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Contents

17th
26th

17th

Are you still on Cloud 9? Thrashing the secondary champions in such a convincing manner was a joy to behold. And our own travelling fans, well, what more can be said – apart from asking you to gather your friends and take them to see the Mighty Giants play Hull KR next Sunday.

HGSA's attendances are also growing as we saw at our excellent evening with Tanya Arnold a couple of weeks ago. A superb night – and thank you, Tanya, for hot-footing it from reporting at Elland Road at 6:45 to be with us at 7:45.

Continuing our growing reputation for outstanding guests, March 4th will give you the opportunity to find out how Kieron Purtill contributes to the Giants' success. Again, spread the word, for all are welcome.

Our latest off-shoot is the Fee Fi Fo Fum Fanzine. One of the Giants younger members, Eddie Kaye, has had the idea for quite some time. He was put in touch with us and together this is the outcome:
http://4fsfanzine.giantssupporters.co.uk

Well, I say 'together'! The Fanzine has been totally put together by Eddie and his friends, whilst I have sorted the website out for him. Submissions are open to all fans and should be given to Eddie direct or e-mail them to huddersfieldgiantsfanzine@gmail.com.

We have liaised with our January guest, Angela Powers, for a 'Big Day Out with Sky'! We shall be having a raffle, with the main prize being time being spent with the Sky commentary team at a match later in the year. Tickets will go on sale presently – and we shall be asking for volunteers to sell them!

Pre-match entertainment for youngsters will also be announced in the near future. Again, volunteers to help with these events will not be turned away!

We were hoping to have a sponsored walk to Bradford, but time took its toll on us! Consequently the 'Wakey Walk' could well be resurrected. Dubbin your walking boots and put the date in your diary [3rd August].

Volunteers? Yes. We have lots of ideas but are lacking the person-power [notice the political correctness there] to put them all on when it always boils down to the same half-a-dozen members. [Not a moan nor a complaint, simply a request!] We shall be having a table at the HKR match, come and visit us.

Also present on Sunday will be representatives from the Heritage Project. If you have not yet bought the Collectors Cards this will give you the opportunity to do so. Fartown Giants and Huddersfield Greats – bargains at £5 per set.

All might seem quiet on the Heritage front, but there is a tremendous amount of work going on in the background. Books and trails are currently being researched ready for publication in the near future; items continue to be scanned and put on the website; documentaries are being made; and there are competitions for schools.

And the exhibition. Praise floods [rather appropriately!] in from people who have visited the Tolson Museum. Remember, it will be dismantled after Easter.

Continue to browse www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk, and www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk for updates and good reading.

 

26th

As part of our heritage celebrations, the match on the 30th March against Warrington will be a Heritage Game.

A superb programme of events is being organised in which many of our favourite past players will be taking part.

So, to kick start the build-up, we shall have a small competition this week. And it concerns Albert Rosenfeld.

We all know that he scored 80 tries in one season – a record for the whole of first grade rugby in both codes - but the questions are:

When and where did he score his 80th try? Against who? and on which ground?

Entries can be e-mailed to Dave Calverley [da.calverley@PhotoLens.co.uk] or left at the club in an envelope marked 'Albert Rosenfeld Competition'.

The winner will receive a poster signed by many of the ex-players who will be present on the 30th. And if you want to meet them in person, there are still a few places remaining for their annual dinner at the Cedar Court Hotel on Friday 28th March. The cost is £30 and includes entertainment.

Some of those players were in Tony Smith's teams, so here is the continuation of our occasional history series describing that era.

This did not seem to have any effect as the club lost the first 14 matches of the season, culminating in a 78 point embarrassment by Bradford Bulls. This low point became a pivotal day for the club, however. The club won 6 and drew one of the remaining 14 games, only finishing bottom of the table after Wakefield's appeal against a 4-point salary cap deduction was successful. Widnes Vikings won the NFP competition that year and the club was seen to be fit to play in Super League. The Giants were finally relegated after their best season in Super League.
In 2002 Huddersfield Giants remained a full-time professional teams despite playing in the Northern Ford Premiership. The club went unbeaten for the entire league season, drawing only one match and winning a record equalling 29 games. Along the way the team accumulated 1,156 points to equal the record for points in a league season achieved in 8 more games by Leigh in 1986. The team won the Buddies Cup, as it was then known, and also the NFP Grand Final against Leigh in October 2002, which secured promotion back to the Super League for the 2003 season.
In 2003 under Smith, the Giants established themselves as a Super League club, finishing 10th, above Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Halifax Blue Sox. After guiding the Giants back to Super League, Smith and assistant coach Brian McDermott moved onto Headingley to take control of the Leeds Rhinos. St Helens assistant coach and former Hull forward Jon Sharp was appointed head coach for 2004 and the team improved again, finishing 7th in the league and making their first appearance in the Challenge Cup semi-finals since 1971.

Continue to browse www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk, and www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk for updates and good reading.

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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