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  1. From Terriers to Top Dogs - A Huddersfield Town Story

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    Simon Grayson Resigns

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    Huddersfield today have announced the resignation of their manager Simon Grayson. Grayson was the first manager to take Huddersfield into the championship after a 11 year wait despite knocking on the door for nearly 6 years. Grayson said the following on his twitter page earlier today.

    "I am sorry to have to resign as manager at such a fantastic club. It may come at an usual time after just gaining promotion but I have no other choice with family issues taking priority in my life at the moment. I wish the club all the best in their future and I am sure they will succeed with whoever takes the vacancy now left at the club. I would like to thank the fans for their continued support during my short stay at the club."

    Talk has now obviously taken to Grayson's successor with club coach Adam Howard favourite for the vacancy. Fans are unsure on the managerial rookie but the board are believed his current knowledge of the squad and a positive relationship with the players will keep the continuity at the club they are looking for. Keep here on ESPN for all the news as it comes in.
    Last edited by iHoward; 24/11/2012 at 06:17 PM.
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    Huddersfield Appoint Howard

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    Just 4 hours after the resignation of Simon Grayson at the helm of Huddersfield Town they have unveiled club coach Adam Howard as the new manager. Howard a rookie to the managerial side has been a coach at Huddersfield for 3 years and board are believed to have chosen him over someone with better managerial experience due to his knowledge of the squad. New manager had the following to say.

    "I am delighted to given the role here at Huddersfield. It is a club with a rich history that has been struggling in recent times but the promotion that Simon achieved here last season is something we must use to push on and get this club eventually back into the premier league were in belongs. The squad here is very balanced but I will want to bring in a few new faces that is obvious just to get some fresh legs into the squad but also to create a squad that can consolidate our place in this league and then to push on."



  3. Squad Review

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    The squad I have at my disposal here at Huddersfield is a strong one. It includes some very strong players but after the additions I made over this summer the full squad's quality has improved because of it. The squad I have assembled here can definitely meet the boards expectation of a secure mid table finish but I hope we can push on for that and try for a top half finish if possible.

    Key Individuals

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    Before I considered any signings I searched through my squad and came across the 3 obvious quality players we already possessed. Firstly was the striker James Vaughan who is on loan with us from Norwich and his premier league quality is evident with pace to burn combined with an excellent work ethic make him a perfect team player and will be essential to our moves forward with this squad. Next up is another loanee in the shape of Adam Hammill from Wolves who yet again could easily cut it in the premier league as he showed last season before their unfortunate relegation. Finally was our strongest defender in the shape of Anthony Gerrard, cousin of the ever so famous Steven, and his obvious defensive qualities are evident during our pre season giving me faith in our ability to hold onto a lead.

    Transfers

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    The finances here given to me by the board have given me a lot of ability to change and improve the squad in a hope to push onwards and upwards. The first of our permanent signings was young Jesse Lingard from Manchester United for £550,000 but his quality is evident at such a young age and everyone at the club hopes he can become something special. The only other permanent signing made this window was Adryan, a young Brazilian wonder kid from Flamengo for his release clause of £850,000. The rest of our in comings were on a loan basis but all with a view too buy if they impress during their season long spells. Our 3 loan signings of Mauro Formica, Libor Kozak and Frazer Richardson are all players that wanted to leave their clubs and we took advantage of this and picked them up on a loan spell which will help push our squad forward without damaging the clubs financial position.

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    Tactical Overview

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    The board have asked me to make sure the squad involves youth which I have tried to accomplish with my signings but they also have asked for us to play beautiful attacking football and I have tried to accommodate this by using a 4-2-3-1 formation which allows a strong attacking quartet with the defensive solidity required to win games. Overall I think this squad is good enough to achieve the boards expectations and pushing on further may even be a possibility.

  4. Nice start mate, good work on the transfers too
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  5. August 2012

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    Squad Assembled and Ready to go


    Npower Championship

    Match Day 1


    Milwall 1 - 3 Huddersfield

    Ward
    Novak
    Vaughan

    Match Day 2

    Huddersfield 3 - 3 Blackburn

    Vaughan (2)
    Gerrard

    Match Day 3

    Bolton 1 - 1 Huddersfield

    Richardson (pen)

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    Capital One Cup

    Round 1

    Preston 0 - 2 Huddersfield
    Dixon
    Vaughan

    Round 2

    Huddersfield 1 - 0 Blackpool
    Novak

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    Player of the Month

    James Vaughan

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    2 MoM with 3 goals and 1 Assist.

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    Wow. What a month that was. We had some difficult fixtures that month against some teams expected to win promotion in Blackburn and Bolton and to take a point from both will really help improve our tally. A strong win against Millwall and progressing through to the 3rd round of the Capital One Cup rounded off our unbeaten start to the season.

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    Sitting Pretty in 7th Place

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  6. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
    Newcastle United and Aberdeen Modern Day Legend
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    Good luck mate - always had a soft spot for Huddersfield - even more so recently when they had some Newcaslte legends in their coaching staff!
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  7. September 2012

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    Players Celebrate Derby Win

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    Match Day 4

    Huddersfield 3 - 2 Sheffield Wednesday

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    Match Day 5

    Barnsley 1 - 5 Huddersfield

    Novak
    Adryan
    Kozak
    Clayton
    Clarke

    Match Day 6

    Huddersfield 1 - 1 Hull

    Vaughan

    Match Day 7

    Birmingham 0 - 0 Huddersfield

    Match Day 8

    Peterborough 1 - 4 Huddersfield

    Adryan (2)
    Vaughan
    Brisley (O.G)

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    Capital One Cup

    Round 3

    Huddersfield 2 - 1 Swansea

    Vaughan (2)

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    Player of the Month

    Adryan


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    3 Goals and Everything Good came Through him.

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    This unbelievable run continues and wow some of the performances got even better. I tried to change something up with my match preparation in a hope to please the bored and the fans and it worked pulled off a 5-1 win against local rivals Barnsley to top off a sensational month. So proud of the lads.

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    Only Remaining Unbeaten team in the league in 3rd

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  8. October 2012

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    Huddersfield No Match for Blackpool

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    Match Day 9

    Huddersfield 1 - 4 Blackpool

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    Match Day 10

    Huddersfield 4 - 1 Ipswich

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    Vaughan (2)
    Gobern

    Match Day 11

    Bristol City 1 - 1 Huddersfield

    Vaughan

    Match Day 12

    Watford 0 - 3 Huddersfield

    Formica
    Vaughan
    Kozak

    Match Day 13

    Huddersfield 2 - 1 Nottingham Forest

    Richardson (pen)
    Novak

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    Capital One Cup

    Round 4

    Derby 3 - 1 Huddersfield

    Formica

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    Player of the Month

    Oliver Norwood

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    An all round dominant midfield display all month

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    That was a difficult month. It was full of highs and lows and as a manager it had my heart racing. It was painful to watch us self destruct against Blackpool and I made my feelings clear to the players and they bounced back well but it is obviously sad to fall out of the Capital One Cup just as the month ends.

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    Finally Breaking into the Automatic Promotion Spots

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  9. November 2012

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    Heads Drop After First Back to Back Defeats

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    Match Day 14

    Huddersfield 2 - 0 Leeds

    Hammill
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    Match Day 15

    Middlesbrough 1 - 2 Huddersfield

    Gerrard
    Scannell

    Match Day 16

    Derby 0 - 1 Huddersfield

    Gerrard

    Match Day 17

    Huddersfield 3 - 1 Crystal Palace

    Ward (O.G)
    Vaughan
    Gerrard

    Match Day 18

    Huddersfield 2 - 3 Wolves

    Formica
    Kozak

    Match Day 19

    Burnley 1 - 0 Huddersfield

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    Player of the Month

    Anthony Gerrard

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    Strong Defensive Displays Topped with 3 Goals from Centre Half

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    The month started so well with 4 wins and we looked to have recovered from our heart breaking Capital One Cup defeat to Derby, especially after taking all 3 points from them in the league but the game against frankly superior opposition in Wolves had knocked our confidence and that was evident in our poorest attacking display of the season against a struggling Burnley side. It is fair the say I was not happy and the players knew it.

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    Stay in 2nd Only on Goals Scored

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  10. December 2012

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    Fans Smiling Again After Strong Month

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    Match Day 20

    Huddersfield 3 - 3 Brighton

    Adryan (2)
    Formica

    Match Day 21

    Huddersfield 1 - 1 Cardiff

    Adryan

    Match Day 22


    Leicester 1 - 4 Huddersfield

    Kozak (3)
    Drinkwater (O.G)

    Match Day 23

    Huddersfield 1 - 1 Charlton

    Hammill

    Match Day 24

    Huddersfield 1 - 0 Millwall

    Vaughan

    Match Day 25

    Huddersfield 1 - 1 Bolton

    Adryan

    Match Day 26

    Blackburn 1 - 4 Huddersfield

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    Kozak

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    Player of the Month

    Adryan

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    7 Goals in 7 Games

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    Thank God for that! I have to say after the pain of the Wolves defeat and then the Burnley game were we did not create a single chance I was fearing the worst for our season but we pulled through and came out of December and into the new year undefeated in 7 games with a huge 4-1 over Blackburn who crumble in the last 10 minutes allowing Adryan to score 2 more to make the scoreline secure. Let's hope this form continues and promotion this season could be a high possibility. I now have more funds available to me in the January transfer window after I assured the board following our fantastic start that a top half finish was to be our minimal goal.

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    The Fight for First Place Remains on Goal Difference

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