Date: 6th April 2006 at 7:27pm
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As Huddersfield don’t currently have an editor for their Vital site, I have trawled the four corners of the globe (well, ok, my office) and my colleague Gary was the man to take the 10 questions this week.

1. It’s all going pretty well for Huddersfield this season… Do you think you can secure automatic promotion?

Well we ‘technically’ have the easiest run-in out of the top six and with Brentford unable to buy a win at the moment it does look favourable for us.

However, we have always had a poor record against sides near the bottom and our current away form is distinctly average, which is not much use considering four of our last six games are away!

The next two games are crucial, four points against the Gills and Bournemouth and I think we will clinch it.

2. It must have been a big culture shock when you ended up in the basement division a couple of years ago, but you’ve bounced back well and look to be on the verge of the Championship once again. Is that where the club really belongs?

We were within touching distance of the Premiership before our chairman at the time bottled it and sold out best striker to promotion rivals Ipswich, who coincidently were promoted.

Last Saturday we got 19,500 fans in the derby against Barnsley and we also have one of the highest away followings in the league, second only to, I believe Nottm Forest.

Our stadium should be sustaining Championship football at the very least and our Academy has produced a plethora of talent including Jon Stead and nearly all our current squad of players and a place in the Top 30 of English football is where the Terriers should be.

3. What sort of job has Peter Jackson done at the Galpharm Stadium?

If you are a Terrier fan the quote ‘I only had eight players when I arrived here’ is seen more often than anything else coming from the Galpharm.

However, it cannot be denied that Jacko has done a near miraculous job since rejoining us. We had a squad of overpaid, underachieving has-beens, had just come out of administration and were in the bottom tier of league football.

Now, we are within reach of a return to the Championship. Jacko, Terry Yorath and our academy manager Gerry Murphy deserve the key to Huddersfield for what they have achieved.

4. Andy Booth is still knocking them in this season, just how vital is he to your hopes?

Booth is a Huddersfield legend and seems to keep going from strength to strength since he returned to the club from Sheffield Wednesday.

14 goals with six games to go is a great return for any striker but is especially good seeing as the Booth is coming towards the end of his career.

It is not just in attack that Town benefit fom Booth, his height and awareness is a great assett in defending set pieces and, considering Pawel Abbott has had a poor season by his standards, then it is great that the old warhorse has been taking over the goalscoring duties.

5. Apart from Booth, who are the main men to look out for on Saturday?

David Graham has been superb since arriving on loan from Sheffield Wednesday and his vision and intelligence is a cut above. Gary Taylor-Fletcher has superb skills on the ball and always chips in with vital goals.

However the real player to watch is Andy Holdsworth. He has probably been our most consistent performer this season and his crossing ability is second to none.

If we score on Saturday you can be certain he will play a part somewhere in the build up.

6. What’s been the highlight of your season so far?

There are a few, playing Blackburn in the League Cup and outplaying and defeating bitter rivals Bradford at Valley Parade spring to mind.

However the big one has got to be our 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup, when Taylor-Fletcher equalised it looked like we were going to do the impossible and that feeling was superb!

7. And what about the lowlight?

Going 10 games with just one victory that nearly saw us blow our play-off chances, let alone automatic promotion.

8. What do you make of the standard of League One this season?

All the teams in League One are of roughly the same standard. Anyone can beat anyone.

For example we lost 3-0 at home to Port Vale and yet a few games later we defeat Colchester to bring an end to their long unbeaten run.

I’d say there is not those quality sides that have brushed aside teams as easily as Luton did last season.

There are no Wigans, Crewes or Readings this time but that does make for a more competitive league.

9. Do you think we’re going to stay up this season? We’re on a good run right now, but none of us are counting our chickens…

Gillingham will stay up this season. At the end of the day there are sides worse than the Gills in the League, namely MK Dons, Walsall, Swindon and Blackpool and as a result the Gills will do enough to stay up…starting
after the game against us of course!

10. And what do you think the score will be on Saturday?

Head says 0-0 while my heart say 1-0 to us.

Thanks to Gary for his time and due to an agreement, neither of us will gloat too much if we win… Perhaps a draw will be best for us all…