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Huddersfield v Wycombe - 25 years on - extra reading and viewing
Fri Sep 6, 2019 13:29

Extra reading to accompany the 25 year anniversary COTN match report for Wanderers' visit to Huddersfield on 20th August 1994.

For those old enough to recall these times, it would be fair to say that virtually every away game in Wanderers’ first two seasons in the Football League was an adventure.

In less than two years you could a watched Wycombe at close to 50 grounds they had never played at before (a ground-hoppers dream) and against opposition that seemed a million miles away just a few years previous.

Huddersfield away was one of their trips that by whatever means you had to get there.

Here's Alan Parry’s memories of his day at Huddersfield (from the Wycombe programme)

I used to say that birthdays weren't worth celebrating after the age of 21, but I made an exception recently for my own 46th anniversary. I was obviously born to be a football fanatic, because I entered the world on August 20th, 1948, and every year since then, the start of a new season has fallen on or around that date. This year, my birthday coincided with our historic trip to Huddersfield for the opening of their new, state-of-the-art £16 million stadium. I had an unusual journey to Yorkshire, having been in the Belgian capital, Brussels, the night before to cover the Golden Four athletic meeting for lTV.

On Saturday morning, while my colleagues were boarding their jet for the flight to Heathrow, I was trundling across the airport to a tiny, 20-seater, propeller-driven plane bound for Leeds/Bradford . Now, I don't enjoy flying at the best of times, but these small aircraft powered by elastic bands make me very nervous. To help me cope, I took a stiff drink or two and by the time we took off I was flying higher than the plane! It happily proved to be an uneventful flight, which is more than can be said for the rest of the journey.

Unbelievably, there is no bus or train service from Yorkshire's main airport to any of the surrounding towns. I took an expensive taxi ride into Leeds, just missed a train to Huddersfield and had to wait almost an hour for the next one. This stopped at every village and hamlet en route, and when I finally disembarked from another taxi at the team hotel, the trip from the airport to Huddersfield had taken twice as long as the flight from Brussels to England! I needed another drink to recover.

We had a mercifully short coach ride to Huddersfield's new stadium and, whilst the players were getting ready, I was given a conducted tour of the magnificent facilities, accompanied by a drink or two along the way. When my fellow directors arrived, they insisted on celebrating my birthday with another tipple and it was a miracle that I could still see the pitch by the time we kicked off. I thought the whole team performed brilliantly and to overcome such a talented and physical side was a great achievement.

Our supporters had been given only a handful of tickets in a crowd of 13,500 and even the match officials seemed inclined not to spoil Huddersfield's big day. However, there's a tremendous spirit in our team and we overcame all these obstacles to secure a well deserved and very important victory. Needless to say, the journey home on the team coach was a very happy one, including a brief but enjoyable "pit stop" near Nottingham, where we met up with the Leeds United players returning from their draw at West Ham. But my partying wasn't over yet. Thanks to John Reardon, I was ferried over to Bray, near Maidenhead, to join my BBC Colleague Clive Tyldesley, who was celebrating his own 40th birthday. I finally got to bed at 2.00 a.m., some 18 hours after leaving my hotel in Brussels, feeling very tired, very drunk, but very happy.

Talking of birthdays, a final thought. Simon Garner and Cyrille Regis, with a combined age of 70, must be the oldest partnership in professional football - but who cares? They have brought to our team a measure of class, skill and experience that money couldn't buy. They are both wonderful characters who have the respect and admiration of their team-mates and they're a pleasure to watch in action. Long may their partnership continue.

Further reading and viewing:

Picture Gallery from the Huddersfield Examiner

Including this robust challenge by Paul Hyde – earning him the first ever yellow card at the Stadium

I can just see myself in this photo, towards the back taking a photo (included in the COTN match report)

More pictures from the link below

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