Mar 04 2017

Birmingham 3rd March 2017

Birmingham 3rd March 2017 – Thank you to David Watson from Linthwaite and Bobby Joyce for these reports. Thanks for the photos Bobby! A big thank you to Vaughan Milliken for his photos too as they are greatly appreciated.

So, in the absence of Heidi Haigh who couldn’t make it to the game (sorry you missed the game, Heidi) here’s a shortened version of a short review of the Birmingham away game. Apologies for the complete lack of photographs too. Can’t compete with you on that one Heidi.
Left Huddersfield at 215pm. Half day off work, home to feed the cat before picking up two mates in Huddersfield City Centre. Also picked up in Sale off the M60 which meant we had a full car. We were feeling confident that we would at least get a draw. Journey to the ground was very good (less so in the return journey – more of that later) and we were parked up just after 5pm. Had the foresight to pre-book a parking spot with the app Just Park, very handy being 5 mins walk to the ground.
We were turned away at the first pub and was recommended The Cricketer’s Arms. What a great pub. Good atmosphere and the bar staff were extremely efficient meaning a round for four people was despatched expeditiously and at a reasonable price. We left the pub at 735pm and we’re taking our seats as the game started.
The game: I thought we were poor first half, the only thing of note was Wood’s clever lob. He is on fire at the moment. Second half was much better and when Kalvin Phillips came on we looked more threatening. Wood’s second goal was a well worked team goal but the third by Pedraza was sublime.
Journey home was a nightmare. M6 and M60 were closed. Got back to Huddersfield at 230am. Despite having a full car, there was room for the 3 points.
Special mention to Dave, Tom and Spence who were great company. Be good to travel with you guys again.
On to Fulham. Nothing excites me in life nowadays but I am so looking forward to Fulham. Be good to win but a draw would not be a disaster. Brighton lost today so 2nd place may not be out of reach.
See you all at Fulham on Tuesday. – David Watson

When I visit St Andrews now, as I have done frequently since 1981 following Leeds – I think of the versatile Bryon Stevenson who starred for both clubs. He died too young. The match last night was shown on Sky Sports so I need not go on about the game apart from saying 3 points was a bonus! I am a midlander so although I have visited Elland Road many times I tend to catch up with the team at my local grounds. 81′ I was behind the manager’s bench and personally collected my first Leeds autograph from my hero and then manager Sniffer Clarke. I meet him years later with Jonesy (that squad was a family) and many others of the Super Leeds gang over time. Bryon came onto the scene as we were fading but he was a decent honest player and it was strange seeing him play against us for Brum the following year. Worthington who came to Leeds in a swap deal did a sterling job but came too late to stop relegation. ‘Elvis’ is reported to be struggling with his memory now adays but when I met him 3 years ago he could not stop talking about Super Leeds and how he’d watch them whenever he could at night games when he was at Huddersfield! Shez had his time here too including that painful 87′ playoff match and later the league cup semi (shame about the final – a dreadful day at Wembley although I got Eddie’s and Paul Hart’s autograph outside the Towers). In 2004 I saw a downcast Norman Hunter leaving the ground (radio work) after the 4.1 defeat and the oncoming spectacular fall of Leeds but is our time coming again? It would be remiss of me not to mention the late Gary Sprake who played for both clubs and who payed a heavy price for breaking ranks. Top goalkeeper (we all make mistakes). I tend to watch away games in a ‘neutral’ part of the ground as I got fed up years ago being treated as a hooligan. Never the less leeds fans are always close by and I can’t describe the swell of pride I get whenever I look at the mass ranks of the noisey, loyal, barmy, Yorkshire Army – this is what makes Leeds special and supported from far and wide – MOT. Match Summary: Wood was the difference. Leeds were sloppy in their passing but held together by Pontus and Green at the back. Phillps made a big impact on coming on as sub. Blues will just wonder what happened! – Bobby Joyce

Thank you to David Watson from Linthwaite and Bobby Joyce for these reports. Thanks for the photos Bobby!

A big thank you also to Vaughan Milliken for his photos which are greatly appreciated!

So, in the absence of Heidi Haigh who couldn’t make it to the game (sorry you missed the game, Heidi) here’s a shortened version of a short review of the Birmingham away game. Apologies for the complete lack of photographs too. Can’t compete with you on that one Heidi.
Left Huddersfield at 215pm. Half day off work, home to feed the cat before picking up two mates in Huddersfield City Centre. Also picked up in Sale off the M60 which meant we had a full car. We were feeling confident that we would at least get a draw. Journey to the ground was very good (less so in the return journey – more of that later) and we were parked up just after 5pm. Had the foresight to pre-book a parking spot with the app Just Park, very handy being 5 mins walk to the ground.
We were turned away at the first pub and was recommended The Cricketer’s Arms. What a great pub. Good atmosphere and the bar staff were extremely efficient meaning a round for four people was despatched expeditiously and at a reasonable price. We left the pub at 735pm and we’re taking our seats as the game started.
The game: I thought we were poor first half, the only thing of note was Wood’s clever lob. He is on fire at the moment. Second half was much better and when Kalvin Phillips came on we looked more threatening. Wood’s second goal was a well worked team goal but the third by Pedraza was sublime.
Journey home was a nightmare. M6 and M60 were closed. Got back to Huddersfield at 230am. Despite having a full car, there was room for the 3 points.
Special mention to Dave, Tom and Spence who were great company. Be good to travel with you guys again.
On to Fulham. Nothing excites me in life nowadays but I am so looking forward to Fulham. Be good to win but a draw would not be a disaster. Brighton lost today so 2nd place may not be out of reach.
See you all at Fulham on Tuesday. – David Watson

When I visit St Andrews now, as I have done frequently since 1981 following Leeds – I think of the versatile Bryon Stevenson who starred for both clubs. He died too young. The match last night was shown on Sky Sports so I need not go on about the game apart from saying 3 points was a bonus! I am a midlander so although I have visited Elland Road many times I tend to catch up with the team at my local grounds. 81′ I was behind the manager’s bench and personally collected my first Leeds autograph from my hero and then manager Sniffer Clarke. I meet him years later with Jonesy (that squad was a family) and many others of the Super Leeds gang over time. Bryon came onto the scene as we were fading but he was a decent honest player and it was strange seeing him play against us for Brum the following year. Worthington who came to Leeds in a swap deal did a sterling job but came too late to stop relegation. ‘Elvis’ is reported to be struggling with his memory now adays but when I met him 3 years ago he could not stop talking about Super Leeds and how he’d watch them whenever he could at night games when he was at Huddersfield! Shez had his time here too including that painful 87′ playoff match and later the league cup semi (shame about the final – a dreadful day at Wembley although I got Eddie’s and Paul Hart’s autograph outside the Towers). In 2004 I saw a downcast Norman Hunter leaving the ground (radio work) after the 4.1 defeat and the oncoming spectacular fall of Leeds but is our time coming again? It would be remiss of me not to mention the late Gary Sprake who played for both clubs and who payed a heavy price for breaking ranks. Top goalkeeper (we all make mistakes). I tend to watch away games in a ‘neutral’ part of the ground as I got fed up years ago being treated as a hooligan. Never the less leeds fans are always close by and I can’t describe the swell of pride I get whenever I look at the mass ranks of the noisey, loyal, barmy, Yorkshire Army – this is what makes Leeds special and supported from far and wide – MOT. Match Summary: Wood was the difference. Leeds were sloppy in their passing but held together by Pontus and Green at the back. Phillps made a big impact on coming on as sub. Blues will just wonder what happened! – Bobby Joyce