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Millennium Stadium? Murrayfield? The Etihad? Which is your favourite?

And would you rather go away for the weekend? Or be close enough to travel for one day?

The Welsh and Scottish experiences turned Magic Weekend into an occasion as opposed to it simply being another away match in Manchester.

Whatever your preferences, this unique event is almost upon us.

As a club [and this is no way directed towards the Giants] we never seem to have our fans seated together in the same way as other clubs do. We all know how the atmosphere is greatly enhanced when everyone is together.

Well, this year attempts are being made for all Giants supporters to sit together.

Our reserved seating is in block 201, so it is being recommended that those with unreserved seats go to block 101, directly beneath.

No, it is not at the half way line, but yes, you will be with the majority of Claret & Gold people. Together, we should be able to create the terrific atmosphere we generate when we travel to away grounds.

Our website has a section dedicated to away games, and Magic Weekend is included [follow the link ‘Away’ at the top of the site]. If you have any suggestions for additions or amendments please let Dave Calverley know [07887 878 425 or da.calverley@photolens.co.uk].

HGSA’s team was spread a little thinly at the Castleford match. We not only put on a disco for juniors [yet another tremendous success], but we had a promotion table outside the ground as well. Due to some last minute emergencies, we struggled with woman- [and man-] power.

In particular we are selling raffle tickets, and we would like your help. The prizes are:
A match [of your choice] with the Sky team ;
Leroy’s signed shirt;
Tickets to the post-match players’ reception.

If, sorry, WHEN we sell all 1000, we shall be able to present the club with a cheque for £1000 for junior development. PLEASE help us to help the club by selling a book of tickets. Margaret is the person to contact [07853 540 069].

The conspiratory theorists amongst you will no doubt be murmuring about the write up in last week’s Examiner of FeeFiFoFum’s issue 3. An excellent piece by our friend Chris Roberts. But which journalist was interviewed in this latest issue? Purely co-incidental Chris?
http://4fsfanzine.giantssupporters.co.uk/index.html

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.

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So what is it like watching the Giants in London?

Going to the Stoop was always an enjoyable experience. Very little research was needed as the town of Twickenham is only a short walk away – plenty of food outlets, shops, and pubs.

I've even been lucky enough to watch my son play in the RL Varsity on a Thursday then watch the Giants the following day.

Barnet is a different deal.

For a start, the ground isn't in Barnet! The Hive is in Edgware. A totally different branch of the Northern Line. Actually, the Jubilee line is the better route.

For real ale drinkers, this whole area of north London is a desert – a word I have borrowed from a London friend who, when asked about the ground, said "Wherever it is, it is a North London suburban desert".

We had to laugh, though, in one of Edgware's two 'proper beer' pubs. The only hand-pulled beer on offer was Black Sheep. We travelled all the way from Yorkshire to drink a Yorkshire brewed beer!

The Hive itself was actually a pleasant experience.

One very busy bar serves reasonably priced food [variants on a burger theme]; good, friendly banter – mainly amongst ourselves as there were very few Broncos supporters; and a hand-pump dispensing Youngs Bitter. There is even a similar bar on the other side of the pitch!

Well done Barnet. Hats off to you. Just a pity the Broncos do not receive any of the profits from all this, they could do with the extra money.

Nearer home, our MD, Richard Thewlis, braved our fans down at Turnbridge last week. As usual, the questioning was not too hostile [!], and also as usual, we received honest, straight-talking answers. Thank you Richard.

Next month we have another ex-player coming along. What will he have to say about his time with us – and how he is continuing to keep Leeds Rhinos successful. Yes, Gary Hetherington will be our guest.

Some of our older members would dearly love to come to the meetings, but find that transport home is a challenge. If anyone lives in the Almondbury or Holywell Green districts, please let me know if you are willing to give these people lifts.

Apologies to fans of the website [www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk]. Whilst some of the more urgent information is being kept up-to-date , other items, including reports, have fallen behind. Likewise, the heritage site [www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk] is not offering much new information at the moment. Must do better!

It's a good job that the Fanzine [http://4fsfanzine.giantssupporters.co.uk] is looked after by Eddie and his friends!

Finally, to our devoted reader Jean, sorry, but I've lost your phone number!!!

Contact Dave Calverley for further information: 07887 878 425, da.calverley@PhotoLens.co.uk.

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The Team Of All Talents

We've all seen the T-Shirt – and a lot us have bought it. But what is that photo all about? Sincere thanks to David Gronow for permission to publish the following article.

In the past it was the ambition of every Rugby League club to perform the extremely difficult feat of winning all four major trophies in a single season - the League Championship, the Challenge Cup, the Yorkshire or Lancashire Challenge Cup, and the Yorkshire or Lancashire League Cup.

Only three clubs have achieved this distinction:
Hunslet 1907-08
Huddersfield 1914-15
Swinton 1927-28

Huddersfield's All Four Cups season of 1914-15 was the last one before competitive football was ended for the remainder of the Great War years.

When the season began on 5 September 1914, they were without their six tourists who were returning from the Lions tour of Australia, and out of the first five games they had won two, drawn two and lost one - against Warrington at Fartown.

It was ironic that when the first full strength side was available for the game at Barrow on 10 October, it ended with their second defeat. However, this was to be the last game they would lose until 30 August 1919, a run of 38 games.

In November 1914, the Yorkshire Challenge Cup was the first of the four cups to arrive at Fartown, after Hull were demolished at Headingley 31-0.

The team was now starting to coast through the season, and in the seven games played in December the Fartowners rattled up 245 points against sides of which five were in the top ten at the end of the season.

With success continuing in the New Year, the Yorkshire League Cup Championship trophy was assured a place in the pavilion at Fartown.
The League Championship Final took place at Belle Vue, Wakefield, with 'Waggys' men completely outplaying Leeds by a score of 35-2, running in seven tries: Gronow (2), and one each to Moorhouse, Wagstaff, Rogers, Longstaff, and Clark, Gronow kicking seven goals.

There was now just the Challenge Cup to capture.

St Helens proved to be no problem in the final which was played at Watersheddings, Oldham, as the Claret and Gold piled up 37 points against just 3.

The fourth cup had arrived to complete a fantastic season in which Huddersfield played 46 league and cup games, winning 40, losing 2, with 4 drawn games.
In the first full season (1919-20) of resumption after the war, Huddersfield won three of the four cups - they failed by a single point in the League Championship Final losing 2-3 to Hull at Headingley, in which they were without the services of six of their leading players, five were on their way to Australia with the 1920 Tour Team, the other was nursing a broken arm!

Our website is www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk and the Heritage www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk. There is also a good read in the Fanzine http://4fsfanzine.giantssupporters.co.uk.

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