Stephan Roux is responsible for a lot of things here at TerrierBlog. Not only does he contribute with regular articles, but he also takes care of all our social media designs - which is something I'd have no idea how to do! We caught up with him yesterday to find out his fan story, amongst other things, we found out;
Steph's favourite team
How Taylor-Fletcher stole his heart
Steph's hopes for this season
Hi Steph, you've contributed to TerrierBlog for a few months now. How long have you been a Town fan?
"Probably since around ’96, when I realised I needed a proper football team to which I had a connection, and not be Liverpool or Leeds, with the whole family hailing from Huddersfield and various cousins slipping off from family events for the game, The Town become the only team for me."
Can you remember your first game? Why did you come back after that first game? What did you love about Town?
"Having moved away form my native Yorkshire at 19 for my studies, my first game was quite late, an F.A Cup game against Chelsea away, we had tickets 3 rows from the pitch side. Being the minnows in this game, we didn’t hope for much, but to see my team play against Premier league opposition, and safe in the knowledge anything can happen in football, I was super excited!
"Predictably the host’s star studded team took the lead in 12 minutes via a Carlton Cole goal, 1-0 at half time felt like a win, given the pace Shaun Wright-Phillips and Jole Cole were displaying. A pie, a pint and a no doubt hair raising Jacko half-time talk later,Town were back on the pitch and holding their own, mainly by kicking lumps out of them!
"Cue the 75th-minute, a cracking pass from Michael Collins to Taylor-Fletcher to score! Suddenly we had the weight of the travelling fans on our backs, swept nearly onto the pitch as the Terriers went wild.
"With loud choruses of “Who needs Mouriniho when we’ve got Jacko!” Ringing around the Bridge, this euphoria lasted all of seven minutes as Robben and Gudjohnsen connected to finish us off.
"We didn’t care that night though, we’d expected a thumping and instead gone toe-to-toe with the Premier League Champions, I was totally hooked on seeing The Town live!"
Give us your top three moments supporting Huddersfield Town.
Town V Reading - Enough said, bloody dream time, it can and does happen!
Town V Bournemouth - Play-off semi final - What a game (let’s not talk about the final that followed.)
Town V Man United - We beat Man United in the same league playing decent football.
David Wagner is obviously the best manager we've had in decades, but apart from him, who has been your favourite Town gaffer?
"I loved Jacko! A former player at the club he knew what it meant to bleed blue and white, now I never saw him play but it was obvious he loved the club. He still turns up to the odd game too. There was always something honest about him, a connection between the fans and the manager, we haven’t had again, until David Wagner came along.
"My love of Jacko also means I can’t stand Steve Bruce! Not only did he replace Jacko when he was doing a decent job, he ran out and left us in the lurch when someone with deeper pockets came along, a situation that ended in a slide down the leagues."
I found this question incredibly hard in my Fan Story, so take your time and think carefully. What's your favourite starting XI of Town players past or present?
"The current squad are by far the best players to wear the shirt in my opinion, but there’s a few I’d love to see back, it’d be a very unbalanced side:
"Alex Smithies, Hefele, Kongolo, Schindler, Mooy, Pritchard, Kachunga, Jordan Rhodes, John Stead, Andy Booth, Depoitre."
Could be potentially controversial, but who's the worst player you've seen in a Town shirt?
"There have been a lot of journeyman pass through the club, but most of them gave their all, and I know you’re baiting me to say Colin Quaner so I’ll plump for Bambi, we’ve had worse quality players but none have looked as inelegant as super-col."
What are your thoughts on the season so far?
"Tough, second season syndrome was starting to get a grip as we now have something to lose, but encouraging signs against Everton and a couple of points on the board it doesn’t feel so bad. I just hope we maintain our spirit and attitude and go at all the teams."
Where do you expect Town to finish at the end of the season?
"Above the dotted line, hopefully by a few more positions than last year."
Many thanks to Stephan for his fan story, if you'd like to be included in this feature you can do so by emailing us 'email@example.com'. Until the next time, UTT.