Smile Awhile Fanzine caught up with Town fan Lee Morris to discuss his latest book, which might just make the perfect stocking filler for your friends and family this Christmas. Read on to find out about Where Are They Now? The complete encyclopedia of Town players from 1910 to the beginning of last season..
Firstly tell us about how you became a town fan and your earliest memories?
My dad took me to my first game at the end of the 1998-99 season and I used to go with him quite a bit but not to every game. My earliest memories are of the 2001-02 season and Leon Knight, I can also remember the 2002-03 season and how bad it was but probably didn’t realise the significance at the time and pretty oblivious of the fact that the club was close to folding.
However, it was the 2003-04 season which was my first ‘proper’ season as a Town fan and the one I look back most fondly, these are the first times as a Town fan that I can remember vividly. All the home games and then away trips to places like Scunthorpe, Macclesfield, Kidderminster, York etc, it was brilliant.
I was speaking to Peter Jackson recently and I told him that I actually had more fondness for that season and that team than I do for the 2016-17 promotion season and I stand by that.
Who is your Huddersfield Town hero?
Steve Yates, he was a centre-half and I was a centre-half. The guy was class and I was gutted when he retired at the end of the 2004-05 season. I made sure his name appeared on the back on the book alongside some of the other better known players!
We are really interested in your book “Where are they now?” as here at the fanzine we are lucky to meet up with past and current players. How did you come up with the idea?
For the last 10 years I have been getting in touch with former players, managers and coaches to ask them their thoughts on their Town careers purely as a hobby. Over this time, I’ve contacted around 400 people associated with Town and this means I have collected a lot of research and a lot of memorabilia.
It’s a book that I’d want to read myself and it’s something that I’ve always taken great interest in so I thought I might as well try and put it into a book myself.
Have you written a book before?
You choose some 24 players to focus on. Where are the rest?!
There’s just 24 names on the back of the book, if you look inside, every player to play a professional game up until last season is in the book! That ranges from 1910 to 2018 and also includes every manager and a few players that didn’t play a game but choose an interesting career path after their time had finished at the club.
Was there anybody you tried to find and simply couldn’t?
There’s a few that I’ve not managed to contact but I managed to gather information on pretty much everybody but of course there are gaps such as James Campbell who played 1 game in goal in 1911 or Alex Smith, a left back from 1998. There were also a couple of ex-players that were very unhelpful but I won’t name them!
I’m going to buy a copy for my Dad for Christmas. Can you tell the town fans why this would make a great present?
Nostalgia and memories are everything in football and football fans love nothing more than reminiscing about the “Good old days” or even the “Bad old days” and with the book, you can do both as all the good players and all the bad players are in it! It’s also good to delve into whenever you want and that’s probably a better way to read it rather than reading it cover to cover.
Lastly, where can we buy it?
From me personally but Waterstones, Amazon and the club shop are also selling it.
If you would like to buy Lee's book you can do so HERE.
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