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6th

Heritage Project & Derek Wroe.

We are 4th in Super League. Derek Wroe is coming.

Well, that’s this week’s positive news! We shall now focus on the club’s Heritage Project – not that this is negative news!

For months now, people have been toiling away in the background in order to secure funding from the Lottery Fund. And boy, has that work proved fruitful.

Money is now available to secure the history of Huddersfield Cricket and Athletic Club, Fartown, Barracudas [huh?], and now the Giants. Not only the history of the club, but it’s importance to the town.

Again, not only the club, but the history of rugby in and around Huddersfield. Did you know that almost every village and locality in the area has had a rugby team?

1864 saw the formation of the club we now know as the Huddersfield Giants. This will be 150 years ago in 2014, the year of the finished heritage product.

2014 is the centenary of the Team Of All Talents.

2014 is the centenary of Albert Rosnfield’s amazing feat of scoring 80 tries in one season.

2014 is also the centenary of the start of World War 1. There is little information about how the Great War affected life in Huddersfield. The project is already investigating this and intends to produce a book with its findings.

So what will make the project a success?

The answer [apart from hard work!] is simple.

You.

Almost everyone will have some connection with either Rugby League or life in Huddersfield at the start of the last century.

We are looking for artefacts and mementoes of every description – loaned, of course, so that they can be scanned/photographed and added to the collection.

Memories are also required. Adults and youngster will be trained on how to interview people, to bring out forgotten past experiences. These will be recorded for posterity. In fact, would you like to be a volunteer interviewer?

So, what will happen to all this material once it has been collected?

There will be travelling exhibitions around the town starting with the Tolson Museum in 2014.

In addition, it will all be put onto a heritage section of the Giants website.

For further information or offers of help on the above, please contact that man again, Dave Calverley.

In closing, HGSA are immensely proud to announce that our special guest speaker next week [12th June] will be the President of the Players Association, our great hooker of recent yesteryear, Derek Wroe.

13th

In celebration of the Giants’ Heritage Project, a brief history of the club will be serialised on a monthly basis.

This month focuses on the mid 19th century.

Early Years

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 close fought game which "exhibited the usual amount of confusions, bloody noses, etc" and took the prize of £5 which had been jointly donated by each side.

There appears to have been no formal structure to sport in the Huddersfield area until the opening of the Apollo Gymnasium on August 3, 1850. At this time the gymnasium was the only venue in the town where young men could take part in physical activities, it offered the opportunity to participate in fencing, swimming, bowling, cricket and many other sports.

In 1864 the Apollo Gymnasium was turned into the Gymnasium Theatre. The athletes of the gymnasium responded by forming a more organised athletics association. In an advertisement headed "Huddersfield Athletic Club" they invited "gentlemen desirous of becoming members" to a public meeting at 8 o'clock on the evening of November 16, 1864 at the Queen Hotel. The meeting went ahead, a hundred names were registered and a committee was formed. Within a month a new gymnasium was in service in a basement on Back John William Street.

On January 27, 1866 twenty members of the Huddersfield Athletic Club agreed to play a football match against twenty of the Huddersfield Rifle Corps at Rifle Field in Trinity Street. Although the result was a scoreless draw, a large crowd was attracted. In light of this the Huddersfield Athletic Club agreed to start a football section which was to start at the beginning of December 1866. Initially the Huddersfield Athletic Club made no contribution to the support of the football club and each paying member was forced to pay a subscription of 2s 6d.

Please remember:

•       The Junior Disco - June 24th, 1:00 pm in the Fantastic Media Suite.
•       The Giant Olympics, a Race Night with a difference - July 13th. Entry will be free for members and £1 for guests. All our athletes require trainers at a cost of £2 each. Race Sponsors are also sought.
•       In conjunction with the Legends, we shall be running coaches to the semi-final on July 15th: adults £10, children £5; £20 [£10] including 2 course meal. The club will also be running coaches. Book online now.

20th

There are three great reasons to be a Giants fan this coming Super Supporter Sunday.

Firstly, the Olympic Torch Relay is coming through our town.

The Huddersfield Giants Supporters Association (HGSA) has arranged with Kirklees Council that any and all Giants supporters wanting to support the Torch Relay can meet in the area of Ma Bakers Sandwich Shop on Bradford Road, Fartown, who are, of course proud sponsors of our very own Big G (it will be open for the duration of the event).

And judging by what has been happening up and down the country we suggest you get there early.

Secondly, and this is more for the Giants’ junior supporters, the HGSA has organised a FREE disco in conjunction with the Huddersfield Giants Super League club.

It will take place in the Galpharm Fantastic Media Stand function room, accessed through the swimming pool entrance.

There will be music, games, prizes, and some special visitors.

All children must be accompanied by an adult, and it is on a first come, first served basis.

This gets under way at 1pm, until 2.30pm, so come along straight after supporting the Torch Relay.

Finally, and this is a personal plea, let’s make Super Supporter Sunday finish with a bang, or at least a lot of noise!

We all know the Giants have lost five in a row.

We all know there are comings and goings, and we all know that things just aren’t what they were only a month ago.

But we all want to win a trophy this season.

We’d all love to go to either Wembley or Old Trafford, or in our dreams both.

So let us all become the 18th member of the squad against the Broncos.

Instead of just coming on when the going is good and we are running in tries, let’s sing our way through the whole game whatever is happening on the pitch.

Come on the guys at the back of the Britannia Stand, lead the way and the rest of us will follow.

Show the team we care and encourage them to get back to that winning style we all know they are capable of.

Sing up for the Giants!

27th

Nathan is coming.

But before he does, let’s hear what Derek had to say.

Derek Wore was out June guest, and what an entertaining one he was.

It was during the 70s and early 80s when Derek graced the hallowed Fartown turf as our hooker. In the days when hookers were hookers and men were….

It was whilst he was playing in a successful Earlesheaton junior side [they won the U 19 Yorkshire Cup] that Trevor Bedford ‘found’ Derek. His debut was at Hull in September 1972. The coaches at the time were Jack Scroby and Brian Curry. Whilst he was quite well prepared for what happened on the pitch, he was totally unprepared for the Boulevard ‘welcome’!!

A couple of years later he was playing against London at Craven Cottage. Now Fulham’s ground is near Heathrow Airport. It was a close game. At one point, the northern Trevor Leathley said to the northern Peter Cramp “Hey Pete. Have you seen that Jumbo just above us?” “Where? Oh yes. Isn’t it big.”

When the northern pair returned their gaze to the pitch, they found that London had scored a try – down their wing!

In 1978, he and his wife decided to emigrate to New Zealand.

At that time, New Zealand RL had imposed a 12 month ban on importing players, so Derek managed to get a job and a work permit. When he did join a team, they went through the season undefeated.

After 3 years the family chose to return to England. Arriving home to the cold, rain, and fog, to say nothing of the state of the country, Derek wished that they’d never left NZ!

1984/85 season saw Derek being granted a testimonial along with Trevor Leathley. And at the end of that season he was voted the ‘Most Loyal Player’ by the Supporters Club. He then went on to be the Yorkshire winner.

Derek mused that in those days he felt that players were somehow closer to the supporters. They mingled in the clubhouse after games, they lived near each other, and spoke when they passed in the street. “In those days you had to play 10 games before you got a badge for your blazer.”

Derek is now President of the Players Association, an organisation which he joined in 1982 when Hubert Lockwood was its President.

The aims of the association is ‘to assist players who need help and sponsor today’s youngsters’.

One of the many fund raising events they used to stage was an annual panto for their own children and youngsters from Hollybank. Derek particularly remembers one stand out performance, quite literally a stand out, was Tony Johnson playing Snow White!!

When Derek did finally retire – from a career in which he was fortunate enough to never be injured – he really did hang up his boots, never to play again.

An evening of reminisces for both Derek and the assembled throng. An event thoroughly enjoyed by one and all.

Nathan, you’ve got something to live up to when you will be our guest on July 3rd!

Please remember:

•       July’s guest is Nathan Brown on the 3rd, at Turnbridge WMC. 7:30 for a 7:45 start. As we expect this to be a popular meeting, will guests note that they must be accompanied by a member [membership is £5 and can be obtained online].

•       The Giant Olympics, a Race Night with a difference - July 13th. Entry will be free for members and £1 for guests. All our athletes require trainers at a cost of £2 each. Race Sponsors are also sought.
•       In conjunction with the Legends, we shall be running coaches to the semi-final on July 15th: adults £10, children £5; £20 [£10] including 2 course meal. The club will also be running coaches. Book online now.

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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