Away Days with HTSA
Huddersfield - Saturday, 30th September 2017
"...the handsomest of all the factory towns in Yorkshire and Lancashire." - Friedrich Engels
On The Pitch
Last season: 5th in the Championship (Playoff Winners)
Current position: 12th
League form: DLDDLL
Top scorer: Steve Mounie (2)
Key player: Aaron Mooy
Last time: 11th March, 1972: Manchester United 2 – 0 Huddersfield Town (Division One)
In The Ground
Away supporters are housed in the western end of the newly named John Smith's Stand (colloquially known as the South Stand). If you're heading to the stadium from the town centre or train station, or if you're travelling by coach, this is the first stand you'll come across.
By Car: M62 west, exit at Junction 24 and follow signs for Huddersfield Town Centre (A629). After approximately two-minutes, follow the signs for the John Smith’s Stadium, turning left onto Castlegate ring road. Then turn left onto Leeds Road (A62) and follow the signs for the stadium car park.
From M62 east/north, exit at Junction 25, turn left, and follow signs for Huddersfield Town Centre (A629). Then follow the signs for the stadium car park.
From M1 south, exit at Junction 42 and continue west on the M62. Exit at Junction 25, turn left, and follow signs for Huddersfield Town Centre (A629).
Parking: You can park at the stadium, behind the South Stand, for £6, but be prepared to make a quick getaway after the game, otherwise you’ll be stuck in traffic for a long time. Alternatively, there are several car parks on St. Andrews Road that charge between £4 and £6.
By Train: There are regular trains to Huddersfield from Manchester Airport, Manchester Victoria, and Manchester Piccadilly. Once you arrive at Huddersfield station, the stadium is a ten-minute walk. To get there, head straight forward past The George Hotel, carry on past the Post Office, cross the ring road, turn right onto Gasworks Street, and walk to the bottom of the road, where you’ll be greeted by a big John Smith’s branded sign that reads “Nearly There”.
Pubs and grub
The Head of Steam (HD1 1JB), which is situated conveniently next to the railway station, welcomes a mix of home and away supporters. It has a decent choice of drinks, serves traditional pub food, and is reasonably priced.
The Gas Club (HD1 6NA) on Gasworks Street is also popular with both home and away supporters. Expect to pay a £2 entry fee.
The Sportsman (HD1 5AY) is also popular with away supporters, offering a wide selection of locally brewed cask and craft ales for pocket change. They also serve pies on a Saturday from noon until 7pm. FAMILY FRIENDLY.
If you fancy something a bit different, try Zephyr Bar & Kitchen/Neaversons (HD1 1BX). They often do a bacon sarnie and a pint for £5 and a pizza and a pint for £10, play some interesting alternative music, and have a BT Sports subscription. And most importantly, they’re always happy to host away supporters.
For those of you who would prefer to stay closer to the stadium, there’s The Rope Walk (HD1 6PG), which is just next to the North Stand. It’s a chain pub, so you’ll know what to expect, and although it does tend to get busy, the staff are very good at managing queues.
Saturday, 21st October:
Thabo (Small Seeds, 120 New Street, HD1 2UD); 8:00 pm; £8 entry
“Thabo and his live band spread a message of Truth. Humility. Art. Bravery & Optimism through their unique brand of ‘Bare Knuckle Soul’ music.”
Hussies and Spookies (The Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street, HD1 2SP); 7:15 pm; £12 entry
“An evening of unbeatable a cappella from two of the UK's foremost exponents of the art.”