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Contents

2nd
9th
23rd
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2nd

It is that time of year when your Supporters Association holds its AGM [next Tuesday, 8th, 7:30 pm at Turnbridge WMC].

As has already been mentioned, the forthcoming year promises to be another exciting one both on and off the field. Your committee is following through quite a few ideas, but there is one question which has not been asked.

What do you, as a supporter, want from HGSA?

We have excellent monthly meetings with a wide variety of speakers. However, we agree that this is not for everyone.

Some ideas we have tried have flopped whilst others have succeeded. Now is the time for you to pass on your suggestions so that we can put them into next year's agenda.

As you know, we are investigating events for youngsters up to school leaving age, but what then? We lack members who are young adults. If you fall into this category, what can we do to entice you to join our organisation?

In addition, how should our message be circulated?

HGSA has a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account. Can they be better utilised?

We have recently seen what the power of social media can do with the display of the 'Thank You Ken' cards at the Wakefield game. This was organised solely through Facebook.

However, there are half a dozen Giants' Facebook pages which different fans visit. Is this the best way forward? Or should they all amalgamate into one discussion area?

By the way, there are over 400 people who have joined these groups, yet our membership falls short of this number. Back to our theme: why don't/won't you join HGSA?

Joining is easy. It can be done online via the website or on a traditional paper form from any committee member or Turnbridge.

Information on all the above can be found at either www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

9th

On Friday 1st November, The John Smith's Stadium is to host a unique World Cup occasion, the competition's Celebration Day.

Fans can enjoy listening to a galaxy of rugby league stars in a series of panels. They will discuss their world cup memories, the 2013 tournament, and the future of international rugby league. There will also be film from past tournaments and exhibitions of memorabilia from many of the leading clubs.

Speakers and panellists include David Oxley CBE, Neil Fox MBE, Dave Woods, Angela Powers, Garry Schofield OBE, Robbie Hunter-Paul, Bev Risman OBE, John Kear, Gary Hetherington, Johnny Whiteley, and Tony Collins.

Event organiser David Thorpe said:
'Our aim has been to make this event affordable for the fans. Tickets, which include morning and afternoon refreshments and a buffet lunch, cost just £10. I doubt there will never be another event like this. It really is a unique opportunity to listen to and meet so many of the game's leading names in one place. They are all giving generously of their time to give the fans a day to remember.'

Doors open to the exhibitions in the main stand at The John Smith's Stadium at 9.30am. The first speakers and panels begin in the Revell Ward Suite at 11.30am and will run through the day, with breaks for lunch and refreshments, until about 4.45pm.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.huddersfieldrlheritage.co.uk, by ringing (01484) 484134 or by emailing sportsinspire@talktalk.net.

As you all know by now, the following day, the John Smith's Stadium will host the England v Ireland game. To celebrate the event, Owenshaw Mill Brewery of Sowerby Bridge have produced a traditional Irish stout, Stout 13, and an English bitter, Steam Pig Bitter.

Tickets for this match, the opening double header in Cardiff [England v Australia, Wales v Italy], and the final at Old Trafford are rapidly selling out. If you want to buy one, do it as soon as possible.

Kirklees MC is held in high esteem by the World Cup organising team for the way in which it is not only promoting the game, but also the way in which the area's communities are being involved. RLWC2013 are using the organising team's efforts as an example to other areas to show what can be achieved.

Well done Kirklees.

RLWC2013 information on all the above can be found at http://www.rlwc2013.com/ and for HGSA at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

23rd

Our recent Annual General Meeting was a tremendous success. We had more members present than ever before and more committee nominations than ever before.

Perhaps this was due to the fact that we had more food than ever before [OK, we've never provided food previously!]? Or perhaps members turned up to see and hear Captain Fantastic!

Yes, Rugby League's Man Of Steel, Danny Brough, was our guest. For the second year in succession, he was presented with HGSA's prestigious Wagstaff Trophy – the person whom members least wanted to leave the Giants.

Danny was handed the trophy by one of his biggest fans, Tyler Broscombe. He then proceeded to answer questions from the floor in his own imitable and forthright way – Danny is not afraid to air his opinions!

A full list of committee members and Dave Calverley's Chairman's Report can be found in our website. For those without internet access, please contact Dave for a printed version [07887 878 425].

Next month [12th November] promises be a lively debate "This house believes that the term 'Fartown' should be dropped and that the phrase 'Huddersfield Giants' is the only one which should be used by supporters". Stuart Bleese [Q-Connect] and Julie Thwaites [HGSA Secretary] will be 'For' the motion.
Due to a clash with the Festival Of Light, the Reindeer Race Night will now take place on the 13th of December. [We still need an event and race sponsors.]

The Heritage Exhibition is now open for you to shed a tear at. You have until next Easter to take your friends and relatives to the Tolson Museum and see a small part of what we have collected over the past year. See the website for a preview.

Tickets for the World Cup Celebration Day [1st November] are selling fast, though some are still available. As well as purchasing them online, they are now available at the John Smith's Stadium.

Information on all the above can be found at either www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk or www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk

 

30th

uncertain terms that November's debate re dropping 'Fartown' had upset folk. Replied "It's a FUN meeting"! [Apologies to one and all.]

Excellent rendition of the 1890 'Hurrah For The Claret & Gold' by Lindley Junior School choir. Would chorus catch on with today's fans??

Spent most of evening photographing event.

Thursday:

Messed about with last night's photos [colour, brightness, making sure verticals were vertical].

Late evening, somehow managed to discover that hadn't collected train ticket for Cardiff to London on Saturday – bus leaves at 8 in morning!

Friday:

Managed to get train ticket.

Caught bus to London to stay with son to go to World Cup opening in Cardiff tomorrow. Bus's demister not working, driver kept hopping up and down to clear window! Worrying!!

Northern Lads' tour of London in afternoon followed by listening to son's mate and ending up in a non-Real Ale pub!

Saturday:

Up at 5:30 to leave at 6:30 to catch tube into central London to catch bus to Cardiff at 7:30.

Brief wander around Cardiff looking for 'Spoons pub. Absolutely packed – amazing what people will do for a cheap pint!

Lots of phaffing about to get match tickets [not enough space to relate full tale].

Waved to Chris Roberts in press section [didn't offer us any complimentary food].

Excellent opening ceremony.

Too many penalties and simple errors by England. Leroy and Brett showed up very well. Missed Eorl.

Discovered I'd brought a tub of mixed veg instead of homemade Cornish Pasty [am I allowed to call it that since it was made in Huddersfield & contains no meat?].

Koppy did well for Wales, Larne played out of position but did OK.

Massive queue at station for train. Started to rain just before train arrived.

Back at house another transport panic. Had forgotten to print out Megabus 'Journey 3' ticket – the return up North. Much huffing and puffing – until turned paper over and found I'd printed it on other side! Son laughed.

Sunday:

London sightseeing before journey home. By listening to son's advice on timing, almost missed train. Standing room only, so sat in a reserved seat. Owner never materialised.

Monday:

About to take out a month's subscription for Premier Sport [covering World Cup] when got e-mail from Virgin stating that they now have it free. Set 'record' for remaining matches.

Tuesday:

Actually remembered to write Examiner column.

Evening meeting with Heritage Steering Group to finalise Friday's World Cup Celebration Day [tickets at http://rlwc2013fansday.huddersfieldrlheritage.co.uk/Forms/Tickets.html]. Probably have to leave early as organising quiz at Shoulder Of Mutton.

www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk, www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk.

 

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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