I was sorry, as I’m sure many Halifax Town supporters were, to read of the passing of former Town chairman Andrew Delaney.
It was fitting then that the “This sporting life” feature contained pictures that brought to mind two of Town’s achievements during his tenure. The 1980 FA Cup win over Manchester City is part of Halifax Town folklore. Less well remembered though is the achievement of the 1977-1978 team. One of Mr Delaney’s first acts as chairman was to replace manager Alan Ball senior with Jimmy Lawson. It was a wise move. Lawson had a galvanising effect on the team as they went on an eight game unbeaten run. Town continued to accumulate points as season’s highlights included drawing 2-2 at Huddersfield thanks to a late Chris Dunleavy strike, a 3-1 win at Stockport, Derek Bell scoring twice, and a 3-1 win over Newport Lawson scoring twice. The final home game of the season brought Champions Watford to the Shay and on a memorable afternoon a crowd of 3542 saw an overhead kick from Bell gave Town a 1-1 draw and the point they needed to avoid re-election. Lawson had led Town to safety losing just five out of twenty eight games. It was a fine achievement. Jimmy Lawson played for Huddersfield Town in the first division (1970-1972). The photograph though shows four other players who after leaving Town also played in the first division. They are Terry Gennoe Southampton, Roland Gregoire, Sunderland, Mick Kennedy, Portsmouth and Mick Leonard, Notts County. All the best to Neil Aspin and the current Halifax Town team for the season. The performance and the result against Wrexham was a very positive first step. Philip Ashworth