Blog number four in the “Doing the 92” challenge looks at my visit to Huddersfield Town as they took on Reading in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. The FA Cup, where teams from the non-leagues beat those from big leagues; most recently we saw league 1 Bradford City defeat both Chelsea and Sunderland as well as seeing Blyth Spartans and Warrington Town beat Hartlepool United & Exeter City respectively. The current holders of the cup, Arsenal, are still in the tournament and will take on Manchester United in the Quarter Finals on March 9th.
So why did I choose Huddersfield Town as my next team to visit? Similar to why I chose Doncaster Rovers in my previous blog, I wanted to stick to Yorkshire and because tickets to this game were only £12. That would be the only good thing about this as the rest of my time there was terrible. Upon arriving at the ground, I couldn’t help but notice that the ground is based next to a golf driving range. Jokingly, I thought that if the game was dull, I could always practise my golf skills. And just like Doncaster, none of the security at the ground decided to check my bag. So when I sat down in my seat to take a few photos of the players warming up, security was quick to shout at me.
They claim that I wasn’t allowed a camera because Sky has banned them. Why has Sky banned them? Security claimed that Sky controls all media that goes in and out of the ground. Why they would ban a photography camera is odd. I can understand banning video cameras but banning photos? They wouldn’t even let a couple take a selfie photo of themselves with the ground in the background on their phone to the point where the security guard nearly snatched the phone from their hands and destroyed it. The next bad thing to list was that I ended up sitting next to a guy who had a very bad chest infection. Thankfully, I didn’t end up getting one but I wish I did just so I had something to take home as a souvenir. Even the programme looked terrible as it was basically a newspaper.
The game started and things went from bad to worse. Both teams spent the first half of the game wanting to get into a massive fight. It didn’t take long before the referee started showing yellow cards. One for Jamie Mackie after 17 minutes, Tommy Smith after 29 minutes and Mark Hudson two minutes into extra time of the first half. No goals were scored and neither team looked like they wanted to win the game. The fans were more interested in chanting “Chris Powell’s Barmy Army” throughout the first half. Because I had such a bad time at the game, I ended up leaving during half time. The only reason why I know about Reading’s goal that won them the game and Jonathan Hogg’s red card was from keeping up to date on Huddersfield Town’s twitter. It’s a little hard to try and remember anything else about the game as I became less and less interested as the first half went on.
Overall, this is yet another game I will remember for all the wrong reasons. I hope you have enjoyed this. My next blog will be about my visit to Dagenham & Redbridge back on January 31st as they took on Cheltenham Town in a special League 2 game with ticket money going to anti-racism charities.
Here are the full stats about the game
Team Visited – Huddersfield Town
Taking on – Reading
Venue – John Smith’s Stadium
Date Visited – January 3rd 2015
Overall Attendance – 7980
Score – Huddersfield Town 0-1 Reading
Goal Scorers – Huddersfield Town – NONE
Goal Scorers – Reading – Nick Blackman (69)
Yellow Cards – Huddersfield Town – Tommy Smith (29), Mark Hudson (45+2), Jonathan Hogg (56)
Yellow Cards – Reading – Jamie Mackie (17), Hal Robson-Kanu (88), Daniel Williams (90)
Red Card – Jonathan Hogg (90)