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In opposition: Huddersfield Town v Birmingham City

9 January 2013

There's an interesting game in-store this Saturday in West Yorkshire as Birmingham City boss Lee Clark visits his former club Huddersfield Town.

Just three points separate the two sides in the npower Championship table, making the tie even more important.

Here, we preview the match with the help of a supporter from each club.


Name: Steven Rose.

Club: Huddersfield Town.

Number of years as a supporter: 49. My first match was against Coventry City in 1965 in the old Division 2. I was eight and went with my Dad.

Favourite moment as a fan: The 1994 Trophy final against Swansea City at Wembley. It was the first time Huddersfield had been to a Wembley final in many years. 27,000 fans made the motorway a sea of blue and white.

How many games a season do you attend? As many as possible.

Where do you sit? Direct Golf Stand lower tier.

Name: Karen Carney.

Club: Birmingham City.

Number of years as a supporter: All my life, so 25 years.

Favourite moment as a fan: I've been a mascot at St. Andrews and I had good fun meeting Steve Claridge once. Also, when we beat Arsenal at Wembley. In fact there have been a few good moments in finals; the Trophy final, trips to Cardiff for the League Cup and a Play-Off Final. It's never a dull moment as a Blues fan.

How many games a season do you attend? Not as many as I would like.

Where do you sit? When I go, I usually sit just above the away fans behind the goal in the Gill Merit Stand. It's nice to get some atmosphere from the away fans, although I can never have a hot drink there.


What happened in your last match?

SR: Not one we'll want to remember as we were beaten 6-1 at Leicester City.

KC: In our last game there was a horrific injury to Will Packwood. I hope he can come back stronger and I wish him a speedy recovery. We played pretty well despite all the injuries we've got and were unlucky not to get a point against league leaders Cardiff City.

Why is this game important?

SR: We need to get back to winning league games and this one gives us a chance. It is also the return of former manager Lee Clark.

KC: Every game is so important, especially at the moment as we don't want to be in a relegation battle. We've only won two of our last 11 games. This will be another big game for us, but they all are in the npower Championship.

How do you see this game going?

SR: I think it will be a tough game but with the passion of the fans behind them I think we can win it.

KC: I think it's going to be close, but of course I'll back the boys. We can go above them on goal difference with a win.

Who should we keep our eye on?

SR: On-loan striker Jermaine Beckford. He was unable to play against his own team Leicester, so he will be refreshed and raring to go. He has scored four goals for us since arriving in September and has just had his loan extended to the end of the season.

KC: It's difficult to say at the moment because we have so many injuries, you never know who is fit. Nikola Zigic always pops up with a goal.

Any memories of previous encounters?

SR: May 2001, Birmingham beat us at home 2-1 and relegated us into npower League 1.

Games between Huddersfield and Birmingham always seem to be pretty close, always decided by the odd goal. We did the double over them in the 2000/01 season, but they've already beaten us this season.KC:

Score prediction?

SR: 2-0 win for Huddersfield.

KC: Blues to win 3-2.

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