Former forward and Huddersfield Town Assistant Manager celebrates 60th birthday today
- Huddersfield Town legend Ronnie Jepson turns 60 years old
- Jepson returned to Club as Assistant Manager in 2023
- Former striker scored 42 goals in 111 Town appearances
Everyone at the Club wishes Town legend ‘Rocket’ Ronnie Jepson a very happy 60th birthday today!
Having first joined the Club in December 1993 from Exeter City, the forward went on to score 42 goals in 111 appearances as a Terrier before departing for Bury in August 1996.
Brought to the Club by Manager Neil Warnock, the pair were instrumental in two successful seasons for Town with Jepson getting off the mark as a Terrier soon after joining against Hartlepool United in a 4-1 win at the old Leeds Road.
Part of the side that made it to the 1993/94 Autoglass Trophy Final at the Old Wembley Stadium in his first season, Town missed out on penalties to Swansea City on the day but would make up for it just one season later.
Making the move to what was then known at the Alfred McAlpine Stadium for the 1994/95 season after 86 proud years at Leeds Road, it was a memorable debut season in our new home with Warnock’s Terriers once again booking a trip to Wembley.
Having finished in 5th place in the old Second Division – now Sky Bet League One – Town defeated second places Brentford in the Play-Off Semi-Finals on penalties at Griffin Park with Jepson stepping up first for the Terriers.
Setting up a Play-Off Final with Bristol Rovers, goals from Andy Booth and Chris Billy saw Town promoted to Division One with Jepson assisting the first with an overhead kick in injury time of the first half. The win was Town’s first at Wembley across five finals spanning a 67-year period.
In his final full season at the Club in 1995/96, the side finished in 8th place, just eight points and two places shy of the Play-Offs in our first season back at that level since 1987/88. Propelled on by the strike partnership of Jepson and Booth, both would go on to leave the Club the following summer.
First returning to Town as Assistant Manager in 2008 with Stan Ternent, it was not until earlier this season in February 2023 alongside his former gaffer Neil Warnock that Jepson’s influence on the touchline was fully felt by the Terriers. Having both combined to secure promotion to this level in 1995, the pair inspired Town to turn their form around and retain their Sky Bet Championship status under improbable circumstances with just 15 games to play at the time of their return.
Universally adored by Town fans, we wish Rocket Ron an amazing day celebrating a landmark birthday and thank him for his incredible work this season!