The most memorable of Huddersfield Town’s nine wins in 44 previous visits to Ewood Park came 32 years apart – and Blackburn Rovers were only the opponents in one of them!
Turn the clock back to 1970 and Town were celebrating promotion to the top flight after a 1-1 Tuesday-night draw at Middlesbrough.
Ian Greaves’ side crossed the Pennines to Ewood, which has been Blackburn’s home since 1890, the following Saturday knowing a win would secure the Second Division (now Championship) title.
Rovers had inflicted Town’s only home defeat of the campaign, winning 1-0 the previous August.
But revenge was gained as Frank Worthington scored twice to seal a 2-0 win in front of 15,125.
Blackburn, managed by former Sheffield Wednesday striker Eddie Quigley, finished eighth in the table.
In 1937-38, Town were in the thick of a top-flight relegation battle when they set off an an exciting FA Cup run.
Clem Stephenson’s side saw off Hull City, Notts County and Liverpool to set up a quarter-final clash with York City, of the Third Division North.
Interest was high and 28,123, York’s record attendance, watched a goalless draw at Bootham Crescent.
The replay attracted 58,066, a Town record for a midweek match, and the home team won 2-1 to set up a semi-final showdown with Sunderland at Ewood Park.
The Wearsiders were the Cup holders and firm favourites, but were beaten 3-1 with goals from Pat Beasley, Bobby Barclay and Willie MacFadyen in front of 47,904.
The victory set up Town’s fifth FA Cup final appearance and their third at Wembley.
Preston North End, beaten 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in Town’s sole final success in 1922, exacted revenge with a 1-0 victory after extra time.
Town’s most recent win at Blackburn was at second-tier level on Boxing Day 1986, nine visits ago, when 7,144 watched.
A strike by Duncan Shearer and a Shaun Barker own goal sealed a 2-1 win under Steve Smith, who was stand-in manager followoing the sacking of Mick Buxton.
The previous April, David Cork had netted in front of 5,183 to earn Buxton’s Town a vital 1-0 win in their successful battle against relegation.
Town’s other Ewood triumphs were in 1920-21, their first visit, 1924-25, 1938-39 (FA Cup quarter-finals), 1947-48 and 1984-85.