IT'S not often the TV spotlight falls on Huddersfield Town these days.

The football club's financial woes of the past 12 months have meant it has featured more in the news programmes rather than the sports broadcasts in the recent past.

But that changes tomorrow lunchtime when manager Peter Jackson's men run out in the FA Cup at Accrington Stanley.

It is a stuff of TV dreams: two clubs with proud pedigrees, league versus non-league, and the world's foremost soccer competition.

That's the reason the BBC have chosen the game as their live Match Of The Day.

And commentator Steve Wilson was at Town's Storthes Hall training complex in Kirkburton yesterday to run the rule over the players who will be in front of the cameras tomorrow.

He chatted with Peter Jackson and coach Terry Yorath as they put the Town players through their paces.

The first-round tie kicks off at 1pm at Accrington's Interlink Express Stadium but the famous programme begins, with its instantly-recognisable theme tune, at 12.50pm.

Up to one million viewers are expected to tune into the game, which will be followed by live coverage of the FA Cup second-round draw.

It is 39 years ago that the legendary Kenneth Wolstenholme uttered the words: "Welcome to Match of the Day, the first of a weekly series on BBC2".

That was on August 22, 1964, and the first featured game was Liverpool v Arsenal at Anfield - in black and white and watched by just 20,000 viewers.

Since then, of course, the programme has become an institution.

Town's last appearance before the MOTD cameras was against Liverpool in the FA Cup 3rd round in December 1999, when the reds won 2-0 at the McAlpine Stadium.


* Barry Stoller is the man behind the familiar theme

* MOTD moved from BBC2 to BBC1 in 1966-67

* Record audience was 20m for Chelsea v Leeds in 1972

* Jimmy Hill took over as show presenter in 1974

* MOTD was re-launched in 1992-93 as a Saturday night highlights package

* A technical dispute halted the show for four weeks in 1983