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SHIRT TALES: TOWN’S ICONIC NUMBER 10s

9 June 2020

A look back at notable figures Town players who wore number 10

- Squad numbers were introduced during the 1999/00 season
- Chris Willock currently wears the number 10 shirt
- Midfielders have predominantly worn the jersey

The number 10 shirt is one mainly associated with strikers, but since the introduction of permanent squad numbers in 1999, at Huddersfield Town the number 10 has predominantly been worn by those behind them in the middle of midfield.

Keeping with that trend, the shirt is currently held by winger Chris Willock, who joined the Club on loan from Benfica in January. Since making the switch back to the UK, Chris has made seven appearances and bagged one goal – an excellent strike against Bristol City.

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He took the number off Aaron Mooy, who left the Club permanently in the same month. Mooy made over 100 appearances for Town between 2016 and 2019. During that period, the Australian international was named the Club’s Player of the Year as the Terriers won promotion to the Premier League and played a vital part in the Premier League survival season. He also wrote his name in Town’s history books scoring the Club’s first ever Premier League goal!

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Before Mooy, the number was assigned to Algerian international Karim Matmour. The attacking midfielder spent six-months with the Terriers making 16 appearances and scoring his first, and only goal, against Leeds United.

The shirt was also worn by Conor Coady during his solitary season at the Club. The midfielder, who is now a centre-back at Wolves, made 48 appearances for Town and scored three goals.

Oscar Gobern wore the number for three seasons starting from the 2011/12 campaign. In this time, the Terriers won promotion to the second tier of English football after a very tense penalty shoot-out at Wembley.

Prior to Oscar, the number was worn by both strikers Joe Garner – who was on loan from Nottingham Forest – and Danny Ward. During the 2009/10 campaign, Robbie Simpson also wore the jersey.

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Midfielder Michael Flynn wore the shirt for one season before departing to Bradford City, after taking it from Robbie Williams. Robbie was the only defender in Town’s history to be assigned the number.

In the 2005/06 season and during the campaign after, former winger Gary Taylor-Fletcher held the number 10 shirt. GTF was a big hit with the Terriers’ supporters and scored the 500,000th EFL goal writing his name in league and Huddersfield Town folklore.

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Chelsea Academy Graduate, Junior Mendes was the Club’s number 10 the season before. He made 30 appearances for Huddersfield Town and scored five goals.

Jon Newby and John Thorrington are more names associated to the shirt. Newby made 14 appearances for the Club, whilst former USA international Thorrington made 67 appearances.

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After joining Huddersfield Town from Ajax, Dean Gorré selected the number 10 jersey. The midfielder went onto play 62 times for the Club and before moving to Barnsley.

This first man to wear the number was Scott Sellars. He was at Huddersfield Town for two seasons in the latter stages of his career.

 


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