On this day: 2002

We're still in the midst of an international break and not too much is going on, apart from a debate about whether or not Joe Hart should be in the next England squad. And quite frankly, that's a boring, tedious argument that I want no part of!


So, instead we're bringing you the second instalment of our nostalgic look at previous Huddersfield Town games. Today's article takes us to 2002, the year that the foot and mouth crisis was declared over, when the Queen celebrated her Golden Jubilee and the year that would see Rio Ferdinand become the most expensive player in English football.


Instead of focusing on all of that, we head to the McAlpine Stadium, where Huddersfield Town faced Northampton Town in League One (old money - Division Three). The Terriers were looking for a win that would cement their place in the play-off positions...  Time to engage the travel machine! Click, click, whoooooosh. Welcome to 2002!


Lou Macari's Huddersfield were on a three-match winning run going into the game against the Cobblers with on-loan Chelsea striker Leon Knight in scintillating form. Netting the winner in the last outing at Cambridge took Knight's tally to seven goals in six games and a struggling Northampton side gave him the opportunity to keep that run going.


BBC West Midlands sports summariser Kevan Broadhurst was the manager of Northampton, and was desperately trying to steer his club clear of the relegation zone. Unfortunately for him his team were unable to stop a clinical Huddersfield side.


It took the Terriers just twenty-seven minutes to take the lead when an excellent threaded through ball from youngster Danny Schofield was poked home by Leon Knight. Keith Welch, the Northampton 'keeper was beaten against just five minutes later.


This time USA international John Thorrington turned provider, assisting Leon Knight with a defence-splitting pass which took the striker's total to seventeen for the season. The second-half went by with little to no incident and the three points were Huddersfield's.


The result left the West Yorkshire in fifth-place whilst Northampton were one place above the relegation zone, where they would ultimately finish. For Town it was to be a season of disappointment.


After finishing sixth in the table they were drawn against third-placed Brentford in the play-offs. The first-leg at home finished in a goalless draw a, Town were then defeated 2-1 at Griffin Park despite an early Andy Booth goal.


Unfortunately the club were unable to build on their league performance the following season as they were relegated to the bottom tier under a cloud of financial troubles that almost saw the club go bust. How times have changed!

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