The memories just kept flooding back as a huge wave of football nostalgia washed over Huddersfield.
The occasion was a special reunion for Town fans at the John Smith’s Stadium with the heroes of the legendary 1979/80 season when the club won the Division Four title and notched up an incredible 101 league goals.
Among the stars taking part in the sold-out Friday night event were legendary striker Steve Kindon, who performed an excellent job in helping compere the evening, keeper Alan Starling, goal phenomenon Ian Robins, defender Keith Hanvey, captain Peter Hart and manager Mick Buxton.
It was a glorious opportunity to wallow in reflections, memories and hear behind-the-scenes stories and camaraderie from a season full of victories and goals galore.
Kindon, who after leaving Town has carved out a highly successful career as an acclaimed after-dinner speaker, told guests: ”I asked Town commercial director Sean Jarvis how many people he thought would attend and he said 250 would be great.
“He said the room could accommodate 380. I said you will fill it and we have.”
Watch: The Town Legends welcomed back to John Smith's Stadium
For those who weren’t part of that thrilling 79/80 season when Town won that Division Four title it’s hard to explain the unique appeal of that squad. No other squad has ever been spoken about as reverentially and with such affection as that one.
It helped that there was a galaxy of larger than life characters such as Kindon and Starling who was famed for getting into trouble with the authorities for pulling his shorts down to amuse fans during the occasional lacunae.
And in those halcyon days there was the famous Cowshed where fans would sway contentedly as Town mowed down the opposition creating a club record in the process with an outstanding number of home victories.
Mick Greig, 47, a Town fan for 27 years, recalled his coming of age during that season. He said: “The first match I went to was on October 9, 1979. We walloped Wigan Athletic 4-0.
“I paid 65pence and I have been watching ever since, some 36 years.
“At the time I lived at Golcar and Mark Lillis, (who would become a Town legend), lived across the road. He was being sponsored by a local butcher who used to give him a T-bone steak for every goal he scored.”
Another fan, Dave ‘Scoffa’ Scholefield, a 54-year-old national sales manager, from Roberttown, near Mirfield, a founder member of North Stand Loyal, said: “Going to watch Town then was part of my social growing up.
“I made so many friends through going to the matches and we had such great memories. Going to watch Town helped me become the man I am today.”
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There were individual contributions from many of the stars including Starling who said: “We were very lucky to be paid for a job we would have done for free. It was a fantastic team.”
And he joked: “I have one big regret and that was when Mick Buxton got rid of the snooker table. There was no point in faking an injury because then you had nothing to do in the rest of the week.”
Town’s events co-ordinator Katie Barraclough said: “It’s great that the event sold out and that so many of the fans got the opportunity to see and listen to their heroes from such a memorable season.
“I am delighted we have been able to find the Fourth Division Championship Trophy and would like to thank The Football League for allowing us to have it on display for the evening.”