Huddersfield Town

John Smith's Stadium

Capacity: 24,121 (all seated)
Address: Huddersfield, HD1 6PX
Telephone: 01484 960 600
Fax: 01484 484 101
Ticket Office: 01484 960 606
Pitch Size: 115 x 76 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Terriers
Year Ground Opened: 1994
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: None*
Kit Manufacturer: Umbro
Home Kit: Blue and White Stripes
Away Kit: Blue & Black

External View
External View
North and East Stands
North and East Stands
North Stand
North Stand
South Stand
South Stand
West Stand
West Stand
East Stand
East Stand
External View Of The Away Stand
External View Of The Away Stand

Welcome To John Smiths Stadium SignThe club moved the short distance to the then called Alfred McAlpine Stadium in 1994 after leaving their former Leeds Road ground, their home for 86 years. When the stadium originally opened it had just three sides with the North Stand being opened later in 1997. In 2004 it was renamed the Galpharm Stadium, before becoming the John Smith's Stadium in 2012, in a sponsorship deal with Heineken. Most new stadiums in this country are rather boring affairs with little character, but the John Smith's Stadium does not fall into this category. Each stand is semi-circular rather than rectangular and is further enhanced with large white steel tubing above the contours. In fact from the car park, I first thought it looked like a new ride at Alton Towers! It is good to see something different from the architects for a change. The ground has won many design awards and is well worth a visit. The only disappointment is that the corners of the ground are open. The Fantastic Media North Stand at one end and the Revell Ward (Riverside) Stand at one side are both two-tiered stands, each with a row of executive boxes running across the middle. The other two sides of the ground are large single tiered affairs. One of these the Britannia Rescue Stand, at one side of the pitch, can accommodate 7,000 supporters. There is an electric scoreboard at the back of the away end. The stadium is completed with a striking set of four floodlights. The stadium is shared with Huddersfield Giants Rugby League Club.

Away Supporters Stand SignAway fans are located at one end of the ground in the AbZorb (South) Stand, where up to 4,000 supporters can be accommodated. Expect to have a 'pat down' search before entering the ground, which still has traditional man operated turnstiles. The facilities in this stand and the view of the playing action are generally fine. The acoustics of the stand are good, meaning that a relatively small number of fans can really make some noise. There is also a Ladbrokes outlet and a bar serving alcoholic drinks at the back of the stand, which remains open during the first half and at half time. The only gripes are that the male toilets are quite small in terms of capacity, which makes a half time visit rather longer than expected and that the 'concourse' is mostly in the open air. 

I have enjoyed my visits to the John Smith's Stadium, I have always been thoroughly impressed with the stadium and the general set-up.

Food on offer inside the stadium includes locally produced pies by Jones Bakers; Meat and Potato Pie, Chicken Curry, Steak and Ale, Lamb Hotpot (all £3.50) and Vegetable Pasties (£3.50). The Club also offers a Pie & Pint for £7.50. After the match has ended catering staff will often sell off and left over pies for around a £1 each. Please note that the kiosks don't take card payments.

There is a cinema and entertainment complex behind the North Stand, which also contains the Rope Walk Grill & Bar. Craig Murray a visiting AFC Bournemouth fan adds; 'We went for a pre-match pint at the Rope Walk. Inside it was a mixture of home and away fans and the locals were very friendly and happy to chat about football. We were also very impressed by the pub`s queuing system. Basically, a straight line queue and four staff working flat out, which meant it moved quite quickly.' This bar also offers food and shows televised football.

John Ellis a visiting Leicester City fan recommends the Gas Club on Gasworks Street (HD1 6AF), about five to ten minute walk from the Stadium. 'On our visit, there was a good mix of home and away fans. The Club does charge a £2 entry fee, but both the drinks and food were reasonably priced. You can also park in their car park at a cost of £5'. Please note that after the game the Club reverts to a 'home fans only' bar. On the main Leeds Road near to the stadium (on the opposite corner to the Mini Car Dealership and beside a Costa Coffee outlet) is the modern looking Yorkshire Rose pub. This pub normally has a mix of home and away fans in attendance and being part of the 'Two For One' chain also offers food. It is not particularly a large pub and does fill up quickly on matchdays, so if you intend going there, then get there early. Also a ten minute walk from the stadium is the Turnbridge Working Mens Club on St Andrew's Road. This Club welcomes visiting supporters and is free to enter. You can also park in their car park for the game at a cost of £3.

If arriving by train then Tim Oscroft informs me; 'The Head of Steam pub at the railway station is pretty good and serves food too'. Also in part of the railway station buildings is the King's Head pub, which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and has up to ten real ales on tap. Not far from the railway station on Market Walk in the centre of town is the Corner pub, which is the brewery tap of the local Mallinsons Brewery.

Joel Mellor a visiting Liverpool fan recommends; the Magic Rock Tap bar within the Magic Rock Brewery on Willow Lane, about a mile away from the John Smith's Stadium. 'Great bar with great ales and excellent pork pies too.'

Alcohol is also made available to away fans inside the stadium, including of course John Smith's! (£3.70 a can), Fosters (£4.50 a pint),  Strongbow Dark Fruits Cider (£4.50 pint), Red or White Wine (187ml bottle £4.50).

The John Smiths' Stadium is located just off the A62 Leeds Road. It can be easiest reached from Junction 25 of the M62. Simply follow the signs for Huddersfield (A62) and you will reach the stadium over on your left.

If approaching from the South, then leave the M1 at Junction 38 and take the A637 towards and then the A642 into Huddersfield. As you approach the town centre try to keep to the right-hand lane as you will turn right at the roundabout and onto the A62 Leeds Road. The stadium is a short distance down this road on the right.

Alternatively if coming up from the South and looking for somewhere to park then along St Andrews Road there are a number of small businesses that offer parking for around £5. To find these, then as you approach the town centre you will pass a Lidl store on your left. Go through the next lights and after passing a KFC and Iceland shop on your right, move over to the right hand lane and then turn right at the next set of traffic lights into St Andrews Road. Keep straight along this road and you will soon see the stadium over on your right.

There is also a fair sized car park located at the ground which costs £6. There is also the option of renting a private driveway near the John Smith's Stadium via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.

The John Smith's Stadium is generally well signposted around Huddersfield town centre. 

Post Code for SAT NAV: HD1 6PX

The John Smith's Stadium is walkable from Huddersfield Railway Station, it should take no more than 15 minutes at a comfortable pace. After coming out of the Railway Station, turn down past the front of The George Hotel. Go straight over the crossroads into Northumberland Street and walk down across the Ring Road straight on into Leeds Road. Turn right down Gasworks Street. Straight over the crossroads to the ground.

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All areas of the John Smith's Stadium
Adults £30
Over 60's £20
Under 18's £15
Under 8's £10

Official Programme £3.50

Huddersfield Town fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Leeds United, Bradford City, Oldham Athletic, Barnsley and Halifax Town.

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.

Record Attendance

At the John Smith's Stadium: 
24,169 v Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League, 30th September 2017

At Leeds Road:
67,037 v Arsenal
FA Cup 6th Round, February 27th, 1932.

This figure was also equalled for the Premier League match against Manchester United played on October 21st, 2017.

Average Attendance 

2018-2019: 23,203 (Premier League)
2017-2018: 24,040 (Premier League)
2016-2017: 20,343 (Championship League)

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: [email protected] and I'll update the guide.

Special thanks to Darryl Marsh and Owen pavey for supplying the John Smith's Stadium Huddersfield Town photos of the North and East Stands and external view.

Huddersfield Town v Barnsley
Championship
Saturday 26th October, 3pm
David Crossfield (Barnsley)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the John Smith's Stadium?

Under caretaker manager Adam Murray Barnsley had changed system to 3-5-2 and, having had commendable draws against Swansea at home and West Brom away, there was hope that things were improving. I had arrange to meet my ex-cricket playing friend, who is a Town fan and have a few beers.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Barnsley to Huddesfield is only 17 miles but public transport is limited. No buses. One direct train an hour or change trains at Wakefield. West Yorkshire Police have a habit of meeting Barnsley fans at the station and escorting them to the ground so I decided to travel by changing trains at Wakefield. Some Reds fans had the same idea and left the train to going drinking in Mirfield. After a few pints in Huddersfield we walked to the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I went with my friend and his brother to the Sportsman. We were in early and got seats. Three pints of real ale and pie and peas as pre-match preparation. There were a few other Barnsley fans in the pub and they mingled without any problems. There isn't much history of problems between the two sets of supporters, but there was a huge Police presence outside the railway station and on the walk to the ground, including horses.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the John Smith's Stadium?

I've been several times so I knew what to expect. What I didn't expect was a long queue to get through the turnstiles. I joined the queue at 2.45 and got in the ground at 3.05. Three turnstiles were open for 2200 fans, but it seems it was the parting down by stewards that was apparently causing delays. I missed the minutes silence etc for remembrance day. 

My seat was in a section of the Abzorb stand reserved for families and older people (like me!) and holds about 600. It's good for families not to have to sit amongst some of our fans! My seat was in row S near the corner flag and I had a good view of the game. The Abzorb stand in now shared with the noisy home section, with away fans allocated 2300 seats. My Town friend said this was a David Wagner initiative to negate the noisy away fans presence.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Another defeat for Barnsley. A record fourteen games without a win now. The first half-hour was a dull contest with little quality. Barnsley perhaps having slightly the better of it with three corners. Huddersfield scored with their first attempt on target in the 30th minute. The Barnsley defence were asleep when a quick free kick was played out wide and the cross evaded everyone to reach Schindler who tapped in from a few yards out. McGeehan missed a great chance to equalise. He couldn't hit a barn door with a banjo this season, having missed two easy chances against Swansea. 1-0 at half time. 

Huddersfield went 2-0 up early in the second half with a great curling shot. Barnsley huffed and puffed but lacked any creativity to trouble Huddersfield, who looked comfortable. A smart turn and cross shot from Jacob Brown, Barnsley's first shot on target, made it 2-1. Huddersfield looked rattled but hung on for the win without any major problems. A really disappointing performance from a jaded looking Reds after a great midweek performance at WBA, which gave us some hope of some improvement. It wasn't a pretty game. Credit to Cowley for his tactics in negating any Barnsley creativity. As usual, I didn't have any refreshments inside the ground. The toilet facilities were inadequate for the number of fans.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

No problem. I met my friend outside the famous Gas Club and we walked back up to Town. Lots of police presence as there doesn't seem to be any way to segregate fans leaving the ground. More ale in the Courtyard, Mallinsons brewery tap. Not really my kind of bar/pub. A final pint in the Kings Head on the railway station, which is a great real ale pub, before our trains home.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great to catch up with my friend. Good ale and good company. Pity about the football. Huddersfield is a good away day.

Huddersfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday
Championship
Sunday 15th September 2019, 12 noon
Adrian Hurst (Sheffield Wednesday)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the John Smith's Stadium?

Not been to a game at Huddersfield since the days of them playing at their old Leeds Road ground, so I looked forward to visiting a new ground.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Thanks to Sky Television changing the fixture time to noon on a Sunday and living over 250 miles away it was a crack of dawn (05.30) start for this game. Thankfully the roads were very quiet and we found free parking on Thistle Street by 09.30. The ground was easy to find and well signposted from the outskirts of the town.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

After parking up we walked around to Subway for breakfast, which was next door to a Greggs. No pub this time as it was a 12 noon kick off and no problems at all with the home fans.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the John Smith's Stadium?

The ground looked quite impressive, but I couldn't help thinking how much they could have increased the capacity if they had levelled off the tops of the stands and filled in the corners!

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

We saw this as a potential 'banana skin' game as they hadn't won since March. I was impressed with the vocals from the locals - at least until we opened the scoring! A bit disappointed that in the John Smith Stadium they only had John Smiths in a can despite having lager and cider on draft! Could have done with larger toilets, one smallish block for a full away following was simply not enough.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Only had a 5 minute walk back to the car but quite a wait to get out of the town - probably because most of the Owls fans were travelling in the same direction as us. As it was a Sunday it probably helped as the roads were generally quiet except for the football traffic.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A long but very enjoyable away day and a 2-0 win were very nice. At least we could get virtually home during daylight hours thanks to the early start!

Huddersfield Town v Fulham
Championship
Friday 16th August 2019, 7.45pm
Pete Woodhead (Doing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the John Smiths' Stadium?

My first trip sitting in the away end and I was looking forward to the experience.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I managed to park on a side street around ten minutes walk away. It seemed that everyone was parking in a similar industrial area which meant that to find the ground it was a simple case of following the others.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

The away tickets did not turn up until 10 minutes before Kick off meaning that a lot of fans barely made it to their seat for the start of the game. 

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the John Smiths' Stadium?

A lovely ground. I really enjoyed the modern curved stadium, however, the away end food and toilet area were not undercover, luckily it was not a rainy night. 

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game ended with a Fulham 2-1 win thanks to a late goal. There were a limited number of away fans but were louder than the home support. The facilities as stated were poor, not undercover and with slow service. 

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

A nice 10 mins walk back to the car following the crowd. Leaving the town was quite congested as lots of traffic lights being occupied by the fans.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

An enjoyable game. A nice looking stadium, however with poor facilities. I would expect better from a League 1 club let alone a team who were in the Premier League in recent years.

Huddersfield Town v Derby County
Championship League
Monday 5th August 2019, 7.45pm
James (Derby County)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the John Smith's Stadium?
 
It was the first game of the new season, and after another summer of upheaval at Derby I was looking forward to seeing new players, a new manager, etc. On top of that, Huddersfield were newly relegated, so I was interested to see how they would cope as newcomers to the division.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Getting to Huddersfield was simple enough - parking not quite as much, as even though we arrived a good hour and a half before the game, the various car parks operated by local companies near to the ground were already full up. We followed signs to a nearby outdoor car park about 15 minutes walk from the ground, and after that, it was a simple matter of following the trail of shirts to the stadium.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We went pretty much straight to the game, chatting to a few Huddersfield fans on the way. They were very friendly, with both sets of fans competing over who hated shared rivals Leeds more!
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?
 
It's an interesting ground - although it's in the town, it's quite isolated and surrounded by woodland, so it feels as though the ground has had a significant section of the town set aside for it. It's a mix of old and new, being one of the older new grounds (if that isn't a paradox!), so it has some of the trappings of a modern ground while still feeling quite traditional. It's an open ground, which made for a lovely gentle breeze on a summer night. Not sure it would have been quite as pleasant on a midweek game in December!
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game started fairly evenly, with Derby shading it over a slightly sluggish Huddersfield in the first half hour or so. Derby took a two-goal lead, Tom Lawrence scoring with two lovely bits of skill - albeit one the result of a horrendous mix-up from the home side. Huddersfield pulled a goal back around the half hour with a penalty, and after that, they woke up and we had to dig in to hold on for the points. Not the most enjoyable win - a draw really might have been a fairer result on the balance of play - but a win, and a hard-fought one at that, and if I wanted to enjoy myself I wouldn't be a Derby fan! The atmosphere was good, but there were times when the whole home crowd got behind their teams when it was deafening. I can imagine when that's sustained for more than a few minutes, it can be absolutely electric.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
We found our way back to the car park pretty easily, and other than a few short delays due to roadworks, had no difficulty getting back home.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A great way to start the season at an interesting ground with welcoming fans. I'll definitely be looking to come again next time around.

Huddersfield Town v Derby County
Championship League
Monday 5th August 2019, 7.45pm
Mark Ball (Doing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the John Smith's Stadium?
 
My first visit to the John Smith's Stadium and a new season underway.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Very easy as we were early and parked in the Gasworks Car Park for £5.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I bought a great jacket in the club shop. Had a bite to eat in the stadium. A disappointing pie (Chicken Curry) as it was a bit tasteless, more like a Korma.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the John Smith's Stadium?
 
It has a really nice design with a lovely backdrop of the Yorkshire hills. The Derby away fans were lively and making noise as were the home fans.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
It was a great game with loads of action. The atmosphere was really good even though the only tickets we could get were in the family stand. No swearing allowed but one bloke could not stop himself. All the stadium staff were top class and very friendly. My pie was poor, where is the Chicken Balti when you need one? The visitors won the game 2-1.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Awful, complete carnage. About 300 cars not marshaled and all going for one gap out on to a busy street. As we arrived early we were at the front but had you been at the back you would need a sleeping bag. A massive improvement is needed.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A lovely ground and staff. I enjoyed it but would leave five minutes early next time to beat the cap park dodgems.

Huddersfield Town v Leicester City
Premier League
Saturday 6th April 2019, 3pm
John Hague (Leicester City)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the John Smith's Stadium?
 
I had been to the John Smith's Stadium when it had been called the McAlpine/Galpharm Stadium many times for Rugby League but never football. My girlfriend's daughter and her friend secured me a £30 ticket for the Leicester City section. About the only thing, I can like the Premier League for.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Two family Metro Day Rovers ensured we only paid £6.50 for all our travel during the day. We had stayed in Leeds the night before and were staying Saturday night too to make a good weekend of gigs and football. A 17 minute journey from Leeds and we were soon having a few beers first in the Kings Head and then Head Of Steam, both on Huddersfield Station. There were plenty of Leicester City fans and the atmosphere was very good-natured. We tried to Northern Quarter Bar but found it closed and instead I had to suffer a Wetherspoons. At least I didn't pay but I had to think on my feet when asked where I was from (even though I was with three women) and said proudly 'Barnsley!' From here it's a pleasant 20 minute walk to the ground.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
The King's Head, Head Of Steam and sadly Wetherspoons. Some great beers though and a good laugh. Home fans were sanguine but friendly.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the John Smith's Stadium?
 
I remember being impressed when I first for a Great Britain Rugby League International years ago but now the stadium seems a bit unloved. I guess the fact it was daylight and no floodlights blazing disappointed me. The away end is pretty badly designed and the area for food and toilets far too small. A trip to the loo at halftime was a major logistical operation.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The stewards were good and friendly, the pies were tasty but I have to be honest... overcooked! The game itself was a very end of the season. Huddersfield had been put out of their misery last weekend so I expected them to cut loose a bit but if anything they were even more rubbish than for most of the season. 4-1 flattered a Leicester City side who strolled through the game. In terms of atmosphere, the few Terriers fans who could be bothered soon gave up singing. I guess they've had a long season and the team just hasn't given them anything to sing about. The Leicester fans kept up the noise throughout the game and the 'ole's' at the end were sticking the knife in a bit.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
A twenty minute walk back to the station to meet my girlfriend was pretty simple. A couple more beers and we hoped on a train back to Leeds.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Another ground ticked and five more goals for the year but I've seen more exciting games even at Step 11 of the pyramid. Not one to live long in the memory.

Huddersfield Town v Everton
Premier League
Tuesday 29th January 2019, 7.45pm
James Walker (Neutral)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the John Smith's Stadium?
 
I was looking forward to this game as it would see me complete the Premier League as well as move on to 91 of the 92. The perfect motivation for spending a freezing January night at football!
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I was at the game with my Everton supporting mate so we decided to train it. An easy trip from Stevenage to Huddersfield, via Leeds, saw us arrive for just after 1.30pm.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We went straight to our hotel to relax for a few hours, before heading to the John Smith's Stadium for about 5pm. A visit to the Pizza Hut next to the ground for some food, as well as a club shop visit for the standard badge and programme, helped pass some time before heading inside.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the John Smith's Stadium?
 
Firstly I was surprised to see the concourse was completely open. The only other grounds that I can think of, off the top of my head, that are similar are Crystal Palace and Mansfield Town. We then went for a look at the rest of the stadium, and it's a lovely ground indeed! it's unusual how every stand is curved so all look very similar to each other. There's a score screen in the same stand as the away supporters as well as a small clock down the opposite end for those who have good eyesight!
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game itself started very quickly, with Richarlison giving Everton the lead in the third minute. Huddersfield never really got going in until later in the game, when Aaron Mooy came on and finally they made Pickford work a bit. Lucas Digne came on shortly after half time but was sent off just ten minutes later.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away was easy. We headed back to the town and picked up a taxi there to our hotel, getting back for just after 10.30pm.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Everton were far from their best, but they got their win so they won't care. Huddersfield, unfortunately, showed why they're fighting relegation, however, did show some fight later on and were arguably unlucky to not get a point late on. Overall a good night out. 91 grounds done, one more to go. 
 
Full Time: Huddersfield Town 0 Everton 1
Grounds Visited: 132 (91/92)

Huddersfield v Brighton & Hove Albion
Premier League
Saturday 1st December 2018, 3pm
Viv Johnson (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the John Smith's Stadium?
 
My first visit to Huddersfield and scenting points.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We stayed at the Premier Inn near the ground, in St Andrews Road. We found out that this was a Home bar at lunchtime when the bar filled with blue and white striped shirts. Ours did not quite match. The overflow car park to this hotel is pay & display and the best one to park in. Round a one way system into Aspley Place right by the Sainsbury's. Get there early. There are cheaper car parking along St Andrews Road but as this clogs when you try to leave you are far better off parking away from this road. It has a single traffic light at the end and everyone is fighting to get out. Walk if you can.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Walked around the town and drank at the Aspley. The home fans fine before the match.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the John Smith's Stadium?
 
The John Smith's Stadium looked similar to our own Amex Stadium; set in a hillside with white curving arches. This place still has old-fashioned turnstiles with a bloke tearing the stub from your ticket. The seats are very narrow and you will be touching shoulders with your neighbours. We were in Row K Seat 116, so close to the pitch. You are behind the goal near the home fans who have a big drum. They were very noisy and showed great support for their team. The bar and refreshment area for pies etc.. are outside. The toilets I found only have cold water running. It was like being taken back in time to the 1980.s to find facilities like this. I thought the modern stadium meant modern facilities - how wrong was I!
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
It was raining and I did not want to stand outside to drink or eat so we missed out. Great support throughout the game. Huddersfield scored in the first minute but were reduced to ten men on the half hour mark. Brighton scored two goals in the second half to take home all three points,
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
We walked St Andrews Road to the town. It was chocker with cars trying to get out but really difficult. Not worth parrying £6 to park nearer the stadium the £4 ones got to move more easily.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was disappointing to have such poor facilities in a good looking stadium.

Huddersfield Town v Cardiff City
Premier League
Saturday 25th August 2018, 3pm
Tony Moore (Cardiff City)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the John Smith's Stadium?
 
My first away game of the season after missing out on visiting Bournemouth on the opening day. I'd never been to Huddersfield but have always enjoyed Yorkshire during my trips to Leeds, Hull and Sheffield. A sunny day and Premier League football, what's not to love?
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Unlike most Cardiff fans I was travelling from North Wales, with my dad driving. It was a nice enough drive, taking about three hours. We parked on the road, on a street called Alder Street, which saved us £6 in parking. Was about 10 minutes walk from the stadium.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Whilst the club were allocated an away pub, 'The Boy and Barrel', we went straight into the ground. We walked with the Huddersfield fans who caused no trouble whatsoever and were actually quite happy to point us toward the ground. There was already a big queue of Cardiff fans getting their tickets checked, before being patted down prior to entering the stadium. I am a big fan of manned turnstiles as opposed to a machine barcode scanner, so brownie points to Huddersfield Town for that.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the John Smiths' Stadium?
 
The ground didn't look like a Premier League stadium, and the most interesting feature was the concourse which didn't have a roof (thankfully it was a sunny August afternoon!). The away end made up about two-thirds of the stand, with the remainder containing Huddersfield's loudest set of supporters. It made for a brilliant atmosphere behind one goal. All of the stands are arch-shaped, which was a quite unique-looking selling point I felt.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was quite boring, ending 0-0. The only notable points were Huddersfield's Jonathan Hogg being sent off, and Cardiff's Nathaniel Mendez-Laing being stretchered off. I bought a pint of Fosters for myself and a can of John Smith's Ale for my Dad pre-game, which came to £8.20. The only cider available was Dark Fruits, unfortunately. At half-time, I had myself another pint of Foster's and a Meat and Potato pie, which came to £7.50 and was very tasty. Toilets were large enough, although the concourse itself was quite cramped.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The club were selling pies for £1 after full time, as they would've thrown them out anyway, which pleased my dad. Afterwards it was a short walk back to the car with the home fans, and out of the Town. It wasn't too busy at all, and we were back home quite handy.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Overall a very nice day out, in spite of a bang-average game of football. Tickets were £30 for adults, which is to be expected in the Premier League and I have to say I would go again next season if we are both playing in the same league.

Huddersfield Town v Watford
Premier League
Saturday 14th April 2018, 3pm
Richard Symonds (Doing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the John Smith's Stadium?

Another new ground to visit, this time Premier League, also looking forward to seeing Tom Ince and Richardson, of course, both started on the bench but both did come on in the second half.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I had pre-booked a space in the club's Gas Street Works Car Park which was signposted from the route into town from the M1.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We did a tour of the ground and club shop, everyone seemed pretty friendly, Watford had brought plenty of fans but there was no sense of trouble.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the John Smith's Stadium?

The ground looks pretty impressive from a distance but at close up seems to be getting a bit tired. we had seats in the Fantastic Media Lower stand; the leg room was pretty poor and the stand almost seemed to be a temporary structure. If it had rained I think we would have got pretty wet, thankfully the days was warm, bright and sunny.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was a classic "game of two halves", Huddersfield were by far the better in the first half and Watford for most of the second half which was a bit annoying as it meant most of the game was being played up the other end of the pitch. Huddersfield pinched it with an injury time goal from Tom Ince.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting back to the car park was straightforward, accompanied by the chants of the Huddersfield faithful "We are staying up!" as was getting out of the car park and back on the road. The stewards in the car park did a great job getting the cars out of the car park in an orderly manner and between the walking fans to get them on their way.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A great day, nothing like a last minute goal to disguise the fairly ordinary fare served up in the previous 90 minutes.

Huddersfield Town v Liverpool
Premier League
Tuesday 30th January 2018, 8pm
Joel Mellor (Liverpool fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the John Smith's Stadium?

I was looking forward to this game as it would be the first time I've visited Huddersfield and also it being a new ground tor me to visit. It was also the first league match Liverpool had played away against Huddersfield Town in the league for nearly 46 years!
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey was fantastic on the M62 even though I got held up around Manchester for ten minutes or so with it being rush hour. I honestly think though if I didn't use a Sat Nav with live traffic on it that I'd of got stuck in traffic getting into Huddersfield off the M62. Car parking was fine on the road right opposite the pub I wanted to visit on Willow Lane and is a 15-20 minute straight walk to the ground from there.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I visited the wonderful Magic Rock Tap bar within the Magic Rock Brewery on Willow Lane. Amazing real ales served up that are brewed on site in lovely comfortable surroundings on keg and cask. You're also able to purchase many of their wonderful beers brewed on site in cans as a carry out too which I took advantage of too as well. I also recommend trying their amazing Pork Pies with Mushy Peas (and Mint Sauce if you want it) at £2:50 that was recommended to me by four Huddersfield fans sat at my table who were an absolute pleasure to meet and chat to about football.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the John Smith's Stadium?
 
On seeing the ground it looks like the stands have curved metal bananas on the top but I was very impressed with it. I also love the fact even though it's a modern stadium there floodlights are traditional and on four pylons located within each corner of the ground. Think the entrances to the away end though need sorting out with the stairway at the side cutting across the other way to the turnstiles up the slope where the police and stewards held us up trying to get into the ground.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game itself was quite slow paced and hate to say it rather too easy for Liverpool as they romped home to a 3-0 win going 2-0 up with ease before the break with goals from Can and Firmino followed by a Salah penalty in the second half with not much threat from Huddersfield all match. Admittedly our atmosphere could have been a lot better than it was in the away end but to be fair to the Huddersfield Town fans they didn't stop singing from start to finish even though they were watching some appalling stuff being played by their team. The only downside to their atmosphere was the constant banging of the drum to help generate it! It's very Championship standard doing that really and for such a great club with a great history and tradition, you'd have thought better of them to be honest. After all, you did have two of the greatest managers in the English game manage your club in Herbert Chapman and of course the amazing Bill Shankly :-)
 
The stewards though and police were poor with regards to entering the stadium. Three pairs of turnstiles in operation in which 2,500 fans to access the ground whilst being held up by them at the top of the slope up to it? Farcical beyond belief and only just made it inside for the kick off due to the delays outside. Also one toilet block for the males and two blocks for the females? What's that all about? Was chaos at half time getting in and out of there! Cracking view of the pitch though in the stand and also like the fact the catering staff stand at the exits on the way out of the ground selling off the unsold food at a third of the price they were charging during the match.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Managed to get away from the ground without any issues or problems an d also straight back onto the M62 to be home just after midnight. Think the Sat Nav helped yet again though with the live traffic.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I highly recommend travelling to the John Smith's Stadium to any visiting supporter. Huddersfield is a nice town, the Magic Rock a great pub with great beer and food, fantastic local friendly helpful fans and also only just under an hour and a half drive away. Hope they stay up so we can return next season only this time will catch the train so more beer can be consumed and also hope it's also an afternoon kick off too.

Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League
Saturday 30th September 2017, 12.30pm
Derek Malcolm (Tottenham Hotspur fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the John Smith's Stadium?
 
I hadn't been to the John Smith's Stadium before and I was keen to visit a new ground.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I traveled from Scotland and found the John Smith's Stadium with ease as it is well sign posted. We parked at the back of the Gas Club, on Gasworks Street which cost £6. There was plenty of room and it seemed well organised. It was only a five min walk to ground. Great.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I went to the pub called Yorkshire Rose on Leeds Road. Inside there was a mixture of support. It was an excellent venue and no hassle.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the John Smith's Stadium?
 
It is a great wee stadium and good views. All fans so close giving it a great feeling. Well worth a visit.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was great and Tottenham won with ease. The staff, stewards were friendly and helpful. I didn't eat inside the ground but it seemed to be reasonably priced.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
No hassle and easy to get back to our car. We did go back to the pub after game which helped avoid queuing.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was a great day but we have decided to stay the night next time so we can enjoy the area even more. The Huddersfield fans applauded Spurs striker Harry Kane leaving the park, so good on them. I applaud them for their friendly welcome and banter.

Huddersfield Town v Southampton
Premier League
Saturday 26th August 2017, 3pm
Stephen Geddes (Southampton fan)

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I went by official supporters coach which left Southampton at 6:45am and reached Huddersfield at 1pm. The journey included an hour stop at Leicester Forest Services. It was a fairly straightforward trip apart from the traffic getting in and out of Huddersfield.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I went to the Rope Walk pub behind one of the stands for a pint before the game. I had a good chat with a Huddersfield fan who I found a really nice guy. No trouble with any other supporters either.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the  John Smith's Stadium?
 
From a distance, the  John Smith's Stadium looks like a ride at a Theme Park because of it's a curved roof. It is though a nice ground with a good atmosphere too.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Not too bad a game considering it was a 0-0 draw. I didn't really talk to or notice the stewards. The food and facilities in this stand we're quite good. The atmosphere in the ground was good as we'll. my only complaint was that there's no roof above the away concourse.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The traffic was pretty bad coming out of Huddersfield but once we get through that. The journey home wasn't too bad at all.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was a good day out at the  John Smith's Stadium, with nice and friendly home fans. Not a bad game for a 0-0. And I would recommend going there to any football fan.

Huddersfield Town v Cardiff City
Football Championship League
Sunday 7th May 2017, 12 noon
Graham Andrew (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the John Smith's Stadium?

A new ground doing the 92 and this was to be my 80th ground visited. I been to the old Leeds Road ground but not the John Smith Stadium.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I stayed in Huddersfield the night before. The John Smith's Stadium was easy to find and because it was a Sunday fixture I found it easy to park about a 10 minute walk away. Normally on a Saturday it would have been a permit only parking area.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I got in the ground early had a pint and a pie for a fiver, which was good value. There were screens on the concourse showing Sky Television. The home fans seemed friendly.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the John Smith's Stadium?

I thought the John Smith's Stadium looked great when approaching it from the outside and was even better inside. I loved the design, it is very different from other stadiums. Great view and plenty of leg room too.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Huddersfield were poor on the day. I was very impressed with Cardiff's counter attacking, which they did at every opportunity. The town fans tried to get them going but after the third goal went in for the visitors, they started to leave which was disappointing to see especially as they are in the play-offs. I found stewards helpful and the facilities on concourse good.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Very easy to get away especially as a lot of home fans left early. I was on the M62 in 15 minutes.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I  loved the John Smith's Stadium, very modern, and I enjoyed the game as a neutral. I found the home fans friendly. I will probably not go back now for a while unless my team Plymouth Argyle draw Town in one of the cups.

Huddersfield Town v Brighton & Hove Albion.
Football Championship League
Thursday 2nd February 2017, 7.45pm
Thomas Inglis (Neutral Dundee United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the John Smith's Stadium?

This was English ground number 69 visited for me, and the first of this year. I managed eight English stadiums in 2016, so still quite a few to go of the ever changing 92.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Myself and the wife were in Blackpool for a five day break and we bumped into friends we had met last year from Huddersfield. As David was aware of my quest to get around the English grounds he offered to take me to this game. No problems for me as a car passenger, and David being a hometown resident he knew where to park for quick getaway back to Blackpool to meet up with the wives at our hotel.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly? 

We had plenty of time to pick up match tickets at 4pm. (at a promotional price of £10 - a bargain). We then went for sit-in fish and chips. I had a couple of pints at the 'Rope Walk' pub beside the ground and a look in club shop before going in to the John Smith's Stadium. We chatted to a few of the fans around us who were hoping for at least a play off spot or better. As usual my 'different accent' seems to get people talking, and it's all friendly stuff.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the John Smith's Stadium?

I was quite impressed with the white tubular arches effect over each of the four stands making it somewhat different from the norm. A crowd of 20,104 gave it a great, noisy atmosphere.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The first half was electric with Huddersfield mounting loads of attacks, which paid off with marauding full back Tommy Smith smashing home from about 10 yards on nine minutes. Against the run of play Hemed got the break of the ball and rounded the keeper to level for Brighton after 20 minutes. Mooy then set Nahki Wells free to rifle into the corner from edge of the box to regain the 'Terriers' lead. On the stroke of half time the same pairing set up Kachunga to nod home from a couple of yards.

I didn't sample any of the half time fayre, having eat earlier. Facilities and stewards were fine. On to the second 45 and Huddersfield probably should have got another couple of goals. This didn't materialise, even when Brighton had Dunk sent off on 68 minutes and Huddersfield ran out comfortable 3-1 winners.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Being with a local, we were able to speed away with no problems. We were back in Blackpool in just over an hour.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I really enjoyed this night game, especially as I hadn't planned to go. I couldn't pass up the chance to pick off another ground.

Huddersfield Town v Queens Park Rangers
Football Championship League
Saturday 17th September 2016, 3pm
Connor McGinty (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the John Smith's Stadium?

Living in Ireland that was to be my first English game so I was really really looking forward to it. I had a few options with other games nearby but decided to go to this one. I thought the ground and everything would be the best option and I'm glad I did visit.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

It was an easy enough journey from where I was staying in Frodsham taking about 1hr 15mins.The John Smith's Stadium was very visible from about 500m away. I happened to go to the permit holders car park at the stadium, instead of a car park on St Andrews Road which I had reserved, but the security at the stadium were very good and advised us on how to get there.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Just parked up and decided to go to the club shop and buy a programme, club badge and a scarf for a reasonable price, which was great. The home fans were very friendly, delighted to help and full of advice.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the John Smith's Stadium?

I couldn't believe my eyes how the arches above the stadium were set up and I really loved how the game was built up before the players came out onto the pitch. 20,595 was the attendance and it really felt liked it.with also a good atmosphere being generated by the away fans too, even though they didn't have much to celebrate.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself first half particularly was dominated by Huddersfield Town, who enjoyed most of the possession. The home side scored early in the first half adding a second mid way through the second, before QPR pulled one back. It finished 2-1 to Huddersfield. The stewards were very friendly and helpful when finding our seats and I must say the peppered steak pie that I had was just lush.The atmosphere was unbelievable, with the fans singing throughout the all game.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Very busy trying to get away afterwards but look 20,595 as the attendance you can only expect a bit of a crowd but 10/15 mins wasn't too much of a wait to get out and I suppose the roadworks on the motorway didn't help.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Really really enjoyed the game and to be honest wouldn't think twice about going back. It was a great day and the football was of excellent quality

Huddersfield Town v Liverpool
Pre-season friendly
Wednesday 20th July 2016, 7.45pm
Tom (Liverpool fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the John Smith's Stadium?

I was looking forward to this game as the John Smith's Stadium is a ground that I had never been to before. From pictures I had seen of it, it looked to have an interesting design with the semi-circular roofs above the stands. I was also excited to see what Klopp had done over the summer and watching new signings like Marko Grujic and Sadio Mané.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Getting to the ground was actually quite difficult, as it was traffic chaos on the M62, and when we eventually got into Huddersfield, the parking wasn't too good either. In the end we had to park in a bit of a run down area. Still from here it was only a ten minute walk to the ground, which was very easy to find

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

There was a pub about five minutes away from the ground. But as we were pressed for time we gave the pub a miss and decided to get something to eat from the Chippy Ole' although the chips weren't the greatest that I have ever had. To be honest I didn't see much of the home fans but the stewards were friendly and helpful as was the programme seller who sold me the last available programme

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the John Smith's Stadium?

From where we were parked getting to the ground involved walking down a road through a set of houses and then across a rather narrow suspension bridge and onto the turnstiles. I was sat in the Chadwick Lawrence Stand, which is the away end at the ground. If I'm really honest then the ground was a little disappointing, mostly concrete that is darkly coloured and not very appealing at all.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. 

The atmosphere in the away end was good; especially when Shamal George our fourth choice keeper came on for Lucas. The stewards were jolly and friendly.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the game we had to wait in traffic for about ten minutes, however after that we made good progress up the M62 back to Warrington, all in all it was very easy.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a good game, played in okay stadium.

Huddersfield Town v Brentford
Football Championship League
Saturday 7th May 2016, 12.30pm
Fred Martin (Brentford fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the John Smith's Stadium?

It was the final game of the season and my wife and I had never visited the John Smith's Stadium before. So we decided to combine the game with a mini break in Yorkshire. Plus Brentford were on a good winning run.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The early kick off meant we had to leave our Surrey home at 6 am. It was a 220 mile journey and fortunately the A3/M25/M1 were all fairly clear and we arrived at the stadium just after 10 am. The ground was easy to to find.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Being there early, we took a stroll around the John Smith's Stadium and took in the views of the surrounding countryside. There were some home fans around and there were no problems.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the John Smith's Stadium?

The ground looked impressive and was different for a modernish stadium with it's four separate stands.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. 

Football wise, we could not have chosen a better match as the Bees carried on their winning streak and absolutely took the home side apart, running out 5-1 winners.The atmosphere was terrific as Huddersfield fans were seated on the other side of the Chadwick Lawrence Stand, both sets only separated by a few rows of tarpaulin covered seats. Despite the scoreline, I thought the Town fans were terrific, they got behind their team for the whole game, with a drum and huge flags, the banter between the fans was excellent and largely friendly.

The drum went quiet when our fourth goal went in, leading the Bees fans to sing "Where's your Drummer gone ?" to the tune of the 70s hit "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep. " The town fans took this in good part and the drum started again. The half time pie was excellent and the facilities good. I thought the stewarding was a bit over the top as one or two of them were just standing there staring provocatively at Brentford fans and making notes.We do not have any history of violence at away grounds , there was no trouble and the two sets of fans were very good natured.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The car park was conveniently situated right behind the away turnstiles,there was a bit of a delay in exiting but not too bad.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a superb day out,I know the scoreline might just have helped, but the whole atmosphere was tremendous and full credit to the home fans for helping to create it. Easy drive up.new ground for us to visit and an excellent short break in Huddersfield made for a great end of season.

Huddersfield Town v Middlesbrough
Championship League
Saturday 28th November 2015, 3pm
Joe Scott (Middlesbrough fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the John Smiths' Stadium?    

It was my first Middlesbrough away game for at least a couple of years. I thought Huddersfield was the best place to get that away bug back again. Plus it is only a hour and a half's drive from the Riverside, which was good. 

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

I travelled by the official supporters coach from the Riverside Stadium. The journey was quick and uneventful and we arrived in Huddersfield, two hours before kick off.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

As I had a couple of hours to kill, I first had a look around the Huddersfield Town club shop. I then spotted a cafe/bar next to the ground called HD1 which had a mixture of home and away fans inside. The Huddersfield fans in the bar were very friendly and laid back. I enjoyed my pint of Fosters!

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the John Smith's Stadium?    

From what I had saw of the stadium beforehand on this website and on Youtube, I kind of knew what to expect. I was though pleasantly surprised to be nearer the action that what I though I would be. I got a great view of the game and the seats and legroom were first class.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

Eventhough it was a rainy day in Huddersfield the game was still good. It was generally pretty even, but goals from Adam Clayton and Emilio Nsue gave my beloved Middlesbrough a 2-0 win. The facilities were good, although the toilets did get crowded at half time, but don't they everywhere? The food and drink were reasonably priced and the stewards at the ground were friendly and laid back as well. So I can't find a bad word to say about the John Smith's Stadium.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I got back on the coach for the 90 minute trip back home. We had a Police escort from the stadium which helped us avoid the post match traffic and was well appreciated by us as we got back to the Riverside on time.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a brilliant day all round! I am now really looking forward to my next possible away boro games MK Dons on January 30th and Leeds United on February 13th.

Huddersfield Town v Watford
Championship League
Saturday October 27th, 2012, 3pm
Matthew Batchelor (Watford fan)

For the last couple of years I have been to a Watford away game for my birthday e.g. the Madejski Stadium last season. After scouring the fixture list, Huddersfield seemed the perfect away day. Having looked at the good reviews on the website it only made me more excited about going.
 
Having stayed in Manchester the night before (as I live near Eastbourne), me and my Dad made the short hop across the
Pennines on a glorious day. The journey from Manchester took less than one hour and before we knew be were on the Leeds Road and trying to find somewhere to park. As we arrived at around 12pm parking was not much of an issue, as we parked near an industrial estate just off the Leeds Road. Along the road, we had previously seen some fast food outlets, so we got some food there.
 
As we walked into the dip in which the stadium is situated, my first impressions of the ground was that it was very impressive, although not as big as I thought it would be. Around the stadium there many trees which make the surrounding area a lot nicer than the
normal terraced houses on a street. We walked along the back of the Main Stand and was greeted very warmly by a Huddersfield Town official who pointed us towards the away end and gave us directions to places where we could have something to eat. 

Having watched the
players and the manager (Gianfranco Zola) get off the coach, we made our way around to the turnstiles where we paid and walked into the open air concourse. Walking into the stadium itself, the stands were pleasing to the eye compared to the normal box - like structures. To the away ends right, you will find the Huddersfield faithful who can really make some noise.
 
The first half ended 1-0 to Huddersfield. To enlighten the mood, me and my Dad went to get some food, however the queues were really long and it took us near on 15 minutes just to get some drinks. This was the only real downer on the day. The second half kicked off and Watford were playing some nice football. Four goals later, the ref blew his whistle and Watford had won 3-2! This was a great result for Watford who are near the bottom of the table, while Huddersfield were second in the league.
 
After the match it was an absolute nightmare trying to get away from the game. The Leeds road was completely at a standstill and it took 35 mins to drive around five miles to the motorway. Apart from the that the journey back to Manchester was uneventful and passed very quickly.
 
Altogether and a great day out, with the people of Huddersfield making their team proud. Would hugely recommend it to any away fan. Next year, another birthday and another away trip...


Huddersfield Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Saturday October 20th, 2012, 3pm
Championship League
Thomas Sperrink (Wolves fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be): 

It was a new ground for both my Dad and I to visit, plus we were on a good run of wins away from home so we were hoping to get at least a point.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? 

The journey wasn’t too bad, the M6 was typically busy but once onto the M62/M60 it was a quick run over the Pennines. Rather than using the ground postcode we went straight to the pub we had chosen, which worked out quite well as it meant we didn’t go through the town centre and managed to find some free street parking.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We parked by the Slubber Arms which had a main bar and a smaller one only serving Timothy Taylor’s Landlord/Best Bitter and Carling. The pub was pretty busy but was a nice traditional pub which served great beer (I had a pint of each of the Landlord and Best Bitter and both were excellent) and nobody seemed to have a problem with me wearing colours. The home fans seemed quite friendly and a couple chatted to us at the bar.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

It was only a 5-10 minute walk to the ground and on first seeing the stadium it was very impressive.  It reminded me of Bolton’s Reebok, and created a great atmosphere in the main single terrace stand to our right.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

We weren’t able to get a pie as the queues at the two kiosks were ridiculous both before the game and at half time, which I found surprising as although we took 2,700 I don’t think that was a sell out, but they were totally unable to cope. The toilets were fine and stewards were very relaxed, allowing people to smoke as it is open air at the back of the stand.

The game saw Huddersfield take a deserved 2-0 lead as they played a perfect coutner attacking game with two excellent goals from Vaughan and Beckford resulting from left wing crosses.  Wolves came back strongly second half and despite pulling one back through Ebanks-Blake we couldn’t force an equaliser.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: 

Walked back to the car and found the traffic surprisingly light, although we did get held up by the totally unnecessary police escort given to the away fan coaches.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: 

Good day out, impressive ground, although I don’t know how they would ever expand the size with the arched roofing. Another great little pub to go back to and really only the kiosk service and result let it down.

Huddersfield Town v Preston North End
Saturday October 22nd, 2011, 3pm
League One
Andrew Riley (Preston North End fan)

Having previously researched the stadium on this useful website, it looked very inviting to visit due to the style and size, besides I was confident that the North End could get a result with high expectancy following our relegation from the Championship. The journey there was very easy. I departed on the coach from Deepdale at 12:30pm for a short trip over the Pennines on a glorious day. At the stadium there was a designated area/car park for coaches only. Unlike many other stadiums, this makes the walk to the ground a lot easier and shorter.

As the stadium is positioned in a valley type area, there wasn't much food outlets/facilities around the stadium so we were stuck with the outdoor concourse which was not a problem. Although there seemed a large number of police outside the ground, both sets of fans seemed friendly to each other as we walked to the stadium.

My first impressions of the superbly designed sporting venue put a smile on my face and it gave a sense of excitement. The stadium from the outside looked surprisingly small and less tall to how I had imagined, however that was due to it being situated in a dip. The outside spacing area was level with the back row so when you entered, you were looking straight down on a stand that I would say consisted 20 rows'ish which was not steep. The Pink Link Stand (away) was single tiered however it was good to see two of the other stands having a second tier which made the size of the stadium look rather large from inside.

As kick off approached I was surprised by how many Northenders made the trip to support Phil Brown's men and soon came close to filling the away end. This was a perfect recipe for a great atmosphere and with most PNE fans standing for the whole game through out, there was a large group of Town supporters stood to the right of us on the adjacent single tiered stand, which gave an opportunity for both sets of fans to give plenty of banter to each other. The atmosphere was one to remember. 

Huddersfield were 3-0 up by half time due to the superb brilliance of Jordan Rhodes which gave the North End faithful not much hope coming into the second half. Furthermore, the Town fans did make sensational noise after they scored and felt like I was in a Premier League environment. Despite that, North End did put on some pressure second half and as a result, Juvhel Tsoumou gave the whites a glimour of hope on the 61st minute however it only resulted in a consolation. 

At half time, the food options was extremely limited and this is a point I would like to highlight. They had ran out of pies etc, with only having microwaved sausage rolls on offer which were served on a paper plate. In addition the prices seemed a bit steep. The toilets were clean and had no problems using them although busy! These problems could have may been prevented if not so many North End fans turned up on the day, as you could pay on the day. These situations caused problems for the stewards in my opinion with over 2,600 Northenders altogether though I am not complaining about that. 

After the match, getting away from the ground was easy after a short walk back to the coach it was hard to find your coach with there being so many of them from Preston. This was quite amusing however nothing to do with the Stadium. 

All in all, despite the result, this was a great day out representing Preston, making so much noise! I would definitely go back to this stadium in the future and depending both teams are still in the same division next year, I will be making a return without any doubt. Also I would recommend traveling to this stadium wherever you are in the country as a friendly, relaxed and fun day out is on offer supporting your beloved team. However remember to go stocked with plenty of food in your pockets!

Huddersfield Town v Notts County
League One 
Sunday March 27th, 2011, 1pm
Paul O'Shea (Doing The 92)

Having visited the old Leeds Road ground years ago I decided it was about time I took in the Galpharm Stadium.
 
Arriving by train in Huddersfield is always a pleasure, the station is a good old fashioned building and within it is a belter of a pub; the Kings Head. This is situated in what used to be the 3rd class waiting room and has some superb cheap beer. Also nearby is the wonderful Sportsman  
another excellent pub. 
 
After taking on refreshment I made for the ground which is only about 15 minutes away. The stadium looms up as you approach up a sweeping access and you get a glimpse of the pitch through the open corner between the stands.
 
My ticket for the 'Fantastic Media Stand' was at £21, a bit pricey but with the game being shown live on Sky, Huddersfield had come up with a promotion, encouraging adults to bring on child all for the bargain price of £12. This meant loads of very young fans but a good idea nonetheless.
 
Although fairly high up the view was very good and a good game ensued although Notts were fairly poor, Town running out 3-0 winners.
 
Hollands pies were available although some lengthy queues at halftime and special praise for the loos which were spotless..
 
There was a good atmosphere with Town making plenty of noise and I was sorry when the match ended.
 
Getting away was a breeze and I was back in the town centre in no time.
 
As new stadiums go I liked the look and feel of this one and I enjoyed my day out.

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* Paddy Power are the shirt sponsors but are not having their logo displayed on the front as part of their 'Save Our Shirts' campaign. The aim of which is to bring back unbranded football kits.
Updated 7th November 2019

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