Huddersfield Town F.C. season 2007-08

Huddersfield Town F.C. season 2007-08

Infobox Football club season
club = Huddersfield Town

season = 2007–08
manager = flagicon|ENG Andy Ritchie "(until April 1, 2008)"
flagicon|IRL Gerry Murphy "(April 1, 2008 until May 3, 2008)"
chairman = flagicon|ENG Ken Davy
flagicon|ENG Dean Hoyle (Chairman-Elect)
league = League One
league result = 10th
cup1 = FA Cup
cup1 result = Fifth Round
cup2 = Carling Cup
cup2 result = First Round
cup3 = Johnstone's Paint Trophy
cup3 result = First Round
league topscorer =
Andy Booth (9)
season topscorer =
Luke Beckett (12)
highest attendance = 16,413 vs Leeds United (15 April 2008)
lowest attendance = 6,004 vs Brighton & Hove Albion (18 March 2008)

quad at the start of the season

Review

The end of a disappointing season again saw the departure of more players than new arrivals. Senior players who left included Mark Hudson, Martin McIntosh, John McAliskey, Paul Rachubka, and Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Jamaican international defender Frank Sinclair was signed on a 12-month contract, after joining on loan last season, and other close-season signings were ex-Leicester City striker Danny Cadamarteri and midfielder Malvin Kamara, who was released by fellow League One side Port Vale, both on free transfers. Manager Andy Ritchie made ex-Barnsley defender Robbie Williams his fourth signing, on August 24. Huddersfield Town fan Adam Pearson, former Hull City chairman, tabled a takeover bid for the Club during October, worth more than £3 million, but it was rejected. [cite news
title = Pearson opts to call off bid for Terriers
author = Richard Sutcliffe
url = http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/sport/Pearson-opts-to-call-off.3397861.jp
publisher = Yorkshire Post
date = 2007-10-20
accessdate = 2007-10-24
] On 10 January 2008, after a successful loan period, Phil Jevons signed from Championship side Bristol City for an undisclosed fee, although it is believed to be in the region of £100,000. On January 21, Welsh international Robert Page signed from Championship side Coventry City on a deal to the end of the season.

Manager Andy Ritchie departed on 1 April, by 'mutual consent', following the embarrassing 4–1 defeat at Oldham Athletic on 29 March. Academy director Gerry Murphy was put in caretaker charge.cite news
title = Ritchie leaves Huddersfield post
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/h/huddersfield_town/7324208.stm
publisher = BBC News
date = 2008-04-01
accessdate = 2008-04-04
] First-team coach John Dungworth was the next to go, on 3 April, also announced as by 'mutual consent'.cite news
title = First-team coach leaves Terriers
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/h/huddersfield_town/7328659.stm
publisher = BBC News
date = 2008-04-03
accessdate = 2008-04-04
] Derby County assistant manager Stan Ternent was appointed as manager at the Galpharm Stadium, on April 24, with his assistant being ex-Town player Ronnie Jepson. However, Murphy remained in charge of the team for the rest of the season and Ternent will take control of the team at the start of next season. It was announced, on 10 April, that Ken Davy was to step down as chairman after completing a deal with local businessman Dean Hoyle, who will take over at the start of the 2009–10 season. Hoyle joined the board immediately. [ [http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,16368,1822_3406615,00.html "Hoyle to be Terriers chairman"] , TEAMtalk, retrieved 11 April 2008]

On 1 August 2007, Huddersfield won a prestigious pre-season friendly, at home to Premier League side Blackburn Rovers, 2–1 with two Luke Beckett strikes. After a promising start which saw them lying 4th at the start of September, Huddersfield had slumped to 17th by 27 October with five consecutive away defeats, where they failed to score. The team's form continued to be inconsistent, though they had eased up to 13th by the end of 2007, helped by the occasional excellent result notably the 1–0 win at Swansea City on 16 November. From then until the middle of April the team were stuck in the narrow range of 13th–15th. The 2–1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion, on 18 March, was watched by just 6,004 spectators, the lowest ever league crowd at the Galpharm Stadium for a league match. [cite news
title = I always show passion declares Worthington
author = Martin Shaw
url = http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/yorkshire-soccer/I-always-show-passion-declares.3902926.jp
publisher = Yorkshire Evening Post
date = 2008-03-21
accessdate = 2008-03-21
] However, following Ritchie's departure, Town regained composure and finished with four consecutive victories including beating local rivals Leeds United 1–0, at the Galpharm, on April 15. The attendance for that match was 16,413, the highest for a league match for nearly 4 years, apart from the play-off semi-finals. Huddersfield finished the season in 10th place in League One. Although they were 10 points short of a play-off place, at no stage of the season did they look like serious promotion contenders.

In the cups, a Carling Cup defeat at Blackpool, and an embarrassing 4–1 defeat in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy to Grimsby Town, made it their fourth and fifth consecutive first round cup exits. Huddersfield beat Accrington Stanley away in the first round of the FA Cup, on 10 November. This was followed on 1 December with a second round 3–0 home win over Grimsby Town. Huddersfield caused one of the shocks of the third round when, at home on 5 January 2008, they beat Premier League side Birmingham City 2–1 with goals from Luke Beckett and Chris Brandon. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/fa_cup/7163964.stm "Huddersfield 2–1 Birmingham"] , BBC Sport, 5 January 2008] In the fourth round, Town beat fellow League One giant-killers Oldham Athletic (who beat Everton at Goodison Park in Round 3) 1–0 at Boundary Park, thanks to a goal by ex-Oldham striker Luke Beckett. The fifth round draw paired Town with FA Cup holders Chelsea, in a rematch of the third round tie in January 2006. The teams turned round 1–1 after Michael Collins had cancelled out Frank Lampard's 100th Chelsea goal but Lampard and Salomon Kalou sealed Chelsea's 3–1 win.

pecific events

Mark Hudson joined Rotherham United, Martin McIntosh and John McAliskey both joined Mansfield Town, Adnan Ahmed left for Tranmere Rovers, John McCombe signed for Hereford United and James Hand joined Dundalk. Adam Wilson was also told his contract would not be renewed and he subsequently joined non-league team Bradford Park Avenue. In addition, other departures included Paul Rachubka, who was not offered a new deal and subsequently joined Blackpool (where he had spent the end of the 2006-07 season on loan). Gary Taylor-Fletcher joined Rachubka at newly-promoted Championship side Blackpool for an undisclosed fee.

Of the other squad members that were out of contract both Danny Racchi and Aaron Hardy were given one-year and six-month deals respectively. Jamaican international defender Frank Sinclair was signed on a 12-month contract at the Galpharm Stadium after a successful loan period. Town's other close-season signings were ex-Leicester City striker Danny Cadamarteri and midfielder Malvin Kamara, who was released by fellow League One side Port Vale, both on a free transfers.

Huddersfield had an offer for Barnsley defender Robbie Williams accepted, with personal terms agreed on July 13, but the following day during his medical, it was revealed that he had a hairline fracture in his shin, with the deal virtually collapsed, but after being given time to recover he finally signed for the Terriers on August 24 for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal. Manager Andy Ritchie had previously been unsuccessful in attempts to sign strikers Ian Moore, Jo Kuffour & Jason Scotland.

Town won six of their seven pre-season friendlies including on 1 August 2007 a win 2-1 at home to Premier League side Blackburn Rovers with two Luke Beckett strikes. Recently departed Taylor-Fletcher and Rachubka were given an early chance to face their former club when Town were drawn away to Blackpool in the first round of the Carling Cup; the game finished 1-0 to the Seasiders thanks to a Ben Burgess goal.

On 31 August, Bristol City and Ireland under-21 international Richard Keogh was signed on a month's loan. His loan was extended by a further month on October 1. On September 27, West Bromwich Albion midfielder Ronnie Wallwork was signed on a month's loan to alleviate Town's injury crisis. Huddersfield released Keogh on 29 October but extended Wallwork's loan for another month.

Huddersfield beat Accrington Stanley on 10 November, in the first round of the FA Cup. They came back from 2-0 down thus avoiding their fate of four years previously when they lost 1-0, also in a first round tie away at Accrington.

Huddersfield signed Bristol City striker Phil Jevons for a month's loan on November 22, as well as increasing Ronnie Wallwork's loan until December 29. Also that day, young striker Lucas Akins was sent on loan to Conference National side Northwich Victoria.

Akins's loan was extended by another month on December 20. Then on Christmas Eve, Jevons's loan was extended until 19 January 2008. [ [http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,16368,1822_3004512,00.html "Terriers extend Jevons loan deal"] , TEAMtalk, "accessed 25 December 2007] However, on 10 January Jevons was signed for £100,000, that could double to £200,000 depending on appearances and whether Town win promotion, on a deal that takes him until summer 2010. [http://www.examiner.co.uk/huddersfield-town-fc/huddersfield-town-news/2008/01/10/100-000-jevo-86081-20333844/ "£100,000 Jevo!"] , Mel Booth, Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 10 January 2008] Ronnie Wallwork returned to West Bromwich Albion on December 29 after the 93-day loan limit expired. On January 11, 2008 it was announced that Wallwork had signed for Sheffield Wednesday, on a free transfer, to the end of the season with a view to a permanent deal. [cite news
title= Owls recruit Baggies man Wallwork
url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/sheff_wed/7183275.stm
publisher=BBC Sport
date=2008-01-11
accessdate=2008-01-11
] [cite news
title=Wallwork seals switch to Owls
url=http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,16368,1829_3039324,00.html
publisher=TEAMtalk
date=2008-01-11
accessdate=2008-01-11
]

On January 21, Welsh international Robert Page signed from Championship side Coventry City on a deal to the end of the season.

On February 15, Lucas Akins returned from his loan spell at Northwich Victoria and young defender Shane Killock was sent on loan to Conference North side Hyde United. That was later extended to an end-of-season loan. On February 21, fellow Town youngster Tom Clarke joined West Yorkshire rivals Halifax Town on a month's loan. He returned to the Galpharm on March 23.

On February 28, long-serving midfielder Danny Schofield requested that he could leave the club at the end of the season for a new challenge. His name has been circulated to other clubs by manager Andy Ritchie.

On March 2, Huddersfield won 2 prizes at the 3rd Football League Awards. The club won "Best League One Family Club" for their "Fans of the Future" initiative and Town youngster Daniel Broadbent celebrated his 18th birthday by winning the "League One Apprentice" award, an award won by Joe Skarz twelve months earlier.

By the start of March, Town's play-off hopes were starting to vanish following successive defeats by Gillingham, leaders Swansea City and Swindon Town (who finished the game with nine men!). With Danny Cadamarteri still out injured, Town's three fit strikers: Luke Beckett, Andy Booth and Phil Jevons were all misfiring, so Andy Ritchie tried to bring in an experienced striker from the Championship, but as with back in the summer, he was rejected three times. First by Charlton Athletic's Izale McLeod, then by West Bromwich Albion's Craig Beattie and Crystal Palace's recently transfer-listed Shefki Kuqi. On March 11, Ritchie revealed he also missed out on Preston North End's Brett Ormerod and Watford's Hungarian striker Tamás Priskin.

On April 1st, three days after a humiliating 4-1 defeat at Oldham Athletic that dashed any lingering play-off hopes, it was announced that manager Andy Ritchie had left the club by mutual consent.cite news
title = Ritchie leaves Huddersfield post
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/h/huddersfield_town/7324208.stm
publisher = BBC News
date = 2008-04-01
accessdate = 2008-04-04
] First-team coach John Dungworth was the next to go, on 3 April, also announced as by 'mutual consent'. Chairman Ken Davy cited the fact that results had been far too inconsistent and that the club had not moved forward as had been expected. Ritchie had been in charge for slightly less than a year. Davy also stated that the club hoped to appoint a new manager before the end of the season. Academy director Gerry Murphy was put in caretaker charge until a replacement is found. He has ruled himself out of the running for the job. Front-runners include ex-Brentford and Leicester City boss Martin Allen, ex-Town player Mark Lillis and ex-England captain Alan Shearer.

Among Murphy's first acts was to give the Town captaincy to defender Robert Page, so that the previous captain Jon Worthington can focus on his game more. During his tenure as caretaker manager, Murphy led the Terriers to an impressive 1-0 win over local rivals Leeds United.

On April 24, it was revealed that Town had asked for permission to speak to Derby County assistant manager Stan Ternent, which was granted by Adam Pearson. He took over at the Galpharm Stadium later that day. His assistant is ex-Town player Ronnie Jepson. Derby's own website even said that Chris Hutchings, another person possibly lined up to replace Ritchie would be reunited with Paul Jewell as Ternent's replacement. Ternent will take charge of his first league game at the start of next season.

quad at the end of the season

Players In/Out

In

Results

Pre-season matches

Football League Cup

Johnstone's Paint Trophy

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