The similarities between Albion and Huddersfield.
Both Brighton and Huddersfield are known for their iconic blue and white striped home shirts. What is less remembered is that they have also experimented with red lettering on their shirts to denote the initials of the club.
From the mid-1970s, kits for each side were supplied by Bukta, the English sports clothing brand, with the classic buks logo running down the shorts of both clubs from 1977 to 1979. This ended when Huddersfield switched to Barralan in 1979, while the Seagulls adopted an all-blue kit by Adidas in 1980. The Terriers returned to Bukta for a second spell, from 1982 to 1986.
The record breakers
When Gerry Ryan’s 12th minute goal trickled past Peter Shilton in November 1979, it led to Nottingham Forest’s first home defeat in 52 league games. Huddersfield have also put an end to a great Forest record. When Lee Clark’s side defeated Notts County in November 2011, the Terriers broke Forest’s long-standing record of 42 consecutive unbeaten games in the Football League.
It’s never easy to face a team in their glory years, yet both Brighton and Huddersfield have put up a significant fight as underdogs. Way back in 1922, under the legendary manager Herbert Chapman, the Terriers won the FA Cup and went on to win the Football League in 1924, 1925 and 1926.
Even so, a crowd of 22,241 saw Albion hold the mighty Terriers to a 0-0 draw, with many accounts suggested that Brighton, of the Third Division (South), should have won. Instead, the Terriers prevailed 2-0 in the replay. In 1981/82, the Seagulls were on their way to 13th position in Division One, their highest league finish. Yet it took late goals from Andy Ritchie (a future Terriers manager) and Tony Grealish in a League Cup second round second leg game at the Goldstone to overturn the Terriers’ lead from the first leg.
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Before moving to their current John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield Town’s home from 1908 to 1994 was Leeds Road. Albion supporters enjoyed their final visit to the Terriers’ old ground in February 1994, winning 3-1 with Foster, Farrington, Codner on the scoresheet. By contrast, Huddersfield enjoyed their last visit to Withdean in April 2011, winning 3-2. This was Brighton’s last league game at Withdean and it was an emotional occasion. It was also a time of celebration, as the Seagulls had already clinched promotion to the Championship.
The promotion bids
Ever-present striker Frank Worthington scored 18 league goals to help Huddersfield Town win the Second Division championship in 1969/70. In midfield was the skilful ball-player Colin Dobson, who plundered nine goals that campaign, making him the second top-scorer. Both went on to help the Albion try to win promotion. In January 1972, Dobson came on loan for a month at the Goldstone Ground to bolster Pat Saward’s men’s promotion bid. It took Worthington until the summer of 1984 to arrive at Brighton. Worthy’s seven goals helped the Seagulls get within three points of promotion back to Division One.
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