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7th

There are lots of reasons to celebrate at the moment: the superb increase in season tickets, the free-flowing rugby on the pitch, the continuing growth of the Huddersfield Giants Supporters Association [HGSA], and now this, a weekly column in the Examiner.

So, just exactly what is HGSA and what does it do?

We are group of people with a love of Rugby League in general and the Giants in particular. We have regular meetings in the convivial surroundings of Turnbridge WMC:

• The first Tuesday is when we have a guest speaker. These occasions are free to members whilst guests pay £1.

To date we have had, amongst others, Paul Reilly, Robbie Hunter-Paul, Rocky Turner, James Deighton [BBC Radio Leeds], Dave Woods [BBC commentator], Nigel Wood [RFL], Ben Thaler & James Childs [referees], Chris Roberts [Examiner], and many more.

Upcoming guests include the Laura Crane Trust, Ian Van Bellen, Stuart Cummings, and Paul Kilbride of the RFL Benevolent Fund.

• In addition, we have other events at both Turnbridge and elsewhere. These include a Reindeer Race Night, a trip round the Galpharm, visiting the Heritage Museum in the George Hotel, quiz nights, etc.

In the near future we shall be having a pre-match disco for youngsters, a charity quiz evening, a Giants Olympic Games, a cricket match, and another Reindeer Race Night.

Some of these are fund raising events whilst others are simply fun.

Our goals are simple:

1. To raise awareness of and support for the Giants.

2. To raise money for the development of junior rugby at the club.

3. To enjoy ourselves.

We have an outstanding website, www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk. All details of our events past, present, and future can be found on it. In addition, there is an ever expanding Heritage section. There are articles of historical interest by David Gronow [grandson of Ben, a member of the Team Of All Talents], programmes and brochures from yesteryear, photographs of our heroes and our speakers, links to YouTube videos, a bit of fun, and our membership form.

So, for an annual subscription of a mere £5, you too can be part of this growing band of Giants. Why not give us a try? Bring this Examiner article and we will waive the guest fee.

Can't be fairer than that, can we?

14th

For our March meeting, Brian Heywood from the club’s Heritage Project gave us an update on the project. Along with David Gronow and Laura Hanson, we heard how almost every village around Huddersfield boasted a RL team prior to WW1. Due to the enormous loss of young life between 1914 & 1918, many of these teams failed to make it into the 1920s.

One of the Team Of All Talents, Douglas Clark, went over to France. Rugby was Dougie’s part-time hobby; he was a coal merchant by profession.

Dougie was ‘lucky’ in that he survived after being hit by shrapnel. He was told that he must never play rugby again. In 1921 he was back in the Great Britain team! Not only that, after his playing days ended, he became a World Champion wrestler!! David Gronow is currently transcribing Dougie’s war diary which, he says, is a fascinating read.

A week on Friday, 23rd March, we shall be having a ‘Pub Games Night’ at Turnbridge. From darts to skittles, Jenga to beer mat flipping, a good time can be guaranteed for all. Last year’s photos are on our website, www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

In closing, we would like to congratulate Giants fan Ben Calverley on captaining Oxford University to an exhilarating 48 to nil victory over rivals Cambridge in the annual RL Varsity match. It was Ben’s 3rd consecutive appearance for the Dark Blues, being on the winning side on all occasions. We are trying to persuade Ben to come and talk to us in July.
One to look out for is the Oxford University coach Dan Garbutt. He had his team playing a style of rugby which will be familiar to all Giants fans this season. A British coach with a big future.

21st

One of the items which the committee discussed with the Board of Directors the other week was the question of HGSA running coaches to away matches and how did the club feel about this. It was pointed out that club coach was not always full and, should another be made available, then there would be two coaches running less than half empty which would result in both parties making a loss.

However, it was agreed that the club would look into running a ‘Breakfast Coach’ on the Sunday of Magic Weekend. So, all you who have asked for such an event, contact either Dave or the club for further details.

On the question of away support, the turnout at Wakefield was absolutely fantastic. Apart from cup semi-finals and finals, never has such a mass of Claret & Gold been seen for many a year. However…

Of the [under-estimate] of 2000 Giants fans, 400 bought their tickets from our club; the rest paid at Wakefield.

Those 400 people earned the Giants £800. If the other 1600 had bought tickets in advance, the Giants would have received a further £3200!

The moral being: buy your away ticket from the Giants. Your £2 might not sound a lot, but 2000 £2s means £4000!

So, if we take 3 or 4 000 to Manchester, that would be quite a nice cash bonus for the club.

On the subject of Magic Weekend, the club are trying to ensure that we all sit together. This can only be achieved if, guess what, we buy tickets from the Giants!

How good would it be for us all to sit in the same area. The atmosphere generated would be fantastic.

Speaking of atmosphere, there has been a discussion on one of the Rugby League Forums about singing and chanting at the Galpharm. Some people are suggesting that all the singers should sit together. This happens at away games when we are more or less forced to be in the same area. What are your thoughts? [The links to 3 forums are on the ‘Links’ page of our website.]
For the latest HGSA news, such as the return of the much requested Games Night [this Friday at Turnbridge, 7:30 start for darts, Jenga, card throwing, skittles, etc, etc] visit www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk or contact Dave Calverley at da.calverley@PhotoLens.co.uk or phone 07887 878 425.

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Communication

How do you communicate?

Word of mouth? Letter? e-mail?

We at HGSA use all those methods and more!

We have a website, www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk, which we are proud to think is one of the best fans' sites in the UK.

It is updated on a weekly basis giving details of our past, present, and future meetings. Reports and photographs of these meetings are turning into quite an impressive back catalogue.

There are photographs of notable 'modern' events: the last match at Fartown, the last match at Leeds Road, the first match at the stadium amongst others.

We have a 'Heritage Section' where there are programmes covering each of the last 6 decades; David Gronow has supplied a series of historical articles; there are testimonial brochures of Dave Valentine and Paul Reilly. Our current project is to reproduce the 1995 'Centenary Brochure' [permission has tried to be sought! ]. If you have any earlier programmes, please let us know.

The more up-to-date heritage can be viewed via links to YouTube: a few dozen clips from yesteryear [including the infamous 'Battle of Fartown'] and the current season's highlights.

There are even details about how you can join the ever-growing throng of fans who wear the Fartown Fez.

And, of course, there is a membership form!

As far as social media is concerned, we have a presence on Facebook. Search for Huddersfield Giants Supporters Association and you will find us. Our goal is to have 200 'friends' by the end of April – help us to make this possible.

You can follow us on Twitter – search for @HGSAdotcodotuk.

Magic Weekend

What fantastic news. You now have a choice of two breakfast trips.

As you know, the club have organised a fantastic 'Robbie Hunter-Paul' trip, breakfasting at the Galpharm.

And now another is being run, with a breakfast en route.

Places for both are at a premium and going fast, so do not hesitate. Contact the club for the RHP event. For the alternative, visit our website or contact Dave Calverley [07887 878 425 or da.calverley@PhotoLens.co.uk].

Whether you choose to travel by coach, train, or car, please remember to buy your tickets from the club ASAP as they will have to return their unsold allocation in the near future.

Future Event

Remember to put Tuesday, 3rd of April in your diary when the Laura Crane Trust will be our guests at Turnbridge [7:30 for a 7:45 start]

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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