Home comforts for U's in landmark season

THIS is a landmark season for both Colchester and Huddersfield, for different reasons.While the U's are celebrating a move to their long-awaited new stadium, the Terriers are at the start of their centenary year - they were formed back in 1908.

Carl Marston

THIS is a landmark season for both Colchester and Huddersfield, for different reasons.

While the U's are celebrating a move to their long-awaited new stadium, the Terriers are at the start of their centenary year - they were formed back in 1908. Within two years of their inception, Huddersfield had joined the Football League.

The U's remained at their old Layer Road ground from their foundation, in 1937, until this year, but the Terriers were at their first ground for even longer, staying at Leeds Road from 1908 until the switch to the McAlpine Stadium (now Galpharm Stadium) in 1994.

It was quite apt that veteran striker, Andy Booth, should score their first goal in their centenary season last weekend, thanks to one of his trademark headers in a 1-1 home draw against newly-promoted Stockport.

Last season, 34-year-old Booth passed 350 appearances and 140 goals for the Yorkshire club, since signing professional forms back in 1992. He moved to Sheffield Wednesday for £2.7m in 1996, but has been back at his home town club of Huddersfield for the last seven years.

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Booth was rested for the 4-0 win over visiting Bradford City in the Carling Cup in midweek, but he should return to partner ex-Everton front-runner Danny Cadamarteri this afternoon. Fellow striker Luke Beckett might well start on the bench.

Since Cadamarteri left Goodison Park in 2002, he has played for six different clubs, as well as serving a six-month drugs ban.

Town, who are managed by Stan Ternent, have no shortage of experience at the heart of defence. Former Ipswich Town loanee David Unsworth (aged 34), best known for his days at Everton, will be hoping to start at left-back, while 36-year-old Chris Lucketti will be marshalling the heart of defence. Unsworth signed from Burnley earlier this month.

Another ex-Ipswich player set to start at the Community Stadium is winger Gary Roberts, who left Portman Road this summer for an undisclosed fee on a two-year deal. Roberts played 59 games for Town after joining from Accrington Stanley just under two years ago. He made his Huddersfield debut against Stockport last Saturday.

Ternent signed 6ft 7ins striker Tony Denton from Unibond League Division One North side Wakefield FC yesterday. The 19-year-old chose Huddersfield ahead of Premier League side Blackburn Rovers. He travelled down with the squad yesterday, but will not feature today.

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