Labour’s Andy Burnham backs Huddersfield Town’s promotion bid

A TOP politician last night backed Town in their bid for play-off glory.

At the talk on grassroots sport at Huddersfield University (left to right) Professor John Shepherd, CEO of The Football Foundation, Paul Thorogood, Chair of the meeting, Emma Shepherd and Shadow Minister for Education, Andy Burnham MP

A TOP politician last night backed Huddersfield Town in their bid for play-off glory.

Shadow education spokesman Andy Burnham visited the University of Huddersfield yesterday.

The Labour man told the Examiner he had watched part of Town’s epic win over Bournemouth in the League 1 play-off semi-finals the previous night.

Mr Burnham said: “It was a fantastic game and it would be great if they could make it through the final next week.”

The former culture secretary visited the university yesterday to talk about football politics – including problems at the FA and ways to improve the grassroots of the game.

Mr Burnham, a lifelong Everton fan, believes Town are a well-run club.

“In many ways, Huddersfield was one of the first clubs to show the way to the new era of football with the building of the McAlpine Stadium,” he said.

“The club has always had a great reputation.”

Mr Burnham was joined by Football Foundation chief executive Paul Thorogood at last night’s talk at the Canalside West Lecture Theatre on Firth Street.

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