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Contents

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1st

Even a good stadium can host a misfortune.

No, it is not the match I'm talking about, it is the power failure – or rather its consequences.

Under what must have been trying circumstances, the club appeared to cope admirably. However, the overriding question to be asked is "Why was the kick off delayed in order that the hundreds outside the ground could see it?".

Who made the decision to kick off on time, knowing full well that there were still a few hundred people waiting to get into the ground through the limited number of turnstiles?

Was it the Giants?

Was it the RFL?

Or was it Sky?

Why were some ticket office operatives telling people that the kick off was going to be delayed?

A delay of 5 minutes would have enabled everyone to see Jodie Broughton Score. Neither would such a delay have affected Sky's scheduling.

Ralph Rimmer, the one-time Giants MD, now the Chief Operating Officer of the RFL, was asked this question at half time. All he would say to this, and related questions, was "There were not that many people outside the ground. We were watching the situation.".

Sorry Ralph, that it not good enough.

If you really had been watching the situation you must have seen that there were a few hundred people waiting outside – at both ends of the stadium.

The people outside the ground had followed the Giants all season and had paid good money in difficult times to watch their favourites in that important play-off game.

To deny them the right to a full 80 minutes of rugby through no fault of their own was, I repeat, not good enough.

We await a response.

Latest on the Wateratgates affair is that all the Wigan stewards want to do is 'feel your bag'!!

On now to a more palatable subject. For those of you wanting to say a more personalised "Goodbye" to one of our best imports for many a long year, David Faiumu will be at our AGM on the 14th of October [prompt 7:30 start at Turnbridge WMC].

Due to upcoming work commitments, our secretary is having to stand down. Will YOU volunteer, please? Nominations for the HGSA committee can be made via any member [forms are available at Turnbridge WMC] or online: http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk/Forms/AGM%20Nominations.html

Our November guest will be Peter Roe.

Our annual Reindeer Race Night will be held at Turnbridge WMC on the 12th December. Entry will be £5 which includes a buffet supper.

8th

AGM

I travel a long way to see the Giants play. Win lose or draw it is always a fun, exciting and on occasions exhilarating experience.

Wearing my hooped, replica shirt, I arrived in Huddersfield station to see the last game of the home season. I remember seeing similar shirts in the 1950's at Fartown and it is one of the reasons I fell in love with the game.

The shirt is clean and bright in the autumn sunlight and it means something good to the townspeople.

It is 7.20pm and I head for the game. I have spent a pleasant hour socialising with other members of the HGSA. We have chatted swapping reminiscences, experiences, opinions, speculation and gossip.

I met Chris Irvine and urged him to use his influence to bring the Magic Weekend out of its heartland and to the Midlands to be accessible to many more fans in the South as well as the North.
Only half the Stadium's approach and floodlights are lit. It is now 7.35pm and I am happily walking on the pavement down the hill by St Andrew's car park towards the stadium.

It is dark but assuredly there is pavement in front of me. I step forward off an unseen curb and fall headlong.

My nose and chin take the brunt of the fall. I am conscious.
There are people around me showing their concern "Are you alright mate?" "Do you need help?" but I am not alright.

Unknown people summon assistance while I bleed from my nose and chin down onto my fine Giants shirt.

A man takes charge of me. "Can you sit up?" he says. "That's it, now tilt your head back" I try to comply.

The volunteers from St John's arrive. "You will be alright now they will look after you". I try to thank him as he leaves. I want to do more to show my appreciation but he is gone and I am being carried by portable chair down to the stadium.

I am wheeled pitch-side and then into the stadium's first aid post.

First a nurse then a doctor do everything they can to staunch the flow of blood. The doctor gently says I will have to go to hospital and get checked out. They establish that I am on my own and have no means of getting to the hospital. The brigade radios for an ambulance.

The paramedics deliver me to the HRI's A & E Dept.
While waiting at reception some people come out. A man looks at me. "Are you alright mate?" he says obviously concerned. I nod in response. "You take care of yourself" He has seen my face and the shirt.

I am starting to realise just how kind the Giants fans and the Huddersfield people are.
Within minutes I am seen by a doctor and a short while after treated.

Thank you, the nurse and sister who brought me some pain relief and called me "luvvy". You do not get called "luvvy" down South.
So I did not get to see the game. Just as well really as we lost. Still there is always next year.

Someone asked me if this experience was going to put me off the stadium and rugby. No way!! I am buying my season ticket this week.

Already I cannot wait for the new season to start. Rugby League has become part of my life now as have the Giants. They are a very special rugby team followed by equally special fans.
Why not come along and join us to watch a game? I promise you will be back for more and you will be made very, very welcome. Go Giants!

At our AGM next Tuesday [Turnbridge, 7:30 pm], we shall be presenting the Wagstaff Trophy to Danny Brough and a special memento to David Faiumu in recognition of his commitment to the Giants.

22nd

Post War

How many people do you know who, when they enter a room full of people, a round of applause spontaneously erupts?

Such was the case last Tuesday at our AGM when David Faiumu walked into Turnbridge. The warmth exuberating from such a reception visibly shocked him.

Our 'prompt 7:30 start' got underway at 7:45 due to the fact that as soon as the queue at the bar cleared, more people arrived.

By the time we stated, there were nigh on 60 people in the room, all waiting in anticipation for the nominations to the new committee. They even stayed to listen and question Mr Faiumu!
Anyway, after reports from the various retiring officers, the new committee was formed. What was particularly pleasing was the fact that there are now quite a number of new, younger committee members. [Full details can be found on the website.]

As was intimated at the start of this article, there can have been few more popular players to don the famous Claret & Gold than David Faiumu, especially in the modern era.

It was because of this that HGSA decided to present Fuey with some mementos of his time here in Huddersfield. These were a framed print consisting of a collage of images of the town, a mug for him and a shopping bag for Mrs F both with famous Yorkshire sayings printed on, and a couple of car stickers ["Tek me back ome to Yorkshire" and, naturally, "Ee bah gum"].

One of the main reasons for David returning Down Under was so that his Yorkist daughters could learn to speak proper again, although losing their Yorkshire accent would prove very difficult!

Whilst he has retired from playing, he will be staying at the club helping develop academy players whilst completing his degree at the university.

Many questions were put to Fuey. Unfortunately space does not permit his answers to be reported here. Some we shall dare reproduce on the website in the near future!

Once the Q&A session had finished, true to form David did not leave until everyone who wanted to speak to him personally had done so.

We shall not only miss the offload and sidestep, but we shall miss the person as well.

All the best in the next stage of your career, David.

At our next meeting will we shall host the forthright and outspoken Peter Roe. Find out if he will be his usual controversial self on Tuesday 4th November at Turnbridge WMC [7:30 for a 7:45 start]. All are welcome, though there is a nominal £1 charge for guests.
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Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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