THE 1970s was a decade of very big highs and very deep lows for Huddersfield Town.
Town returned to the top flight in 1970 as Second Division champions and a team brimming with international quality.
Two seasons at that level were followed by a dramatic drop into the old Fourth Division (now League II) and some of the darkest days in Leeds Road history.
By the end of the decade, however, Mick Buxton had launched a revival through another promotion-winning team – Fourth Division champions – and a new generation began to love the blue and white stripes once again.
It should be no surprise, then, that supporters have chosen a mix of players from those two teams to make up their 1970s representative Town team.
Terry Poole followed up his selection in the 1960s fans’ team by being handed the green jersey again.
He polled 45% of the votes, ahead of Alan Starling (27%) and David Lawson (25%).
“He could kick with either foot and was simply solid and reliable, and was very unlucky with injuries,” wrote one fan when picking Poole.
“He had the potential to go to the top,” said another, while a third termed the Chesterfield-born star “a class act”.
At right-back, a man who played for five years for the club without missing a game – a club record which is never likely to be beaten – was the overwhelming choice, with two out of every three fans voting picking Malcolm Brown.
His overlapping style and brilliant crossing thrilled those who saw Town win the 1979-80 Division IV title.
He polled 67% of the votes, with Dennis Clarke second on 30%.
“It’s the easiest decision of the lot – Mally is a legend,” wrote one fan.
“He could defend well, head well and cross the ball on the run, and he hardly ever got an injury,” said another.
At left-back the fans went for Geoff Hutt, who rose to fame in Ian Greaves’ promotion side and played in all four divisions for the club.
A star of the 1969-70 Division II title-winning team, he polled 53% of the votes, with Brian Marshall second with 25%.
“Geoff held his own at the highest level,” commented one supporter.
“Nothing got past him, he was dependable and as hard as nails,” said another, while a third described him as: “Pure class, with a pair of bandy legs!”
In central defence, two men stood out for supporters – Dave Sutton and Keith Hanvey.