HUDDESRFIELD TOWN had won only one match in 16 at League level by the time they went to Maine Road in that horrendous 1987-88 campaign. Their 10-1 defeat came as part of a worst-ever start to a season and made sure the famous ‘beer-mat’ shirt design would go down in history.
Manager Malcolm Macdonald – in charge for just a sixth match at Maine Road – was quick to reveal he was in negotiations with two experienced potential signings and that he was planning to change the whole defence for the following Simod Cup trip to Leicester City.
On the Monday following the Manchester City defeat, Macdonald held a summit meeting with the whole squad.
"I’m looking for explanations, because that was the worst display of defending I have ever seen," he told Mel Booth at the time.
"It was totally unprofessional, not just for the goals that went in but for all the basic rules of the game which were broken.
"Once the first goal was scored we deteriorated into a shambles, complete disarray, and now I’ve got to lay down the law harder than ever to make sure this never happens again.