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STEVE KINDON ON THAT MEMORABLE 1979/80 SEASON

1 May 2020

Steve Kindon looks back at his time at Huddersfield Town

- Steve Kindon discussed his move to Huddersfield Town
- Forward on helping the Terriers to becoming Fourth Division Champions
- Kindon on his decision to join the Club as Commercial Manager

Steve Kindon became an instant hit with Huddersfield Town fans as he hit the ground running and helped the Club become Fourth Division Champions.

After five years at Wolves and two more years at Burnley, the man nicknamed “Skippy” for his bounding runs down the wing made his way to Fourth Division Huddersfield Town in 1979.

He explained how as soon as he joined the Terriers, he knew the Club was going in the right direction.

“My contract was up, and Mick Buxton came along and bought me for Huddersfield Town, I joined the club at Christmas and scored 14 goals in 17 games.

“It was a bit weird because I’d only played in the top two divisions, and then I found myself playing in the Fourth Division.

“I did join a side that was destined for promotion and we finished up as Champions with a record number of goals scored.”

During that record-breaking season, he tells the story of a certain 10-year-old who fell in love with the club.

“There was a 10 year-old boy in the crowd for that season and with that team playing exciting football, he fell in love with both the team and the club, that 10 year-old boy was called Dean Hoyle, so I think it turned out to be a good transfer for me and for Huddersfield Town”

As an injury put an end to his playing career, Kindon talks about how he dealt with retirement and what made him stay in love with football.

“I was only 30 years old when I retired but they offered me a job as commercial manager, it meant that even though I was working in the office, I was able to have a coffee break at 10am, so I would go and sit and have a bit of banter with my teammates.

“I didn’t have to go cold turkey and I think that lots of players struggle with retirement, I have to thank Huddersfield for that.”


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