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TOM COWAN: FROM STOKE TO TOWN

19 November 2020

Former Town defender recalls his time with the Terriers

- Tom Cowan looks back at his time at Huddersfield Town
- Defender played for Stoke City and the Terriers
- Cowan expressed his love for the Football Club

Tom Cowan spent a short period of his career on loan at Stoke City before going on to make over 100 appearances for Huddersfield Town over a period of five years.

The left-back was loaned out to Stoke City for only a few months but spoke fondly about his time spent in Staffordshire.

“I spent three months at Stoke, three very good months that I really enjoyed.

“It was Lou Macari who was in charge at the time, Stoke were at the top of the second division, aiming for around the Play-Offs to try and get into the Premier League.

“I really enjoyed the first month, I think we only lost once and won the rest of the games, but then Lou was poached by Celtic, so he went up to go and manage them.”

Soon after leaving the Potters, Tom joined the Terriers on loan before eventually joining the Club permanently.

“I went on loan to Town before I signed permanently, and it all changed for me from there.

“It was near the end of the season and we were in a bit of trouble, but eventually we climbed up the table. I then signed on a permanent.”

He would spend the next five years playing for Town, creating some of his best memories in the game.

“I loved it at Huddersfield Town, I absolutely loved the fans, the place, the stadium, everything about Huddersfield I absolutely adored.”

As a full-back, Tom wasn’t known for his goal scoring acumen, but there was one strike that still sticks in his mind.

“West Brom away it was, we were 1-0 down I think, and I just smashed one from about 30 yards into the top corner.

“The goalkeeper was Paul Crichton, who I ended up playing for Burnley with just after, so when I met up with him, I ripped him for that one.”

In his third season as a Terrier, Cowan suffered a blow to the knee, finding out he had a cruciate ligament injury that would see him side-lined for quite a while.

“I had to have reconstruction on my knee, so I didn’t play in my third season for the club.

“I came back and struggled to get back in the team, I understood it, but I really was desperate to stay at the Club.

“Before I went to Burnley, I remember standing in the centre-circle and clapping all of the fans, I really didn’t want to leave but sometimes you have to move on.”


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