When Huddersfield Town fan Russell Firth spotted there were some old seats from the defunct Leeds Road ground up for sale he didn’t need to think twice as his house is something of a shrine to his beloved team.
He was straight on the phone to officials at Huddersfield YMCA rugby club to reserve his block of three – a snip at £60.
The club took blocks of seats when the Leeds Road ground was demolished in 1994 and decided to replace them last year with seats from Old Trafford cricket ground.
Now, after months of painstaking restoration work, he has proudly unveiled them in the back garden of his Mirfield home.
So the seats on which fans saw some of Town’s greatest sporting moments including when Denis Law played for them and in those far away days when the team played the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea, now seat Russell, his wife Zoe and children Thomas and Molly.
Russell, a 36-year-old textile technician who claims to have sat in almost every corner of the John Smith’s Stadium over the years, said: “As soon as I saw the article in the Examiner I had to have some.
“I went down to Caldercote, Mirfield, where they do a lot of industrial shot blasting, and they powdered it for me for £50.
"I decided to have three name tags placed on – Herbert Chapman, because he is the most successful manager we have ever had, Dean Hoyle for his vision and Andy Booth because he was my favourite player.”
And it’s not only in the garden that Russell’s interest in Town is displayed.
In the garage are signed footballs and a collection of scarves while old bath tubs house dozens of Town programmes and old Town Baby-gro shirts from when the children were little.
Russell says he caught the Town bug from his father Stephen when he was seven to eight years old and his grandfather Harry before him.
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