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The Clubs: Huddersfield Town

All-Time Premier League Record

Played Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Goal Difference Points No of Seasons
38 9 10 19 28 58 -30 37 1


Most Premier League Appearances

Player Appearances Total
Mathias ‘Zanka’ Jorgensen 38
Jonas Lossl 38
Christopher Schindler 37
Aaron Mooy 36
Laurent Depoitre 33
Tom Ince 33
Rajiv van La Parra 33
Jonathan Hogg 30
Steve Mounie 28
Collin Quaner 26


Most Premier League Goals

Player Goals Total
Steve Mounie 7
Laurent Depoitre 6
Aaron Mooy 4
Rajiv van La Parra 3
Tom Ince 2
Elias Kachunga 1
Joe Lolley 1
Alex Pritchard 1


Biggest Premier League Victories

Match Date Season
Watford 1-4 Huddersfield Town 16th December 2017 2017-2018
Huddersfield Town 4-1 AFC Bournemouth 11th February 2018 2017-2018
Crystal Palace 0-3 Huddersfield Town 12th August 2017 2017-2018
Huddersfield Town 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion 9th December 2017 2017-2018
Huddersfield Town 2-1 Manchester United 21st October 2017 2017-2018


Worst Premier League Defeats

Match Date Season
Arsenal 5-0 Huddersfield Town 29th November 2017 2017-2018
Huddersfield Town 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur 30th September 2017 2017-2018
AFC Bournemouth 4-0 Huddersfield Town 18th November 2017 2017-2018
Huddersfield Town 1-4 West Ham United 13th January 2018 2017-2018
Liverpool FC 3-0 Huddersfield Town 28th October 2017 2017-2018



Manager No of Seasons managed Left the Club
David Wagner 3  


Highest Home Attendances

Match Date Attendance Figure Season
Huddersfield Town 2-1 Manchester United 21st October 2017 24,426 2017-2018
Huddersfield Town 1-3 Chelsea 12th December 2017 24,169 2017-2018
Huddersfield Town 1-0 West Bromwich Albion 4th November 2017 24,169 2017-2018
Huddersfield Town 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur 30th September 2017 24,169 2017-2018
Huddersfield Town 1-1 Leicester City 16th September 2017 24,169 2017-2018



Huddersfield Town’s promotion to the Premier League was unexpected and it was a fairytale season for everyone connected with the club. The Terriers made a brilliant start, recording an unbelievable victory over Manchester United along the way and completed a great season by surviving in the top-flight.

Written off by many experts and neutrals before the season, David Wagner and his team proved a lot of people wrong. Huddersfield’s ability to stay in matches and produce unexpected victories gave them a fighting chance to avoid relegation and a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge confirmed their place among the elite for 2018-2019. It was a memorable moment in a season no-one connected with the club will ever forget.



Many expected Huddersfield to experience an immediate relegation after their play-off final success on penalties against Reading three months earlier. However, they made a brilliant start to the campaign and remained unbeaten at the end of August. One of many summer arrivals, Steve Mounie helped himself to a debut double at Selhurst Park as the Terriers won 3-0 away at Crystal Palace on the opening weekend.

A week later, Aaron Mooy’s terrific long-range effort defeated Newcastle United in Huddersfield’s first Premier League match on home soil and a goalless draw with Southampton kept them flying high at the end of August.

Having been ridiculed and dropped by Mainz after an underwhelming campaign in the Bundesliga, Jonas Lossl had a point to prove and the Dane became one of Huddersfield’s key figures throughout the season. Lossl became the final goalkeeper to be beaten in the season, when a deflected effort from Pedro Obiang of West Ham United ended his undefeated streak of 339 minutes without conceding. The 2-0 defeat at The London Stadium was Huddersfield’s first at Premier League level.

October brought about the club’s highest point of the season. Mooy put in an electrifying performance at the heart of the midfield and scored the opening goal at home to Manchester United. Laurent Depoitre added a second shortly afterwards and despite Marcus Rashford pulling a goal back in the second half, Huddersfield held on for a famous 2-1 victory in one of the shock results of the entire season.

Impressive 4-1 victories over Watford and AFC Bournemouth showed Huddersfield could turn on the style when everything clicked and Tom Ince’s dramatic late winner at home to the Hornets in mid-April seemed to have them on the cusp of safety. However, a 2-0 home defeat to Everton a fortnight later meant Huddersfield realistically needed points from their final three matches to survive. Trouble was they were against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal. Their survival chances looked bleak.

However, Wagner’s side continued to defy the critics. A battling defensive performance saw them earn an excellent point away at champions Manchester City. After Swansea’s home defeat to Southampton 24 hours earlier, just one point was needed in the club’s final two matches of the season. They achieved it at Stamford Bridge. Depoitre’s early goal in the second half and a breathtaking save by Lossl from international compatriot Andreas Christensen preserved Huddersfield’s point. They drew 1-1 and that meant safety was ensured.

Huddersfield supporters can look forward to a second campaign in the top-flight and will hope to create more amazing headlines in the 2018-2019 season.


The Clubs: Brighton & Hove Albion

All-Time Premier League Record

Played Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Goal Difference Points No of Seasons
38 9 13 16 34 54 -20 40 1


Most Premier League Appearances

Player Appearances Total
Lewis Dunk 38
Pascal Gross 38
Mathew Ryan 38
Shane Duffy 37
Solly March 36
Dale Stephens 36
Glenn Murray 35
Davy Propper 35
Anthony Knockaert 33
Jose Izquierdo 32


Most Premier League Goals

Player Goals Total
Glenn Murray 12
Pascal Gross 7
Jose Izquierdo 5
Anthony Knockaert 3
Tomer Hemed 2
Lewis Dunk 1
Jurgen Locadia 1
Solly March 1
Leonardo Ulloa 1


Biggest Premier League Victories

Match Date Season
Brighton & Hove Albion 4-1 Swansea City 24th February 2018 2017-2018
West Ham United 0-3 Brighton & Hove Albion 20th October 2017 2017-2018
Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 West Bromwich Albion 9th September 2017 2017-2018
Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 West Ham United 3rd February 2018 2017-2018
Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Arsenal 4th March 2018 2017-2018


Worst Premier League Defeats

Match Date Season
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-5 Liverpool FC 2nd December 2017 2017-2018
Brighton & Hove Albion 0-4 Chelsea 20th January 2018 2017-2018
Liverpool FC 4-0 Brighton & Hove Albion 13th May 2018 2017-2018
Manchester City 3-1 Brighton & Hove Albion 9th May 2018 2017-2018
Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Manchester City 12th August 2017 2017-2018



Manager No of Seasons managed Left the Club
Chris Hughton 4  


Highest Home Attendances

Match Date Attendance Figure Season
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-5 Liverpool FC 2nd December 2017 30,631 2017-2018
Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Leicester City 31st March 2018 30,629 2017-2018
Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Arsenal 4th March 2018 30,620 2017-2018
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Manchester United 4th May 2018 30,611 2017-2018
Brighton & Hove Albion 0-4 Chelsea 20th January 2018 30,600 2017-2018



Brighton & Hove Albion made a successful debut in the Premier League. Chris Hughton’s side secured their survival on the penultimate weekend of the season but in truth, they were relatively comfortable all campaign. The Seagulls produced some fine performances on home soil and aided by the goals of Glenn Murray and creativity from Pascal Gross, they can look forward to a second successive season in the top-flight.



Having been promoted to the Premier League as Championship runners-up, Brighton & Hove Albion couldn’t have asked for a tougher start as title favourites Manchester City were their opening opponents. Chris Hughton’s side performed admirably but eventually lost 2-0 at home to the would-be champions at The Amex Stadium. August saw just one point gained and no goals scored.

However, Brighton started going in the right direction in September. Summer signing Pascal Gross scored the club’s first Premier League goal in their 3-1 victory at home to West Bromwich Albion which was also Brighton’s first victory in their Premier League life. Forward Tomer Hemed also scored in the win over the Baggies and a fortnight later, it was Hemed’s diving header that ensured back-to-back home victories as Newcastle United were defeated 1-0.

Home form was excellent all season for the men from the south coast. Just Manchester City, Liverpool FC, Chelsea and Leicester City left with all three points and there were some notable scalps along the way. Lewis Dunk’s only goal of the season started Hughton’s side on their way to a famous 2-1 victory over struggling Arsenal in March; Brighton’s first victory over the Gunners since 1982. Gross, who was voted the club’s Player of the Season, then made major contributions in two other impressive results. His spot-kick earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in April and a month later, it was the ex-Ingolstadt player who produced the winning goal against Manchester United that ultimately secured Brighton’s safety.

Hughton’s deals in the transfer market were impressive too. Gross had been signed for a bargain amount and other astute deals included the signings of Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven, Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge and the January arrival of Jurgen Locadia, also from PSV. The highlight away from home was a stunning 3-0 triumph at The London Stadium over West Ham United in October. Glenn Murray scored twice and he was the top goalscorer with 12 goals in an excellent campaign for him personally.

Brighton finished the season in 15th place and have already started to put the foundations in-place for a second campaign in the Premier League.

Iconic Moments: Majestic Macheda (April 2009)

Manchester United were locked in a tight battle with their North West rivals Liverpool FC in 2008-2009. Having been seven points clear in early March, the Red Devils had been beaten 4-1 at home by Liverpool before losing 2-0 to Fulham. Liverpool trimmed the deficit to just a single point and then went top after a Yossi Benayoun stoppage-time winner 24 hours earlier at Craven Cottage.

United played a day later and were struggling at home to Aston Villa. Wayne Rooney was suspended and Sir Alex Ferguson’s side were trailing 2-1 going into the last 10 minutes. Ferguson decided to throw on an untested youngster in Italian Federico Macheda. He had a great goalscoring record in the reserves but this was the big stage and he could easily have been overwhelmed by the whole experience.

Cristiano Ronaldo had brought the sides level in the 80th minute but with the game in injury-time, a draw wasn’t really enough for the reigning champions. They needed all three to claim back the momentum in the title battle. In the third minute of time added on, Macheda produced his majestic moment. He turned in the box to evade Luke Young’s challenge before curling a stunning effort past Brad Friedel. The 17-year-old had just made himself a Manchester United superstar.

His career has faded since and he now plays for Novara in Serie B in his homeland. However, his name will always be linked with a real turning point in the 2008-2009 Premier League season.

Iconic Moments: Rashford’s stunning debut (February 2016)

A four-way title fight was looking likely in February 2016 as surprise packages Leicester City continued to lead the way. Giving chase were north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, plus pre-season title favourites Manchester City.

Leicester had beaten Norwich City the previous day with a late winner from Leonardo Ulloa. Arsenal had to respond when they went to Old Trafford to take on a young and inexperienced Manchester United. Decimated by injuries to main forwards, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay, United boss Louis van Gaal was forced to put his trust in the academy. He gave a Premier League debut to Marcus Rashford.

Rashford had only made his first-team bow three days earlier, scoring twice in a UEFA Europa League tie against FC Midtjylland of Denmark. His Premier League debut was simply stunning. He opened the scoring on 29 minutes, steering the ball past Petr Cech after Arsenal defender Gabriel failed to clear a cross. Three minutes later, the centre-backs went missing again as Rashford was given all the time in the world to guide Jesse Lingard’s cross into the net.  In 35 minutes, he’d had just two touches in the opposition box and they had just produced a huge dent in Arsenal’s title aspirations.

Marcus’ brilliant day wasn’t done yet. He set-up the third goal for Ander Herrera in the second half as Van Gaal’s side put in one of their more rousing displays of the season to win 3-2.

A week earlier, only those seriously connected to Manchester United had heard of Marcus Rashford. By the end of February 2016, the whole world knew who he was after an incredible few days in his footballing career.

Premier League Files: Paulo Wanchope

Premier League Career: Derby County (1997-1999), West Ham United (1999-2000), Manchester City (2000-2001, 2003-2004)

Costa Rican Paulo Wanchope was an enigmatic forward who could do amazing things one minute, then completely frustrate you the very next. However, he will still go down as having one of the most amazing debuts in the Premier League.

He joined Derby County in March 1997, costing the club £600,000. His debut would come at Old Trafford against current champions and league leaders Manchester United. Unless you really knew your football, few would have heard of the name Paulo Wanchope at kick-off. It was a completely different story by the full-time whistle.

Derby were already 1-0 up when Wanchope took possession inside his own half. He went on to beat no fewer than four Manchester United players with a gangling, but decisive run through their backline before calmly placing the ball beyond the advancing Peter Schmeichel. It was a moment that Derby supporters would never forget and was actually voted the greatest goal in the club’s history during their 125th anniversary celebrations.

Part of an impressive attacking line-up under Jim Smith’s tenure at Derby, Wanchope combined brilliantly with the likes of Dean Sturridge, Stefano Eranio and Francesco Baiano. He scored another 21 Premier League goals for the club, including a goal to send Arsenal to their first defeat of their 1997-1998 title-winning campaign.

In July 1999, Derby decided to cash in on Wanchope as his form had started to dip in the final months of the previous season. He joined West Ham United for £3.5 million and formed a formidable partnership with the charismatic Paolo di Canio. Between them, they scored 31 times in the Premier League as West Ham United finished ninth. In 1999-2000, Wanchope scored 12 league goals but the Hammers faithful never quite took to him as the supporters did at Derby.

When Freddie Kanoute and Davor Sukur both arrived at Upton Park in the summer of 2000, Wanchope was sold to newly-promoted Manchester City for £3.65 million and made a swift impression for his new side, scoring a hat-trick in their 4-2 victory over Sunderland. This was in Manchester City’s first top-flight game at Maine Road in over four years. He added another six goals but couldn’t prevent Joe Royle’s side slipping out of the top-flight after just a single season back amongst the elite.

He stayed with the Citizens in the First Division and despite injury setbacks; he scored 12 times in just 15 appearances to help them to the title and an immediate return to the Premier League. Unfortunately, a knee injury was now hurting his career. He spent the entire 2002-2003 season on the treatment table and was a bit-part player on his return with Kevin Keegan having the services of Nicolas Anelka and Robbie Fowler on his books.

Nevertheless, Wanchope still scored six times in 2003-2004, including a crucial winning goal at home to Newcastle United that effectively kept the club in the Premier League after severe threats against relegation. He moved to La Liga in the summer of 2004, signing for Malaga. Further spells came in Qatar, Japan and the United States before retiring in November 2007, citing his knee problems as the decisive factor in not being able to demonstrate his best form.

He moved into coaching and even had a spell as national team manager of Costa Rica but resigned in 2015 after video footage emerged of him hitting a match steward.

When fit, Paulo Wanchope had an excellent goalscoring pedigree and Derby County supporters will never forget that incredible debut bow in April 1997 at Old Trafford.

Great Goals: Anthony Martial – MANCHESTER UNITED vs. Liverpool FC (September 2015)

On transfer deadline day in August 2015, Manchester United paid big money to sign Frenchman Anthony Martial from AS Monaco. Once all the instalments eventually go through on the deal, Martial will become the most expensive teenager of all-time.

He started on the bench for his debut match. Manchester United welcomed arch-enemies in Liverpool FC to Old Trafford and the first half was a drab affair between two teams who had both seen better days. Martial was introduced to the game at half-time and made a solid impression to start with as United went into a 2-0 lead through goals from Daley Blind and Ander Herrera. The visitors’ were back in the game through a wonderful goal of their own by Christian Benteke before Martial’s magical moment.

From the wide position, he cuts inside, teasing and scaring the life out of Martin Skrtel. Martial beats the big Slovakian and then produces the perfect finish, not only securing United’s victory but immediately becoming a fan favourite. Welcome to the Premier League Anthony Martial!

Great Goals: Mario Stanic – CHELSEA vs. West Ham United (August 2000)

Going into the opening day of the 2000-2001 campaign, Chelsea are on a high after dismissing Manchester United in the Charity Shield. Their first game of the season was against London rivals West Ham United.

Mario Stanic was a new summer arrival at Stamford Bridge and keen to make an impression on the home crowd. This was some way to make it. Collecting possession, the midfielder does a bit of juggling in some space, teeing the ball up perfectly to connect with the sweetest dipping volley. Shaka Hislop gets nowhere near it and the Blues have a new hero.

Chelsea won the game 4-2 but finished a slightly underwhelming sixth in the final standings thanks to a poor away record. Injuries caught up with Stanic and he was forced to retire from playing in 2004 but this is a moment Chelsea fans will never forget.

Great Goals: Danny Rose – TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR vs. Arsenal (April 2010)

It is your Premier League debut and it happens to be against your local rivals. To add more spice to the mixture, it is a game your side probably has to win to still stand a realistic hope of qualifying for the Champions League. You must be full of nerves?  Not if you’re Danny Rose.

Nine minutes in and Tottenham win a corner. The ball is swept in and punched clear by Manuel Almunia, only into the path of Rose. The left-back connects sweetly with the dropping ball and launches a thunderous volley from 30-yards out that beats Almunia all-ends-up. There was disbelief even from Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp. Rose was now in the history of this famous fixture.

Tottenham won 2-1 for their first league success against Arsenal since November 1999 and they would finish in the Premier League’s top four, helped heavily by this great impact from Rose.