Armchair detectives were left disappointed to find drilling work on Cambridge Road had failed to find Huddersfield was sitting on oil reserves.
After a picture was posted on social media showing drilling on the fields at Highfields, which are owned by Greenhead College, people were quick to suspect a discovery of oil underneath Huddersfield’s surface.
But sadly the town is not about to find a new source of immeasurable wealth.
A spokesperson for Greenhead, who use the fields for sports practice and games, said they were drilling down to inspect the soil following surface drainage issues in the field.
Director of Finance and Resources John Blake said: “The field gets very churned up after a lot of rain. That’s why we never rent it out to anybody.
“What we’re doing is some tests on the soil before deciding whether to go ahead with work to improve the drainage.”
The field becomes waterlogged after large amounts of rainfall, which is exacerbated by people running on them in sports matches.
Depending on their findings, the college will consider funding major improvements which will help stop the field from getting too muddy.