We catch up with Hud­der­s­field Town’s 1969-70 Sec­ond Di­vi­sion ti­tle win­ners

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Neil Fissler

GE­OFF HUTT not only lived out his boy­hood dream of play­ing for Hud­der­s­field Town but he also helped them win pro­mo­tion to the First Di­vi­sion.

Hutt, who fol­lowed in the foot­steps of his fa­ther and grand­fa­ther in sup­port­ing the club and stood on the Leeds Road ter­races, was an ever present in their Sec­ond Di­vi­sion cham­pi­onship win.

In his first sea­son as a pro­fes­sional, he played all 42 games as Hud­der­s­field re­turned to the top flight af­ter a 14-year ab­sence, fin­ish­ing seven points ahead of run­ner­sup Black­pool.

“The medal for win­ning the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion means more to me than any amount of money and I’ll pass it down to my grand­son when they carry me out in a box,” he said.

“It was fan­tas­tic. My fa­ther and his fa­ther be­fore him sup­ported Hud­der­s­field Town, so we were all great fans.

“I can re­mem­ber my fa­ther tak­ing me to a game when Hud­der­s­field switched on their flood­lights af­ter they had sold De­nis Law to Manch­ester City to pay for them.

“It was a game against Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers in the FA Cup in, I think, 1961 and we won 2-1. I’ll al­ways re­mem­ber the game.

“And to get the op­por­tu­nity to sign for Hud­der­s­field when I came straight from school and then to achieve what we achieved was an un­be­liev­able dream come true.

“When we won the cham­pi­onship, I think we had been in the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion the long­est of any of the teams in the di­vi­sion at the time.


“It was a ter­rific feel­ing to get the point we needed at Mid­dles­brough, when Stephen Smith, an­other lo­cal lad, got the goal. We went on to win it by seven points.”

Hud­der­s­field didn’t prove to be one-sea­son won­ders, ei­ther.

They fin­ished a very re­spectable 15th but failed to build on their suc­cess.

Hutt be­lieves they re­lied too much on Frank Wor­thing­ton and, de­spite all the ef­forts of man­ager Ian Greaves, they found it hard to at­tract play­ers to strengthen the side.

At the end of their sec­ond sea­son, they fin­ished bot­tom of the ta­ble on goal dif­fer­ence and were rel­e­gated along­side Not­ting­ham Forest, four points be­hind Crys­tal Palace.

“Play­ing in the First Di­vi­sion was un­be­liev­able for a lo­cal lad,” he re­called. “In our first sea­son in the di­vi­sion, we did rather well at home and that’s what helped us stave off rel­e­ga­tion.

“We didn’t do too badly away from home, con­sid­er­ing we were short of strik­ers who could score goals,. We didn’t con­cede many but we scored hardly any.

“I think, in the sec­ond sea­son, that is what cost us rel­e­ga­tion. We prob­a­bly re­lied too much on Frank Wor­thing­ton.

“I know that Ian Greaves tried to sign play­ers, but no­body wanted to come up to Hud­der­s­field, for some un­known rea­son. But it was good to put Hud­der­s­field back on the map.”

1. David Shaw: Striker whose grand­fa­ther, David Steele, man­aged Hud­der­s­field. He went into the pub trade and then worked for en­gi­neer­ing firm Hop­kin­sons Valves. He re­tired af­ter spend­ing eight years driv­ing.

2. Ray Miel­czarek: A Welsh in­ter­na­tional cen­tre-half who worked as an am­bu­lance driver, driv­ing in­struc­tor, se­cu­rity of­fi­cer, lorry driver and a cake sales­man, He died in Oc­to­ber 2013, aged 67.

3. Frank Wor­thing­ton: Eng­land in­ter­na­tional for­ward, who, af­ter a spell as player-man­ager of Tranmere Rovers, be­came a suc­cess­ful af­ter-din­ner speaker.

4. Ray El­lam: Cen­tre-half who ran a pub be­fore sell­ing up and in­vest- ing in his daugh­ter’s fit­ness cen­tre. He then opened his own gym in Mir­field, West York­shire. 5. David Law­son: Goal­keeper for whom Ever­ton paid a Bri­tish record £80,000. He now lives in the Mid­lands where he worked as a post­man un­til re­tire­ment. 6. Terry Poole: Goal­keeper who be­came man­ager of a cash-and-carry video whole­saler near his na­tive Ch­ester­field and then worked as a taxi driver in the town. 7. Trevor Cherry: Eng­land de­fender who later man­aged Brad­ford City, be­fore run­ning his own hospi­tal­ity com­pany. He also had in­ter­ests in waste pa­per and a fivea-side foot­ball cen­tre. 8. Paul Aim­son: For­ward who set­tled in Dorset work­ing as a sales rep and later as a phys­i­cal recre­ation of­fi­cer for Dorset Pro­ba­tion Ser­vice. He died of a heart at­tack in Jan­uary 2008, aged 64. 9. Brian Green­halgh: Striker who be­came a part­ner in an op­tics com­pany. He was Ever­ton’s chief scout un­til July 1999 and has since scouted for Wat­ford, As­ton Villa and New­cas­tle United. 10. Colin Dob­son: Mid­fielder who man­aged a num­ber of sides in the Mid­dle East and has coached and scouted for clubs in both the Foot­ball League and Pre­mier League. 11. Steve Smith: Mid­fielder who served Hud­der­s­field as man­ager. He also worked as re­serve and youth team coach, chief scout, head of academy re­cruit­ment and also worked for the Pre­mier League. 12. Jimmy Law­son: Winger who was a per­sonal tai­lor and then be­came man­ager of Hal­i­fax, be­fore be­com­ing a sales­man for fork­lift truck firm Still. 13. Jimmy McGill: Mid­fielder who be­came a welder at a lo­cal ICI plant un­til his re­tire­ment. He died in March 2015, aged 68. 14. Jimmy Ni­chol­son: North­ern Ire­land in­ter­na­tional mid­fielder who had var­i­ous jobs be­fore be­com­ing man­ager of Sale Sports Cen­tre in Manch­ester. 15. Ge­off Hutt: Left-back, based in Mir­field, West York­shire. He went to work in the sales depart­ment of Tib­bett & Brit­ten be­fore be­com­ing a de­liv­ery driver for greet­ings card firm Clin­tons un­til re­tir­ing. 16. Bobby Hoy: Mid­fielder who be­came a folk singer work­ing the York­shire club cir­cuit and then de­liv­ered car parts for Dews Vaux­hall in Lind­ley, Hud­der­s­field. 17. Dennis Clarke: De­fender and the first-ever sub­sti­tute in an FA Cup Fi­nal. He had var­i­ous busi­ness in­ter­ests in­clud­ing a prop­erty de­vel­op­ment com­pany un­til re­tir­ing to Spain. NOT PIC­TURED Dick Krzy­wicki: Wales winger, who worked in en­gi­neer­ing be­fore join­ing Hud­der­s­field Com­mu­nity Scheme, then be­came a re­gional di­rec­tor for Foot­ball in the Com­mu­nity. Les Chap­man: Mid­fielder, who man­aged Stockport and Pre­ston, be­came a coach at Manch­ester City and youth team coach at Hud­der­s­field be­fore re­turn­ing to City as kit man.

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