Mural celebrating Thrice Championship unveiled at Millers Oils High Performance Complex
- Club-commissioned Thrice Championship mural unveiled
- Supporters invited to view mural outside Millers Oils High Performance Complex
- Designed by Peter O’Toole and painted by Northern Mural Co
Proudly situated on Leeds Road adjacent to the entrance to the Millers Oils High Performance Complex, we are pleased to share our Thrice Champions mural with supporters, celebrating the most successful period in our history across the 1920s!
Working alongside renowned illustrator Peter O’Toole and artists from the Northern Mural Company, the mural acts as a lasting tribute to Town’s greatest ever side, with the design paying homage to several of the most important moments, individuals and artifacts from the period.
From left to right, the mural features a portrait of Clem Stephenson, a squad photograph from the start of the Thrice Championship run, a large portrait of former manager Herbert Chapman, a detailed recreation of our unique Thrice Championship shield, an image of our 1921/22 FA Cup winning side being greeted by the Duke of York and a final portrait of Billy Smith above them.
Blue and white throughout, the Club commissioned piece took seven days in total to complete, with our friends from the Northern Mural Company often working 12 hour shifts to ensure the detail and design were faithfully recreated.
A celebratory piece, supporters are invited to the entrance of the Millers Oils High Performance Complex to view the mural, take photos and videos of your own and share them on social media using the dedicated hashtag #BlueAndWhiteTown!
Please note: all visitors are reminded that this area is covered by CCTV.
On seeing the completed mural for the first time, designer Peter O’Toole said:
“It’s amazing! I think it’s translated really well. It’s my first collaboration like this so I’m really happy with it. I’m really proud to have been involved, especially at this moment in time. I had to do some research to make sure we got the design right as we wanted to be specific, but I really enjoyed going back and looking up the old players and images – it was a really enjoyable experience!”
Having taken around 70 hours to complete the mural, Tom and Leah from the Northern Mural Company added:
“It’s been a labour of love, but it’s been hard work too. We’re lifelong Town fans, so to be able to do the first mural like this for both Huddersfield and Huddersfield Town makes us really proud. The location couldn’t be any better, we’ve had so many good comments from people walking past already which kept us going. It’s great to see a buzz around it and the passion from the Town fans and we look forward to more people seeing it going forward.”
Speaking on the Club’s motivation for commissioning the mural and Town’s pride in our achievements from the past, Marketing and Communications Director David Threlfall-Sykes said:
“We’re coming up to an anniversary of a really important time in the Club’s history, so it’s as good a chance as our generation is ever going to get to celebrate those achievements of the Club and that group of players. We’re absolutely delighted with how it has come to pass now it’s finally up!
"We had a couple of motivations for commissioning this work – we wanted to do something cool that our supporters can be proud of, and the location here means it’s something plenty of people will get to see and our hope is that people come to have a look and take their own pictures to show what a good job Peter O’Toole and the Northern Mural Company have done.
“We’ve got ideas perhaps to do more of these, but it’s just about having pride in our town and the Club, too. No matter when you became a Town fan, I think these guys on the mural – those 1920s teams, the Thrice Champions – they’re the ones that really put Huddersfield Town on the map worldwide in football.
"Manchester City recently joined the Thrice Championship club which is a fantastic achievement, but we’re the ones who will always be able to say that we did it first and this is our tribute to them.”
Hear more from everybody involved in the creation of the mural and see some exclusive shots below on HTTV via YouTube!