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SHIRT TALES: TOWN’S ICONIC NUMBER 2s

5 June 2021

A look back at notable figures who wore number 2

- Squad numbers were introduced during the 1999/00 season
- Pipa currently wears the number 2 shirt
- The jersey was also worn by Tommy Smith, Lee Peltier, Andy Holdsworth and more

The number 2 shirt is one that has been typically worn by right-backs at the Club since permanent squad numbers were introduced ahead of the 1999/00 season.

The shirt is currently held by right-back Pipa, who joined the Club on a permanent deal from Spanish club RCD Espanyol de Barcelona in September 2020. The attacking full-back has made 35 appearances, scoring twice for the Terriers.

Before Pipa, the shirt was possessed by the man who arguably made the biggest impact wearing the number 2 shirt for Huddersfield Town, Tommy Smith. The right-back came through the Huddersfield Town Academy and made his league debut in November 2013 in a 2-1 win against Sheffield Wednesday. The marauding full-back went on to make 200 appearances for Town, scoring five goals and producing 18 assists for his teammates. Smith played a huge part in the 2016/17 season which saw the Terriers win promotion to the Premier League and produced some memorable moments that campaign such as his winning strike against Rotherham in the dying embers of the match. Ahead of the Terriers’ first ever Premier League season, former Head Coach David Wagner named Smith as the new Club Captain after Mark Hudson’s decision to retire and join the Club’s coaching set-up.

Lee Peltier has also worn the jersey which was over the course of the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons. Peltier was signed by Lee Clark in June 2009 and made his debut in a 2-2 draw against Southend United at Roots Hall in August of that year. Pelts was voted the Player’s Player of the Season in his first season with Huddersfield Town after making a total of 50 appearances in all competitions, helping the Terriers achieve a sixth-place finish in the regular season before missing out on promotion to the Championship after losing to Millwall in the Play-Offs. The following season, the full-back remained the Club’s first choice right-back, making 53 appearances during the 2010/11 season. The Terriers once again reached the Play-Offs with Peltier scoring his third goal of the season in the second leg against AFC Bournemouth, where Town would reach the Play-Off Final via a penalty shootout. However, the Terriers failed to gain promotion after losing to Peterborough United at Old Trafford.

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Calum Woods has also sported the number 2 shirt after joining on a free transfer in June 2011, Woods made his debut in a 1-1 draw with Bury in August 2011. Woods went on to make 26 appearances in his maiden season with Huddersfield Town as well as finishing the season as a Play-Off champion after beating Sheffield United on penalties at Wembley Stadium which saw the Terriers gain promotion to the Championship. Woods’ first goal for the Club came in a fixture against AFC Bournemouth in January 2014.

Another player who has donned the number 2 is Andy Holdsworth, Holdsworth was a product of the Huddersfield Town Academy and made his First Team debut in the 2003/04 season at the age of 19. Holdsworth went on to make 231 appearances for Town between 2003 and 2009. The defender eventually transitioned into midfield and in April 2008 was named Town’s Player of the Year.

The first player to permanently wear the number 2 was former fan favourite Steve Jenkins who enjoyed a seven-year spell with the Terriers from 1995 and 2003. Jenkins was named the Club Captain during his time with Town. Jenkins scored on his debut against Norwich after starting on the right side of midfield but eventually transitioned to the right-back position and went on to make over 250 appearances for the Terriers, scoring four goals.


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