We Can Be Heroes Just For One Day

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 30/05/2004
Yes, Town in the 3rd Division final is just 1 day away at the Millennium Stadium In Cardiff.We Can Be Heroes Just For One Day
A following of around 23,000 is heading to south Wales from Huddersfield to see Town battle it out to win promotion against Mansfield Town who only bringing a 13,000 crowd with them to the Millennium Stadium.

Town who battled over two legs with Lincoln City with Town winning the 1st leg at Sincil Bank 2-0 in which Onoura and Mirfin garbbed the goals. Which saw a dramatic 2nd leg play-off at the McAlpine and in front of a crowd of nearly 20,000, in which Town were 2-0 down at half time to pull it back to 2-2 with Rob Edwards crashing in the goal which gave Town a win of 4-3 on aggregate.

While Mansfield played Northampton Town and in the first leg at the Sixfields Stadium cruised to a 2-0 win which in the game saw Westwood sent off in the 90th minute. In the return leg Northampton gave Mansfield a run for their money in which Northampton pulled 2 goals back by half time bringing it level on aggregate at 2-2. Ex-Town striker Martin Smith made it 3-2 to Northampton just after half-time but Curtis scored with 20 minutes left for Mansfield to bring back the score level at 3-3 on aggregate. After extra time it went to penalties in which Mansfield won 5-4 with Colin Larkin scoring the winning penalty.

Both teams looking to join Doncaster, Hull and Torquay in the Second Division next season. Both teams were relegated from the Second Division last season in which Town are attempting to reverse a downward spiral that saw them slump from Division One to Division Three in three seasons.
Town were unlucky not to be automatically promoted and were squeezed out on goal difference by Torquay United after a 1-1 draw at Cheltenham. Town have only suffered one defeat in the last seven outings (that was against Mansfield!) and if Town win they will become the ninth club to finish 4th to win the play-offs.

This is Peter Jackson?s first taste of the play-offs as a manager, Its the forth time Town have been in the play-offs and as everyone knows they lost to Peterborough in 1992, Brentford in 2002, And in between Neil Warnock in 1995 took Town up to the First Division via the Second Division play-offs in a 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers in which no Town fan will ever forget Chris Billy?s lunging header at Wembley.

Mansfield go to Cardiff having lost 3 of their last 5 matches and are trying the become the second team that finished 5th to win the play-offs since the creation of the Premier League in which Peterborough managed it 4 years ago.

The Stags have spent all but one in their last 11 seasons in Division 3, And as everyone knows they got promoted to the second division in 2002 but could not hack it and went straight back down a year later.

Like Jacko, this is Keith Curle?s first play-off experience as a manger and the Stags have had only been in the play-offs once before, They were semi-final losers against Chesterfield nine years ago.
Town?s Play-Off Record:
11th May 1992- D3 SF 1L - Peterborough 2-2 Town
14th May 1992- D3 SF 2L - Town 1-2 Peterborough
14th May 1995- D2 SF 1L ? Town 1-1 Brentford
17th May 1995- D2 SF 2L - -Brenford 1-1 Town (Town won 4-3 on penalties)
28th May 1995 D2 PO FINAL ? Bristol Rovers 1-2 Town
28th April 2002 D2 SF 1L ? Town 0-0 Brentford
1st May 2002 D2 SF 2L ? Brentford 2-1 Town

Mansfield Play-Off Record
14th May 1995 D3 SF 1L ? Mansfield 1-1 Chesterfield
17th May 1995 D3 SF 1L ? Chesterfield 5-2 Mansfield

This Season?s meeting at Field Mill Town were 2-1 up at half time but the game ended in a 3-3 all draw as Stead scored twice and Danny Schofield grabbed one but Disley equalized in the 90th minute to make it 3-3.
At the McAlpine Mansfield run out 3-1 winners to spoils Town automatic promotion party. McAliskey put Town into a 1-0 lead after only 14th minutes but Mansfield ran wild and destroyed Town as they went on to win 3-1 with goals from Day, Mendes and Lawrence who basically took the piss.

But at the head to head totals in all competitions: Town 9 wins, Mansfield 4 wins, Draws 6
In the League: Town 6 wins, Mansfield 2, Draws 4

For Cardiff:

Town have Nathan Clarke and Tony Carrs both fit to play and Andy Booth has recovered from a slight knock to his knee, Ian Gray is the only player absent with injury.

Mansfield have no injury worries except Iyseden Christie is out with a fractured foot but Curle is likely to keep the same side that played Northampton.

One To Watch: Liam Lawerence- ran rings round Town at the McAlpine.

I hope everyone enjoys their day out at Cardiff, I have my ticket :-D, lets cheer Town on to win and lets enjoy the moment, I never got chance to go to Wembley the two times that Town was there and now Wembley has been knocked down to be rebuilt, As Jon Worthington says we are going there to win!

I would like to thank everyone for reading my reports and supporting me. Lets hope the next time I write a report we?ll be in Division 2!


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