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Contents

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1st

So, what would you do?

Mingle with your heroes at the Players’ Association’s Annual Dinner where you also have the privilege of photographing them?

Or miss your first match [apart from Catalans] in living memory?

The following gives you my answer!

Tony Johnson, Derek Wroe, and Rod Wright’s magnificent efforts in organising the event were rewarded with an attendance of 318 at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Amongst many of the club’s former players were 3 of the 1962 Challenge Cup Final squads: Captain Tommy Smales, his half back partner Harry Deighton, and the scourge of the Fartown fans – and our future player/coach – Wakefield’s Neil Fox.

From Ken Senior and Ian Van Bellen through to current academy players Jarod Simpson and Matthew English, the number of proud wearers of the Claret and Gold was outstanding.

Firm favourite of both the Players and Supporters Associations, Malcolm Lord, was the evening’s MC. His inimitable dry wit yet again proving why he is invited back year after year!

Venn Tracey was the occasion’s entertainer. It is not space which prevents relating some of his jokes, but the poor aesthetic appearance of a page covered with blocks of blacked-out censorship!

The club’s representative, someone else who was miffed at the clash of events, was fans’ favourite David Faiumu. In blind ignorance he agreed to be interviewed by Malcolm Lord! [Don’t you just hate ‘in’ jokes!]

So, all in all an excellent affair. But…

…did it make up for missing the Warrington game???

Whilst Turnbridge WMC is our venue for meetings, many members also meet there before and after matches.

Our next game is on Friday with a 6 pm kick off. Turnbridge will open at noon and stay open for the rest of the day.

4 o’clock it is then!

Our guest Giant players next Tuesday are Joe Wardle and Jake Connor. Come along and have a word with them,

However, our guest speaker is so top secret that I’m not authorised to reveal who it is!

Our recent Facebook push now sees us with over 520 ‘Likes’. We’ve now started on the Giants where the ‘Likes’ have increased by 40. Keep plugging both pages.

See how many ex-players you can recognise from the photos of last Friday’s dinner. 1962 favourites Tommy Smales and Harry Deighton are pictured, along with arch-rival Neil Fox.

Finally, if anyone has anything they can offer for our 2015 raffle, please let us [Dave Calverley, 07887 878 425] know.

http://galleries.photolens.co.uk/Photo_Library/Events/Giants/2015_HRLPA_Dinner/index.php.

Everyone is welcome at all our events. Full details can be found at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk. For our Facebook page, search in F/b for ‘Huddersfield Giants Supporters Association’.

The book ‘Huddersfield In WW1’ can be purchased at The Zone, online at www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk, or via David Thorpe [01484 533378].

8th

One of that Super League relegation side and who stayed on to be undefeated in the Northern Ford Premiership was Chris Langley.

Chris was our guest this month and he recounted some tales from those days which really ought to stay within the confines of Turnbridge!

A Pontefract lad with a passion for Castleford, he was in the right place at the right time to be snapped up by Bradford, then at the height of their Super League prowess.

The professionalism at the Bulls was streets ahead of anyone else in the game bar, perhaps, Wigan.

Whilst he learned a great deal, such were the stars at Bradford that opportunities for a young lad were extremely limited. He eventually approached Brian Noble and asked if he could move on in order to play rugby regularly.

We were the club he moved to.

Chris could not believe the difference between the Giants and the Bulls. Suffice to say that he was now at a struggling club, full of enthusiastic people, but with an amateurish approach.

The turning point in the fortunes of the Giants came with the arrival of Tony Smith. The practices he set in place have been built upon, leading to the successful club we are today proud of.

And it will not stop here. Chris is adamant that success for the Giants is here for years to come.

What particularly pleases Chris is what it must now mean for Ken Davy.

Back at the start of the revival, Ken was so pleased with the draw against London that he went into the dressing room with a huge beam on his face and wholeheartedly congratulated the team – even though Tony Smith was fuming in the corner that we had not achieved a win!

Chris reminded us of the fact that for the second half of that season we were 4th in the League. Unfortunately – or perhaps fortunately? – the first half’s results meant the we were relegated.

That season in the NFP gave both the team and the fans a taste of unqualified success resulting in a winning, not losing, mentality.

“Why aren’t the public of Huddersfield coming to watch this excellent team?” Chris repeated time and time again.

Why not indeed!

So, a superb evening’s entertainment. Thank you Chris.

And thanks also go to Joe Wardle [who does not know why he has been cited by the RFL!] and Jake Connor for their attendance. Both gave some forthright opinions to the assembled throng.

 

Finally, if anyone has anything they can offer for our 2015 raffle, please let us [Dave Calverley, 07887 878 425] know.

Everyone is welcome at all our events. Full details can be found at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk. For our Facebook page, search in F/b for ‘Huddersfield Giants Supporters Association’.

The book ‘Huddersfield In WW1’ can be purchased at The Zone, online at www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk, or via David Thorpe [01484 533378].

15th

For this week an HGSA member has sent the following open letter to the RFL. They also will be receiving a copy.

On Sunday morning I braved the elements to watch a Masters game of Rugby League played by the over 35s.

Under horrendous conditions the game was a joy to watch. Huddersfield Past Players Association took on a side from the West Yorkshire Police.

The match was extremely well refereed and was played in the true spirit of the game. There was no bending of the rules, no play-acting, and no arguing with the match official.

This was in total contrast to the game in the afternoon when the Huddersfield Giants took on Saint Helens.

The conditions were still poor, but I fully expected to see a reasonably open game.

How wrong could I have been.

I have never seen the Saints play such game-slowing rugby.

They tactics they employed included cheap shots on the Giants’ players and, heaven forbid, blatant play-acting.

The classic of the latter was when Jon Wilkin lay totally prostrate after an innocent tackle. To all the world it looked a serious injury.

However, as soon as the touch judge ran onto the field, Mr Wilkin immediately jumped up and ran to the referee.

There were far too many assaults on the Giants’ players to mention, very, very few seen by the match officials. There were numerous errors by the referee – including a most blatant knock on, seen by everyone in the stadium bar the gentlemen in charge.

However, this did not surprise the assembled throng.

The man in the middle was the same chap who saw nothing wrong with Rangi Chase’s ‘tackle’ on Brett Ferris only a week ago.

James Child’s performances in those two games was an absolute disgrace.

The whole of the Rugby League family is saying the same thing about this ‘Top Grade’ referee.

The questions to you, the RFL, being asked by the whole of the Rugby League fraternity are not only “How long will it be before Mr Child is suspended?” but also “When will the standard of refereeing improve?”.

It is true that the referee cannot see everything which happens in a game. But there are 6 officials at all non-televised matches.

Spectators, even non-biased one, can see non-appliance of the rules, why cannot these six?

Sirs, I await your considered response at your earliest convenience.

 

HGSA-wise now!

If anyone has anything they can offer for our 2015 raffle, please let us [Dave Calverley, 07887 878 425] know.

Everyone is welcome at all our events. Full details can be found at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk. For our Facebook page, search in F/b for ‘Huddersfield Giants Supporters Association’.

The book ‘Huddersfield In WW1’ can be purchased at The Zone, online at www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk, or via David Thorpe [01484 533378].

22nd

It was with a deep heart that we heard of the death of Nancy Beaumont on Sunday.
She was a lovely lady and was always willing to help in whatever way she could.

The following is a tribute paid to her by another Fartown stalwart, Trevor Kaye:

Nancy has seemed to be around since the year dot, and the first recollection of her was serving tea coffee and pies in the tea hut situated behind the goals at the score board end of the old Fartown ground.

She was a member of the supporters committee which was instrumental in building the new supporters club and which was later extended to accommodate a players’ lounge for the sole use of the players after each game.

Nancy was a member of the committee during the life time of the supporters club with one of her main duties being the running of the weekly pools (lottery) which in those days had a membership of over 20,000 each paying one shilling per week in old money, such was the size and importance of the pools it was found necessary to open a separate office in Chancery Lane in the town centre in which Nancy spent many hours assisted by Dave Valentine and other committee volunteers.

She was also involved in all fund raising activities, player testimonials and organised coaches to away matches and even during the dark days of the late 1970s and the 1980s she was always there to lend a hand to whatever was required and when the club finally departed Fartown she formed the Senior Giants in an effort to keep supporters in touch with the club, an organisation which hopefully will continue to flourish.

Her efforts for the club were recognised when she was made a life member of the Giants in 2013.

Nancy was a true claret and gold both at Fartown and the Giants and will be sadly missed.

On Tuesday 5th April at Turnbridge, we shall be holding our tremendously popular ‘Games Night’. The Giants’ players who will arrive shortly after 7 o’clock, have yet to be finalised.

The Games Night is an event designed for participants to have fun. However, there are those for whom winning is essential!

The activities will include, amongst others, darts, shuv ‘apny, beer mat flip, skittles, and Jenga.

So come along, have fun, and join us – you could even take it seriously and try to win!

If anyone has anything they can offer for our 2015 raffle, please let us [Dave Calverley, 07887 878 425] know.

Everyone is welcome at all our events. Full details can be found at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk. For our Facebook page, search in F/b for ‘Huddersfield Giants Supporters Association’.

Coming soon, ‘The History of Huddersfield Rugby League’. The book ‘Huddersfield In WW1’ can be purchased at The Zone, online at www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk, or via David Thorpe [01484 533378].

29th

Isn’t it good to not be talking about the referee after a match. Well done Ben Thaler.
Thanks to those of you who have already said that they will sponsor Dave Calverley on his bike gruel – 170 miles in 3 days! Money raised will go to Cystic Fibrosis. Full details can be found at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/LawrenceWalker2015.
Or if you fancy having a go at something yourself, how about the Zip Slide Challenge? This from the club:
Huddersfield Giants and the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice are offering fans a unique opportunity to zip slide across the famous John Smith’s Stadium pitch.

From the very top of the Fantastic Media Stand to the foot of the Chadwick Lawrence Stand, fans can zip slide 573 feet across the famous John Smith’s Stadium pitch on Saturday 23rd May, so don’t miss out on your chance to take part!

The exhilarating and unique experience is the club’s first joint event of the season with charity partner the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, and supporters can sign up to the spectacular event now.

All proceeds from the Giant Zip Slide will be split between Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and the Huddersfield Giants Youth Development, and is being supported by Barclays Bank.

Entry is £20 and a minimum of £100 is expected to be raised by each participant. For full details visit http://giantsrl.com/fans/giant_zip_slide and be sure to secure your place before it’s too late.

To find out more about the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice please visit www.forgetmenotchild.co.uk.
Leeds will bring a huge support on Thursday so let’s spread the word and encourage friends and family to come along and support us.
Out next meeting on Tuesday 5th May will be our Games Night. Come along and enjoy yourself – and meet the couple of players who will be giving up their time to meet us.
We are building up a list of prizes for our raffle. PLEASE try and get one for us – if only to ask your regular restaurant for a free meal for two [we already have ones for Eric’s and LaLa’s]. [Contact Dave Calverley, 07887 878 425.]
On a sadder note, the funeral of Nancy Beaumont, a lifelong Fartown/Giants stalwart, will be on Wednesday 6th May, 10:30 at Huddersfield Crematorium.

Everyone is welcome at all our events. Full details can be found at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk. For our Facebook page, search in F/b for ‘Huddersfield Giants Supporters Association’.

Start saving your pennies because due out on May 12th is the book ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: A History of Rugby League in Huddersfield’. The book ‘Huddersfield In WW1’ can be purchased at The Zone, online at www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk, or via David Thorpe [01484 533378].

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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