Updated: Jul 25, 2018
Huddersfield Town travel to the Etihad Stadium this Sunday to face Premier League champions Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s team will lift the Premier League trophy at the end of the match, and the Terriers are sure to be on the wrong end of a heavy defeat. If you think about it too much then it becomes quite depressing, so instead, we take a look back at the last five meetings between the sides in search of some optimism.
26th November, 2017: Huddersfield Town 1 Manchester City 2 (Premier League)
This victory was City’s 11th in a row, but they were made to work for it by a resilient Huddersfield side who took the lead just before half-time. Christopher Schindler’s headed effort from a corner was deflected into the net by Nicolas Otamendi to send the John Smith’s crowd into raptures.
City drew level early in the second-half when Sergio Aguero scored from the penalty spot before Raheem Sterling scored a fortunate winner in the closing moments of the game. Rajiv Van La Parra was also sent-off for pushing Leroy Sane. The result saw Guardiola’s team extend their lead at the top of the table and left Huddersfield in 11th position.
1st March, 2017: Manchester City 5 Huddersfield Town 1 (FA Cup 5th Round Replay)
This game sparked TerrierBlog into his first proper criticism of lumbering forward Collin Quaner, who did his best impersonation of a dying swan when he was on the pitch. However, things did start well for the Terriers.
Former City youth player Harry Bunn put Town ahead but City hit back hard and punished Huddersfield’s team of second-string players. Leroy Sane drew the Citizens level on the half-hour mark before a brace from Sergio Aguero and goals from Pablo Zabaleta and Kelechi Iheanacho completed the rout.
Man City would go on to lose in the semi-final of the FA Cup to eventual winners Arsenal, whereas Huddersfield was left to focus on their league campaign.
18th February, 2017: Huddersfield Town 0 Manchester City 0 (FA Cup 5th Round)
It’s fair to say that there was a certain element of fear in the home crowd when David Wagner named his team for this fixture. The only first-team regular to start for Huddersfield that day was Rajiv Van La Parra, who was eventually substituted for Elias Kachunga.
Yet the Terriers managed to hold on for a draw against one of the most expensively assembled squads in the land. Although City went close once or twice, they never truly threatened Joel Coleman.
18th February, 2000: Huddersfield Town 1 Manchester City 1 (First Division)
Barring the encounters in the last two seasons, you have to go all the way back to the Millennium for the last fixture between these two sides. Steve Bruce’s Terriers were flying when they met fellow promotion contenders Manchester City in this clash.
However, they were unable to make their dominance show as a Clyde Wijnhard goal was cancelled out by Shaun Goater. Man City would go on to gain promotion to the Premiership, finishing in 2nd place, while Huddersfield suffered a late collapse and missed out on the play-offs by just 2 points.
27th November, 1999: Manchester City 0 Huddersfield Town 1 (First Division)
This was really it! With this result Huddersfield moved up to 2nd in the table after an encouraging start. Winning away at promotion favourites Manchester City was a real signal of intent from the Terriers, it looked like being our year after all.
Chris Beech’s winner seemed to spur them on in the coming games as they followed this result up with a 1-0 win over QPR and a 3-1 victory against Grimsby to move up to 1st. But, you all know what happened that season don’t you? Marcus, bloody, Stewart...