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Play-off candidates Huddersfield have not been nearer a top-flight place since they won the Second Division title in 1970 with the team that unveiled Frank Worthington's goalscoring talents and pushed the 22-year- old Trevor Cherry to the fore.

Should the Terriers go up this season, Cherry, now 48 and an associate director, will take some credit again, having been involved in recruiting Brian Horton as manager. "I felt Brian did well in difficult circumstances at Manchester City and he has had an exceptional season for us," Cherry said.

It was after a pounds 100,000 move to Leeds United in 1972 that Cherry made his name, winning a championship medal and 27 England caps. He left Elland Road to be player-manager of Bradford City, where his Third Division title triumph in 1985 was overshadowed by the Valley Parade fire. Sacked in 1987, he rejected a chance to take over at Sunderland but has no regrets about leaving management behind.

"The fire affected me, I'm sure," he said, "but I turned down Sunderland for other reasons, including the travelling I would have faced, plus my son's A-levels. With hindsight, it was the best decision I ever made."

Today, Cherry, married with three children, runs a successful promotions and corporate hospitality business, based in Huddersfield but which often takes him to Leeds, with whom, he admits, he shares his loyalties. His son, Darren, had trials with Leeds but now, like his New York-based brother, Ian, 25, is a chartered accountant. His daughter, Danielle, is a student.