It’s not often that there’s a book about Huddersfield Town to get excited about – as a club we’re a long way off attracting the interests of Raphael Honigstein, Michael Cox and Jonathan Wilson.
Despite that though, there is some good Town related reading out there and one book we think you’ll like is called Where are they now?
Lee Morris’ book is a catalogue of all the players to have represented Huddersfield Town over the last 111 years, and it makes for an interesting read. Morris' time supporting Town has taken in a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Macclesfield Town, as well as a memorable 2-1 win over Manchester United.
It’s fair to say that he has lived the full gambit of emotions supporting Town, and his journey writing this book has been equally interesting. With the help of Julian Winter and others, Morris managed to track down the oldest living player to have turned out for Huddersfield Town – Albert Bateman.
The spritely 94-year-old was a Huddersfield Town player for 7 years, playing for the club from 1943 to 1950. The former Yorkshire Iron & Steelworks outside right isn’t the only character in the book with an intriguing history, here are a selection of our favourite finds from Where are they now?
I went to my first Town game in the spring of 2004, but my love for the club didn’t really take off until a couple of years later when Danny Adams was ‘marauding’ up and down the wing from left-back.
The follically challenged defender was one of my favourite players, not because of his technical ability but because of his hard man persona. After reading Where are they now? I was terrified to find out that Adams is now a taxi driver in Altrincham, I fear for anyone brave/daft enough to do a runner from his cab!
Huddersfield Town 3 – 2 Scunthorpe United. That was the first Town match that I ever went to, and what a game to get me started. Town trailed 2-1 in the latter stages of the game before John McAliskey struck twice in 2 minutes to grab victory from the jaws of defeat.
Unfortunately for McAliskey those 2 minutes were probably the best of his professional career, as he slowly slipped into the amateur leagues in the following years. After spells at Northwich Victoria and Matlock Town, McAliskey began playing in the Huddersfield District League.
Golcar United, Royal Dolphins and Huddersfield YMCA were McAliskey’s next 3 clubs, and he now works as a chemical process technician at Syngenta in Huddersfield. If someone had have told me that as at the age of 13, I would have laughed in their face!
Recently I was driving through Banbridge in Northern Ireland when I happened upon this interesting mural…
Understandably I had never heard of Banbridge’s most famous son, but a quick look in Where are they now? Told me everything I needed to know. The County Down right-back represtented Town from 1949 to 1952 after joining from Northern Irish side Glenavon.
As was the tradition then, Gallogly opened a pub once his playing days ended before passing away in 1993.
Where can I buy Where are they now?
Lee Morris’ book is available to buy from the club shop and Waterstones in the Kingsgate shopping centre. It should set you back roughly 9 pounds and 99 pence, but trust us, it’s worth every penny.
If like me you’re not a big fan of actual shopping and prefer to avoid crowds and grumpy shop staff, you can buy the book on Amazon by clicking HERE.
You can find Lee on Twitter too via the handle @Leemorris__