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Contents

4th
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4th

As you all know by now, the Heritage Project has published a book, “Huddersfield In WW1”.

There follows two extracts. The first talks about sport at the start of the war:

Huddersfield Town FC and the Huddersfield Northern Union Rugby Club FC were understandably keen for the public to see them supporting the war effort, and their matches were frequently used to recruit volunteers.

On 14 November, before a Fartown crowd swollen by numerous wounded soldiers from the battles of Mons, the Marne, Aisne and Ypres, there were several recruitment speeches on behalf of the 232nd Company Royal Engineers at half time, and a further meeting after the match, when GL Paton of the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee commented:

… the West Riding of Yorkshire stands at the bottom so far as numbers per head of population joining the ranks of recruits ... that is a stain upon their patriotism ... Those men with their wounds are far more eloquent than I am capable of. Huddersfield have won the game by a margin of 61 points, and I appeal for at least that number of recruits. We must score against the Huns as well as Huddersfield have scored against Hunslet.

For now, professional association and northern union rugby football continued at Leeds Road and Fartown, but the impact on local amateur sport was immediate. Mot football clubs of both codes suspended operations. Northern Union clubs Almondbury and Marsden Villa had disbanded before the end of August.

The second extract concerns daily life:

As people braced themselves for Britain's first European war for a century, 'spy-mania' swept the country. On 14 August, the Examiner reported:

There have been spies and rumours of spies these past few days sufficient to satisfy the most ardent lover of such excitement. But the prize for spy hunting must be given to Crosland Moor. The other day ... great excitement was caused in the vicinity of the tram terminus in this lovely suburb of the borough. There dismounted from the car a party of foreign-looking individuals, the appearance of whom was not at all to the liking of the peaceable inhabitants of the district.

Apprehension quickly grew into the most intense excitement and alarm when it was seen that members of the party began to chalk a curious message on the flags outside a local shop. They were Germans! What could they be seeking in this part of the world? They were up to no good, at all events! Immediately the answer was supplied. They were going to poison the water in the Blackmoorfoot reservoir, or else blow up the banks and create suffering and devastation in that way. People began to draw supplies of water before the evil work could be accomplished. The wildest rumours existed.

The police were telephoned for, and pending their appearance the mysterious message in chalk was jealously guarded.

The writers were Dutch Esperantists on holiday, and the message was to the remainder of their party, who were arriving by a later tramcar.

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

Everyone is welcome at all our events. Full details can be found at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

11th

Every guest we have had entertain us at Turnbridge WMC has been excellent.

However, every now and then one turns out to be exceptional.

Such was the case last Tuesday when Sammy Lloyd visited us.

Sammy played for Castleford in the 60s and 70s. He then retired from the game, but was persuaded to play 1 more year at Hull.

5 years later, when there was no more string, sticky tape, and bandages left to hold his body together, Sammy finally retired.

RL was lucky to have had this goal-kicking forward in our ranks for he had offers from both Newcastle and Wolverhampton to play the round ball game. Fortunately none of Sammy’s mates had similar offers – they all wanted to go to Castleford and Sammy duly joined them.

In those days, a goal-kicking forward was out of the ordinary. More often than not goal kicking was the full back’s duty.

However, the regular goal kicker was having an off period, so Sammy was asked to take over, which he did with great aplomb.

Sammy practised and practised. He practised goal kicking so much that other aspects of his game did not advance at the rate it perhaps should have done.

The highlight of the evening was the finale. Sammy produced a guitar and sang his own composition entitled ‘Hurrah For The Claret & Gold’. It was based on, but totally different to, the 1890 version which celebrated Fartown winning T’Owd Tin Pot [Yorkshire Cup].

Sammy has promised to let us have the words and music to this catchy little ditty.

Also in attendance were Eorl Crabtree and Michael Lawrence.

This is a new venture we have arranged with the Giants.

For each of our meetings, 2 players will come along for at least the half an hour prior to the guest’s presentation.

Both players seemed to enjoy themselves and out thanks go to both them and the Giants.

Photos of Sammy, Eorl, and Michael can be found on our website.

After many months of being out of date, the website is now current – apart from 15 months worth of HGSA meeting reports still to write! Have a look and let us know what you think.

Everyone is welcome at all our events. Full details can be found at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

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

 

18th

This past week has seen a concerted effort to raise the profile of HGSA on Facebook. [Those of you who have already been left behind, now is the time to fast forward three or four paragraphs!]

This time last week we had 341 ‘Likes’. By Friday this had shot up to 494.

So far so good, you might think.

However, two days without posting obviously alienated 4 people because on Sunday only 490 people liked us!

In addition to our Facebook page, there are another three or four pages dedicated to the Giants where fans regularly share their delight, express their anger, and perpetuate the latest rumours.

This is in addition to the older, online Fans Forums, the most popular being RLFans.

They are all good places to chat with like-minded people and hear where our players are going next! [In the past couple of years, Shaun Lunt has been linked to six or seven SL clubs and four or five NRL ones. Hull KR was never mentioned!!]

Almost everyone has access to the internet these days, so why not check out some of these talking spots? Go to the ‘Links’ page on our website and you will be directed to them.

Which brings us back to our central theme this week – and it is directed to a very small audience.

To all our friends on Facebook, why have you not joined HGSA? It is only a fiver for 12 months-worth of activities.

And you will be helping the Giants.

We raise money for the further development of youngsters.

So, the more members we have, the more money will be raised, and more youngsters will be helped.

And now a message for those who do not visit us on Facebook.

Why don’t you join HGSA? After all, it’s only a fiver.

 

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].

 

25th

Thanks to those of you who helped us reach our milestone of 500 ‘Likes’ on Facebook. If only all those were members of HGSA! [After all, it is only a fiver.]

The challenge now is for us to do a similar job with the Giants’ Facebook page.

Sadly this is one of the least visited in Super League.

With the determined effort made by fans to increase HGSA’s footprint, the same can be done for the club’s.

A huge, hearty congratulations to Scott Grix for getting into Super League’s record books with that 9 minute hat trick on Sunday.

It must be especially pleasing for him after some of the stick he has taken in recent times.

Some people have easily forgotten how he was HGSA’s Wagstaff Trophy winner in our first post-Hodgson season.

However, is Chris Thorman the bad guy?

Imagine going on to the pitch to tell a player to not score a try for another couple of minutes! Chris, really!

On the other hand, how good is it for the name of ‘Huddersfield’ to be once again appearing in Rugby League’s list of records:
Chris Thorman, 2002, fastest Rugby League hat trick;
Scott Grix, 2015, fastest Super League hat trick.

Coupled with:
2002, joint longest run of unbeaten matches;
2002, undefeated in the league;
2006, Challenge Cup Final;
2009, Challenge Cup Final;
2013, League Champions.

Yes, Huddersfield Giants really are one of Super League’s Super Clubs.

So, come on Huddersfield, so your support for the revival of this Giant of the game. Come and let your voices be heard on Good Friday [and the rest of the season].

A footnote on last season’s ‘Watergate’ at Wakefield.

Still no reply from either Wakefield or the RFL about the complaint. However, there was no problem getting into the ground with water this year.

Unlike the lady who was not allowed to take her young daughter through the same turnstile as her. The children’s gate is a good distance away from the adults’ one and this caused a great deal of distress for the pair.

Come on Wakefield. This is a family sport. Get your act together!

 

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].

 

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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