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Contents

2nd
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30th

2nd

What do Elvis Presley and the Giants have in common?

Well, here is the answer:

Wise Men say only fools rush in
But I can't help falling in love with you

Take my hand take my whole life too
For I can't help falling in love with you

You all will have heard this sung at most matches. The supplementary question is:

Do you join in?

Yes, we know that there is a huge response to the following "Fartown, Fartown", but do you let your vocal chords loose and join in the singing?

Everyone around you is silent?

Take the lead, don't feel embarrassed. Get out of your seats, raise your scarves, and SING!!!

Most clubs have their anthem. Who can't be but impressed when the South Stand at Leeds as a man [woman and child] raise the roof with their "Moving on together" ditty. West Ham have their "Bubbles", Saint Helens "Go marching in", Bradford are a set of "Wully Bullies", so why can't we be the "Fools rushing in"?

'But I'm too old'.

Pah and fiddlesticks! Just look at those who do sing. There are quite a few, er, older types.

The players are forever saying how songs and chants like this lift them. They especially like it at away games when virtually all the travelling throng open their mouths.

'But I can't sing in tune.'

Really? Who is going to pick out your voice amongst 8000 others?

'I like to watch the game peacefully.'

The singers also like to watch the game – and the additional enjoyment of letting their feelings be known.

'I can never remember the words.' All being well they will be printed in this week's programme.

Come on. Let's create an atmosphere within the stadium that our successful team deserves. Let's equal what those South Standers achieve – and, over the next few years, better it.

We ARE one of the biggest clubs in the game. Every Rugby League follower has heard of the word 'Huddersfield'. Now let them hear us as well.

On Challenge Cup Final Day, we shall be having a members + guests BBQ with an outdoor, large screen. Final details have yet to be worked out, but we are thinking of a charge of about £5 per person [do not be shocked if this turns out to be more once we have done our sums!]. Numbers WILL be limited.

9th

When we were talking about resurrecting some form of supporters group the other year, we had lots of ideas about what we could do. They basically fell into two areas:

1. What could we offer our fans to make the Giants experience even greater?

2. How could we help the Giants achieve both their and our aim of being THE top Rugby League club?

With regard to the former, we have stuttered along, making both good decisions and bad. We tried lots of different ideas, some succeeded and some fell into another category! We now seem to be taking 2 steps forward and one backward.

There are lots of people out there with some brilliant ideas. Again, some successful [the Ken Davy cards at the end of last season] and some which are good but which never leave the drawing board.

There are many forums and Facebook [other social media do exist!] pages where people express both their disapproval of the team's performance and put forward excellent suggestions for the general improvement of matters at the club.

My question to all of you is, and it is a serious question, "why do you not join HGSA where we can all join together and make sure those positive ideas come to fruition?".

We are not a clique. We want what is best for the club. And, as a large body of people, we can achieve far more than a set of small, disparate cluster of individuals, no matter how enthusiastic such a group is.

HGSA is constantly passing on matters which arise on these forums and pages, but we, and the club, lack the manpower to successfully see them through.

Which leads nicely into a point our former hooker mentioned when he was out guest last week.

Gary Hetherington, now the MD/CEO at the Rhinos, mentioned that Leeds has a backroom staff of over 150. This is possible because of the years of success which brings in large crowds which results in a large, excellently well managed revenue.

Our equivalent falls far short of that number. This is not a dig at the club, merely a fact of life. Our crowds are small, so our income falls well short of Leeds', which means that they are unable to put in place many of the excellent suggestions made by the fans.

So, the next time you feel like saying "Why hasn't the club done what I suggested?", why not say to yourself "I have an excellent suggestion, I'll consult my mates at HGSA, and we'll volunteer to help the club".

Why not start this coming Sunday where you can help us to help the club make the Cricket Day a phenomenal success?

Contact Dave Calverley [07887 878 425] or James Brammer [01484 484114] for further information.

Members please note that places for our Challenge Cup Final Day BBQ are now at a premium. Get in touch to book your place.

16th

"Will it rain or won't it?"

"Those Hinchliffe burgers smell good."

"Players' badges at the HGSA tent? Great idea."

"Joe Wardle – in the stocks – another great idea!"

"And there's a cricket match as well? Wow!"

Just a few of the quotes heard at the Giants Cricket and Fun Day – in collaboration with the Giants Supporters Association.

You have to feel sorry for poor Joe Wardle. Michael Lawrence 'volunteered' for the stocks. So ferocious looking is Bruno that none of the assembled youngsters dare pick up a wet sponge and throw it at him. So, enter Joe. "This is easy", he thinks, "I'll grow even more in Baloo's eyes if I volunteer for this." The queue was a mile long! Even team mate Antonio Kaufusi joined in the act!!

Elsewhere, our MD Richard Thewlis showed just how multi-talented he is.

Once the match began, Richard took up his position at the scoreboard with a scorebook in hand. When an umpire failed to take his position, Richard duly stepped into the breach and walked onto the pitch – with scorebook in hand. The rumour that he missed some of the army's (opponents) appeals whilst writing the score is pure fantasy!

Those of you who suggest that our players don't 'man up' were proved totally correct. Half a dozen of our biggest players took on an equally numbered team of kiddies in a tug-of-war battle. It's a wonder that the youngsters managed to lift the rope – its diameter was the same as the young, pulling bodies – let alone WIN. Yes, half a dozen [more or less!] young fans took on the might of the Giants and WON. Not once, but twice. Jerry was heard to say "How did we lose that?"!

Another star of the club strutted around continually asking people to take his photo. What was even more amazing was that the people whom he asked suggested that their child also be in the picture. Where does Big G get his charisma from?

As a result of our appeal for help in this column, thanks must be given to the Netherton Community Centre for the use of a marquee. Invaluable due to the stiff breeze throughout the day.

And, by the way, the Giants won, or so I was reliably informed by Richard, scorebook and rubber-ended pencil in hand.

All in all another tremendously successful event in the Giants' and HGSA's calendars.

To view a few photos of the event, head to:
http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk/Photos/2014_Cricket_Day/index.php

A late change to our guest in August. Due to illness, Peter Roe has had to withdraw. His place will be taken by Phil Caplan of 40-20 magazine.

Places are running out for our Challenge Cup Final BBQ. Watch the match in a convivial atmosphere for a mere £5 [for food]. Contact Dave Calverley to book your place [07887 878 425, da.calverley@photolens.co.uk].

23rd

With Bradford being relegated on Sunday, what are your memories of life in the Northern Ford Premiership back in 2002?

Is it the mere fact that we went through the whole season being unbeaten in the league? Only Whitehaven took a point off us in the 12 – 12 draw at the Recreation Ground.

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.

What about being the clear favourites in the Challenge Cup match at Belle Vue where Doncaster beat us 30 – 10? Not many of us will have seen that match though, such was the fog that day!

We achieved the double – the Buddies Cup was won at Post Office Road, completely outclassing Hull KR 32 – 6. Club favourite Stanley Gene being sent off for something and nothing!

Our captain for the season was one Steve McNamara. Yes, we nurtured the England coach!

Do you remember when Hefin O'Hare picked the ball up on our line? How people did not have a heart attack when he passed the ball 30/40 yards inside to the full back I'll never know.

Rumour has it that Tony Smith played Eorl at centre to teach him how to pass. How true it is we'll leave it for Eorl to say.

And the best is last. That wonderful night in Widnes. Huddersfield Giants 38 - Leigh Centurions 16. And to cap it all, THAT try. Stanley's trade mark somersault. Brilliant.

Anyway, back to the present.

The 2014 Giant Teaser Quiz is now online to either download of answer online:
http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk/Forms/Giant_Teaser.html

Nominations for the Wagstaff Trophy will soon be asked for, so get your thinking caps on.

Our guest in August Phil Caplan of 40-20 magazine.

Challenge Cup Final BBQ - £5 including food – drinks will be available - contact Dave Calverley - 07887 878 425, da.calverley@photolens.co.uk].

After what seems like an eternity, check out the latest updates from 'Huddersfield, A Lasting Legacy':
• Photos from the launch of the Wagstaff Trail;
• Photos from the launch of the Reminiscence Boxes;
• Leaflets & maps for both the Wagstaff Trail and the WWI in Huddersfield Trail [to be launched on Tuesday 5th August, followed by Tuesday 19th August, both 6:30 in St George's Square];
• 50 more pages from a superb Scrap Book.
Links to all these can be found via:
http://www.huddersfieldrlheritage.co.uk

Finally, further to the exciting announcement of wheelchair rugby, would the person who enquired about a 'supporters club' for the team please contact Dave for further information.

 

30th

GIANTS WHEELCHAIR SPORTS CLUB

The Giants have teamed up with The Cardinals Wheelchair Rugby Team and ViveSport (a company that specialises in inclusive sport and fitness for all ages and physical abilities). ViveSport, The Cardinals, and The Giants have set up a wheelchair sports club.

The first sports team to be coached at the new club is The Huddersfield Giants Wheelchair Rugby League Club. The team has already played a few matches.

The official first session is on the 7th August 5:15 – 7:15 pm at Almondbury Sports Centre. These sessions are for everyone: all ages, able bodied, wheelchair users –absolutely anyone who wants to come along and participate.

The Rugby League will run for six months to coincide with the rugby season, then during the rugby off-season ViveSport will be running Huddersfield Giants Wheelchair Basketball club.

For further details please contact Glenn Holdsworth [The Zone, 01484 484134] or Helen Calverley [ViveSport, 0783 622 6545].

In addition, there has already been someone who has made enquiries about setting up a fan club for the team. We would be grateful if this person would contact Dave Calverley [07887 878 425, da.calverley@PhotoLens.co.uk] to discuss the matter.

Next week, the committee will be having one of our regular meetings with the management of the club. If there is anything you would like us to discuss with them please let us know.

You may have seen some of us outside the stadium at the last couple of games. If you do not want one of our free leaflets, a smiling "no thank you" does not deflate our self-esteem as much as a snarled "no"! After all, we are giving up our time to help your club.

We are currently selling the 2014 Giant Teaser Quiz. It contains fun questions designed to get all the family involved – and it is only £1. It is now online to either download of answer:
http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk/Forms/Giant_Teaser.html

Nominations for the Wagstaff Trophy will soon be asked for. As usual, the brief is simple and wide ranging. All we want to know is the player whom you would least like to see leave the club. So get your thinking caps on. [This is for HGSA members only, so please pay a fiver to cast your vote!]

Our guest on the 5th of August is Tony Caplan of 40-20 magazine. As usual, all are welcome. 7:30 for a 7:45 start at Turnbridge WMC, St Andrew's Road.

Challenge Cup Final BBQ - £5 including food – drinks will be available – book via Dave.

And the run-in to the Grand Final has started…

 

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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