Where are they now? Huddersfield Town of 2009

On this day in 2009 a last-minute goal by Millwall midfielder James Henry condemned Town to their first home defeat since November 2008. A Galpharm crowd of 13,196 had earlier seen Marc Laird put the Lions ahead before Town winger Gary Roberts equalised for the hosts.


Despite the result there was still optimism and hope in West Yorkshire that new manager Lee Clark could lead the side back to the Championship. Ultimately the Geordie was unable to reward that optimism. Here we take a look back at the squad from the 2-1 defeat to Millwall and see where they are now.


Alex Smithies


Academy product Smithies went on to play 247 times for the Terriers and performed heroics in the play-off final of 2012, saving several spot-kicks and eventually scoring the winning penalty.


However he was sold in 2015 to divisional rivals Queens Park Rangers, where he is now a cult hero.



Andy Holdsworth


This was to be Holdsworth's last season at the Galpharm as he was deemed surplus to requirements by Lee Clark in the summer. He went on to play for Oldham, Morecambe, Alfreton and Guiseley before retiring in 2015.


He will always be remembered by Town fans for his all-action performances in the League Two promotion season and of course, for putting the ball in the bastards net.


Andy Butler


One of Stan Ternent's numerous signings, Butler failed to impress under new boss Clark. He was loaned to Blackpool in 2010 and helped them to promotion to the Premier League before joining Walsall, Sheffield United and Doncaster Rovers where he still plays now.


Chris Lucketti


The veteran centre-back was signed in the summer of 2008 and from his first few games, it was clear to see that he was past his best.


He would leave the club permanently in 2010 to start his coaching career. In November 2017 he was named as Bury manager - replacing old boss Lee Clark - however his reign was short-lived being sacked in January 2018 after winning just once in ten games.


Robbie Williams


The portly left-back from Pontefract would feature sporadically for Town up until his departure in 2010 when he left the club for Stockport. His last performance came in the 2-0 loss to Millwall in the play-off semi-final.


He's now plying his trade as left-back for Galway United after having stints at Plymouth Argyle, Cork City and Limerick.


Anthony Pilkington


The January signing would go on to become a firm fans favourite in his time at the Galpharm before leaving for Premier League Norwich City in 2011. His crowning moment in the Premier League came when he scored the winner against Manchester United at Carrow Road.


The Irishman is now a bit-part player for promotion chasing Cardiff City in the Premier League.


Michael Collins


Collins was a regular starter in the 2008-2009 season before finding himself second-fiddle in Lee Clark's first full season in charge. In 2010 he would leave for Championship Scunthorpe United before representing Oxford City and Indian side Bengaluru.


Earlier this season he joined his hometown club FC Halifax in the National League.


Ian Craney


Once dubbed as the 'League One Frank Lampard', Craney failed to live up to the hype. Like most of the squad he was shipped out in 2010 and went on to have a nomadic career.

Craney played for Morecambe, Accrington Stanley, Fleetwood, Telford, Stockport and

Stafford Rangers before hanging up his boots at Conwy Borough in 2017.


Lionel Ainsworth


The youngster was signed from Watford following a string of impressive performances whilst on loan at Hereford United. Hopes were high for Ainsworth, but attitude problems led to a strained relationship with Lee Clark.


He currently plays for League One Plymouth Argyle after leaving Town permanently in 2010.


Lukas Jutkiewicz


'Lazy Lukas' only played seven times for Town in his loan spell, and has somehow gone on to have a fairly successful career! He now plays for Birmingham City after spending time at Coventry, Middlesbrough, Bolton and Burnley.


The big striker has only scored four goals in forty-two league games for the Blues, that's more like the Lukas we remember ey?


Gary Roberts


Town's scorer against Millwall would play a big role in the clubs promotion to the Championship before leaving shortly after in 2012. The talented 34-year-old now turns out for League One Wigan Athletic having spent time at Chesterfield, Swindon and Portsmouth.


Substitutes


Phil Jevons


The technically gifted striker scored seven times in thirty-six appearances for Town including a spectacular effort away to Leicester City. Lee Clark ushered him out the door in 2010 and he wound down his career with spells at Bury, Morecambe, Hyde and Stockport.


Tom Clarke


The younger brother of Nathan left the Terriers in 2013 to join Preston where he is now captain and a firm favourite amongst Lilywhites fans. He helped his new club gain promotion to the Championship and is now looking to repeat that trick as Preston eye promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs.


Andy Booth


The man, the myth, the legend. Boothy's time at Town was limited and this season was to be his last before retiring. Fortunately the club legend found time to score his 150th goal for the club in his last game away to Leyton Orient.


He is now a club ambassador and helps with the work that Huddersfield Town do in the community.


The Gaffer


Lee Clark was earmarked as an up and coming young English manager and excited Town supporters in his first full season in charge. However things didn't work out for the Geordie at the Galpharm, broken promises and failed promotion bids were his undoing.


He was replaced by Simon Grayson in 2012 and has gone on to have unsuccessful stints at Birmingham, Kilmarnock and Bury since leaving Town.

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