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2nd

Heritage Project

The Heritage Project has now well and truly arrived!

There is a 3-pronged attack on the internet!

1. the website – www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk;
2. a Facebook page - www.facebook.com/HuddersfieldRLHeritage;
3. and a Twitter account - @HuddsRLHeritage.

Already the website has lots of material on it. It really is worth a browse.

Within minutes of the Facebook page going live it had a dozen 'Likes'. The pace has slowed with 31 at the time of writing.

Twitter has been even more staggering, with well over 100 followers to date.

Go on, check all three out and leave messages on Facebook and Twitter.
To celebrate this step forwards, the history of the club continues with…

Post War

Huddersfield won the League Championship in 1949, beating Warrington 13-12 in the final at Maine Road in front of what was at the time a world record crowd of 75,194. This capitalised on a season which also brought home the Yorkshire League title.

The highest attendance at Fartown to watch a Huddersfield game was 32,912 against Wigan on the 4 March 1950. More success followed in the 1950 season as Huddersfield retained the Yorkshire League title and reached another Championship final at Maine Road. However, on this occasion Wigan proved too strong, winning 20 points to 12.

On Saturday 17 November 1951, in an ordinary league game, Australian Lionel Cooper scored a club record ten tries, as Huddersfield defeated Keighley 48-3 at Fartown.

Before by the end of the 1950s, Huddersfield had won 3 Yorkshire cup finals, in 1950/51, 1952/53 and 1957/58, and the Challenge Cup final, in 1952/53. Huddersfield beat St Helens 15 - 10 in the 1953 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley.

News

By the time you are reading this, the Supporters Association will have a new committee. The AGM was on Tuesday and a full report will be published next week.

November 6th is our next meeting. It is the much anticipated one with Stuart Cummings [RL's controller of referees] as our guest. I'm sure he will be eagerly awaiting your questions!!!

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

Brimah Kebbie has agreed to talk next year and he would like to meet up with other players who were at the club with him. If you can help us with this, please get in touch.

9th

AGM

Annual General Meetings can tend to be dull affairs. Thankfully this was not the case with ours.

Chairman Dave Calverley presented his report, stating how the Association had gone from strength to strength. The Tuesday night meetings had been phenomenally successful thanks to Mick Beevers obtaining guests of the highest calibre. Unfortunately the experiment of having a second, visit-type session had not been particularly well supported and the venture had, for the time being, been shelved.

Both the treasurer's [James Atherton] & Membership Secretary's [Phil Nelson] reports were approved by the large assembled throng.

The election of officers was, as is the norm for most organisations, an uneventful affair with the outgoing committee being duly re-elected in turn. In addition, Chris and Helen Simpson were welcomed as new general committee members.

In closing the formal part of the meeting, our thoughts turned to Roy Shaw. Roy has been associated with the club for many years and was a committee member with the original Supporters Club. We wish Roy a speedy recovery from his on-going illness.

Our guest for the evening was Danny Brough.

Danny has been voted the player whom HGSA would least like to leave the Giants. He narrowly beat Eorl Crabtree for this accolade and was duly presented with the Wagstaff Trophy by Chairman Dave Calverley.

Danny thanked everyone for their support.

A question and answer session followed with Danny being extremely forthright with his views on recent events at the club! A transcript of his comments is not available!!

All in all a good evening was had by everyone.

News

November 6th is our next meeting. It is the much anticipated one with Stuart Cummings [RL's controller of referees] as our guest. I'm sure he will be eagerly awaiting your questions!!!

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

16th

RLWC2013

The cogs driving the RLWC2013 are now starting to drive it into the public domain.

RLWC2013?

The Rugby League World Cup 2013; website address: www.rlwc2013.com.

The organising team have been working in the background for 18 months now: planning a strategy, consulting fans, liaising with clubs and councils.
They chose to set up their base not RL headquarters not Red Hall, Leeds, but next door to the BBC [and, soon, ITV] at Salford Quays. Media City, the new hub of UK broadcasting, and RLWC2013 is in the middle of it.

Already this is paying off with lots of daytime TV interviews. Their challenge is to hit the big time with a slot on the 7 O'Clock Show and late night chat shows. The BBC is listening and are definitely interested.

We in Huddersfield are in an extremely fortunate position.

We received national attention last week when 'the next big event after the Olympics' kicked off here. The launch of the World Cup tour around the country, albeit almost overshadowed by the performance of Scholes Junior & Infant School's rendition of a new final act of the play 'Broken Time'.

The Heritage Team have liaised with the Rugby League, and Huddersfield will be hosting a World Rugby League Conference the day before the England v Ireland game. [Tickets £10, details later.]

But what of the World Cup itself?

The semi-finals will be played at Wembley and will be a double header – both being played on the same day at the same venue. Kick off times have been staggered to accommodate this!!

A week later [Saturday 30th November], the final will be played at Old Trafford. We, HGSA, are currently organising a trip. We have chosen the £30 seats [concessions £15]. The coach price will be announced at a later date.

However, if we order before the 26th October we can offer them for £25 and £10 respectively.

Speed is the key on this offer. ACT NOW by ordering online via our website or contact our Treasurer James on 01484 841977.

News

November 6th is our next meeting. It is the much anticipated one with Stuart Cummings [RL's controller of referees] as our guest. I'm sure he will be eagerly awaiting your questions!!!

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.

23rd

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.

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.

News

November 6th is our next meeting. It is the much anticipated one with Stuart Cummings [RL's controller of referees] as our guest. I'm sure he will be eagerly awaiting your questions!!!

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.

30th

RLWC2013

The cogs driving the RLWC2013 are now starting to drive it into the public domain.

RLWC2013?

The Rugby League World Cup 2013; website address: www.rlwc2013.com.

The organising team have been working in the background for 18 months now: planning a strategy, consulting fans, liaising with clubs and councils.

They chose to set up their base not RL headquarters not Red Hall, Leeds, but next door to the BBC [and, soon, ITV] at Salford Quays. Media City, the new hub of UK broadcasting, and RLWC2013 is in the middle of it.

Already this is paying off with lots of daytime TV interviews. Their challenge is to hit the big time with a slot on the 7 O'Clock Show and late night chat shows. The BBC is listening and are definitely interested.

We in Huddersfield are in an extremely fortunate position.

We received national attention last week when 'the next big event after the Olympics' kicked off here. The launch of the World Cup tour around the country, albeit almost overshadowed by the performance of Scholes Junior & Infant School's rendition of a new final act of the play 'Broken Time'.

The Heritage Team have liaised with the Rugby League, and Huddersfield will be hosting a World Rugby League Conference the day before the England v Ireland game. [Tickets £10, details later.]

But what of the World Cup itself?

The semi-finals will be played at Wembley and will be a double header – both being played on the same day at the same venue. Kick off times have been staggered to accommodate this!!

A week later [Saturday 30th November], the final will be played at Old Trafford. We, HGSA, are currently organising a trip. We have chosen the £30 seats [concessions £15]. The coach price will be announced at a later date.

However, if we order before the 26th October we can offer them for £25 and £10 respectively.

Speed is the key on this offer. ACT NOW by ordering online via our website or contact our Treasurer James on 01484 841977.

News

November 6th is our next meeting. It is the much anticipated one with Stuart Cummings [RL's controller of referees] as our guest. I'm sure he will be eagerly awaiting your questions!!!

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.

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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