Spurs legend Tony Galvin was born and raised in Huddersfield. He was a regular on the terraces at their old Leeds Road ground with his father, and to this day some of Tony’s childhood pals remain Huddersfield season ticket holders.
Ahead of our trip north our legendary former player gave tottenhamhotspur.com his ‘five points’ on the newly-promoted side. Here are those points in brief.
Point 1 – Huddersfield’s current style of football
Tony: “They’re quite aggressive in terms of their closing-down. They work very hard early on in the game so they’ll normally try to close opposing teams down early, they’re quite fit and aggressive and they’ll try to nick an early goal.Personally, I think Spurs will be too strong for Huddersfield on Saturday but for them it’s a learning process.
Point 2 – Their star men
Tony: “The one who seems to have been the best over the last season and a bit is Aaron Mooy (pictured, below), the Australian international who used to be at Manchester City. He’s a left-sided midfield player, he was very consistent last year and he’s had a very good start to the season. They’ve also got a couple of defenders that they brought in from the German second division who have adapted really well. One of them, Christopher Schindler, is a big, tall centre-half who played really well in the play-off final against Reading. There’s also Chris Löwe, the left-back, and another one who is very good is the Dutch winger, Rajiv van La Parra.”
Point 3 – John Smith’s Stadium
Tony: “In the mid 1990’s they built a new ground quite close to the old Leeds Road on a bit of spare land. It’s lovely, a nice ground. I’ve been a few times and some of my friends who are season ticket holders said that the atmosphere last season was incredible. It’s said to be very good with a lot of noise but I think the atmosphere is contributed to by the manager, David Wagner. He gets the crowd worked up, he gesticulates and runs around a lot, a bit like Jurgen Klopp does at Liverpool. He was assistant to Klopp at Borussia Dortmund and they’re very similar. He’s done a fantastic job.”
Point 4 – Tony’s own history and affinity with the club
“When I was growing up in Huddersfield, I used to go there occasionally with friends to watch them play.He was probably the most famous.Some of my friends from school used to go. A few of them who went along then are season tickets holders now. Generally I remember them as being a Second Division team and they had some quite famous players around the late-1960s, probably one of the most famous being Frank Worthington.I moved away to university and only occasionally watched them but obviously you always follow them because it’s your home team.”
Point 5 Matchday
“I’m going to the game on Saturday and staying with my brother Chris, who played for Leeds as a youngster in the late-1960s and early-1970s. He’s lived in Huddersfield all his life. It’s going to be a special occasion for a lot of people and it’ll be a great day for Huddersfield, whatever the result.”
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