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Contents

6th
13th
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6th

Rugby League is a family sport, that goes without saying.

We all love the thrills and the excitement so magnificently served up in last week’s clash with Leeds.

We love all aspects of the game – bar one.

None of us likes to see a player get hurt – and the disgraceful sight of players feigning injury has no part in our sport.

But the saddest sight of all is when a player goes down and doesn’t get up.

Currently all our thoughts are with the family of Danny Jones, the Keighley player who tragically died over the weekend whilst playing against London Skolars.

Despite the regular bickering and name calling between fans on social media and forums, the Rugby League family shows its true spirit at times like this.

A target of £1000 was set to raise funds in memory of Danny and to support his wife and twin 5 month old daughters. As of writing, this has been smashed, with £40 000 having been raised already.

To donate, head over to the Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/dannyjones29.

Sincere condolences to his family, our thoughts really are with you.

Next week sees the relaunch of the Heritage Project in its new guise.

The small number of volunteers remaining from the original project are in dire need of rejuvenation in the form new members. This is a very rewarding project, ensuring that the history of our club is kept alive. For further details please contact either Dave Calverley [07887 878 425] or David Thorpe [01484 533378].

The latest book from the project is about to be launched. It is entitled ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: A History of Rugby League in Huddersfield’.

Embellished by much original research, this book relates original stories and new perspectives on all of these developments. It is about the broad shoulders of Giants on which the modern club and game stand, including Keith Burhouse’s memories of ‘the dark days’!

Details of its availability will be publicised presently.

 

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’ is still available and can be purchased at The Zone, online at www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk, or via David Thorpe [01484 533378].

13th

Since the game of rugby league changed to the summer era, it is sometimes hard to believe that the conditions that games are played in actually belong to the summer game.

At last the weather seems to be changing giving us more pleasant conditions for watching a game, which brings me to a place where very rarely do they have such problems.

That venue being Perpignan and the Stade Gilbert Brutus home of the Catalan Dragons, which is good news for our supporters as our return game over in France takes place on the 18th July the very height of the summer period.

Supporters use various methods when it comes to making the trip, using different airports combined with train and bus transfer to Perpignan and one family all members of the supporters association are actually diverting their camping holiday to take in the game.

However this year a number of our members are taking advantage of an organised tour, and what a trip it promises to be with approx. 120 supporters making the transfer on match day from Spain to the game,

The trip will have the benefit of couriers Ian McCorkindale, the ex-Workington Town goal kicking wing man, and David Whitehead. Ian speaks fluent Spanish along with Trevor Kaye who speaks it tongue in cheek (‘get you out of trouble Spanish’), not that it’s going to be much use in France.

The bulk of the supporters depart on the Tuesday 14th July from Manchester Airport with a 6 am check in and a 2hour flight to Barcelona and then meeting up with coaches for the transfer to our hotel in Lloret  de Mar.

Four days holiday before the match gives everyone the chance to top up their tan, carry out a bit of sight-seeing, visit Tosse del Mar either by boat or local bus, the local markets and not forgetting the sampling of the local beer and wines.

Match day arrives and it’s the mass transfer of all our supporters up to France with plenty of time to once again visit the bars and shops in the city of Perpignan.

Our final transfer is to the ground and to sample the atmosphere of the sometimes over enthusiastic home supporters who use every method possible to sway every refereeing decision in their favour.

Finally it’s back to our Hotel and, dare I say it, another drop of alcohol before staggering to bed.

If anyone would like to join us on the trip we will be only be too happy to put you in contact with the relevant personnel.

 

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’.

Watch out for information regarding the launch of “On The Shoulders Of Giants”. The book ‘Huddersfield In WW1’ is still available and can be purchased at The Zone, online at www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk, or via David Thorpe [01484 533378].

20th

We’ve said it before and we will no doubt say it again, “Oh, the joys of being a Giants’ fan”!!

At least it means that the Cup Final BBQ is on again!

Anyway, that’s enough about last Saturday’s game, time to focus on some positives and highlight some supporters!

Dave Calverley duly completed his 170 miles in 3 days sponsored cycle ride. There is still time to donate to Cystic Fibrosis at  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/LawrenceWalker2015.

Jerry Crabtree [Eorl’s Dad] will soon be braving the heights of the John Smith’s Stadium when he will be enjoying himself on the Zip Slide Challenge. Money raised will be for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

You have two choices here:
1. Sponsor Jerry;
2. Take part yourself!

Either way, contact the club for more details.

At the end of May, Zoe McGuiness will be taking part in the Leeds Race for Life 5k Mud Run in aid of Cancer Research UK. Sponsor Zoe at https://www.justgiving.com/zoemcguinness/.

Liz Atherton and her daughter Georgia will be running in Cancer Research UK's Race for Life. They are both in training for this July event. If you don’t want to sponsor Liz, then help Georgia raise money at www.justgiving.com/gandlatherton/.

There are many more who are putting themselves through pain in order to help others, these four HGSA members are just the tip of the iceberg. [We’d like to mention Jenna Brough’s on-going magnificent achievements, but she is not a member, so, sorry Jenna, no mention!]

And let’s not forget the on-going fundraising for Danny Jones. So far 6000 people have raised almost £150 000. What a true family Rugby League is.

Everyone is welcome at all our events, the next being Tuesday 2nd June at Turnbridge WMC. Then on Wednesday July 1st we shall be visiting Holmfirth Vinery. Contact Trevor Kaye [01484 328121] for details.

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

Watch out for information regarding the launch of “On The Shoulders Of Giants”. The book ‘Huddersfield In WW1’ is still available and can be purchased at The Zone, online at www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk, or via David Thorpe [01484 533378].

27th

‘Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants: A History Of Huddersfield Rugby’ has almost hit the streets!

To whet your appetite, here is a short extract as told by Fartown stalwart Keith Burhouse:

Since the earliest years, income at Fartown had been supplemented by a cricket section but by the mid-1980s no cricket had been played at the ground for several years. It seemed sensible to try to re-instate cricket and its associated revenue stream, so it was decided, after a meeting with the Yorkshire Cricket League, that the cricket changing rooms would be refurbished and the square and outfield would be brought up to the required standard for Yorkshire League cricket. Once again the burden of this work fell on Keith Burhouse:

“Unfortunately, cricket continued for only one season, the cricketers leaving because of a dispute with John Bailey ... all the hard work I did refurbishing the changing rooms was in vain.”

On one occasion, the team was travelling to play. Keith, in his role as kit-man, went to put the team's playing strip on the bus but was told twice by a club official that it was already on the bus and he should also get on. When they arrived in London there was no kit on the bus. Fulham had no spare kit but offered the use of their second team strip which had just been worn in a match preceding the first team game. Not surprisingly the players were not very happy, and afterwards the press was full of the story. Many years later Keith discovered that this shambles had been instigated by some club officials to upset John Bailey.

On another occasion Keith arrived as usual at 8am for a Sunday afternoon kick-off, to mark out the pitch and check the fences. He was horrified to find the fences significantly damaged and, at the scoreboard end, only one post standing and the other post and cross bar on the ground. The post had been snapped off at ground level. Fortunately the club had a spare post. He dug out the damaged post and whitewashed the spare one. One of the directors and a few players helped him to hoist it into position and to fit the cross bar. Keith only completed his usual duties just in time for the kick off.

Damage to the fences was a regular occurrence so that a few spectators could get in for nothing, but in 2011, over 20 years later, Keith learned that the goalposts were also broken by so-called supporters. They were trying to get the game postponed and the club reported to the RFL, in the hope that John Bailey would be embarrassed into resigning.

 
The book will be launched at the Senior Giants meeting on the 3rd of June and at HGSA’s meeting on the 7th of July. You will also get chance to buy it at the Warrington game on the 14th of June.

That game day will also see our Players Association take the field in the latest of their Masters Rugby match.

Everyone is welcome at all our events, the next being Tuesday 2nd June at Turnbridge WMC. Then on Wednesday July 1st we shall be visiting Holmfirth Vinery. Contact Trevor Kaye [01484 328121] for details.

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

Both Heritage books 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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