How did your team do last week? Or do you support someone in the Premier League, so your first match is tomorrow? I went to the opening match of Huddersfield Town v Brentford and it was excellent. Apart from winning 2-1 (a novelty for us – we rarely win our opening matches) everything about the day was perfect. Huddersfield Town’s new policy of making season cards and tickets affordable ensured a great turnout, with a most respectable gate of 18, 479. As an extra treat for the fans there was a ‘clapper’ on every seat. I don’t know who invented this device but its genius lies in its simplicity. Take a piece of A3 card, fold over a few times, stick a rubber band at the bottom and hey presto – you have a powerful sound machine in your hands, guaranteed to reverberate round the ground. I used mine to great effect in the John Smith’s Stand, I can tell you.
It’s always weird getting used to seeing the new squad bedding in at the start of the season but coach David Wagner has made some shrewd investments with Danny Ward (keeper), Jack Payne, (nicknamed the ‘Mini Messi’) Aaron Mooy, Chris LÖwe Elias Kachunga, Christopher Schindler, Rajiv Van La Parra, Ivan Paurevic, Jon Stankovic and Michael Hefele among those new to the blue and white striped shirt. Good luck to all of them – I hope they enjoy every moment with us.
The stadium store was busy before the match I couldn’t go check how my ‘Baby Football Fan’ ™Record Book was getting on. I know it’s in the sale at a bargain £5.00, so if you are a Town fan and you’ve got a new addition to the family due, this is the gift for you. The record book includes data not only about the new baby but also what was happening during the season the baby was born. Clever, huh? I’m hoping any Town babies born in 2016-2017 will be able to include the words ‘promotion’ and ‘longest run without defeat’ in theirs but as we’ve got Newcastle United tomorrow (August 13th) I’m not banking on it. If you don’t support Huddersfield and want one of these record books, fear not. I’m setting up my own publishing company to take the Baby Football Fan™ idea to everyone. Watch out for updates.
Illustrations by the super-clever and talented Mandy Stanley
What’s all this stuff about babies? I hear you cry. I’m ten years old and want better stuff to read than that!
To show what a big-hearted person I am, I will put aside football rivalries (which are silly when taken too seriously and only lead to trouble anyway) and recommend books by my mate and Leeds United supported Tom Palmer. Tom has written a fabulous book set in World War One featuring Huddersfield Town players Larrett Roebuck (killed in action soon after the war started) and Jack Cock. The book’s called Over the Line and has an eye-catching new cover. Co-incidentally, England international Jack Cock played for Brentford FC as well as Huddersfield Town and Chelsea. So there you go – something for everyone.