Huddersfield Town Match Stats Preview
Updated Thursday, 29th December 2011
All the historical match stats for the game at the Galpharm Stadium tomorrow evening as United look to make it three away league games in a row unbeaten
History of the Huddersfield Town v Carlisle United fixture
The Blues face a trip to West Yorkshire needing to turn around their fortunes in Huddersfield. Carlisle hoping to improve on a record which has seen them taste defeat thirteen times, draw eight and win just two of the 23 games played.
Last season the teams faced each other twice at the Galpharm in the space of an early February week with the Terriers coming out on top on both occasions. Huddersfield first winning 2-0 in the league (attendance 11,572) thanks to a brace of goals from Gary Roberts, then 3-0 in the second leg of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Final (attendance 6,528) with Alan Lee (2) and Anthony Pilkington on the scoresheet, that result though only seeing United scrape through to Wembley 4-3 on aggregate after the Cumbrians had hammered Town 4-0 at home in the first leg.
In 2009-10 in League One the two teams fought out a 1-1 draw, again in early February in Huddersfield, Anthony Pilkington putting Town 1-0 up after 50 minutes, as 14,132 fans looked on, before Ben Marshall grabbed the Blues a share of the spoils with a close range 83rd minute strike.
One of the two rare Cumbrian victories occured in the 2007-08 League One campaign when United came away from the Galpharm Stadium with all three points thanks to an excellent 2-0 final scoreline. The Carlisle goals, in front of 10,022 spectators (including 1,181 United fans), both coming in the first-half through Danny Livesey on 34 minutes and Joe Garner sixty seconds before the interval.
The only other time the Blues have left Huddersfield with a win was in the 1972-73 FA Cup. A first-half own goal by the Terriers settling a round three replay after the two teams had earlier drawn 2-2 at Brunton Park. Carlisle making it to the last sixteen that season before they lost out 2-1 at home at Arsenal in front of a bumper attendance of 24,000.
Games between the sides have been relatively low scoring affairs over the years, although Huddersfield twice defeated United by a three-goal margin at their old Leeds Road ground. The most memorable of those two matches from a Carlisle perspective no doubt being the 4-1 defeat in the first leg of the Autoglass Trophy Northern Area Final in March 1994.
Peter Jackson, Darren Bullock, Phil Starbuck and Iain Dunn scoring the goals for a Terriers side that also contained a 21-year old Chris Billy. The solitary Carlisle goal coming from a Simon Davey penalty in the first-half as 10,552 spectators looked on. Some of those fans watching on from the away end in disbelief after a chicken, smuggled in by a Blues fan, was released into the air early on in the evening.
Another game of few goals coming in the 2008-09 campaign when Town defeated United 1-0 on Easter Monday in front of 12,308 fans. Andy Booth, in a game in which the Blues didn't even register a effort on target, scoring the only goal of the game with a header from a Michael Flynn cross in the 78th minute.