Huddersfield Town have unveiled a mural celebrating the club’s ‘thrice champions’ of the 1920s – and there could be more giant artworks to come.
Artists from the Northern Mural Company in Almondbury have helped mark the centenary of Town’s historic league championship treble by painting a mural on a wall in Leeds Road outside the club’s Canalside training complex – and the murals won’t stop there.
The celebratory piece features a team picture of the squad, portraits of legendary manager Herbert Chapman and inside forward Clem Stephenson and a unique re-creation of the Thrice Championship shield.
Town were the first club to win three titles in a row and only Arsenal, Manchester United and newly-crowned Manchester City have emulated the achievement.
Tom Crowe, from the Northern Mural Company, is delighted with the finished mural and said: “It’s been a labour of love but it’s been hard work too.
“We’re lifelong Town fans so to be able to do the first mural like this for both Huddersfield and Huddersfield Town makes us really proud.
“The location couldn’t be any better, we’ve had so many good comments from people walking past already which kept us going. It’s great to see a buzz around it and the passion from the Town fans and we look forward to more people seeing it going forward.
“We are in talks with the club to do more of these murals around the town and especially on the way from the town centre to the stadium.
“The club has so much history and we want to use our creative skills to bring that to life. This mural we kept quite traditional to go with the 1920s style, however for our other mural ideas we have different styles for sure.
“We can’t reveal any locations yet but a prominent businessman and Town fan, who owns plenty of property in the town centre, has given us the green light to go ahead.”
Tom is also hoping his team can create other murals in the town that are not football-related to showcase Huddersfield’s culture and diversity. He would love to work with Kirklees Council on creating something special and unique.
The Northern Mural Company worked alongside renowned illustrator Peter O’Toole who created the design.
The piece of art took seven days to complete with the artists often working 12 hour shifts to ensure the detail and design were faithfully recreated.
Peter said he’d enjoyed all the research involved and added: “It’s my first collaboration like this and it’s amazing. I’m really proud to have been involved.”
Fans can’t get enough of the mural either and it’s already a magnet for social media and selfies.
Alasdair Bell, chairman of Huddersfield Town Supporters’ Association (HTSA), is also impressed and said: “The new mural builds on the one in the South Stand that HTSA commissioned and part funded. It’s another beautiful design by Peter O’Toole which celebrates the club’s incredible achievements in the 1920s.
“We’re looking forward to seeing what else the club and council have planned for the centenaries, and hope to be involved ourselves through the Heritage Project.”
The club’s marketing and communications director David Threlfall-Sykes said the mural was a cool way to engage supporters and celebrate a historical milestone in the club’s history.