Terriers Timehop: 1982

It's April 1982, Goombay Dance Band sit at number one in the UK charts with their hit song Seven Tears. The United Kingdom is at war with Argentina following the South American's invasion of the Falkand Islands and Huddersfield Town sit mired in Division Three obscurity.


The 1981-1982 campaign had started with Huddersfield manager Mick Buxton full of hope and ambition. The Terriers had finished the previous season in 4th position, narrowly missing out on promotion to the Second Division. Many in the Town were expecting Buxton's side to go one better and finish 1982 as Third Division Champions.


A lack of goals and a leaky defence put paid to that however and the Terriers began April 1982 in 16th position, some way off top-spot. With the pressure off, Huddersfield started the month in fine fashion, thrashing Swindon 5-1 away thanks to goals from Keith Hanvey, Tim Hotte (2), Dave Cowling and Mick Kennedy.


Three days later they won in similarly impressive style at the Den, beating Millwall 3-1 courtesy of Mark Lillis, Dave Cowling and Phil Wilson strikes. Next up was the visit of Walsall and a 2-1 victory pushed the Terriers up to 12th reigniting supporters optimism.


That was to be the last bit of joy for Huddersfield fans in April as they would go on to grab just one point from their next three games. Losing away to Lincoln, drawing at Plymouth and falling 1-0 at home to Portsmouth.


The malaise would continue for the rest of the season with the only bright spot being a 5-0 home victory over second-bottom Bristol City. However the Terriers faithful didn't have too long to wallow in misery as the side would go on to gain promotion the following season, finishing 4 points above 4th placed Newport County in 3rd.

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