Keith Ingham spoke to two Huddersfield Town fans ahead of Saturday's clash with the Terriers at Elland Road.
How long have you both followed Town?
Chris: I have followed Huddersfield for around 20 years.
Richard: I have supported Town since I started working at the old Leeds Rd ground, when a young Andy Booth started playing for Town,
Your both from different era's so what is your most memorable time following them?
Chris: The League One play off final in 2012 against Sheffield United has to be the most memorable day. While the game wasn’t the most exciting the result was decided following a penalty shoot-out which ended with the winning goal being scored by our keeper after eleven rounds.
Richard: I think my Favourite time supporting Town was after we moved to the new ground and got promotion after we beat Bristol in the playoff final.
Who are your Favourite players?
Chris: We have brought some talent into the squad over the summer with Aaron Mooy and Christopher Schindler standing out so far but it’s too early to pick favourite players from the current squad. While he hasn’t played many games yet Michael Hefele is fast becoming a fans favourite though.
Richard: my favourite player came to the club around my favourite time. Marcus Stewart was phenomenal, it's just a shame Bruce couldn't see his potential.
Until last year Town have not had the best results against Leeds, do you think it's changed because of the new coaching staff or players?
Chris: For me it’s a mix of both coaching style and players. Our style of football has definitely changed which has helped us against every team we have played. The training regime and philosophy is completely different and there is a togetherness off the field that is feeding onto the pitch and enabling us to pick of points that we would have dropped in previous seasons. We have also invested well and brought in players that were better than what we already had. Wagner and his team have definitely used their knowledge of the foreign markets well.
Richard: I don't think how well Town/Leeds are doing in any season has anything to do with the result on the day, it is a derby and that can go for and against you in equal measure as we have seen before in Leeds/Town matches.
Your opinion on how both clubs are run by the owners?
Chris: As I have said many times before – I wouldn’t want Cellino anywhere my club. Dean Hoyle is a legend and always will be in terms of where he has taken Huddersfield and hopefully will continue to take Huddersfield Town.
Richard: Town have a few more years than Leeds at being run by the same owner, Dean Hoyle has a plan for the club and yes he has had to change the manager a few times but year on year we look like we are moving forward, Leeds maybe need to follow a similar model.
Monk v Wagner: Opinions?
Chris: To be fair I don’t really know much about Monk but I was surprised when he took the Leeds job. I’m not sure why anyone would want the Leeds job at the moment but at least he’ll get a good pay out when he gets sacked.
David Wagner has started very well at Town. He has completely changed our style of play and it seems to be paying off since he has brought in his own players over the summer. His substitutions have also been perfect since the start of the season with a sub scoring the winning or equalising goal in every game except one I believe.
Richard: So far Wagner's way seems to be working but it is early days , he has the backing of the board and we have got past the transfer window without lossing any players, so if we can get past the New Year transfer window maybe we can have a good season, Gary Monk has got a lot of work to do at Leeds, he is a good young manager let's hope he is given the time.
Champions, Runners Up and Playoff places?
Chris: I would love to see Huddersfield in this but I think Newcastle will win the league. Not sure on runners up but I think it will be between Brighton, Norwich, Wolves, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby with the others taking the play off spots.
Richard: I think the 3 teams that came down will be in and around the top 6, plus Brighton Ipswich and QPR, I think is a good season for one of the outsides to make an impression in the top 6 because there are a lot of teams in transition.
Who are your Relegation certainties: three clubs?
Chris: Too early to tell but my guess is Blackburn, Rotherham and Burton
Richard: Blackburn have a lot of work to do not to go down, I think teams with small squads will struggle with there being no loan window this season, but it's early days.
Most underrated player at Town/Leeds?
Chris: I wouldn’t say we have a stand out player that is underrated but I would say that we have players that do a lot of work during a game that goes unnoticed - Jonathan Hogg and Aaron Mooy definitely fit into this category. I’m not familiar with the current Leeds team so wouldn’t be able to comment.
Richard: Think a lot of Town players are underrated at the moment but we like that because it means other teams are not looking at them, as for Leeds I'm sorry I don't follow them so I don't know who is underrated.
Where will both clubs finish this season?
Chris: If we carry on as we are I would like to think we will be around the play offs but that’s a long way off. I think Leeds will be mid table again with Monk getting sacked along the way.
Richard: I hope Town finish in the top half of the league because that would be progress we will see, if Leeds keep Monk I think the best they can hope for is the same as Town just top half.
Prediction for Saturdays clash and Scorers?
Chris: 2-1 to Town. Wells and Jack Payne to score
Richard: As for the up coming match I think Leeds will score at home, but Town are high on confidence and with Wells in the team I also think they will score and have a good chance of winning, but will probably be a draw, a draw always means harmony with Leeds friends!
We'd like to that both Chris and Richard for getting involved and answering our questions and hope by the end of the season we are both challenging for a playoff position.
By Keith Ingham
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