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PLAYED FOR BOTH: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

7 December 2017

Kieran O'Regan, Craig Maskell and Joel Lynch in their Albion days.

Ahead of Saturday's Premier League meeting with Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium, here are three players that have worn the blue-and-white stripes for both clubs over the years.



Kieran O'Regan

Signed in 1982 from Irish club Tramore Athletic, O’Regan went on to make over 80 appearances for the Seagulls, scoring his first goal against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough in February 1984. O’Regan was originally a full-back but moved into central midfield during his time at the club, a period which also saw him earn four international caps for the Republic of Ireland. Following a brief spell at Swindon Town, the Irishman moved to Huddersfield Town and went on to make just short of 200 league appearances for the club. He became a fans' favourite with the Terriers’ supporters during his five years at Leeds Road, before commentating on Huddersfield games for BBC Radio Leeds in recent years.




Craig Maskell

The striker began his career at Southampton before moving to Huddersfield Town in 1988. Maskell became a prolific scorer for the Terriers, averaging over a goal in every two games he played for the club over a three-year spell in Yorkshire. Six years after leaving Leeds Road, Maskell arrived on the south coast from neighbours Southampton, where he played Premier League football in the early years of the competition’s formation. His first Albion goals came in a 3-2 victory over Scarborough, before the striker netted a memorable hat-trick versus Hartlepool United at the Goldstone Ground on ‘Fans United’ day. It was also Maskell’s shot that struck the woodwork before Robbie Reinelt scored Albion’s all-important goal against Hereford United to secure Football League survival on the final day of the season.




Joel Lynch

After progressing through the youth ranks on the south coast, the defender broke into Albion’s first team and made his debut against Southampton at St Mary’s in 2006. Twelve days later he made his second Championship appearance in a 2-1 victory over Leeds United at the Withdean Stadium. Lynch, who was 19 years of age at the time, quickly became popular with Albion’s fanbase and adapted well to playing in the heart of defence, despite the club’s relegation to the third tier. A move to Nottingham Forest came for the defender after making 83 appearances for the Seagulls in all competitions, but in 2012 Lynch moved further north after signing for Huddersfield Town. In his four seasons at the John Smith’s Stadium, the defender made over 120 appearances for the Yorkshire club, playing six times against the Seagulls.


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