Along with Brighton, Huddersfield Town are one of two brand new Premier League teams for 2017/18 having qualified for the top flight via the play offs. David Wagner’s men came up with the unusual record of gaining promotion with a negative goal difference but that slightly unwanted fact masks what was a positive campaign for the Terriers.
Life in the EPL has started in a largely positive fashion too and like all teams in this division, Huddersfield will now gain attention from the live TV cameras and also the bookmakers who will be working on price boosts and enhanced odds promos for the newly promoted team.
With football taking off around the country, Huddersfield were originally formed back in 1908 in a local pub. Within three years, they had become sufficiently strong to turn professional and were duly welcomed into the football league.
At this point there was only one division and the club remained in that top flight for many years. In fact, they suffered their first relegation as late as 1952 and the intervening seasons were largely very successful. Before those glory days however, there were some serious financial issues at the club – they were liquidated at one point – so what they achieved subsequently was nothing short of remarkable.
Huddersfield Town won the FA Cup in 1922 and then went on a run of three straight First Division titles from the start of the 1923/24 campaign. They were always challenging for major trophies at this time and were a huge force in English football.
That level of success was never reached again and when the club dropped to the second tier in 1952, they would not return for another 18 years. From 1970 to 1972, Huddersfield were a first division club again but the stay was clearly brief and after further relegation, they were in the wilderness for decades until David Wagner brought his squad back to the top flight at the end of 2016/17.
Huddersfield may be new to the Premier League but this is by no means the first time they have been in England’s top flight. They were playing in the old English first division in the 1970’s but as we’ve already seen, their strongest period as a club undoubtedly came in the 1920s.
It may be hard to believe nearly 100 years later but the Terriers were one of English football’s superpowers at the time as they claimed three straight league titles between 1923/24 and 1925/26. For the following two seasons they were runners up in the first division and prior to that incredible run, Huddersfield claimed their only FA Cup triumph to date – in 1922.
Oddly enough, this was all done in a side that didn’t exactly boast any household names but the likes of Mutch, Richardson, Watson and others combined to become such a potent force in the English game.
The team were subsequently relegated in 1952 and have only sporadically appeared in the top flight since. Fans will obviously be hoping that they remain in the Premier League for many years to come but it’s unlikely that any Huddersfield side will ever match the exploits of their 1920s predecessors.
Here are Huddersfield Town’s stats from the last few seasons across all domestic competitions in England.
|Season||English Championship||FA Cup||League Cup|
|2014/15:||16th||3rd Round||2nd Round|
|2015/16:||19th||3rd Round||1st Round|
|2016/17:||5th (Promoted to Premier League via Play Offs)||5th Round||1st Round|
The Championship record shows quite a turnaround from a side who were very much in the bottom half of the table for two seasons. The arrival of Wagner, an ambitious young manager, seemed to be the catalyst but few would have backed Huddersfield for promotion at the end of 2016/17.
The figures also show that Huddersfield have made little impression in the cups and have only won three games in two competitions in three seasons. So, for enhanced odds deals and price boost promos relating to Huddersfield Town, it’s a case of focussing on their live televised games in the Premier League.
Huddersfield invested heavily in the squad ahead of their first season in the Premier League as they brought in experienced midfielders Aaron Mooy and Tom Ince. In terms of goals, the main man is Steve Mounie and if any Huddersfield price boosts relate to one player, it’s likely to be the Benin international. His scoring record is a little modest admittedly but he is the key striker at the club.
Ironically, the defence has been a little tighter this year but it needs to remain that way. The simple target for Huddersfield Town right now is to stay in the Premier League and anything else is a bonus.
It will be fascinating to see if they can achieve that aim and along the way, we will bring you the best enhanced odds offers on the team as they get published.