It was a landmark day for Huddersfield Town and a red-letter occasion for the whole of the district.

After years in the planning and much work on behalf of Town, the Giants and Kirklees Council, it was time for the first match at what is now the John Smith’s Stadium after Town's previous home of Leeds Road was torn down.

You can see pictures from the final league game at Leeds Road by clicking here.

Kirklees Stadium was to gain sponsorship from McAlpine, the builders, and it won design awards as a ground-breaking structure.

It also became home, as it is now, to Town and the Giants rugby league team.

Remarkably, it’s coming up to 20 years since the first match was played at the sparkling new venue on August 20, 1994.

 

Town were in Division II at the time and their visitors for the match were Wycombe Wanderers.

There was an official ribbon-cutting ceremony beforehand and lots of entertainment for fans keen to see the big kick-off (Town had opened the campaign with a brilliant 4-1 win at Blackpool).

The surroundings were new and the match itself didn’t live up to expectations, Simon Garner scoring the only goal for Wycombe in front of a crowd of 13,334.

While that first home outing may not have gone to plan, the season under Neil  Warnock certainly did.

A popular side featuring the likes of Andy Booth, Ronnie Jepson, Lee Sinnott, Pat Scully, Tom Cowan, Darren Bullock, Iain Dunn and Chris Billy, who scored the winning goal at Wembley, went on to win promotion through the play-offs against Bristol Rovers (2-1).

The team for the first home match against Wycombe was: Steve Francis, Chris Billy, Tom Cowan, Phil Starbuck, Pat Scully, Graham Mitchell, Simon Baldry, Darren Bullock, Andy Booth, Ronnie Jepson, Paul Reid. Subs: Iain Dunn, Jon Dyson and Kevin Blackwell.