Get to know Huddersfield Town’s office staff
- Know Your Role series continues
- Meet Huddersfield Town’s team behind-the-scenes
- Today we introduce you to Town’s Club Ambassador
With coronavirus currently postponing Huddersfield Town’s fixture list, we’ve decided to introduce you to some of our office staff – today we look at our Club Ambassador, Andy Booth!
In this special Q&A feature, supporters can learn more about the Club’s staff behind-the-scenes and how they might be able to help them in the future.
What is your job role at Huddersfield Town?
My role is Club Ambassador and I work in the Supporter Services department. Every day is different as I work with all the different supporter groups, plan for the Pedal for Pounds rides, run the Fanzone on a match day, go to Club events and much more! I’m a busy man, you know!
What’s your favourite part of the job?
I love meeting new people, and, in my role, I do that day-to-day. It’s great to chat to supporters at the Fanzone ahead of a match day! Another highlight is being able to raise a lot of money for some fantastic charities in our community through our Pedal for Pounds bike rides. You can see the joy on their faces and how much it means to them when you hand the cheques over.
How long have you worked for Huddersfield Town?
Well, I started as a player in 1990 and left in 1996 to join Sheffield Wednesday. After a brief loan spell at Tottenham Hotspur, I came back to Town and I’ve been here ever since. As soon as I retired in 2009, I’ve been grafting ever since! I’ve been working behind-the-scenes at the Club for over 10 years, I can’t believe it’s been that long!
What’s your highlight working for Town?
As a player, it has to be the 1995 Play-Off Final win. It was a great honour to play for Huddersfield Town at Wembley, then to score, and win! What a day that was!
Behind-the-scenes, it was actually last summer. We raised a record amount of money from the Pedal for Pounds ride and then got to hand the cheques over to the charities. We bought Ruddi’s Retreat a brand-new caravan and to see how happy they were was a really touching moment.
Who do you work closely with at the Club?
I work closely with Robyn (Kennerdale) and Rachel (Taylor) in the Supporter Services department, but also with pretty much everyone at the Club.
And finally, tell us something interesting about yourself or your department?
Well, I’ve never owned up to this, so now seems a good time… it was the Play-Off Final against Bristol Rovers. I was Man of the Match, scored and we’d just been promoted. I was doing the post-match interviews and said live on TV that my wife had won £25,000 on the lottery, but she hadn’t.
On the way down, she scratched a scratch card, thought she’d won the prize, checked page 23 in the paper and thought she’d won £25,000. She came to meet me at the hotel pre-match and told me the brilliant news. I went and told everyone, it was on the front and back pages of the newspaper and on the 9pm news. Well, it turns out when we checked after the game, she read the results in the wrong paper, not the one the scratch card came out of. I’ve never admitted that before!