Huddersfield Town Under 21s are to play a pre-season friendly in Guernsey - 36 years after Mick Buxton took the first team to the Channel Island for a mid-season training camp en route to promotion from Division IV (now League II).

The previous trip came in February 1980, and provided a useful change in scenery for a squad which included the likes of Malcolm Brown, Dave Sutton, Peter Hart, Ian Robins and the recently-signed Steve Kindon.

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Town suffered their heaviest defeat of the season, 4-1 at Portsmouth, on their return to England, but a run of nine wins in 13 unbeaten games thereafter clinched promotion as divisional champions.

Frankie Bunn’s 21s will use their game in Guernsey on Wednesday, August 3 (7.45) as preparation for a Professional Development League II title defence, Sheffield United having been beaten 2-1 in the play-off final at Bramall Lane.

The clash with the Isthmian League side will take place at their Footes Lane ground in Saint Peter Port, and up for grabs will be the Mike Thomas Memorial Trophy named after the former club physio, originally from Huddersfield and a keen Town fan, who died last year after a battle with motor neurone disease.

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Formed in 2011, Guernsey finished 13th in the Isthmian League First Division South. Funds generated by the fixture will be used to compensate any of the club’s part-time players who suffer a loss of earnings when injured.

Town Under 21s have four other friendly trips fixed up. They visit Wigan Athletic on Saturday, July 9 before a game against AFC Telford United at Lilleshall on Thursday 14. It’s West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, July 30 and Wolves on Saturday, August 6.