On This Day: 31st October 1981

HTSA Admin

HTSA Admin

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40 years ago today, Mick Buxton’s Town side hosted a resurgent Millwall in the old Third Division. Somewhat appropriately given the date, Leeds Road’s most conspicuous—and frankly, irritating—ghosts once again paid a visit to the mortal realm, determined to haunt the home players from the first whistle to the last. 


Sadly, their spectral efforts were successful, as 8,546 souls watched the Lions run out 2-1 winners, with Town’s consolation coming from veteran forward Ian Robins. Still vexed by the result a couple of weeks later, a local pundit, last name of Loughrey, observed that the game had exposed the team’s “flaws in defence” and vulnerabilities “in the early and late stages of play.” 


Town went on to finish 17th, winning promotion to the Second Division the season after. 

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