Supporters' Association

Chairman's AGM Report, 2013

History of Fartown.

The earliest record of a football match being played in the Huddersfield area is in 1848, when a team of men from Hepworth took on a team of men from Holmfirth near Whinney Bank in Holmfirth. Hepworth won a ...

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Club Honours

The club's first cup victory was in the 1889-90 season when the Yorkshire Cup was won for the first time.

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I would classify the past 12 months as a period of consolidation.

Whilst our numbers have not risen significantly, we have firmly established ourselves as a valuable – and valued – member of the Giants Family. And because of this, two-way communication between us and the club has increased tremendously.

Your committee holds regular meetings with the Board Of Directors [Ken Davey, Richard Thewlis, and Paul Morgan]. Tony Johnson is now chairman of the Players Association and we are working closely with them to hold joint functions. We also keep in close touch with David Jakeman from the Legends.

Attendances at our Tuesday meetings have become consistently good. Mick continues to find interesting and thought-provoking speakers for us [Stuart Cummings, Danny Lockwood, Jason McCartney, Jenna Brough, Lindsay Grix,Laura Howley, Jonathan Doidge, Paul Anderson, Paul Morgan, Tim Jones & Steve Hardisty, and our very own Trevor Kaye].

The ‘Reindeer Race Night’ continued to be a sleighride of a success [used it to good effect last year so I thought I’d repeat it]. [Plug for this year’s – Friday 13th December.]

We’ve had a couple of pre-match events for youngsters – the Junior Discos again proved to be popular as did the inaugural Craft Event.

We continue to hand surplus money to the Talentbuilder fund at the Giants – £1000.

I’d like to thank David and his staff here at Turnbridge for continuing to make us feel welcome – not only on meeting nights, but also on match days. Thank you David.

You committee has again worked tirelessy in the cause of building HGSA. Thank you all for the effort, commitment, and enthusiasm you have again shown over the past 12 months.

So, what of the future?

To help the club, we still need to attract more members in order to spread the word about our fabulous team. With our prospective new committee members, this would seem to be more than a distinct possibility.

We have a team, led by James & Liz liaising with the club and people form the Zone, which is looking into events not only for primary school age youngsters, but also Young Giants, secondary school age.

A quick memory jogger about events not strictly organised by HGSA:

  1. As you will know by now, the World Cup is coming to town. November 2nd sees the John Smith’s Stadium host England vIreland.
  2. The day before, there is a World Cup Celebration Day at the stadium. Fans can enjoy listening to a galaxy of rugby league stars in a series of panels. They will discuss their world cup memories, the 2013 tournament, and the future of international rugby league. There will also be film from past tournaments and exhibitions of memorabilia from many of the leading clubs.

Speakers and panellists include David Oxley CBE, Neil Fox MBE, Dave Woods, Angela Powers, Garry Schofield OBE, Robbie Hunter-Paul, Bev Risman OBE, John Kear, Gary Hetherington, Johnny Whiteley, and Tony Collins.

Eventorganiser David Thorpe said:

'Our aim has been to make this event affordable for the fans. Tickets, which include morning and afternoon refreshments and a buffet lunch, cost just £10. I doubt there will never be another event like this. It really is a unique opportunity to listen to and meet so many of the game's leading names in one place. They are all giving generously of their time to give the fans a day to remember.'

Doors open to the exhibitions in the main stand at The John Smith's Stadium at 9.30am. The first speakers and panels begin in the Revell Ward Suite at 11.30am and will run through the day, with breaks for lunch and refreshments, until about 4.45pm.

Tickets can bepurchased from me now or online at www.huddersfieldrlheritage.co.uk, by ringing (01484) 484134, or by emailing sportsinspire@talktalk.net.

  1. The Huddersfield Rugby League Heritage Project will open its doors at the Tolson Museum in a couple of weeks time. We are currently setting up the exhibits. Pop along and have a look at our glorious history – which is now, thankfully, continuing.

[To celebrate 150 years since the founding of the club in 1864, 100 years since the Team Of All Talents, 100 years since the world record 80 tries in a season by Albert Rosenfeld, and 100 years since the outbreak of World War 1. Memorabilia is wanted, volunteers are wanted to scan and document the items brought in, volunteers are wanted who will recount their rugby memories.]

In closing, I’m throwing down the gauntlet and challenging each of you to find one person from the apathetic population of Huddersfield and enrol him or her as a new member of the Association.

And finally, if I’ve omitted anything, I apologise!

Dave C

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