The FA Cup will never lose its appeal for Geoff Hutt.

The former Huddersfield Town favourite will be in the crowd for the home tie with Reading, 40 years after playing a key role in a fine third-round victory over Fulham.

The 3-2 triumph at Craven Cottage was one of a string of memorable FA Cup ties involving the left-back who shone in the last Town team to win promotion to the top flight in 1970.

And three of them involved Bobby Moore, the man who skippered England to World Cup glory 50 years ago.

Hutt made his Town debut as a 19-year-old in the fourth-round clash with Moore’s West Ham United at Leeds Road in January 1969.

A bumper 30,992 turned out to see Ian Greaves’ Second Division side go down 2-0 to the top-flight Londoners, who as well as Moore, included his fellow World Cup winners Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.

Hutt, pitched into action after regular left-back Billy Legg suffered a serious throat injury in a car accident, marked Harry Redknapp in what was the first of 277 Town appearances over eight very varied seasons in which the club played in all four divisions.

The FA Cup provided similar ups and downs.

When Town won promotion as champions of the old Second Division (now Championship) 46 years ago, they suffered a shock third-round defeat by lowly Aldershot.

The following campaign brought a fourth-round marathon with Stoke, who finally won a second replay 1-0 on neutral territory at Old Trafford, with a combined total of more than 113,000 watching the three ties.

And in 1971-72, Greaves’ side made it to the quarter-finals for only the second time in Town’s post-War history with sweet revenge being gained over Moore and West Ham in the fifth round, when Town won 4-2 before going out in controversial circumstances at Birmingham City, where keeper David Lawson was forced off injured and midfielder Terry Dolan went in goal.

Moore had moved on to Fulham, and Town had tumbled into Division IV by 1975-76, when Bobby Collins resigned as manager midway through the season and Tom Johnston took charge of Town for a second time.

1966 World Cup Final at Wembley Stadium July 1966 England 4 v West Germany 2 Captain Bobby Moore holds aloft the Jules Rimet trophy as he sits on the shoulders of his teammates They are L-R: Jack Charlton, Nobby Stiles, Gordon Banks, Alan Ball, Martin Peters, Geoff Hurst, Ray Wilson, George Cohen and Bobby Charlton.

Town beat Walsall and Port Vale to earn their third-round fate at Fulham, who had reached the previous season’s final, when Moore’s former club West Ham won 2-0.

“Fulham were in the Second Division, and a decent side,” recalled Hutt.

“As well as Bobby Moore, they had the likes of Alan Mullery and Viv Busby, and when the draw was made, we all felt it was a tough tie.

“But they say the cup is a great leveller, and we came out on top in what was a good old tussle.

“We really set about Fulham and never let them have a moment’s peace.”

A 10,299 crowd saw Jimmy Conway put the hosts ahead before Town’s Terry Gray levelled on the half hour.

Gray got his second soon after the break, and while Busby levelled for Fulham, Jimmy Lawson netted with 15 minutes remaining.

Hutt, who made two goalline clearances as Fulham piled on the pressure late on, added: “Terry Gray was a nippy winger, and he had a great game.

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“I was playing alongside a centre-back called Chris Simpkin, a good pro who knew what he was about and really got into them.

“We had to hang on at times, but we got through and it was great to get a fourth-round tie against Bolton Wanderers, who were then managed by Ian Greaves.”

Town were beaten 1-0 in front of a 27,894 crowd at Leeds Road, but Hutt still managed one more sweet FA Cup success, helping Halifax Town beat Manchester City 1-0 at The Shay in the third round in 1979-80.

“I know the FA Cup has a few critics these days, but to me, it’s still a fantastic competition,” he said.

“We’ve seen other sides from outside the Premier League have great runs, so why shouldn’t we?”

Hutt is enjoying the football being played under head coach David Wagner.

“It’s been good to watch and he’s got the players really fit, which is a great starting point,” he added.

“When we went up to the First Division, we weren’t the most skilful side ever, but we were fit and well organised, and that counts for a lot.

“It means you can keep going for the full 90 minutes, sometimes when your opponents are flagging.

“I like the way the players are rotated as well, and I think he is using his squad to good effect at the moment.

“I’d like to see some of the younger players coming through and making their mark, and hopefully that will happen over the second part of the season and after that.”