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Lee Clark Gets Huddersfield To League One Play-Off Final

12:40 pm, Friday, May 20th, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

Lee Clark, the former Newcatsle United player and coach, has done wonders for Huddersfield these last two seasons.

Lee Clark – celebrating victory on Wednesday night

And it culminated on Wednesday night, in Lee getting Huddersfield to the League One Play-Off final,  to be played at Old Trafford on May 29th against Peterborough.

In Wednesday night’s game Huddersfield again drew with Bournemouth 3-3 after drawing 1-1 away, and Huddersfield won the penalty shoot-out 4-2.

Away goals don’t count double like they do in the European ties, so a penalty shoot-out was necessary last night at the Galpharm Stadium, after 30 minutes of extra time.

Peterborough beat Milton Keynes Dons 2-0 at home after being beaten 3-2 away, and so went though on a 4-3 aggregate score.

Huddersfield goalkeeper Ian Bennett saved Liam Feeney’s penalty effort, and then Anton Robinson hit the crossbar with his penalty shot, to give The Terriers the win.

Huddersfield have now gone 27 games without defeat, and a delighted Lee Clark said this after the game:

“This is my best moment in football.“ I had some magnificent nights as a player, but this tops the lot.”

Huddersfield had finished 3rd top of the league with 87 points, 5 points behind second placed Southampton, and 8 points behind Champions Brighton, the two teams who gained  automatic promotion.

Peterborough finished in 4th place on 79 points, and it should be some game on May 29th.

Lee Clark has already said his ambition in management is to one day manage his home-town club, Newcastle United, and if he keeps going like this, he will get his dream one day.

Lee took over Huddersfield in December of 2008, and his record is played 142,  won 71, drawn 37 and lost 34 for a 50% win rate, and last season he had Huddersfield in 6th place on 80 points.

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16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 thepict // May 20, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Congratulations to Lee. Future NUFC manager.

  • 2 G // May 20, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Having met Lee Clarke many years ago, and finding that decent player he is, also, he is a bit of a dick! Looks like he has matured somewhat over the last ten years or so. I never expected him to do well as a manger, as when I met him (92 / 93 ish) he came across as very childish, and mentally lacking. He has done very well with his first managerial job, and I for one would like to congratulate him and hope him success in the final. If his progression carries on at this rate, we could perhaps see him again at the club, this time managing?

  • 3 FarAwayGeordie // May 20, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Well Done, We Should aim to hire one of these young english managers in the near future

    they encourage their teams to play attractive football and are great motivators just look at brendon rodgers, lee clarke, Eddie Howe etc

  • 4 toonfan76 // May 20, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    If he keeps going the way he is, he’ll probably get a go at the job before Shearer gets another crack at it. Good luck Clarkie I say. Got to respect a guy who wears an Anti-Sunderland shirt while on the books for them.

  • 5 Toon Sweden77 // May 20, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Good Luck Clarkie!! You looks a lot older now.. :)

  • 6 Billy1985 // May 20, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    lee clark was a great player and he has always been in management. he used to manage the young kids at walker whilst he was at newcastle. he has done a great job at huddersfield and he will do a cracking job where ever he goes, and also terry mac is there too well done clarkie son

  • 7 AndyMac // May 20, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    “terry mac is there too”

    Aye there’ll always be a place for Terry Mac at a club cos someone has to put the bets on and get the fish and chips on Fridays :)

  • 8 The Entertainers // May 20, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Over the moon for Clarkie, hope they go on to stuff Posh!

    Who knows a future Toon boss in the making !

  • 9 veto // May 20, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    lee used to live near our school when i was a youngster , after school every night for years he used to have masses of kids knocking at his door for an autograph and whenever he could he would spend hours at his door chatting and signing autogrphs , so i cant take anyone seriously when they say he was ‘abit of a dick’ .
    he went way beyond what is expected of toon players cos he was local and understood the people pestering him .

    best of luck to him , future nufc manager

  • 10 Mc-Toon // May 20, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    @Veto

    Agreed, family spent a lot of time around him in years gone by and never a bad word said. He was a bit of a lad when he was younger…but who wasnt.

  • 11 jonnymcdonald // May 20, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Lee Clarke should be a half time guest on Sunday at St.James’ but Mike Ashley doesn’t think about Newcastle fans and what we would want!

  • 12 leazes upper // May 20, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    well done clarkie. think he’ll be manager at nufc 1 day hopefully . also think some of our young players will end up down there onloan if they get promoted

  • 13 toonturtle // May 20, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    He’s done a superb job, hopefully they will win the final! Best of luck to you!

  • 14 G // May 20, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    veto, I can only speak from personal experience. When I met him I was a serving soldier in Cyprus, and he was on holiday there, with quite a lot of other footballers, from our club, as well as others. Perhaps it was the drink in him then, but he wasn’t the only one misbehaving that week. Barry Venison was chickscaring under age girls, Alan Thompson was being sick in the gutters, and 2 young lads from Liverpool got themselves photographed in a compromising position, which got them sacked, they were Don Hutchinson and Julian Dicks, and they were not the only ones working themselves, half the Toon squad were, however, they were the only ones unfortunate enough to end up in the Tabloids.

  • 15 Billy1985 // May 20, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    @ g thats what football was like back then though, no strict rules back then its amazing how fast everything involved in football has evolved

  • 16 G // May 21, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    The footballers were angelic compared to what our regiment used to get up to there. Was the best time in the world, until 3 RGJ’s went and knacked it for everyone by murdering a Danish girl.




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