Player of the Year Winners: Where are they now? - Part One

Every year since 1975 one player from the Huddersfield Town team has been awarded the Hargreaves Memorial Trophy, which named them as player of the year. In the last 18 years there have been some surprising names in that list, in this article we take a look at where some of them are now.

2000 - Jamie Vincent

Bustling centre-back Jamie Vincent won the first award of the new Millenium thanks to his impressive performances for The Terriers, who finished 8th in the Championship. After playing nearly 60 games for Town, Vincent moved to Portsmouth for £800,000 before having spells at Swindon, Millwall, Walsall and Aldershot to name but a few.

2001 - Craig Armstrong

Town were relegated at the end of this season, making the player of the year award a bit of a damp squid. Once again the award was given to a defender, this time Vincent's defensive partner Craig Armstrong.

Armstrong went on to have a tour around Yorkshire after his time at Town, playing for both Sheffield Wednesday and Bradford City before finishing up his playing career at Hucknall Town. Nowadays Armstrong is the elite development coach at Nottingham Forest.

2002 - Leon Knight

Young striker Leon Knight scored 17 goals for Town this season as they were beaten in the League One play-offs. Things looked bright for Knight after his loan spell in West Yorkshire but his football career never really managed to take off.

He was last seen on a pitch at amateur side Barnston after being released by Glentoran for making homophobic comments on Twitter. Now Leon runs his own sex toy company and can be seen on Twitter talking glowlingly about his wife's nether regions...

2003 - Martin Smith

After impressing at Sheffield United Martin Smith was snapped up by Town in 2000, going on to score 30 goals in 75 starts for Town. Smith was named as player of the season in 2003 after top scoring with 17 goals in Town’s relegation season. Shortly after receiving the award he moved on to Northampton Town.

2004 – Jon Worthington

Born in Dewsbury Worthington was part of the Town academy from the age of 9 and went on to become a vital player in the 2003-2004 promotion season. His tough tackling in the centre of the pitch made him an instant hit with Town fans and the epitome of his tenacious style came in the League One play-off semi-final against Barnsley.

Worthy chased down a loose ball to the ‘keeper and scored by slide tackling the ball into the net. Unfortunately Town went on to lose that game thanks to some loose hands from Paul Rachubka. Worthy left Town in 2009 having spells at Oldham, Bradford, Fleetwood, Mansfield, Yeovil and Halifax before hanging up his boots.

2005 – Nathan Clarke

Peter Jackson’s second spell at Huddersfield Town was characterised by the emergence of a string of talented youngsters and a favourite of those amongst fans was Nathan Clarke.

Clarkey was a mix between a modern centre-back and an old-fashioned tough tackler, his never say die attitude epitomised the spirit within Jacko’s team at the time. His performances in the 2004-2005 season weren’t enough to propel Town into the League One play-offs, but he was named vice-captain the following year when Town lost in the play-offs.

To be continued…

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