Introducing Yorkshire… Doncaster RL

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Doncaster Rugby League are a semi-professional Rugby League club in South Yorkshire who currently ply their trade in the games second tier, the Kingstone Press Championship.

A DONS GUIDE:
Club: Doncaster Rugby League Club
Founded: 1951
Chairman: Carl Hall
Player-Coach: Paul Cooke
Ground: Keepmoat Stadium (Capacity: 15,231)
Division: Kingstone Press Championship

A DONS HISTORY IN TWENTY POINTS:
. The club was founded in the build up to the 1951-52 season.
. The club’s first fixture was 10-3 at home to Wakefield Trinity.
. From 1956-61, the side finished bottom of the NRFU every season.
. The club then only finished outside the bottom three twice between 1970 & 1985.
. The fortunes of the club were then televised for ITV documentary, ‘Another Bloody Sunday’.
. The televised season of 1980-81 saw the club only winning one game, 6-3 at home to Huyton.
. John Sheridan then built up a squad with no money, winning 30 of their 44 games.
. Sheridan was replaced by his assistant, only to be reinstated due to a player revolt.
. Sheridan was then voted the most influential figure in the clubs history.
. The club were placed in the newly formed Division Three ahead of the 1991-92 season.
. The opening fixture of that campaign saw the club record their record victory, 88-6 against Nottingham City.
. In 1994, a victory away at Batley saw the club earn promotion to the First Division.
. The club then defeated Widnes 21-6 in their first televised game on Sky.
. The club was then put into administration and eventually relegated.
. A 3k signed petition then saw the club avoid being merged with the Sheffield Eagles.
. The club have since survived administration on a further two occassions, being saved and put in by John Wright.
. The clubs other big televised fixture saw 6.5k attend the keepmoat as Castleford ran out 66-4 victors.
. Ellery Hanley guided the club to the second tier but they were relegated following his resignation.
. Under the stewardship of Tony Benson, the club won promotion to the Championship before making the play offs in the second tier.
. In late 2013, the club was purchased by Doncaster Rovers Football Club.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR THE DONS?
With Super League now decided, the club are aiming to achieve the goal of where they will be plying their trade in 2015, but will it be the Championship North or the clubs real aim of Super League Two?

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TRE-WIND-OUS VICTORY FOR TOWN

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With swirling winds commanding the flow of the game, Huddersfield bounced back from derby day humiliation to defeat a resurgent Wigan outfit.

Adam Clayton’s wonderfully taken strike eight minutes from time was enough to secure three valuable points for Town following four consecutive defeats in all competitions.

Clayton’s winner came following a spell of dominance by the home side with the midfielder taking control of a James Vaughan pass before placing the ball in the bottom right hand corner of Al Habsi’s goal from twenty yards.

Wigan should have taken the lead in the early stages of the second half, but debutant Martyn Waghorn somehow managed to place his effort from two yards out over the bar.

But when the Latics manager Uwe Rosler was questioned about the miss, he had this to say. “Today is not the time to look for a mistake, it’s more we couldn’t convert our play into goals and they only won because of a fantastic individual effort.”

Waghorn wasn’t the only Wigan man to have his head in his hands as Jordi Gomez found himself unmarked from a corner and somehow put the ball wide from five yards out.

A personal duel between the Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi and Huddersfield midfielder Oliver Norwood nearly produced two wonder goals from the former Manchester United man.

First, Norwood placed a forty yard effort narrowly over the bar before rattling the goal frame with a thunderbolt free kick from thirty five yards.

A goal would have topped off a man of the match performance from Norwood in which he controlled the midfield play throughout.

Substitute Danny Ward also had two glorious chances to break the deadlock with Stephen Crainey deflecting his first effort wide for a corner before he shinned the ball narrowly wide of the near post.

The man Ward replaced, record signing Nahki Wells, spoke after the game stating. “It was an important win for us against a good side in difficult conditions. It was a great goal by Adam and there is no better feeling than winning.”

In the first half, both sides had chances to break the deadlock through the Terriers centre back Anthony Gerrard despite the Town domination in the opening half hour.

Gerrard saw a powerful header from an Adam Hammill corner cleared off the line by James McArthur before a mix up with Joel Lynch saw the former Cardiff man narrowly avoid turning the ball into his own goal.

However, the three points were secured by the home outfit at the John Smith’s Stadium much to the pleasure of manager Mark Robins.

“I am delighted, because the conditions were so tough, it didn’t look like anyone had played the game before. It was poor, in the second half they were better than us for spells but we kept our shape and showed our quality.”

The Terriers will be looking to build on this victory this coming Tuesday evening when they welcome Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship.

PLAYER RATINGS:
Town: Smithies 7; Lynch 7; Gerrard 7; Smith 6; Dixon 6; Norwood 8; Clayton 7; Hogg 7; Hammill 8; Vaughan 7; Wells 6 (Ward 6); Subs Not Used: Bennett (GK), Woods, Clarke, Scannell, Southern, Lolley

Wigan: Al Habsi 8; Perch 6; Boyce 7; Barnett 7; Crainey 6; Watson 7; McArthur 7 (Maynard 5); Gomez 6 (McCann 5); Waghorn 7 (McManaman 5); Beausejour 6; Antoine-Fortune 6; Subs Not Used: Nicholls (GK), McEachran, McClean, Espinoza.

Huddersfield Town v Wigan Athletic – Live Match Blog

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FULL TIME – HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1-0 WIGAN ATHLETIC

90+3 min – Today’s attendance at the John Smith’s Stadium is 15,576

90+3 min – Wigan win a free kick as James Vaughan fouls Emmerson Boyce in the near corner.

90 min – THREE MINUTES ADDED TIME

90 min – Stupid free kick to give away by Antoine-Fortune as he fouls Jack Lynch for no apparent reason with a push in the defenders back.

87 min – WIGAN SUB – Nicky Maynard is brought on in place of James McArthur to try find the visitors an equaliser.

87 min – How has Wigan got that free kick? Barnett practically commits a crime on Vaughan and the Linesman flags the centre backs way.

84 min – A throw in by Dixon was played to Vaughan who’s pass to Clayton bobbled, but the Town number eight used it to his advantage to smash home a beauty.

84 min – TOWN GOAL – The breakthough has come as Adam Clayton puts a twenty yard piledriver into the bottom right hand corner of the Wigan goal.

83 min – Another Town corner. Surely they have to make the breakthough sooner rather than later?

82 min – WIGAN SUB – Jordi Gomez departs to be replaced by Chris McCann.

80 min – CLOSE! Norwood’s free kick from thirty-five yards rattles the crossbar and luckily falls into the grasp of Al Habsi.

80 min – Free kick to Town as Adam Clayton is chopped down by James McArthur.

78 min – CLOSE! Oliver Norwood unleashes from forty yards and it only just goes over the Wigan bar.

76 min – A Town counter leads to a Vaughan cross being sliced out for a corner by Stephen Crainey.

73 min – Beautiful inswinging corner by Danny Ward is punched clear by Ali Al Habsi. Yet another Town corner.

72 min – Fantastic pressure by Danny Ward forces an error by Leon Barnett. Town corner.

71 min – WIGAN SUB – Callum McManaman replaces the Martyn Waghorn, who has been very lively on his Latics debut today.

69 min – CLOSE! Danny Ward shins a great opportunity narrowly wide.

67 min – Jack Lynch enters the book for a late challenge on James McArthur.

65 min – CLOSE! Danny Ward’s effort goes wide for a corner of Stephen Crainey.

65 min – Tactical switch by Town sees Paul Dixon drop into defence and a switch to 4-4-2.

63 min – Dixon puts a cross straight through the six yard box which no one is there for, Clayton then has an effort tipped over by Al Habsi.

62 min – CLOSE! HOW DID HE MISS THAT?! Martyn Waghorn puts it over from two yards. Head in hands for the Leicester loanee.

61 min – TOWN SUB – Nahki Wells departs to be replaced by Danny Ward.

60 min – Low driven cross by Beausejour is cleared by Anthony Gerrard. Not that he knew much about it.

60 min – Great defensive chase by Leon Barnett as he beats James Vaughan to a header to end a Town counter attack.

58 min – CLOSE! Jordi Gomez must be wondering how he missed that as he puts a free effort from five yards narrowly wide of the post.

58 min – CLOSE! Antoine-Fortune’s effort is narrowly deflected wide by Jack Lynch. Wigan corner.

57 min – Ben Watson’s piledriver is blocked by Paul Dixon.

55 min – The Wigan counter is led by Jordi Gomez, however Jack Lynch collects his cross and clears the danger.

54 min – Beautiful take down by Jean Beausejour but his cross fails to meet Marc Antoine-Fortune in the six yard box.

53 min – Wigan win a free kick as Jordi Gomez is fouled by Jonathan Hogg.

50 min – A sloppy pass back by Anthony Gerrard goes out for a Wigan corner.

48 min – CLOSE! James McArthur heads narrowly over the bar.

48 min – CLOSE! Emmerson Boyce’s half volley is blocked and goes wide for another Wigan corner.

47 min – Wigan have the second halfs first opportunity as they force a corner.

KICK OFF – The second half is underway at the John Smith’s Stadium with tie still goalless.

HALF TIME – Huddersfield Town 0-0 Wigan Athletic.

45 min – CLOSE! Ben Watson puts Waghorn’s corner narrowly over the Town crossbar.

45 min – Corner to Wigan as Beausejour’s cross goes out of Lynch.

44 min – Smithies clears from a Wigan attack despite the a clear throw-in being missed by the Lino.

42 min – CLOSE! From the corner, Vaughan tries the spectacular and just puts it wide of the post.

41 min – As far as team counters go, it doesn’t get as good as that! Smithies to Hogg, to Wells, to Norwood, to Hammill, to Vaughan. Corner to Town.

40 min – CLOSE! Oliver Norwood’s fantastic free kick is pushed away by Ali Al Habsi.

39 min – Town free kick as Paul Dixon is upended by Martyn Waghorn.

38 min – A Hammill throughball for Vaughan is cleared for a throwing by Leon Barnett.

37 min – James Vaughan forces a free kick from the Wigan defence.

35 min – CLOSE! Town nearly score… in the wrong end as a mix up between two defenders sees the ball go narrowly wide of Smithies far post.

34 min – Nice idea by Boyce through to Beausejour, but Alex Smithies collects with no problems.

32 min – Everyone throws themself into a corner by Waghorn, eventually the ball is up the other end at the feet of Al Habsi.

31 min – Sloppy free kick given away by Town as Dixon goes through the back of Watson.

30 min – CLOSE! James Vaughan is in one on one with Al Habsi but blasts the ball over the Oman internationals crossbar.

27 min – Free Kick Town. McArthur goes throw the back of Hogg.

26 min – The Wells-Vaughan partnership is certainly blossoming. Wigan’s back four have been struggling all afternoon.

24 min – CLOSE! Adam Hammill’s whipped in cross almost finds itself nestled in the back of Al Habsi’s goal. Goal Kick Wigan.

23 min – Tremendous pressure by James Vaughan on Emmerson Boyce eventually leads to the Bermudan winning a goal kick of Vaughan’s inner right thigh.

23 min – Marc Antoine-Fortune is in on goal but the Linesman on the far side flags for offside.

22 min – CLOSE! James McArthur clears Anthony Gerrard’s header off the line for another Town corner.

21 min – Beausejour deflects Hammill’s cross out for a Town corner.

20 min – Nahki Wells forces Leon Barnett to head back to Ali Al Habsi. From the kick some shocking balls from both sides eventually leads to a Town free kick for a foul on Jonathan Hogg.

19 min – Smithies flaps the corner over the crossbar. Wigan corner.

18 min – Fantastic play by Wigan sees Jean Beausejour whip in a lovely cross with Alex Smithies pushing Waghorn’s effort wide for a corner.

17 min – Martyn Waghorn lucky to escape a booking by kicking the ball away following the awarding of a Town free kick.

17 min – Jordi Gomez is in behind the Town defence but the speed of the ball beats him.

14 min – Hammill’s corner is attempted to be put home from distance by Oliver Norwood. Wigan break on the counter and won a throwing close to the Town goal.

13 min – Smart play by Nahki Wells allows Town to attack with Vaughan just missing the ball by inches but it is cleared for a Huddersfield corner.

12 min – After a somewhat hilarious delay in proceedings, Waghorn’s corner is cleared by Oliver Norwood.

10 min – Moment of pure comedic value as Waghorn breaks the corner flag. Retake order by the referee.

10 min – Alex Smithies flaps at the corner by Waghorn and it goes out for yet another Latics corner.

10 min – Sloppy play by Anthony Gerrard presents Wigan with a corner.

8 min – Woeful pass by Oliver Norwood up to Nahki Wells goes out for a goal kick.

6 min – Traditional county ‘banter’ between the two sets of supporters here at the John Smith’s Stadium.

4 min – CLOSE! Leon Barnett is disposed of possession by Adam Hammill but his teasing cross is just missed by the onrushing James Vaughan.

2 min – Town hit the Latics on the counter but a heavy touch by Nahki Wells sees the ball go out into touch.

15:01 – WE ARE UNDERWAY!

14:57 – The Teams are out onto the field here at the John Smith’s Stadium.

14:45 – KITS: Huddersfield Town will be playing in their traditional Blue and White stripes, Wigan will be playing in their Green third kit.

14:37 – Stat Baht’at: Today is the first time we will see Huddersfield Town’s £2.3 million partnership of James Vaughan and Nahki Wells partner each other up front.

14:34 – Stat Baht’at: Today marks a possible home debut for Huddersfield substitute Joe Lolley and also marks a Wigan Athletic debut for Martyn Waghorn.

14:28 – TODAY’S TEAMS

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN (3-5-2):
1 – Alex Smithies (C)
33 – Joel Lynch
39 – Anthony Gerrard
27 – Tommy Smith
3 – Paul Dixon
4 – Oliver Norwood
8 – Adam Clayton
6 – Jonathan Hogg
12 – Adam Hammill
9 – James Vaughan
21 – Nahki Wells
INTERCHANGES: 13 – Ian Bennett (GK); 2 – Calum Woods; 5 – Peter Clarke; 7 – Sean Scannell; 11 – Danny Ward; 16 – Keith Southern; 18 – Joe Lolley

WIGAN ATHLETIC (4-3-3):
26 – Ali Al Habsi
24 – James Perch
17 – Emmerson Boyce (C)
25 – Leon Barnett
3 – Stephen Crainey
8 – Ben Watson
16 – James McArthur
14 – Jordi Gomez
33 – Martyn Waghorn
22 – Jean Beausejour
32 – Marc Antoine-Fortune
INTERCHANGES: 13 – Lee Nicholls (GK); 4 – Josh McEachran; 7 – Chris McCann; 11 – James McClean; 15 – Callum McManaman; 18 – Roger Espinoza; 29 – Nicky Maynard

14:17 – Welcome to Sport Baht’at in association with MJK Sports Events match of the weekend, which comes from the John Smith’s Stadium as Huddersfield Town welcome Wigan Athletic for this Sky Bet Championship encounter.

INTRODUCING YORKSHIRE… HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

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Huddersfield Town are a professional football club in West Yorkshire who currently ply their trade in the games second tier, the Sky Bet Championship.

A TERRIERS GUIDE:
Club: Huddersfield Town Association Football Club
Founded: 1908
Chairman: Dean Hoyle
Manager: Mark Robins
Ground: John Smith’s Stadium (Capacity: 24,500)
Division: Sky Bet Championship

A TERRIERS HISTORY IN TWENTY POINTS:
. The club were founded was founded on the 15th August 1908
. The clubs first game was a 2-1 home victory over Bradford Park Avenue
. In 1910, the club entered the Football League for the first time
. In 1912, the clubs building off Leeds Road plunged them into liqudation
. In 1919, the club was nearly moved to Leeds to merge with Leeds City
. However, citizens of Huddersfield paid £1 each for club shares to prevent the move
. In 1920, the club lost to Aston Villa in the FA Cup Final but achieved promotion to Division One
. The clubs success took a turn for the better following the appointment of Herbert Chapman in March 1921
. They won the 1922 FA Cup Final following a victory over Preston North End
. In 1926, the club became the first of four sides in history to win three successive English League Titles
. On the 27th February 1932, the clubs record attendence of 67,307 attended Leeds Road for a FA Cup Quarter Final against Arsenal
. The club began a gradual decline following the Second World War and appeared in the top flight for the last time to date in 1972
. The club were defeated by Swansea City in the 1994 Football League Trophy, losing 3-1 on penalities following a 1-1 draw
. In 1994, the club departed it’s Leeds Road home to move into the Alfred McAlpine (Now, John Smith’s) Stadium
. In 1998, local businessman Barry Rubery took over the club and promised to deliver Premier League football
. However, the club fell two divisions and entered administration in 2003
. To celebrate the clubs centenary in 2008, the lost 2-1 to Arsenal in the inaugral Herbert Chapman trophy game
. The club set the Football League record of longest undefeated run following a 2-1 victory against Notts County, however they lost the following game away at Charlton Athletic
. That season however, the club secured promotion to the Championship following a penalty shootout victory over Sheffield United at Wembley in the League One Play Off Final
. In the 2014 January transfer window, the club broke it’s transfer record following signing Nahki Wells from Bradford City for £1.3 million plus add ons

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE FOR HUDDERSFIELD?
The men from Huddersfield are looking to maintain their current status of second tier football this season, however chairman Dean Hoyle is looking to take the club into the Barclays Premier League in the near future.