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Contents

7th
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7th

HGSA Committee meet the Directors

Last week the Supporters Association's committee again met with the senior management of the Giants.

Open and frank discussions centred around points which fans felt were of importance to both the supporters and the success of the club.

Ken Davy thanked the Supporters Association for its efforts and welcomed the fact that the fans now had a direct line to the people running the Giants.

Heritage Project

The Heritage Project is continuing to go from strength to strength: supporters and past players are being interviewed; memorabilia is being logged and scanned; Slaithwaite Saracens and Underbank RL Clubs have let us through their doors [other amateur clubs are welcome to be involved]; schools are queuing up to be involved; and the website [www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk] is growing at a phenomenal rate.
The history of the club continues with…

Post War

Wakefield Trinity beat Huddersfield 16-10 in the 1960 Yorkshire Cup final at Headingley Stadium, Leeds on the 29th October 1960.

In 1962, the league was split into East and West of the Pennines; Huddersfield and Hull Kingston Rovers met at Headingley, Leeds in the first final of the Eastern Division Championship on Saturday 10 November 1962.

Reigning Champions Huddersfield were favourites to lift the Eastern Division title, especially as Rovers were missing five first choice players with injuries. The Robins, however, set the early pace and were 10-0 up after 30 minutes. Despite a rally by Huddersfield, Rovers hung on to win 13-10.

Decline & Revival

By the 1970s, the club had become a shadow of its former self, the old Fartown ground had fallen into disrepair and the club frequently finished in the lower reaches of the league. Local businessman, John Bailey, took a controlling interest in the stadium, the club and the pavilion.

In 1984, in an attempt to revive the club, Huddersfield adopted the moniker 'Barracudas' and Fartown was renamed Arena 84. As the crowds continued to stay away, it became clear that Bailey could not stem the decline.

News

December 7th [Friday] is our Reindeer Race Night. Tickets are now on sale from any committee member, behind the bar at Turnbridge, and are now available online.

14th

An Evening With Stuart Cummings

OK, so what do you say when the man we all love to hate comes across as a decent bloke?

Stuart Cummings was a man in the middle for many years before he was appointed the Rugby League's Controller of Referees. And now we had the chance to get back at him!

After a brief resume of his career, Stuart went into the customary question & answer session. Some answers were quite illuminating. As with the evenings with Ben Thaler and James Childs, it really is a pity that we do not hear more from referees about their interpretation of the laws of the game.

The Luke O'Donnell incident was, naturally, asked about.

After play continued, the touch judge went on to the field. Thierry Henri heard what he had to say, and gave the penalty. Due to the long break in play, the officials spoke again with, perhaps, something being lost in translation! Mr Henri did not referee any of the play off games.

Stuart was asked about forward passes and touch judges. We all know that the ball can move forwards even when it is passed correctly – due to the speed of the player passing it. Touch judges keep up with play and are constantly watching where potential receivers of a pass are positioned. Consequently they do not always see the movement of the arms of the player making the pass and, therefore, cannot tell whether the pass is forward or not. Unlike in the stands where the whole picture can be seen.

"Offside Ref!" We've all probably shouted it at one time or another. In order to keep the game flowing, referees often let play proceed is a player is offside but does not interfere with play. He will have a quiet word with the offender. If the player persists he should penalise him.

The whole point of a referee, Stuart mused, was to fade into the background and let the game flow. "Spectators would soon be up in arms if we penalised every single infringement." Nothing used to please him more when he was in the middle than if he were a mere spectator with the best view in the house!

News

December 7th [Friday] is our Reindeer Race Night. Tickets are now on sale from any committee member, behind the bar at Turnbridge, and are now available online.

21st

We are now well and truly into the off season. No more summer rugby until the start of next season – in February!

Whilst there are no matches on the immediate horizon, there is still plenty going on.

The Giants themselves have their Open Day this coming Saturday. What a great opportunity for us, the fans, to go along and watch the players train and meet them afterwards. It is a brilliant opportunity for autograph hunters to fill some pages in their books.

Then there's legend Stanley Gene's initiative to send all our old shirts over to his Papua New Guinea homeland. In return, there is a huge discount on next season's shirt.

Or how about the panto? Next January at the Lawrence Batley Theatre.

The build-up to the World Cup is progressing nicely, both at the national level and here in Kirklees. There are lots of opportunities for you to become involved.

The Heritage Project is now starting to steam-roller. The website [www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk] is growing apace and lots of people are offering memorabilia.

As far as the Supporters Association is concerned, on Friday 7th December, we shall be having our annual Race Night at Turnbridge WMC. Santa has once again agreed to loaning us his Reindeer for this special event.

Doors will open at 7:30 in order to see the reindeer in the Paddock preparing for their first race at 8 o'clock. Rumour has it that Santa himself might turn up to host the event if he can trust his elves to continue the packing by themselves [Mrs Santa has a heavy cold so is unable to supervise them].

January sees another of our annual events – the Start Of Season meal. We have acted upon members' comments and we shall be eating at the Marimonte, Viaduct Street. Despite being a Steakhouse, vegetarians are catered for.

In addition to our quality guests on Tuesday evenings, we are in the process of putting together an exciting package of pre-match activities at the Stadium, including a repeat of last season's highly successful Junior Disco.

To make things easier for you to see what is going on, we have updated the type of calendar on our website. As time progresses, this should list all the activities surrounding the club.

The fixtures have now been released and Baloo has put in place a team as good as anyone's. Next season is only a mouth-watering 10 weeks away. What better way to support our club than making sure you have your season ticket and encouraging others to buy one?

See you on Saturday.

28th

An excellent Open Day last Saturday. There was lots of interest about us [HGSA] - we even signed up new members.

Reindeer Race Night [http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk/Forms/Reindeer.html] is a week on Friday. It's still not too late to book your place or buy a reindeer [please let Margaret know - bogumila.callaghan@ntlworld.com].

The Heritage Project is well and truly gathering pace. Lots of new items on the website. A couple which are my favourites:

The 1881-2 Fixture Card. It measures 6 x 2.75 inches [15.5 x 7 cm]. The image on the site really does not do it justice.

The 1895 Fixture Card. This is a miniature booklet containing both Cricket & Football [ie Rugby] fixtures. It is thought that these were the fixtures which would have been played had the split not taken place – although most of the clubs mentioned did go on to form the NRU.

Both the above can be found via the Heritage website www.huddersfieldrlheritage.co.uk.

For those who missed the launch of the Rugby League World Cup at the George Hotel the other week, a video of the event – including the critically acclaimed performance of the 'split' meeting by Scholes J&I School – can also be found on the site.

So, time for a little more of the club's history.

Decline & Revival

Huddersfield Rugby League Club was on the point of collapse. A new board of directors took over in 1989 when and injected some much needed financial resources into the club.

The 'Barracudas' and 'Arena 84' were dropped for the 1988/9 season. Nigel Stephenson was appointed as coach and Huddersfield were helped by several clubs, in particular Featherstone Rovers, to put a reasonable squad together.

As well as beginning to improve the playing staff, the new owners also carried out a considerable amount of work on the Fartown stadium and by the end of the 1989/90 season significant progress was being made. Average crowds topped 1,500 for the first time since the 1970s.

Shortly after the 1991/2 season had begun, Alex Murphy took over as coach in 1991.

Huddersfield were the first ever champions of the newly-formed third division in 1991/2. Promotion to the Second Division had been achieved, and there was pride once again in the famous claret and gold shirt.

The expense of this achievement cost the club dearly and a new financial crisis arrived. However, along came a bright new consortium who began to shape the future of the club once again.

The club left Fartown and moved to Huddersfield Town's home ground at Leeds Road in 1992.

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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