SPEN Valley has historically always been a hotbed of support for Huddersfield Town.
So when the makers of a new programme featuring the Terriers were searching for a group of supporters to interview, they found the perfect fanbase at Millbridge WMC.
On Monday a BBC camera crew descended on the Liversedge club to talk to the fans who are ardent followers, both home and away.
Dave Scholefield explained how the filming came about.
“Nicholas Crane, who is a presenter on Coast, is doing a new series called Town, and one of the towns they are featuring is Huddersfield,” he said.
“The town has a fantastic history, it’s a strong industrial town, Harold Wilson was born there, and of course its football team has a proud heritage, being one of the most successful in the 1920s, and which is now enjoying success again with promotion to the Championship.
“Steve King, chairman of the Huddersfield Town Supporters’ Association, put the programme makers in touch with us because Millbridge is well known for its support of the football club.
“Our away trips are legendary – raucous but always good fun and never any trouble.
“I’ve followed Town for more than 40 years, and the thing about football is you never change your team. You might change your house, job or the town you live in, but you never change your club.
“I don’t think Nicholas Crane had ever been in the company of so many supporters before and he was quite in awe, because there were men, women and children there.
“At the end of the interview we gave him a rendition of the anthem Smile Awhile, which used to be sung on the terraces in the 1920s and is now enjoying a resurgence.
“It’s a fantastic song, there are no swear words in it, it’s almost ‘Hovis’-like and evokes a northern industrial town – and you can sing it loud and proud.”
Dave said they were delighted to have been asked to take part in the programme.
“Spen has always been a stronghold for Town supporters,” he said. “Beck Lane playing fields in Heckmondwike used to be owned by Town and were where Denis Law played his first English football, and of course, the current chairman, Dean Hoyle, grew up in Heckmondwike.”
Town is due to be broadcast next year.