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Contents

3rd
10th
17th
24th

3rd

And so the saga continues.

At Warrington, fans are allowed in with 500 ml bottles of water. 500 ml in a 1 litre bottle is not permitted. It is the 1 litre plastic bottle which is not allowed.

At least, that is what the guards at the gate were saying.

When this was reported to the head of security he was flabbergasted. He subsequently escorted the supporter through the turnstile and spoke with the men outside.

This situation has become ridiculous in the extreme.

Is it because of security? Or is it because clubs want to sell their own products inside the ground?

If it is the latter, then sensible food and drink should be on sale – not simply burgers and chips - at reasonable prices. Also, advance warning should be given when tickets are purchased.

HGSA is seeking clarification from the powers that be at Red Hall [RL HQ] on behalf of fans everywhere. We will keep you informed of what we are told.

Currently it is another sad time for the club with the passing of David Gronow.

Fitting tributes are being paid in the world of Rugby League and local sport for a man seeped in the traditions of Fartown and the Giants [the he would never admit to the latter name!!].

His grandfather was a member of that illustrious Team Of All Talents. His father both played for the club and served on the committee. Dave himself was secretary of our Players Association for many years. What he did not know about Fartown is not worth knowing.

More recently he was one of the key members of the Heritage Project's Steering Committee. His input contributed hugely to the phenomenal success of the 'Lasting Legacy'.

Dave will be sorely missed.

It is that time of year when we are seeking fresh blood for your committee. The AGM is on 14th October at Turnbridge WMC. Nominations for the new committee can be made via any member [forms are available at Turnbridge WMC] or online: http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk/Forms/AGM%20Nominations.html

Voting for our prestigious Wagstaff Trophy has now ended. The winner will be announced at the Awards Evening on Monday next.

However, there is still time to enter the 2014 Giant Teaser Quiz –only £1 - now online to either download or answer:
http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk/Forms/Giant_Teaser.html

See you at Laund Hill on Sunday for the latest Past Players Masters Match. KO 11:30. Come and support your old time Claret And Gold favourites.

.

 

10th

So, the Wagstaff Trophy was presented to…

…no-one!

In 3rd place was Shaun Lunt, 2nd was Joe Wardle, and the winner, for the 3rd successive year, was Danny Brough.

However, Danny forgot to return the trophy, so he had to make do with a shake of hands with our representative, Mick Beevers.

The Awards Evening was a huge success. The Revell Ward Suite was packed and a good time was had by all.

Especially the members of the Heritage Project's Steering Group. They received a trophy for all the hard work they had put in making the scheme a tremendous success. Sadly, two key members of the team were not present to receive the accolades, so it is fitting to mention Keith Burhouse and David Gronow here, and thank them for all their hard work.

In addition to the ever-growing website [www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk], collectors cards, exhibitions, and heritage walks, two books will soon be hitting the bookstands.

Huddersfield in World War One will be available in November. It looks at the lives of Huddersfield people during that horrendous period.

Then there is a history of Huddersfield C&AC from its inception through to the modern day. Most, if not all, of what will be published has never before appeared in a book.

Many hours of research have gone into the writing of both books and you will soon be able to pre-purchase them via the website. We'll keep you posted.

The Masters Rugby Match at Laund Hill was another success. A thoroughly entertaining game saw our ex-players beat near neighbours Boothtown, Halifax.

Our starting 13 are now beginning to look quite an accomplished rugby side! Their continued peak fitness ensured that 14th man Tony Johnson, did not have to reveal the fact that he had his boots with him – carefully concealed in a plastic bag which he kept a firm grip of.

Huddersfield YMCA are keen to hold regular Masters games on Friday evenings under floodlights. Tony is working extremely hard to find opponents for his men to play [and finding enough ex-Fartowners to enable his own boots to stay mud free!].

Whilst there has not been a flood of people wanting to join our next committee, there has been quite a few enquiries. Perhaps you could find a position of power to hold??? Nominations can be made via any member [forms are available at Turnbridge WMC] or online: http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk/Forms/AGM%20Nominations.html

It is the last couple of days for you to enter the 2014 Giant Teaser Quiz –only £1 - go online to either download or answer:
http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk/Forms/Giant_Teaser.html.

Win the next 4 games and we are Champions.

COYG.

 

17th

There is currently a lot of talk amongst fans about how the Giants can attract more people to matches.

As it stands, there are quite a few individuals putting their ideas to the club. This is great.

However, think how much more effective this would be if a group was formed to co-ordinate all these views and then present them to the club.

There is such a group - the Supporters Association.

We meet regularly with the top brass and put our – and your – views and suggestions forward.

However, we are a pitifully small organisation - especially compared with other clubs. This means that when we ask for volunteers (to help the club) only a small number have the time.

Let's say that 5% our members volunteer to help at a particular event. This is a fairly typical figure for most voluntary organisations. This means that out of 150 members, 7 people give up their time.

Suppose now that we grew to a membership of 1000. 50 people would now be organising and helping. The workload would be less as all of them would not be required at every activity.

I challenge all of you with these great ideas to attend our AGM on the 14th October and join us - perhaps you will join the committee. Don't like the chairman? Then stand against him.

We have lots of ideas about how to get people more involved but lack the manpower to carry them through.

Strength in numbers - like the analogy of tearing paper. One sheet can easily be torn but when lots of sheets are put together in a book, they are nigh on impossible to tear.

Volunteer with us and you will be helping the club.

Nominations for the committee can be made via any member [forms are available at Turnbridge WMC] or online: http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk/Forms/AGM%20Nominations.html

Still not convinced?

"What's in it for me?"

Just one example for now.

One advantage of being on the committee is that you get to meet – and become friends with – your heroes of yesteryear.

Players like Tony Johnson and Derek Wroe. Great servants of the club whom I used to watch with awe [honestly Tony!]. They are currently doing a great job with the Players Association and we are in regular contact with each other to see how we can help the club more.

Players like Ian Van Bellen and Ken Senior. Do you walk past them in the street thinking "I wish I could have a chat with them"? You meet them at functions thereby enabling you to start a conversation when you see them.

You get to meet people like Nigel Woods and be able to tell him what you think!!

So, don't laugh at us when we promote the association. Don't say "It's not for me". At the very least join us.

The more of us there are, the more we can help this great club of ours.

Remember, win the next 3 games and we will be recognised as Champions.

COYG.

In conclusion, we would like to belatedly thank John & Candy at the Shoulder Of Mutton, Lockwood, for sponsoring our Cup Final BBQ.


24th

…and, following on from last week, another advantage of being on HGSA's committee is that you get asked be a judge in the Giants' sponsored Town Crier competition!

This competition, organised by Huddersfield's very own Town Crier, Vic Watson, will take place on the Piazza on Saturday. Should be a noisy do!

And so the roller coaster continues!

Our unblemished record at Wigan finally came crashing down.

But what about our support?

We must have the most innovative core of singers in the sporting world.

Starved of success, the chant of "We're gonna score in a minute, score in a minute, we're gonna score in a minute" rang out several times.

When a try did not materialise it became "Let's pretend we scored a try" followed by the chant which does, in fact, accompany our tries!

Whilst there are not as many of our supporters as some clubs at away games, scarves being held aloft whilst singing 'Falling In Love' is a stirring sight. For those who just join in the "Fartown, Fartown" bit at the end, the words really are simple to learn! So why not join in next time?

Much has been said about having a centralised section for the singers. Whilst the majority of them sit at the back of the John Smith's Stand, there are others dotted about the stadium.

Time and again these fans have been asked to sit with the main group. For their own personal reasons they have politely refused. [This is not a criticism for I am one who has declined.]

Instead, it is up to the silent majority to join in with these splinter groups and really make the stadium come alive.

Just imagine what it would be like if the atmosphere at the recent St Helens game was the norm for every home match!

It is coming up to that time of year when we send our letters to Santa.

This year, once again, The Man has done us proud and replied that we may borrow his reindeer on Friday 12th December.

However, due to the fact that Blitzen and Donna did not pull their weight on the sleigh last year, he has asked us to ensure that this year's event will be run on hard ground. "Last year's soft turf caused all kinds of problems" Santa wrote.

We are also hopeful that Rudolph will put in an appearance this year. For the last couple of races he has had a nasty cold – as could be seen by his shiny red nose.

Yes, our annual Reindeer Race Night will be held at Turnbridge WMC. Entry will be £5 which includes a buffet supper.

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

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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