Philip Billing isn’t the first great Dane to excite Huddersfield Town fans.
For back in 1949, Karl Hansen made a big impact in 15 top-flight appearances for the club.
The forward was a Danish international who had scored 17 times in 22 games and skippered the national team.
He helped Denmark take bronze in the 1948 Olympics in London.
Hansen, also a talented handball player, played for Akademisk Boldklub in his homeland.
He arrived in Huddersfield for a study course at the technical college and aroused the interest of Town boss George Stephenson, whose side were embroiled in a relegation battle.
Signing a professional contract with Town in January 1949, when he was 27, meant he could no longer pay for Denmark, who were amateur only.
Hansen’s debut came in the 27th match of the campaign, a 1-0 home defeat by Aston Villa which left Stephenson’s side bottom of the table.
He missed only one of the remaining games, half of which Town won to survive by a place and a point (Preston North End and Sheffield United went down).
Hansen, who scored two goals, one of them in the crucial 4-0 home win over Wolves in the penultimate game, went on to play for Italian sides Italian sides Atalanta, Juventus, Sampdoria and Catania Calcio.
He won the Serie A title with Juve in 1952, five years before he retired and returned to Denmark.
Town also signed a Dane, midfielder Martin Nielsen, on loan from FC Copenhagen in March 1998.
He made three second-tier appearances from the bench under Peter Jackson.
Midfielder Billing enhanced his growing reputation with a spectacular first senior goal for Town in the 2-0 win at Nottingham Forest.<p/>