1987–88 Huddersfield Town A.F.C. season

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Huddersfield Town
1987–88 season
Chairman England Roger B. Fielding
England Keith Longbottom
Manager England Steve Smith (until 6 October 1987)
England Malcolm Macdonald (from 12 October 1987 until 4 May 1988)
Division Two 23rd (relegated)
FA Cup Third Round
Littlewoods Challenge Cup First Round
Simod Cup First Round
Top goalscorer League:
Duncan Shearer (10)
All:
Duncan Shearer (16)
Highest home attendance 21,510 vs Manchester City (25 January 1988)
Lowest home attendance 2,794 vs Bournemouth (30 April 1988)

Huddersfield Town's 1987–88 campaign is statistically Town's worst ever season in their league history. Town won only 6 league games all season, had their heaviest ever defeat in their history, conceded 100 league goals in the season and finished 19 points adrift of safety and even 14 points behind 2nd-bottom team Reading. Both of the two managers during the season, Steve Smith and Malcolm Macdonald both failed miserably and are regarded as the two worst managers in Town's history.

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 Brian Cox
-- England GK Lee Martin
-- Wales DF Ian Bray
-- England DF Malcolm Brown
-- England DF David Burke
-- Scotland DF Willie McStay
-- England DF Graham Mitchell
-- England DF Simon Trevitt
-- England DF Gordon Tucker
-- England DF Simon Webster
-- England MF Ian Banks
No. Position Player
-- England MF Mark Barham
-- England MF Junior Bent
-- England MF David Cowling
-- England MF Paul France
-- England MF Carl Madrick
-- England MF Andy May
-- England MF Julian Winter
-- England FW Graham Cooper
-- England FW David Cork
-- Scotland FW Duncan Shearer
-- England FW Peter Ward

Review[edit]

The start of the season was at the time, the worst in Town's history. The team lost most of their early games and Steve Smith, a hero during his playing days at Leeds Road, was shown the door on 6 October, after the 2–0 defeat at Birmingham City. Malcolm Macdonald replaced Smith a week later, but it wasn't until the end of the month that Town registered their first win, a 2–1 victory at the end-of-season champions Millwall.

However, a week later, Town recorded their biggest ever loss in their history, going down 10–1 against Manchester City at Maine Road. After that embarrassment, Town recovered slightly going on a run of only 1 defeat in 6 matches. However, this proved to be nothing more than a false dawn and Town's chances of survival would shortly become non-existent.

Following their 2–1 win over Plymouth Argyle on 12 December, Town would only win 2 matches for the remaining 5 months of the season, they were a 1–0 win at Bradford City and amazingly a 1–0 win against a Manchester City side, who 4 months earlier beat them 10–1. Town finished up with only 28 points, finishing 14 points behind Reading in 23rd place and a further 5 behind the safety zone of 21st placed West Bromwich Albion. Macdonald was sacked just before the last game of the season against Sheffield United. Eoin Hand would replace Macdonald for the new season in the Third Division.

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 Brian Cox
-- England GK Lee Martin
-- Wales DF Ian Bray
-- England DF Malcolm Brown
-- England DF Vince Chapman
-- England DF Chris Hutchings
-- England DF Graham Mitchell
-- England DF Malcolm Shotton
-- England DF Simon Trevitt
-- England DF Gordon Tucker
-- England MF Ian Banks
No. Position Player
-- England MF Mark Barham
-- England MF Junior Bent
-- England MF Paul France
-- England MF Carl Madrick
-- England MF Andy May
-- England MF Julian Winter
-- England FW Graham Cooper
-- England FW David Cork
-- England FW Paul Kirkham
-- Scotland FW Duncan Shearer
-- England FW Peter Ward

Results[edit]

Division Two[edit]

Date Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance Position
15 August 1987 Crystal Palace H 2–2 Trevitt, Shearer 6,132 6th
22 August 1987 Plymouth Argyle A 1–6 Ward 8,811 21st
29 August 1987 Shrewsbury Town H 0–0 4,478 20th
31 August 1987 Oldham Athletic A 2–3 Shearer, Banks 7,410 21st
12 September 1987 Blackburn Rovers A 2–2 May, Cooper 7,109 23rd
15 September 1987 Leeds United H 0–0 9,085 22nd
19 September 1987 Aston Villa H 0–1 6,884 23rd
26 September 1987 Stoke City A 1–1 Cooper 8,665 23rd
29 September 1987 Bradford City H 1–2 Shearer 11,671 23rd
3 October 1987 Birmingham City A 0–2 6,282 23rd
10 October 1987 Middlesbrough H 1–4 Shearer 6,169 23rd
17 October 1987 Reading A 2–3 Shearer (2) 4,678 23rd
20 October 1987 Hull City H 0–2 8,033 23rd
24 October 1987 West Bromwich Albion A 2–3 Cork, Shearer 8,450 23rd
31 October 1987 Millwall H 2–1 Banks, Cork 5,504 23rd
3 November 1987 Ipswich Town A 0–3 9,984 23rd
7 November 1987 Manchester City A 1–10 May (pen) 19,583 23rd
14 November 1987 Barnsley H 2–2 Wise, Banks 8,629 23rd
21 November 1987 Bournemouth A 2–0 Cork, Banks 6,419 23rd
28 November 1987 Leicester City H 1–0 Cooper 6,704 22nd
1 December 1987 Swindon Town A 1–4 Cooper 6,963 22nd
5 December 1987 Sheffield United A 2–2 Banks, Cooper 9,269 22nd
12 December 1987 Plymouth Argyle H 2–1 Cork (2) 5,747 21st
19 December 1987 Leeds United A 0–3 20,111 21st
26 December 1987 Stoke City H 0–3 9,500 21st
28 December 1987 Aston Villa A 1–1 Shearer 20,948 21st
1 January 1988 Shrewsbury Town A 1–3 Cork 5,448 23rd
2 January 1988 Blackburn Rovers H 1–2 May (pen) 10,735 23rd
16 January 1988 Crystal Palace A 1–2 Shearer 9,013 23rd
13 February 1988 Swindon Town H 0–3 5,458 23rd
27 February 1988 Birmingham City H 2–2 Banks, Barham 5,441 23rd
1 March 1988 Bradford City A 1–0 Banks 12,782 23rd
5 March 1988 Reading H 0–2 6,094 23rd
12 March 1988 Middlesbrough A 0–2 13,866 23rd
19 March 1988 Millwall A 1–4 Mitchell 6,181 23rd
26 March 1988 West Bromwich Albion H 1–3 Cork 4,503 23rd
2 April 1988 Manchester City H 1–0 Madrick 7,835 23rd
4 April 1988 Barnsley A 0–1 7,950 23rd
8 April 1988 Ipswich Town H 1–2 Banks 4,023 23rd
19 April 1988 Oldham Athletic H 2–2 Shearer, Banks 5,547 23rd
23 April 1988 Hull City A 0–4 5,221 23rd
30 April 1988 Bournemouth H 1–2 Cork 2,794 23rd
2 May 1988 Leicester City A 0–3 9,803 23rd
7 May 1988 Sheffield United H 0–2 8,644 23rd

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance
9 January 1988 Round 3 Manchester City H 2–2 Shearer (2) 18,102
12 January 1988 Round 3 Replay Manchester City A 0–0 24,565
25 January 1988 Round 3 2nd Replay Manchester City H 0–3 21,510

Littlewoods Challenge Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance
18 August 1987 Round 1 1st Leg Rotherham United A 4–4 Shearer (3), Barham 3,353
25 August 1987 Round 1 2nd Leg Rotherham United H 1–3 Shearer 4,528
  • Huddersfield lost 7–5 on aggregate.

Simod Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F–A

Scorers Attendance
10 November 1987 Round 1 Leicester City A 0–1 3,440

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
Ian Banks  England MF 41 9 2 0 2 0 1 0 46 9
Mark Barham  England MF 24 (2) 1 0 0 1 (1) 1 1 0 26 (3) 2
Junior Bent  England MF 5 (2) 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 5 (3) 0
Ian Bray  Wales DF 29 (1) 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 33 (1) 0
Malcolm Brown  England DF 23 (2) 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 26 (2) 0
David Burke  England DF 10 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
Vince Chapman  England DF 4 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 (2) 0
Graham Cooper  England FW 20 (5) 5 0 (2) 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 20 (8) 5
David Cork  England FW 36 8 3 0 2 0 1 0 42 8
David Cowling  England MF 5 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 (1) 0
Brian Cox  England GK 20 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 25 0
Paul France  England DF 5 (3) 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 8 (3) 0
Chris Hutchings  England DF 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
Paul Kirkham  England FW 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0
Carl Madrick  England FW 3 (5) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 (5) 1
Lee Martin  England GK 18 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 19 0
Andy May  England MF 27 (1) 3 3 0 2 0 1 0 33 (1) 3
Seamous McDonagh  Republic of Ireland GK 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Willie McStay  Scotland DF 4 (4) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 (4) 0
Graham Mitchell  England DF 28 (1) 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 31 (1) 1
Duncan Shearer  Scotland FW 31 (2) 10 3 2 2 4 1 0 37 (2) 16
Malcolm Shotton  England DF 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Simon Trevitt  England DF 31 (6) 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 36 (6) 1
Gordon Tucker  England DF 19 (4) 0 0 (1) 0 2 0 0 (1) 0 21 (6) 0
Steve Walford  England DF 12 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 13 0
Peter Ward  England FW 19 (7) 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 23 (7) 2
Simon Webster  England DF 22 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 28 0
Julian Winter  England MF 5 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 5 (3) 0