TOWN’S trip to Leyton Orient today is sure to stir happy memories for Andy Booth.
For it was at the London venue last May that the Galpharm legend made his 452nd and final Town appearance – and scored his 150th and final goal for his hometown team.
Ten months on, the 36-year-old is getting stuck into his full-time job as Town’s first club ambassador – and enjoying himself almost as much as he did when playing.
“I suppose nothing can really replace pulling on your boots every day and getting paid for it, but it’s great to remain involved with football and Huddersfield Town,” said Booth, who also wore the colours of Sheffield Wednesday and Tottenham Hotspur (on loan).
“In some ways, that game at Leyton Orient seems ages ago, and in others, it’s like it was yesterday, but I have fantastic memories of it.
“The whole trip was fantastic, because I was able to take my son Harrison to experience the overnight stay and pre-match build-up.
“I’d got my 149th Town goal in my final home game against Brighton the week before, so to make it 150 in my last game was terrific.
“We had a great following down there, and to score right in front of our supporters added to the enjoyment even more.
“The applause I got from the Orient fans was pretty special as well, and other than us winning the game (it finished 1-1), I couldn’t have scripted it better.”
Booth, who won three England Under 21 caps and represented the Football League during his first spell at Town, is equally desperate to see Lee Clark’s side claim a three-point haul back at Brisbane Road today.
“I still think we’ve got a great chance of finishing in the top six, because from experience, I know so much can change over the final matches,” added Holme Valley-based Booth, who is married to Cheryl and also has a daughter, Hermione.
“We’ve got a good home record and the lads have shown they can go away and get wins, and it’s about finding some consistency.
“We have a good squad and an excellent management set-up, and we really are geared up for playing in the Championship.
“I think the club has made great strides forward in many ways over the past few years, and while I still take part in the odd training session, when my job allows, and still get to enjoy some banter with the lads, my main focus these days is on helping the club off the pitch.”
The ambassador role was newly created, and Booth explained: “I get involved in many areas – corporate, commercial and community, and I’m really enjoying the different challenges.
“While I had a rough idea of what to expect, the job has thrown up some things I’ve never had experience of previously, and I’m learning all the time.
“A big part of what we’re doing is going out into the community and trying to spread the word about Huddersfield Town.
“I get into a lot of local schools, and while it’s noticeable that a lot of the children support the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, I think we’re getting quite a few interested in Town.
“It’s great to see them getting enthusiastic about sport, and being kids, some of the questions they ask are straight to the point!
“We’ve been running a lot of schemes to get youngsters to our games.
“And when you think about it, they are our fans of the future, so it’s probably the most important aspect of my job.”