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Contents

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4th

Wagstaff Trophy

The Wagstaff Trophy is the Supporters Association's Annual Award voted for by members of the Association.

Because there are many 'Player of the Season' awards, we decided that this should be presented for something different. We came up with 'The player whom you would least like to leave the club'. The definition is purposely loose, leaving members to apply their own criteria.

Members were asked to vote for 3 players, with their first choice being awarded 3 point, 2nd – 2 points, and 3rd – 1 point.

Last year it was a two horse race between Luke Robinson and Scott Grix, with Scott narrowly winning.

This year was also between 2 players. Eorl Crabtree came 2nd with 40 points, but the winner is Danny Brough with 46 points.

Heritage Project

Supporters are starting to volunteer their services for this great project. At the moment it is only a trickle but we are confident of greater support as our activities receive a higher profile.

One way which you could help is to scan items which are being donated. These will be put onto the forthcoming website. Scanning can be carried out in the comfort of your own home at times which suit you. Please consider this request and help us put on the magnificent display our great club and town deserve.

September's Meeting

Apologies for those who attended this week's meeting expecting to see Eorl alongside Robbo in the hot seats. Eorl had been called up to an England meeting at short notice, hence his absence. Our loss is England's gain.

We hope to have Eorl with us in the very near future.

Forthcoming Meetings

October 2nd – AGM – we're looking for new blood with fresh ideas to join our hard-working committee [nominations can be done online or via a form available from any committee member];

November 6th – Stuart Cummings, controller of referees;

December – Reindeer Race Night.

11th

An Open Letter

Dear Giants' Supporter

As we all know, everything is fine and hunky-dory at the Giants.

The on-field performances are great. The fans are behind the Club.
Well, not quite 100% accurate!

The players' performances in the last half of the season have left everyone pulling their hair out - including the players themselves. At last week's HGSA meeting, Luke Robinson said that the players all get on well with each other. As people, they are a happy bunch. The training is excellent and as players, they are as frustrated and disappointed as the rest of us.

He could not pin-point what was wrong. "It must be in our heads, because everything else is fine" he said.

So what is the solution?

"Just to keep plugging away."

Naturally we fans are disappointed. What promised to be the season of all seasons has seen us slipping from top of the pile to an also ran. Ten years ago making the play-offs and the Challenge Cup Semi-Final would have been a cause for celebration. Today however it is rightly no longer seen as good enough by the Club, the players or the fans, especially given the enormous progress the Giants have made in recent years.

What certainly does not help the cause however is the way some fans have reacted.

Both the RLFans message board and Facebook are awash with negative comments and rumours.

This player is leaving, that player has signed for another club [6 in the case of Danny Brough!]. The coach is to blame. The management have not got a clue.

Yes, we, as fans paying our hard earned cash to watch, have a right to our opinions. But to attack individuals and make up rumours without the slightest shred of evidence to back up the 'facts' is horrendous and is hardly worthy of a true supporter.

The club has an open door policy for talking with the fans. Just ring up and ask to speak to whomever you want. Send a letter or an e-mail - you will receive a reply.

We, as a supporters organisation, are in constant communication with the club. Our committee has meetings with Ken Davy, Richard Thewlis [who, by the way has been on the terraces with us since 1969], and other directors.

Should you not feel brave enough to confront an individual personally, tell us and we will put your comments forward. After all, that is one of the reasons we are in existence.

Why not become a member of HGSA? It is only 5 for one year. Better still, why not join our committee? Our AGM is on October 2nd at Turnbridge WMC. A nomination form can be found on our website.

At the very least, renew your season ticket. The prices really are a bargain. And not much of an increase - if you discount this season's special prices [the 2011 equivalent of next year's 199 was - price to go in]. Together lets help the Giants achieve their ambition of bringing silverware back for the fans, the Club and the whole of Huddersfield.

Yours faithfully

Your HGSA Committee.

18th

 

In celebration of the Giants' Heritage Project, a brief history of the club is being serialised on a monthly basis.

Northern Union & Golden Years

On 28 February 1914, the club defeated Swinton Park by a record 119-2 (Rosenfeld contributing 7 tries) in a Challenge Cup tie at Fartown. The record would stand until 26 November 1994 when the Huddersfield club broke their own World Record by defeating Blackpool Gladiators 142-4 in a Challenge Cup tie at the McAlpine Stadium - centre Greg Austin scoring 9 tries on his way to 52 tries that season, a world record for a centre.

In the season 1914-1915 they became only the second team to win "all four cups" when they lifted the Championship, the Challenge Cup, the Yorkshire Cup, and the Yorkshire League. Huddersfield's dominance prior to the First World War was such that they went unbeaten in 38 consecutive matches before the suspension of the league in 1915.

Huddersfield did not take part in the 1918-9 season. In the 1919-20 season the first five games were won for a 43 match unbeaten run over six years which still stands as a record today. The unbeaten run consisted of 28 league matches, 8 Yorkshire Cup-ties, 5 Challenge Cup-ties and 2 League Championship play-offs. In addition, Huddersfield were drawing 8-8 in a Yorkshire Cup-tie that was abandoned because of fog and replayed.

The Yorkshire Cup and Yorkshire League trophies were already won when Huddersfield met Wigan in the Challenge Cup final which resulted in a 21-10 victory. Widnes were defeated in the Championship semi-final and Hull waited at Headingly as Huddersfield strove for a clean sweep of silverware. Huddersfield were missing five players who were touring Australasia with Great Britain and Hull won 3-2.

Albert Rosenfeld's last game for the club was on 2 April 1921, a cup-tie against Leeds.

News

Congratulations to Danny Brough for being awarded HGSA's Wagstaff Trophy. Eorl Crabtree was a close second.

Our AGM is on Tuesday 2nd October at Turnbridge. We have invited Danny so that he can be presented with his trophy in front of our members.
November sees Stuart Cummings as our guest. Keep the questions civil, please!!

December 7th [Friday] is our Reindeer Race Night.

[If anyone would like to be involved with the Heritage Project, in particular scanning items for the website, please get in touch with Dave Calverley.]

25th

Our latest guests were Luke Robinson and Greg Eden

Luke hails from Siddall. His first sport was soccer but, when nobody passed to him because he was too small, he tried his hand at rugby.

At 11, his parents received a phone call asking if they would like Luke to play for Wigan. He did!

He signed along with Gareth Hock and trained with the likes of Sean Edwards and Sean O'Loughlin.

After he had finished his GCSEs, Wigan wanted him to move over there. At the same time Brian Noble was keen for him to sign for Bradford.

He continued his allegiance with Wigan and moved in with a family which can best be described as "living with Jack & Vera Duckworth"! Unfortunately for Luke, neither of them could cook and it was a diet of fish and chips every night – "I was fat" exclaimed Luke.

When Dennis Betts became Wigan's coach he decided that Luke did not figure in his long term plans, so he allowed Luke to move to Salford to play under Karl Harrison. Now there was someone you did not argue with!

He learned and enjoyed himself so much there that he felt guilty when he agreed to Jon Sharp's request to join the Giants. "This club is on the verge of being huge, why should I want to leave – especially to someone who didn't want me in the first place" replied Luke to a questioner who asked him if he was going to Widnes [Dennis Betts is currently the coach at the Vikings].

During a keen question and answer session, Luke was adamant that, whilst everyone knew there was a problem at the club, no-one could put their finger on it. "It's got to be in our heads" said Luke. "We're a happy bunch off the field, but are extremely disappointed and frustrated by what we're doing on it."

Mick Beevers thanked Luke and Greg [whose story will appear next week] and the pair were presented with their Honorary Member's certificates.

News

Our AGM is on Tuesday 2nd October at Turnbridge. We have invited Danny so that he can be presented with his trophy in front of our members.

November sees Stuart Cummings as our guest.

December 7th [Friday] is our Reindeer Race Night.

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.

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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