Updated: Nov 18, 2019
I went to my first Town game in 2004 and was hooked from the moment John McAliskey scored a dramatic late goal to secure a 3-2 win over Scunthorpe United. In the 15 years that have followed, I’ve seen some great players in the blue and white, but this piece isn’t about them.
It’s about the players that got me off my seat, whether it was for a piece of outrageous skill, a horrific tackle or just a full-length sprint. Here is my left-field, slightly quirky, but undoubtedly fantastic, favourite Town XI.
Manager - Peter Jackson
Others may have achieved more than Jacko in their respective spells managing Huddersfield Town, but no one could match his passion and desire. I wouldn’t want anyone else managing this team of misfits that I’ve assembled.
Goalkeeper - Phil Senior
In my memory, Phil was no taller than 5 foot 1 which made his goal-saving heroics even more amazing. Despite height issues that may only exist in my mind, Phil was a terrific shot-stopper, something which will come in handy for this team…
(Not the greatest example of Phil Senior's saves, but YouTube isn't awash with videos of the former Town stopper...)
Right Back - Frank Sinclair
Frank was a bit of a comedy character for most football fans thanks to his showreel of comical own goals. At Town, he was all-action, and despite a couple of gaffes, always a favourite of mine.
Centre Back - David Mirfin
What a player! When I first started going to Town games there was a lot of interest in Nathan Clarke from Premier League and Championship clubs. In my opinion, that was because of how good David Mirfin was alongside him, making him look twice the player he was.
Centre Back - Christopher Schindler
Amazing on the pitch, scored the penalty that sent us to the Premier League and, on top of that, he’s the most handsome man that’s ever lived.
(Any chance to watch this again!)
Left Back - Danny Adams
If a winger’s having a tough time on the opposite flank against Frank and fancies moving over to the right, they’ll quickly change their mind when they see the blood vessels popping on the side of Danny Adams head. This squad’s undoubted hardman, and quite possibly a psychopath.
Right Winger - Elias Kachunga
I’m yet to see someone in blue and white work as hard as Elias Kachunga does. He may not have Premier League quality but he has a Champions League work rate which gets him a starting place in this squad.
Centre Midfield - Jonathan Hogg (C)
A player that rivals Elias Kachunga for work rate and Peter Jackson for passion and desire. Hoggy sums up Terrier Spirit perfectly, and he takes the armband in my team.
(Unfortunately, yet more Titanic music, but still, a great goal.)
Centre Midfield - Jon Worthington
The original Jonathan Hogg. Town’s ginger ninja completes the most feared central midfield pairing in football history. He could play a bit too.
Left Winger - Danny Schofield
Despite our time spent in the Premier League, I’m still to see someone as technically gifted as Danny Schofield in a Town shirt. What a player he was, and what a shame that he never got the chance to play at the highest level.
Striker - Phil Jevons
Okay, this might seem the strangest pick yet, but come on, what a player Jevons was! The League One Berbatov made football look easy.
(Lower league baller)
Striker - Lee Novak
Everyone loved Jordan Rhodes for the goals that he scored at Town, but many, including me, preferred Super Novak. He scored a decent amount of goals himself but was never prolific, although he did make up for that with an incredible never say die attitude.
Danny Ward, Lee Peltier, Michael Hefele, Anthony Pilkington, Gary Roberts, Oliver Norwood, Jordan Rhodes
Agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments section and feel free to add your favourite XI in as well.
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