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2nd

In 2014 Huddersfield Giants RLFC celebrates:
1. its 150th anniversary;
2. the centenary of the club's 'Team Of All Talents', one of only three teams ever to win all four available trophies in one season, 1914-15;
3. Albert Rosenfeld's all time record of 80 tries in a season, 1913-14;
In addition, it is the centenary of the start of World War I.

Great strides have been made by the small band of dedicated people who are on the organising committee of the Heritage Project.

By now you will all know about the exhibition at the Tolson Museum. It is receiving rave reviews – but have you seen it for yourself yet?

The Collectors Cards [Huddersfield Greats and Fartown Giants] are similarly generating positive feedback. At £5 per set they are a must for every Giant and Fartown fan.

The website contains an enormous amount of information, and is well worth a browse – should you have the odd day or two to spare!

Reminiscent boxes suitable for people with dementia are now available.

The 'St John's Stone' now has pride of place at the John Smith's Stadium.

And the Heritage Shirt – well, need one say more?

But there is more, much more to come!

Currently in production are:
1. The Wagstaff Trail around Holmfirth taking in some of the memorable places associated with the Prince Of Centres.
2. Huddersfield in World War 1 trail.
3. A book about the history of the club, all of which is previously unpublished information.
4. A book about Huddersfield and World War 1.
5. Art & writing competitions for schools and their pupils are now under way.
6. Plus a surprise or two still in the early planning stage!

And what of HGSA?

Well, our first meeting in 2014 will be on the 7th of January, when Angela Powers [Sky Sports] will be our guest.
January 16th: He's come the way from Australia to star in 'An Evening With Greg Austin'
January 23rd: Following on from last year's success, a Fans Forum – Revell Ward Suite, John Smith's Stadium. Craig Mosedale [R Leeds commentator] will be our MC and Chris Roberts has agreed to field your press questions! For the sake of suspense, the 3 panellists from the Giants will be announced next week! Free for members, season ticket holders, & accompanied youngsters; £1 otherwise.
January 31st: Pre-Season Meal – Meet 5:30ish in Sportsman [just past railway bridge on St John's Road] to meet in in Bradley's [Fitzwilliam Street] at 7:00ish [cost for 2 course meal and glass of wine - £14-50]. Deposits or full payment for this event are now required.
February 4th: Guest speaker is Tanya Arnold [BBC]

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

In addition, there is an exhibition at the Tolson Museum running until Easter 2014 organised by the Huddersfield Giants RL Heritage [www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk].

9th

Next week, January 16th, we have an extra special meeting. The Director of Rugby at St Aloysius College is making the trip from Sydney just to have the pleasure of our company.

He played his Australian rugby with the Manly Seagles before venturing to the in UK. After scoring 100 tries in 89 games for a couple of other clubs, he set a world record of 52 tries by a centre in a season with us. He then did the unthinkable and switched to t’other code – but we won’t hold that against him!

Yes, try machine Greg Austin will be with us. [OK, he is visiting other friends as well, but the build-up sounded good!]

As promised last week, the other panellists at the Fans Forum [January 23rd, Revell Ward Suite, John Smith’s Stadium] will be our coach, Paul Anderson, one of our England star internationals, Brett Ferres, and our marketing manager, James Brammer. This event will be free for HGSA members, season ticket holders, & accompanied youngsters; £1 otherwise.

Please pay your deposit for the Pre-Season Meal [January 31st] ASAP as we need to let Bradley’s know our numbers. Details online or via Dave Calverley [07887 878 425].

And for all you Tanya Arnold lovers out there, put the 4th of February in your diary!

Enough of the immediate future, our last look at the past ended with Ken Davy taking over the club in 1996.

In 1998, due to the collapse of Paris St Germain, the club was promoted to Super League despite not winning the second division title. However, dark days continued.
The team struggled to compete, winning only a handful of games. Garry Schofield was removed as Huddersfield Giants coach after 12 matches in 1998 because he lacked the necessary coaching qualifications. He was replaced by Mal Reilly who was sacked at the end of the season.

In late 1999, the club merged with Sheffield Eagles almost purely for financial reasons. Sheffield coach John Kear took over as head coach of the merged side. They were officially known as the Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants, but more [un-]popularly as 'Shuddersfield'.

The Association of Premiership Clubs blocked proposals for a separate Huddersfield team in the Northern Ford Premiership. They played two home games in Sheffield at Bramall Lane with the others in Huddersfield, the away strip was in the Sheffield Eagles colours.

In the 2000 season Huddersfield-Sheffield won only four games, three of them against rivals Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. This arrangement lasted only a season before the Huddersfield name was reverted to, due to rejection from both sets of fans.

In the four seasons between 1998 and 2001, they lost 81 times in 99 matches, avoiding relegation for a variety of reasons.

Coach John Kear was sacked and this signalled a change in fortune for the club. Little-known Australian Tony Smith was appointed as coach for the 2001 season after a rigorous process.

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

16th

First of all, Thank You to the person who sent HGSA a Christmas card. Apologies that we cannot thank you in person, we cannot read your signature!

Women watch and love Rugby League. However, the days of a woman 'merely' selling soup and pies have gone. There is a growing number who are making their presence felt. One such lady is Angela Powers. She is a Sky sports editor and was our guest last Tuesday.

Angela's introduction to the game will sound familiar to most of us – she went to a match with her family and was hooked! The match in question was the 1990 Challenge Cup Final between Warrington and Wigan. And Angela became a passionate fan of the lesser of two evils!! [She told how her uncle threw his glasses at the referee. Wembley Stadium kindly returned them a few days later – his name was in the case.]

Not only did Angela start supporting Warrington, but she also became a staunch advocate for Rugby League. After becoming employed by Radio Manchester, she pestered them until she succeeded to have more coverage of our great game.

Taking the bull by the horns, Angela sought out the Sky team when Warrington v St Helens was being televised. A few months later they offered her a job.

Rugby League, as we all know, is a family sport, but women are an untapped resource. They are normal people who somehow like watching hulked-up with cauliflower ears! "That's why I'm currently promoting the Women's Rugby League Association. If a woman can run Rugby League's World Cup [Sally Bolton], then they should no longer be ignored."

After an entertaining question and answer session, Mick Beevers thanked Angela for a most enjoyable and informative evening. And, being a hardened Wire lass, she did seem genuinely pleased with her 'honorary membership of HGSA' certificate presented by Dave Calverley.

Remember that on Thursday, Greg Austin will be with us. Another great night in prospect. [7:30 for 7:45 at Turnbridge WMC. All are welcome.]

The Fans Forum [January 23rd, Revell Ward Suite, John Smith's Stadium] will be hosted by Craig Mosedale who will attempt to keep Paul Anderson, Brett Ferres, James Brammer, and Chris Roberts under control. This event will be free for HGSA members, season ticket holders, & accompanied youngsters; £1 otherwise.

Please pay your deposit for the Pre-Season Meal [January 31st] ASAP as we need to let Bradley's know our numbers. Details online or via Dave Calverley [07887 878 425].

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

23rd

What an excellent evening we had in the company of former player Greg Austin.

Greg and his wife Karen are over here to visit friends, their son, and celebrate their silver wedding. More on Greg next week, but today is all about Karen's ideas.

Karen exuded enthusiasm for using modern technology and the ways in which we communicate with each other and in particular for marketing. She explained how her daughter had achieved hundreds of thousands of followers for her new employer on Twitter. "Instagram is the current way forward. Photograph everything you do and immediately upload it.

"You have to appeal to the youth if you want to succeed and grow."

Sure enough, a photo she took last Tuesday was very soon winging its way around the globe!

So, here's a job description for someone to take on this role for HGSA:

WANTED, young**, enthusiastic person required to promote the Huddersfield Giants Supporters Association. Must have access to tablet [eg iPad]/ mobile phone/ laptop/PC and a prolific and dedicated user of Twitter/Instagram/Facebook [even though it is old hat now, and mainly used by old people, so we are led to believe].

No training will be given as applicants will be expected to know it all. Must have own equipment. Must be dedicated enough to spend all your time Tweeting and post, only having time out for Giants matches.

Ability to write aps will be almost necessary.

Please name 10000 Twitter followers from whom we can take references.

OK, some of that is tongue in cheek but most of it is a genuine appeal. If you feel that you, or your son/daughter/grandson/granddaughter, etc, fit the bill, let us know.

[** Is that an ageist word? Are we allowed to stipulate such criteria? If not, applications from Silver Surfers will be very gratefully received.]
Remember the Fans Forum this Thursday in the Revell Ward Suite at the John Smith's Stadium. Craig Mosedale [Radio Leeds] is our MC with Paul Anderson, Brett Ferres, James Brammer, and Chris Roberts fielding your questions. This event will be free for HGSA members, season ticket holders, & accompanied youngsters; £1 otherwise.

Please pay your deposit for the Pre-Season Meal [January 31st] ASAP as we need to let Bradley's know our numbers. Details online or via Dave Calverley [07887 878 425].

And we have the BBC's Ms Rugby League, Tanya Arnold, as our guest in February. Make a date.

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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