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21 March 2014

Key Players To Represent Both Clubs

A number of players have represented both Blackpool and Huddersfield Town down the years, with some making bigger impacts than others.

The official website looks back at five key players who achieved big things with The Seasiders and The Terriers. 

KEITH SOUTHERN – MIDFIELDER

Southern joined Blackpool on a three-month loan spell from Everton in 2002 and would make the switch permanent after impressing for The Seasiders.

Southern had his best season for Pool in the 2006-07 season when he was named the League One’s PFA Player of the Year, after leading The Seasiders to promotion through the play-offs, beating Yeovil Town 2-0 at Wembley.

The central midfielder tasted promotion once again in the 2009-10 season, this time to the Premier League after Blackpool’s memorable 3-2 victory over Cardiff in the Play-Off final, where Southern was named Man of the Match.

He would finish his Blackpool career with 314 appearances, before moving onto Huddersfield Town in 2012.

GARETH EVANS – DEFENDER

Evans began his career with his hometown club Leeds United as a trainee, but failed to progress into the first-team, before moving to West Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town on a free transfer in 2001.

Evans made 46 appearances during his first season with The Terriers, but would be ruled out of the 2002-03 season due to an injury which would lead to his release.

He signed a contract with Blackpool in 2003 after impressing initially on trial with The Seasiders and would go on to make 45 appearances for the club.

ROBBIE WILLIAMS – DEFENDER

Williams joined Blackpool in 2007 on a short term loan deal from Barnsley and was part of Blackpool’s League One promotion winning side, scoring the first goal in the 2-0 Play-Off victory over Yeovil City.

The following season he left Barnsley to join Huddersfield Town on a three-and-a-half year deal and would spend three years with The Terriers, making 77 appearances.

GARY TAYLOR-FLETCHER - FORWARD

Taylor-Fletcher joined The Terriers in June 2005 on a free transfer from Lincoln City and was used as a back-up striker for Town, before eventually forcing his way into the starting line-up playing on the 
right wing.

He would go onto score 21 goals for The Terriers, before moving to Blackpool in July 2007 on a two-year deal.

Taylor-Fletcher made over 200 appearances for The Seasiders and guided The Tangerines to promotion in the 2009-10 season, scoring in Blackpool’s memorable 3-2 Play-Off final victory over Cardiff.

The striker scored Pool’s first ever Premier League goal in a 4-0 victory over Wigan Athletic on the opening day of 2010-11 season, making him one of few players to score in each of the top five divisions in English football.

PETER CLARKE - DEFENDER

In 2002 Clarke joined The Seasiders on a three-month loan from Everton, before eventually moving to Blackpool on a permanent deal two years later.

Clarke made an immediate impact during his first season with The Seasiders, helping to solidify the defence which earned him Blackpool’s Player of the Year Award for the 2004-05 season.

During his final season with Blackpool he played in all 46 games.

In 2009 the defender joined Huddersfield Town on a three-year contract and was named captain at the start of the 2009-10 season, where he would go on to win Player of the Season for The terriers.

The following season he won the award for the second time as he led Huddersfield to promotion to The Championship, beating Sheffield United on penalties in the League One Play-Off final.

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