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Contents

4th
11th
18th
25th

4th

I had thought of using the single word 'WOW' repeated 300+ times for this week's report. I won't, though.

However, I will use it once:

WOW!

I trust we are all still on Cloud Nine?

Still dreaming of Old Trafford?

As we have just found out, dreams do come true!

And what a time for the club to have its Awards Ceremony. The Revell Ward Suite was truly buzzing.

Yes, the team have finished at the top of Super League, but Eorl Crabtree, Scott Grix, Brett Ferres, and Leroy Cudjoe all received individual awards. However, Captain Fantastic scooped the majority.

Amongst all the others, Danny Brough is this year's recipient of HGSA's Wagstaff Trophy – for the 2nd successive year. Shaun Lunt and Brett Ferres were our 2nd and 3rd choices.

Even better news is the fact that Danny has agreed to come along to our AGM [October 8] to have it presented in front of the Supporters. Richard Thewlis will also be in attendance as our special guest.

Talking of special people, Rob Thewlis deserves a huge Well Done for organising the cards thanking Ken Davy for all he has done - for both the Giants and Huddersfield Town. Rob, HGSA needs you!
Another huge Well Done goes to youngsters Ben & Izzy Simpson and Oliver & Georgia Atherton was being so calm and collected as they drew our prize winners at half time on Sunday. They were thrilled to bits to be standing alongside Jennifer Davy.
And finally, Ken himself.

3000 'Thank You' cards were held aloft on Sunday. Another 6000 people wanted one.

The people of Huddersfield should be proud to have such a person to fight the town's corner. He has rescued both major sports teams and has a vision for sport which is second to none.
Thank you Jennifer for introducing him to Rugby League.

Nominations for our new committee can still be made, either online or forms from Turnbridge WMC or any committee member.
It is certainly a good time to be a GIANT [or FARTOWNER].

More information can be found at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

 

11th

A letter from the Ipswich Branch of HGSA:

It may have been a long time coming but the win against Wakefield and the consequent collection of silverware was indeed a moment to be savoured. Nearly 4,000 extra fans turned up. Where were you for all the other 25 rounds? The scenes of club and fan celebration and jubilation were fantastic and to be able to share those moments was very special indeed.

Heaps of praise have been rightly piled upon the team, Paul Anderson, Ken Davy and all connected with the club and it is very good to see. The fans too have earned praise for their passion and loyalty. It is therefore a bit sickening to see that in certain sections of the media (I exclude Chris Roberts and the Examiner) the praise is not unalloyed.

We are already used to the following:
1. The Giants were the whipping boys of Super League at the turn of the century
2. Roy Stubbs on Super League Backchat: Let's face it Huddersfield is not a fashionable club. Put the name Wigan on the top of the Huddersfield team sheet and you would have 20,000 fans
3. Huddersfield are the perennial underachievers. They start well but fold in the middle of the season.

We now have to face a new barrage of insidious drip, drip of snide remarks and criticism. On the latest Super League Backchat I heard:

1. It is a romantic story that a (unfashionable) club bottom of the League 10 years ago should rise to become League Leaders
2. Huddersfield won't win the Grand Final and if they do make the Final they will lose to Warrington
Finally the latest and to my mind the most nasty claim to emanate from the mouths of the pundits:
3. Huddersfield Giants are a team without any stars. The sum of the whole is greater than its individual parts.

To suggest that the Giants are a team "without stars" is so ludicrous as to be just plain laughable. But there is no one there to say otherwise so the pundits of the media get away with it. It does seem as if the media can knock the Giants they will do it. So let the message from the HGSA to the media be: our boys are stars both individually and collectively more than a match for any other team in Super League.

At the Turnbridge WMC last Sunday I heard someone say that RL fans were second class citizens compared to the HTFC supporters. Well I am no second class citizen and never have been. I am proud to support the Huddersfield Giants the best team in Super League and which plays the "Greatest game" in the world bar none. The Huddersfield Giants are League Leaders because they deserve to be and I am confident the team will continue to write its own history.

Nominations for our new committee can still be made, either online or forms from Turnbridge WMC or any committee member.
It is certainly a good time to be a GIANT [or FARTOWNER].

More information can be found at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

 

18th

Earlier on this year, the child of a friend of Jenna Brough's was diagnosed with leukaemia and was receiving help from a Hull-based charity called 'Life For A Kid'. After much thought about how she could help, she came up with the idea of a sponsored climb up Ben Nevis.

The idea mushroomed and Jenna contacted all the other Super League clubs to see if any other wives and girlfriends would take part.

The upshot was that almost 100 WAGS [a much maligned term, but one which Jenna thought would attract the media's attention] signed up. Even though only 70 actually turned up for the event, £30 000 was raised for Life For A Kid.

Our guests, Jenna, Lindsay Grix, and Laura Howley ['the girls'] recounted many tales of their exploits.

How they had to sleep in dormitories, each with 12 beds. When her friends wouldn't stop talking, School Marm Lindsay told them in no uncertain terms "SHUT UP"!

The WAGS from one particularly SL Club were constantly throwing tantrums. Who were they? All I am allowed to say is 'which club does Lindsay's brother-in-law play for?'.

Jenna took a ball up to the top. The intention being that she kicked it for Lindsay to catch it. You'll never guess what happened! Yes, the wind got hold of it. Honest.

Amongst the sponsors were Q-Connect, Bond It, and Foxxy Bingo. The latter sent a photographer and cameraman to record the climb. Unfortunately the cameraman could not keep up with our girls! [There is a YouTube video of the event.]

Questions followed about their life at the Giants.

They all agreed that Paul Anderson deserves a tremendous amount of credit not just for the on-field play, but for making the club a close-knit group of friends. Previously the wives sat in separate boxes with their families. Now Paul has them sitting together in the stands. This, together with other joint activities, has resulted in them bonding together, making lifetime friendships.

The photographs of Jenna, Lindsay, and Laura serve to demonstrate what a fun-filled evening we had and sum up the atmosphere these days at our great club.

At the end of the meeting a collection was held for the charity and they were each given their Honorary Membership certificates.

Thank you girls for a truly wonderful evening.

[In closing, I must say that the girls used the term 'girls' throughout, and is not me being sexist, it was one used by the girls themselves!]

Nominations for our new committee can still be made, either online, forms from Turnbridge WMC, or any committee member.
More information can be found at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.


25th

It has been said quite a few times in this column recently – "What a great time to be a Giant"!

Not only is there the fabulous success on the field, but there is so much happening off it.

HGSA's year can best be described as 'cementing the foundations'. We have firmly established ourselves as part of the Giant Family. And, with the plans we are discussing for the forthcoming year, we see a bright and growing future.

We are looking to expand our activities for the primary school aged supporters. In addition, we are investigating ways in which we can involve the teenage Young Giants.

At our AGM [8th October] we face the mouth-watering prospect of at least 5 new committee members, each bringing their own unique brand of enthusiasm. Danny Brough will be there to collect the Wagstaff Trophy, Scotland duties permitting. And, to cap it all, there will be a free buffet supper!

A couple of weeks after that, you will be able to get a taste of what the Heritage Project is all about. Wednesday 23rd of October will be the opening of the exhibition at the Tolson Museum. The general public will be able to view the displays until Easter next year.

There is the imminent launch of 2 sets of limited edition collectors cards:

• Fartown Giants – a set of 50 current/recent professional players who began their careers at one of Huddersfield's amateur clubs.

• Huddersfield Greats - Huddersfield players through the club's history. This will include 21 players from the club's Hall of Fame and a further 29.

We in Huddersfield are in the extremely enviable position of starting November with two full days of World Cup action.

Friday November 1st, there will be an opportunity for the fans of this great game of ours to celebrate the World Cup. Panel members from around the world will be at the John Smith's Stadium giving their views on a whole host of World Cup related topics. Speakers include Robbie Hunter-Paul, John Kear, and Neil Fox. A mere £10 will gain you access to this memorable event which includes a buffet lunch.

If you don't fancy a whole day of talk, then in the pitch-side boxes, over a dozen Rugby League clubs will be exhibiting some of their own heritage items.

And in the evening, Rugby League Cares will be hosting a dinner in aid of their charity.

At Leeds Road playing fields on Saturday, there will be the finale of the Kirklees-organised Feast Of Rugby. Pop along and watch the youngster show off their skills.

You will know by now that in the evening, Huddersfield will play host to one of the most eagerly awaited World Cup matches, England v Ireland. With the town having such a large Irish community, the atmosphere promises to be electric – but buy your tickets early as it promises to be a sell out!

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


Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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