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6th

The roller-coaster ride that is being a Giants’ fan continues!

From the depths of despair on Sunday to the heights of the Fans’ Forum on Monday.

The event was organised as a joint venture between the Supporters Association and the Giants. And to say that it was popular is a huge understatement!

Radio Leeds’ James Deighton put the audiences searching questions to the panel.

And the answers given by Richard Thewlis, Danny Brough, Chris Thorman, and Martyn Sadler [editor of League Express] were equally forthright! In fact, Martyn was told “And don’t print that!” on quite a few occasions.

Chris revealed that he could have carried on playing in Super League, but did not want to uproot his family, so he chose a career in coaching instead. From being the chief cook and bottle washer in the lower divisions, he now can apply himself full time to coaching.

Danny was given the opportunity to express his views on referees and Steve McNamara. We can give his answer to Oliver, who asked how much training he did – lots of fitness and weights work.

Martyn’s suggestions about how to promote both the game and individual players were well-conceived but would take quite a bit of what the Rugby League does not have a lot of – money.

The Bradley Wiggins/Sam Tomkins advert is an excellent way forward. We need to ask more sporting heroes to talk about our game. Attracting more rich people to buy clubs is another ideal.

Richard, a supporter of Fartown long before he worked for the Giants, fielded questions about the running of the club extremely truthfully.

In particular, he berated the negative rumour-mongerers in the fan-base. The comments made by these people are often disruptive and are never helpful. He has an ever-open door for people check their facts before airing them in public.

As is now traditional at a Supporters meeting, Dave Calverley presented the guests with their Honorary Supporters Association Membership Certificate. This entitles guests to attend meetings for free – but if they want to vote they have to pay their £5!

So, an extremely successful meeting. Apologies for not relating some of the more, shall we say, controversial points, but the laws of libel are quite a deterrent! We hope to arrange a similar event towards the end of the season when you will be able to hear the warts and all answers for yourself.

13th

The Heritage Project is quietly steam-rolling along behind the scenes.

Since its inauguration in October last year, the website now boasts player and match records from every match between 1895 and 1994; players’ registrations from 1906 to 1939; 22 Year Books, 30 testimonial brochures, 50 programmes, fixture cards from 1881 to 1906, and lots, lots more. If you have not yet had a browse, check out www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk.

In addition, the Collectors’ Cards will soon be available for purchasing. There are 2 sets, each containing 50 cards. One set is of Huddersfield’s Greats, whilst the other showcases Fartown Giants. At a mere £5 for each set, these will be a superb addition to your own Fartown/Giants collection.

Continuing or occasional series about the history of the club, we report on the mid-nineties.

In 1993 six teams were invited to take part in an inaugural European Clubs Championship, the six teams consisted of two from the USSR; Tiraspol and Moscow Magicians, two from France; Carcassonne and XIII Catalan and Batley and Huddersfield. Only weeks before departure the plans collapsed as both Soviet clubs pulled out due to financial difficulties, closely followed by Batley, Carcassonne who had just five players available due to a players’ strike. This left just Huddersfield and XIII Catalan to meet in the "final" in Barcelona. The lead changed hands three times before Huddersfield held on for a 23 to 22 victory.

Huddersfield took a share in the new McAlpine Stadium (now known as Galpharm Stadium) in 1994. In 1995 the first team reached the final of the Second Division premiership competition at Old Trafford.

Back to HGSA.

We are currently running a Giant Teasers Quiz. For example, what area of Huddersfield is represented by the cryptic clue ‘Spotty rocks’? Or which nursery rhyme is this ‘OKCWAMOS’?

There are 50 of these brain-teasers for you to puzzle over. Excellent value at £1 per sheet. You can download them from the website, but you will need a special code to prove that you have paid for them!

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 2nd April at Turnbridge WMC. And why not join us there for pre- & post-match drinks?

20th

“FORWARD, REF!”

How many of us shouted that last Saturday?

Hull fans certainly did!

But how many of us actually understand what a forward pass is?

The ball CAN travel forward and still be a legitimate pass. It all depends on how the passer throws the ball – especially when moving at speed.

There I no such thing as the ‘Momentum Rule’, but there is such a thing as ‘Momentum’.

A player running at speed can throw the ball backwards to another player yet, the ball will actually travel forwards if you watch it from above.

So long as the thrower’s arms move in a backwards motion when passing, all is legal and above board. It is only when the arms move and throw the ball forwards that the pass is unlawful.

“So why can’t the touch judge see it?”

Not wishing to make excuses for them, but they also will be running at speed trying to keep up with players. In addition, they will also be looking for offside and, consequently, might not see it. In other words, they might simply be too close.

A classic example occurred last Saturday.

The touch judge only a few feet away failed to spot a forward pass. However, and thankfully, the one at the far side of the field had a wider view of what was happening and informed Mr Bentham.

On our home page [www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk] there is a link to an excellent video explaining and showing what happens when the ball is passed.

On Tuesday, 2nd of April, our guest will be Jonathan Doidge.

Jonathan is a freelance journalist writing for both Forty-20 and League Express. In addition he commentates for Sky both on TV and radio, appearing in-vision as a regular rugby league reporter and also broadcasting on cricket.

Here is your chance to ask what happens behind the scenes – and also on-screen - at Sky!

Our ’Giant Teasers Quiz’ is proving to be extremely popular. All members with e-mail addresses now have a copy and are selling them. They are also available on-line you to download.

A reminder for those of you who attend away games. Please buy your tickets from OUR club. The Giants keep 10% of the price of tickets we sell.

It is reckoned that we took 1800 people to Wakefield yet the club only sold 500. That is approximately £2000 that went into Wakefield’s pockets instead of ours!

Finally, it was great to see so many fans from Hull joining us for a pre-match get-together at Turnbridge WMC last week. Rugby League truly is a family-friendly game.

27th

So, how was your adventure to Warrington?

Whilst it was a pity that we could not break down Warrington’s defence, the game was an excellent advert for Rugby League. The error count from both sides was miniscule.

For those who did not go and who have heard about the atrocious conditions, let me put it into perspective.

Our walk back to our car enabled us to experience the horizontal snow. We could hardly keep our eyes open and yet each team had to face that for 40 minutes in each half.

When we arrived back at our car, I removed my gloves in order to take off my 3 outer layers. For a maximum of 1 minute my hands were exposed to the elements. It took a further 10 minutes for the pain to go away. The players AND the officials had to endure that for 80 minutes.

All 39 men who participated last Friday night deserve a medal.

I lost count of the number of Warrington fans who stopped us, asked about the travelling conditions, and congratulated us for making the journey.

But we were not alone.

Our away support was absolutely outstanding. It was more than we would have taken on a sunny Sunday afternoon not many years ago.

Well done to everyone who braved the elements to support the table-topping Giants.

Oh, and the Warrington ground staff. Why did you make such an effort to make the game playable?

Seriously, they deserve a huge pat on the back also.

So, 2 more away games coming up. Remember to fill the Giants’ coffers by purchasing your tickets from the club. And convince your friends to come along to the John Smith’s Stadium on Easter Monday and watch some superb rugby.

Let’s turn out in huge numbers to support our, at the risk of repeating myself, table-topping team.

Remember, Tuesday, 2nd of April, our guest will be Jonathan Doidge. One part of Jonathan’s freelancing is working for Sky, so here is your chance to ask what happens behind the scenes.

If you have not yet bought a copy of our ’Giant Teasers Quiz’, download it from the website or ask any HGSA member for one.

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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