The 101 Club
The inspirational story of Huddersfield Town’s record-breaking 1979-80 season
By Rob Stewart
Foreword by Dean Hoyle
A unique insight into the re-birth of a once-mighty football club as told by every member of the 16-man squad and their manager who left a remarkable legacy.
The legendary Huddersfield Town team that made club chairman Dean Hoyle fall in love with the Terriers is the subject of a new book.
The 101 Club is billed as the inside story of one of most exciting seasons in Town’s history that saw the Leeds Road outfit win the old Fourth Division title in swashbuckling style after emerging from the club’s darkest ever period.
The book tells the tale of how Town manager Mick Buxton wrote his name into local folklore by transforming a side flirting with non-league football into an unstoppable attacking force before dramatically clinching silverware on an unforgettable, nerve-jangling day at old Leeds Road ground in May 1980.
The no-nonsense Buxton galvanised the club with working-class heroes, misfits and discards who would become Town heroes thanks to scoring a club-record 101 league goals that campaign and indirectly paving the way for Premier League to come to Huddersfield almost 40 years later.
The 101 Club will be released next month and Town fans will be able to re-live that epic season and get an insight into the ups and downs of life as a footballer in those days before the riches of Sky Sports changed the face of the game
That is thanks to Huddersfield-born sports writer Rob Stewart who has conducted in-depth interviews with Buxton and every single member of the 16-man squad who won the title in such exhilarating fashion.
Hoyle has paid homage to Buxton’s heroes such as Steve Kindon and Ian Robins in a moving foreword to the book in which he explains why he called Buxton straight after the play-off final win against Reading to thank him for “the greatest day of my life”.
As well as a very personal piece by Hoyle, 101 Club, which is published by Yorkshire-based Great Northern Books, also includes:
- Searingly honest personal interviews with the players
- A gallery of never-seen-before photos
- A blow-by-blow account of Town’s journey to glory
- Interviews with the club’s behind-the-scenes heroes
- A special article on Huddersfield remarkable resilience by MP Barry Sheerman
- Views from the terraces and training ground from fans
- Town’s role in the fight against hooliganism
- The astonishing inside background story on the move to the John Smith’s stadium
- Interviews with Town’s so-called ‘Wags’
A life-long Town fan, author Stewart is a former Moor End High School pupil and ex-Greenhead College head boy who was brought up on Huddersfield’s notorious Walpole Road estate.
He learned the ropes as a journalist as a cub reporter with the Huddersfield Examiner’s sister paper, the Holmfirth Express, and the Hull Daily Mail before spending a decade as a national newspaper football writer with The Daily Telegraph.
“I’ve been lucky enough to see a lot of top-class football in my time but nothing means as much to me as Buxton’s Town team – apart from David Wagner’s promotion winners,” said the 51-year-old Stewart.
“Thanks to Buxton and his band of brothers it was a very special time for me personally, my football club and my hometown so tracking down the players and piecing together The 101 Club has been the ultimate labour of love.
“They say you should never meet your heroes but that couldn’t have been further from the truth for me – they’ve exceeded my highest expectations and I can now understand why they hit it off together and were so successful because they are our ‘Special Ones’.
“They had a camaraderie that meant they enjoyed themselves as much as us fans did as we lapped it all up while they ripped teams apart and the tales they have told have veered from heartbreaking to hilarious.”
Rob, who now lives in Bristol, set about writing The 101 Club after Town were promoted to the Premier League at Wembley last May and hooked up with Great Northern Books.
A series of events are being planned in Huddersfield to promote the book and signed copies are already available on Bradford-based publishers Great Northern Books’ website gnbooks.co.uk.
“I reckon Dean Hoyle proves it’s fair to say that if it hadn’t been for Mick Buxton’s team then the wildest dreams of Town fans like us would not have come true,” Stewart added.
“They set the ball rolling because that Town side captured Dean’s heart thanks to the likes of Steve Kindon, Peter Fletcher and Ian Robins who are still viewed with enormous affection by everyone who saw them pull the club out of the doldrums.
“The book also shows what it was like to be a professional footballer in the 1970s and 1980s in an era when they all had to work hard for every penny they were paid.
“The 101 Club will be a permanent reminder that Town fans owe Mick Buxton and his players a massive debt because they not only gave us something to shout about when Leeds were riding high but together they vitalised the club.”
Limited Edition Offer – Advance orders only
Order a copy in advance from Great Northern before 20th October, 2017 and receive a hardback limited edition, with the name of your choice printed in the list of Terriers fans at the back of the book. Signed by Mick Buxton, members of the team and the author have the name of your choice printed in the fans list back of the book. £17.99. Or buy 2 for £30.98. UK delivery included.
Visit www.gnbooks.co.uk or call 01274 735056
The 101 Club by Rob Stewart, is published by Great Northern Books, 31st November 2017, RRP £14.99, 288 pages.
Available from Great Northern Books, call 01274 735056 or visit www.gnbooks.co.uk
For further information, photos and interviews contact Rob Stewart on 07766 857100.