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Contents

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2nd

A weekend with your heroes - a boyhood dream come true!

Friday was the Players' Association's Annual Dinner at the Cedar Court Hotel.

Not an evening of nostalgia, but one of mirth and celebration. From the superbly timed wit of Johnnie Casson to the dry humour of MC Malcolm Lord, a thoroughly enjoyable event. Though what our club chairman, Ken Davy, thought of David Hinchliffe's comment about wanting the game to be rid of 'silly names' I dare not imagine!

Memory is a great gift, but whose was, shall we say, playing tricks? Derek Wroe's when making a presentation to Ken Senior for his 25 years as President of the Association? Or Ken's for saying that it was more like 30?

Does it matter, though? Ken has been a great servant to Fartown and still is to the Players' Association.

And what of Masters Rugby?

Played at Fartown on Sunday morning, there were almost too many memories to be able to concentrate on the game. A few wet eyes were to be seen around the famous arena.

And the game itself?

The ex-players took on a police 13 and won admirably. They played as a team and looked as though they had never been away from the game.

Looked? Yes, if you ignored the occasional paunch!

Trouble was, it's just not Paul Reilly's game!

His early crunching tackles had to be tempered down somewhat! And, after being penalised for handing-off on a couple of occasions, he was heard to say "Look ref, I'm running holding the ball with both hands"!

Paul's crowning glory was his magnificent diving try in the corner. A joy to behold. The smile on his face throughout the game was even broader after that.

There followed a luncheon in the Fantastic Media Suite. Many of your favourites, old and new, were there. From Ian Van Bellen to Jeff Wittenburg, his latter day equivalent; one of the all-time greats, Neil Fox, a player coach who took us into the 1st Division back in 1978; Dave Weavill, who never stopped smiling throughout the day, meeting up with an ex-amateur colleague, Albert Rosenfeld's grandson; and many more.

And how the sun shone for their parade around the pitch at half time when a great reception was given to them by the assembled throng.

Did someone mention that there was a SL game that day? Well, never mind – there was so much more to saviour!

Photographs will soon be displayed on our website, but in the meantime they can be viewed in the events section of Galleries.PhotoLens.co.uk.

Dates for your diary:

April 21 – a pre-match Junior Disco.
And keep an eye out for s selling raffle tickets with a first prize of a match day with the Sky team!

The Heritage website, where you can purchase Collectors Cards, is www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk, and for updates and good reading about HGSA www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

9th

Rumour has it that the BBC has some 2nd hand video technology for sale. "It has not been used much" according to the advert.

Moving quickly on!

Ex-GB international Andy Kelly was out guest at our meeting last week. Andy is in charge of the youth development at the Giants.

Even after only being in the post for a few weeks, he is extremely impressed with both the players and the set up. No longer do we play second fiddle to other Yorkshire clubs in attracting young talent.

A full report and photos will appear shortly on our website.

And now the final piece in our occasional series charting the history of the club. Post-2010 will not be included as those years will still be as fresh in your memories as recent drop-goal attempts!

Play-offs for the first time

The Giants winning run came to an unexpected end in a shock 14-12 defeat by Salford City Reds at the Willows. They had been overwhelming favourites with fans and bookies as Salford have been rooted to the bottom of the table for the most of the season. After the defeat Huddersfield coach Jon Sharp was quoted as saying that the Giants had contributed to their own downfall by playing a poor kick and chase.

Following the 2006 Challenge Cup Final appearance, Giants continued their progress by beating Wakefield for the 9th consecutive occasion to qualify for the play-offs for the first time and a match against Hull FC at the KC Stadium, which was lost 22-16.

2009 Super League season

The Giants responded from their poor season in 2008 by finishing 3rd in the league and managing to reach the final of the Challenge Cup where they lost 25-16 to League rivals Warrington Wolves.

Luckily the team responded from their Cup defeat by finishing the season in a well deserved 3rd spot but unfortunately lost in the play-offs twice! Firstly to St Helens away from home and then at home to Catalan Dragons.
Many Pundits tipped the Giants to have a successful 2009 season after a very busy off-season with Club Chairman Ken Davy brought a new head coach & a set of new players such as Brett Hodgson who had a superb debut season winning the Super League Man of Steel award and the Giants also picking up awards for Club of the Year & Nathan Brown Coach of the Year.

Dates for your diary:

April 21 – a pre-match Junior Disco.
And keep an eye out for us selling raffle tickets with a first prize of a match day with the Sky team!

To view all the events from last week's Heritage events, visit Galleries.PhotoLens.co.uk. The Heritage website, where you can purchase Collectors Cards, is www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk, and for updates and good reading about HGSA www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

16th

Have you ever been to the DW Stadium to watch a Wigan match?

Sat in the away end and looked towards the home end?

Seen all the flags flying high above?

What an awe-inspiring sight – and intimidating too.

Quite a number of our supporters have had large flags made, HGSA being one of them. After months of negotiating, ours now has a permanent place on match days – see if you can spot it!

This has resulted in others wanting their flags to be on display. Again, the stadium staff have been extremely helpful and have allocated blocks 9 & 10 in the Britannia Stand as the area for flags to be draped over seats.

Not quite as dramatic as the flags in the skies at the DW, but a tremendous start. [Mind you, would you be willing to climb up there before and after every match just so that your flag could be seen???]

If you have a flag which you want to be seen, let us know and we will point you in the direction to get permission. Please note, though, that you must have a valid fire certificate before even thinking about taking it into the stadium.

How would you fancy a day with the Sky team at a match of your choice?

Well, we have been fortunate enough to arrange for this to happen to one such lucky person. [Don't get over excited, you will have to pay for your fare to Perpignon!]

We shall be selling raffle tickets for you to have a chance to enjoy this exclusive opportunity.

2nd and 3rd prizes will be Leroy's 2013 shirt and a pass into the post-match players' lounge.

Our next guest speaker will be the club's MD, Richard Thewlis. As well as being 'The Boss', he is a lifelong supporter of the club. As usual, the meeting is open to one and all [though there is a nominal £1 charge for non-members], so come along to Turnbridge WMC on Tuesday 6th May and hear what he has to say – you might be able to ask him a question or two!

In the near future we shall have another ex-player and current 'boss' speaking to us. He was a hooker back in the days when this position meant something. His allegiances now lie elsewhere, Headingley in fact. Yes, Gary Hetherington will be back!

The Heritage website, where you can purchase Collectors Cards, is www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk, and for updates and good reading about HGSA www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

23rd

Rumour has it that the BBC has some 2nd hand video technology for sale. "It has not been used much" according to the advert.

Moving quickly on!

What do David Beckham, Cassius Clay/Mohammed Ali, Serena Williams, and Douglas Clark have in common?

They are all superstars in the world of sport. They all rose to the top of their profession.

The first three are known all over the world, but as far as the last name is concerned, I can hear you saying "Who?".

Rather than try to explain in one or two sentences, his David Gronow's article about Douglas will be reprinted as an occasional series. [David is the club's historian and grandson of Ben, a member of the Team Of All Talents.]

Douglas Clark, one of the greatest rugby league players of any era, was born in Ellenborough, near Maryport, Cumberland, on 2 May 1891.
As a boy Clark attended Ellenborough National School and was one of the team that were runners-up to Aspatria in the Schools' Competition.
On leaving school he assisted his father, a coal merchant, and when fourteen could carry a hundred-weight bag of coal under each arm that left his seniors in awe at his enormous strength.
At the age of fifteen he joined Brookland Rovers, playing in the intermediate competition for youths under eighteen years of age.
He cost Huddersfield £30 when signing for them in April 1909 - £15 signing fee and another £15 when he achieved first team status.
When he moved to Fartown his father asked that he play in the reserves for a time, but his giant stature ensured that he was soon first team material, playing his first match for Huddersfield at Hull KR on 25 September 1909 and going on to play 485 games in the Claret and Gold, still a Huddersfield club record for appearances in a career.
His extraordinary career as a sportsman was at its height when the Great War broke out.
Clark joined the Army Service Corps and in 1916, alongside Huddersfield team-mates Wagstaff, Gronow and Rosenfeld, helped form the backbone of the all-conquering Grove Park rugby union side.
In France he was wounded in eighteen places by shrapnel from a bomb and badly gassed at Passchendale.
He was discharged in a wheelchair, but within four months returned to his unit.
At the end of hostilities with a 95% Disability Certificate and fragments of shrapnel in his body, he was awarded the Military Medal for his valour during combat.
Doctors advised him to take things easy if he wished to reach an old age - when Clark returned to his old position in the Huddersfield team, within a season he had won a place in the 1920 Great Britain Tour side to Australia!

Dates for your diary:

April 21 – a pre-match Junior Disco.
And keep an eye out for s selling raffle tickets with a first prize of a match day with the Sky team!

The Heritage website, where you can purchase Collectors Cards, is www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk, and for updates and good reading about HGSA www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

30th

A somewhat more relaxed column this week. Last week I forgot to send Chris Roberts the article before going to the North York Moors for a mini-break. Fortunately I managed to find a hotspot on the streets on Whitby where I could use my tablet to send the column through to Chris! I did get a few strange looks from passers-by as I kept stopping to see whether I had a signal or not! The wonders of the digital age!!

There will be a Junior Disco in the Fantastic Media Suite pre-Castleford. It will be free for youngsters up to 12 years of age.

Next week our MD Richard Thewlis will be our guest at Turnbridge WMC. All are welcome to attend and gently grill Richard [guests £1]; 7:30 for a 7:45 start.

There are still one or two places remaining for the breakfast trip to Magic Sunday.

FeeFiFoFum issues 3 is now online:
http://4fsfanzine.giantssupporters.co.uk/index.html

The Heritage Exhibition at the Tolson Museum closes this weekend. Make sure you see it before we dismantle it next week.
Our annual raffle is about to begin. The first prize is a day out with Sky Sports. A real coup as this is only available to one club in any year. The second prize is a signed Leroy Cudjoe player shirt, the third a couple of post-match passes to the hospitality suite at a game of personal choice. Please help get the word out.

We are also asking if you can help with the sale of tickets. These will be available at the Castleford game, from our table in front of the stadium's main entrance. The tickets cost £1 each and come in booklets of 5 but can be sold individually. The draw will be made at the Salford game on 5th July.

If you are able to help with the sale of tickets at the stadium at the Castleford, Wigan, and London fixtures we would love to hear from you.

All the money we raise goes towards junior player development. Let's see how much we can raise to help with the continuing development of our club and team.

We've had a request from Eileen Raleigh:
I'm asking again for your help! Andy is having a curry & sheep racing night at the Irish Club on Fitzwilliam Street. It is on the 12th of May and tickets are £10.00. As we have to organise & pay for the curries (from Mumbai Spice) beforehand this won't be a 'pay on the door' event. Please advertise it and come along with mates if you can! Many thanks. Eileen

PS We are expecting several Giants players attending, all being well

The Heritage website, where you can purchase Collectors Cards, is www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk, and for updates and good reading about HGSA www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

You can contact Dave Calverley [Chairman] on 07887 878 425 or e-mail da.calverley@PhotoLens.co.uk.

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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