FOR Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark, there really is only one St James’ Park.
A fan since old enough to watch his first game, the 38-year-old went on to have two spells as a Newcastle United player and freely admits there is no better ground in the country than his old stamping ground.
Today, however, Clark’s focus is on the ‘other’ St James Park, the one that lies a little over 300 miles to the south west of Newcastle, in Devon.
It will be his third visit to the 8,830 capacity home of Exeter City and one that he is not taking lightly, as is proved by the Huddersfield squad having headed south on Thursday rather than yesterday as would normally be the case for visiting teams to Devon.
Clark explained: “We were given the option, and (Town assistant manager) Terry McDermott and myself decided we were best to get down to Devon early. The hotel we use in this part of the world has excellent training facilities, and the lads will get a couple of good nights of sleep.
“We know that when some sides run out at our ground, they’ve still got the journey in their legs – in fact it’s a situation we try to exploit.”
Clark is to admit a Football Association charge of improper conduct over his clash with the Stevenage bench after last weekend’s 2-1 win.