IT is 25 years since Town suffered their heaviest ever Football League defeat. It was a 10-1 mauling by Manchester City at their old Maine Road ground on November 7, 1987. Here, Examiner sports writer BONNY DELLOW looks back at the events of that memorable (for all the wrong reasons) day
“THE BLACKEST day in Huddersfield Town’s history”.
It is 25 years since the Examiner’s Mel Booth used these words to describe Town’s horrific 10-1 defeat to Manchester City at Maine Road.
The humiliating defeat of Malcolm Macdonald’s side was seen by many as the worst day in the club’s history – and over two decades later this feeling certainly remains.
In what proved to be the club’s worst ever season statistically, it was the fateful events of Saturday, November 7, 1987, that remain vivid in Town fans’ memories.
On first glance Town’s annihilation came at the hands of Paul Stewart, Tony Adcock and David White – a trio of hat trick scorers on the day.
However, it was the away side’s ineptitude and unprofessionalism that condemned them to the horror result.
Neil McNab opened the scoring, while a late Andy May penalty – against his former club – did nothing to raise the spirits of the travelling away fans who struggled to believe what they had been witnessing.
Those same fans had had plenty of reason for optimism in the opening stages of the game.
Town started brightly, May and Duncan Shearer each going close before David Cork lashed a shot wide with only City goalkeeper Eric Nixon to beat.
For a side bottom of the league, Macdonald’s side were playing with an admirable swagger.
That was until City’s first attack on 12 minutes.