ANDY BOOTH will say goodbye to the Galpharm tomorrow insisting: "I won’t let my heart rule my head."
Town’s showdown with Brighton is sure to be emotional for the 35-year-old frontman, who this week announced he will hang up his boots at the end of the season and take up a new role as club ambassador.
But the fans’ hero who needs just two more goals to reach 150 for his hometown club insists he will remain 100% focused on the job at hand as he plays his final home game.
As he completed preparations for a clash which seems sure to attract a bumper turn-out – Brighton reckon they will bring 2,000 supporters as they continue their battle against relegation from League I – Booth, who will be making his 451st Town appearance, insisted: "It’s not about me. It’s no different to any other match. Everything is geared towards the team and doing everything possible to get a win for Huddersfield Town.
"We want to maintain our good form (three wins in a row and five in the last six) and finish as high up the table as possible (Town are ninth going into the game).
"And because of the situation Brighton are in, we are duty bound to the other sides involved in the relegation battle to make a match of it, and that’s what we plan to do."
Booth, whose final Town game will be at Leyton Orient a week tomorrow, admits it would be "fantastic" to make the 150 milestone, but says he’s unlikely to ask to take a penalty if one is awarded.
"We have plenty of players who have experience of taking them and it’s not something I’ve ever done," he explained.
"The few I did take in youth and reserve matches weren’t especially successful, and none of my senior goals have come from penalties."Related content
Town boss Lee Clark says he has impressed on the rest of his side the importance of giving Booth a "proper Galpharm send-off".
But he added: "Russell Slade has done a terrific job since taking over as Brighton manager and they have every incentive to win, so we’ll have to be totally switched on for this one."
Town fans can pay on the gate for the Direct Golf Stand upper tier and Fantastic Media lower.
And because business is expected to be brisk, season-ticket applications should be in a sealed envelope in order to be dealt with later.