. Law broke the record for the youngest player ever to make a first-team appearance when he came on at the age of 16 years, 303 days, beating McHale's record by 26 days, which he set earlier in the season.

Town also had a good run in the FA Cup, where they reached the 5th round, before bowing out to Burnley in a 2–1 defeat in front of over 55,000 fans at Leeds Road. Town finished the league season in 12th position with 44 points, but it would be nearly 15 years until Town returned to the big time.

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 Tom Daley
-- England GK Harry Fearnley
-- South Africa GK Sandy Kennon
-- England DF John Battye
-- England DF Ron Cockerill
-- England DF John Coddington
-- England DF Jack Connor
-- England DF Tony Conwell
-- England DF Brian Gibson
-- England DF Laurie Kelly
-- England DF Bill McGarry
-- England DF Len Quested
No. Position Player
-- England DF Ken Taylor
-- England DF Ray Wilson
-- Scotland MF Willie Davie
-- England MF Bob Ledger
-- England MF Jackie Marriott
-- England MF Kevin McHale
-- England MF Vic Metcalfe
-- England FW Dave Hickson
-- Scotland FW Denis Law
-- Scotland FW Les Massie
-- England FW Ron Simpson
-- Scotland FW Jimmy Watson

Results[edit]

Division Two[edit]

Date Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance Position
18 August 1956 Liverpool A 3–2 Simpson, Hickson, Davie 49,344 7th
20 August 1956 Leicester City H 1–2 Simpson 18,978 8th
25 August 1956 Leyton Orient H 3–0 Metcalfe (pen), Hickson, Watson 15,164 7th
29 August 1956 Leicester City A 2–2 Hickson, McHale 28,301 6th
1 September 1956 Fulham A 0–1 17,606 9th
3 September 1956 Bristol Rovers H 2–1 Hickson (2) 14,560 5th
8 September 1956 Bury A 3–1 Hickson (2), Frear 17,434 4th
10 September 1956 Bristol Rovers A 0–4 27,553 5th
15 September 1956 Grimsby Town H 2–1 Frear, McHale 18,312 5th
22 September 1956 Doncaster Rovers A 0–4 19,754 9th
29 September 1956 Stoke City H 2–2 Hickson, McHale 16,202 8th
6 October 1956 Nottingham Forest H 1–0 Hickson 17,600 7th
13 October 1956 West Ham United A 2–0 Marriott, Hickson 22,643 6th
20 October 1956 Lincoln City H 0–1 16,999 8th
27 October 1956 Bristol City A 1–2 Hickson 24,873 9th
3 November 1956 Sheffield United H 1–4 Hickson 18,853 10th
10 November 1956 Barnsley A 5–0 Hickson, Massie, Marriott, Simpson (2) 15,234 9th
17 November 1956 Port Vale H 3–1 Marriott, Sproson (og), Hickson 14,044 8th
24 November 1956 Rotherham United A 3–3 Hickson, Metcalfe, Quested 12,977 8th
1 December 1956 Blackburn Rovers H 0–2 14,418 10th
8 December 1956 Swansea Town A 2–4 Simpson (2) 13,781 12th
15 December 1956 Liverpool H 0–3 11,577 13th
22 December 1956 Leyton Orient A 1–3 Metcalfe (pen) 14,725 14th
24 December 1956 Notts County A 2–1 Simpson (2) 9,165 12th
26 December 1956 Notts County H 3–0 Hickson, Connor, Law 7,483 12th
29 December 1956 Fulham H 1–1 Hickson 16,503 12th
12 January 1957 Bury H 1–2 Metcalfe (pen) 16,282 13th
19 January 1957 Grimsby Town A 2–1 Simpson (2) 14,929 12th
2 February 1957 Doncaster Rovers H 0–1 17,888 13th
9 February 1957 Stoke City A 1–5 Hickson 27,503 14th
21 February 1957 Nottingham Forest A 0–0 14,754 13th
23 February 1957 West Ham United H 6–2 Taylor (4), Massie, McGarry 5,878 13th
2 March 1957 Lincoln City A 2–1 McGarry, Massie 9,917 12th
9 March 1957 Bristol City H 2–1 Taylor, Metcalfe (pen) 14,218 11th
16 March 1957 Sheffield United A 0–2 19,038 12th
23 March 1957 Barnsley H 2–0 Simpson, Conwell 16,772 11th
30 March 1957 Port Vale A 2–1 Massie, Taylor 10,500 11th
6 April 1957 Rotherham United H 1–0 Taylor 13,008 9th
13 April 1957 Blackburn Rovers A 2–3 Taylor, Woods (og) 24,181 10th
20 April 1957 Swansea Town H 2–2 Law, Simpson 13,516 11th
22 April 1957 Middlesbrough A 2–7 Hickson, Massie 20,651 12th
23 April 1957 Middlesbrough H 0–1 13,818 12th

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
5 January 1957 Round 3 Sheffield United H 0–0 24,220
7 January 1957 Round 3 Replay Sheffield United A 1–1 Simpson 25,537
14 January 1957 Round 3 2nd Replay Sheffield United N 2–1 Quested, Hickson 12,270
26 January 1957 Round 4 Peterborough United H 3–1 Law, Hickson, Simpson 48,735
16 February 1957 Round 5 Burnley H 1–2 Hickson 55,168

Appearances and goals[edit]

Name Nation Position League Apps League Goals FA Cup Apps FA Cup Goals Total Apps Total Goals
Ron Cockerill  England DF 20 0 5 0 25 0
Jack Connor  England DF 10 1 4 0 14 1
Tony Conwell  England DF 31 1 5 0 36 1
Tom Daley  England GK 1 0 0 0 1 0
Willie Davie  Scotland FW 5 1 0 0 5 1
Harry Fearnley  England GK 21 0 5 0 26 0
Bryan Frear  England FW 4 2 0 0 4 2
Brian Gibson  England DF 29 0 5 0 34 0
Dave Hickson  England FW 28 19 5 3 33 22
Laurie Kelly  England DF 11 0 0 0 11 0
Sandy Kennon  South Africa GK 20 0 0 0 20 0
Denis Law  Scotland MF 13 2 5 1 18 3
Jackie Marriott  England MF 11 3 0 0 11 3
Les Massie  Scotland FW 16 5 0 0 16 5
Bill McGarry  England DF 35 2 1 0 36 2
Kevin McHale  England MF 27 3 5 0 32 3
Vic Metcalfe  England MF 42 5 5 0 47 5
Len Quested  England DF 41 1 5 1 46 2
Ron Simpson  England FW 34 12 5 2 39 14
Ken Taylor  England DF 33 8 0 0 33 8
Jimmy Watson  Scotland MF 17 1 0 0 17 1
Ray Wilson  England DF 13 0 0 0 13 0