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Contents

6th
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6th

It's all go on the voluntary front at the Giants.

Life on the Heritage front was mentioned the other week. [www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk]

HGSA have teamed up with Luke Robinson's Testimonial for this year's raffle.

Prizes so far include a 2017 Catalans trip, 2017 season ticket, a family ticket for a 4 Nations match, a RL World voucher, plus many more.

Money raised from the raffle will, as usual, go towards the development of Rugby League in Huddersfield and also Luke's Testimonial fund.

All HGSA details can be found at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

Talking about Luke's Testimonial, it has now stepped up into 4th gear and is about to rev up into 5th.

The Gala Dinner at the end of April has now sold out, but you still will have opportunities to dine and have fun with Luke.

Do you want to hear Rugby League's very own Morecambe & Wise?

Then book your place at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday 9thJuly. For a mere £35 you will be able to be entertained by Barry McDermott and Terry O'Connor as well as comedian Lea Roberts.

The 'you' here refers only to the male population. Sorry , ladies.

However, don't fret ladies, there will be a 'Ladies Only' event later in the year.

Luke's testimonial shirt will be revealed in the very near future. It has been designed specifically with youngsters in mind. Keep an eye out for it – it is brilliant.

If you are in a band or Oompah Band and would like to help, make yourself know on Robbo's Facebook Testimonial page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1690948784501185/?fref=ts.

There is a whole host of events currently in the planning stage. So, whether you are a child, a beer drinker, a family person, or an ordinary human being, there will be something for you.

In addition to volunteers being required for the above three groups, the club itself is always keen to welcome people into its Angel group.

You will remember the Olympic Angels - volunteers who helped the world at the 2012 London Olympics?

Well, the Giants have their very own version.

Contact James Brammer or Tracey Hougthon [01484 484114] to find out more.

The raffle tickets will be launched by Luke at our May meeting [Tuesday 3rd, 7:15 for a 7:30 start – please note the change of start time]. We shall be showing the 1962 Challenge Cup Final.

As well as Luke and some other Giants' players, Neil Fox will also be our guest. In addition, we are hoping that Tommy Smales and Harry Deighton will be able to attend.

How can you fail to volunteer to help with any of the above!

Saturday 9th April, 2nd Rugby League Heritage Forum at the University's Heritage Quay: http://heritagequay.org/events/2nd-rugby-league-heritage-forum/.

13th

This past week has seen the passing away of two of our former players.

Mick Sullivan.

Born 12 January 1934, Pudsey, Nr Leeds
Signed from Shaw Cross Boys Club
Debut 4 October 1953 v Dewsbury
Last match 19 October 1957 v York
Matches 117 Points 279
Tries 93 Goals 0
Honours Great Britain (46); England (3); Yorkshire (14) ;
Great Britain XIII (2); English RL Services

One of the most feared left wings in the game, 'Sully' shares with Gary Schofield the all time Great Britain record of 46 appearances.

He played in all four matches as GB won the inaugural World Cup in 1954, and scored a total of 41 international tries.

In 1960 Mick became the only British player to win the World Cup twice.

He was twice sold for world-record fees, to Wigan in 1957 for £9,500 and on to St Helens in 1961 for £11,000.

We also lost Dick Cracknell who joined Huddersfield when he was only sixteen years of age.

Debut Bramley 1949, scoring a try in a 42pts to 16 victory.
Last game September 1953 in a Yorkshire cup-tie against York.

He represented England on four occasions while at Huddersfield, his first game against France in Marseilles on 25 November 1951 was a heavy defeat by 42 pts to 13.

Despite international and county appearances he was denied a regular place in the Huddersfield side by the brilliance of Peter Henderson and Lionel Cooper. Oldham paid a club record fee of £6,000 to secure his signature in October 1953.

He averaged over a try a game with 106 tries in 100 appearances.

Last week's guests were local heroes Michael Lawrence and Jermaine McGillvary.

Jerry was finally presented with his very own Wagstaff Trophy.

So, especially for Jerry - Harold Wagstaff:
Born 19 May 1891, Holmfirth
Signed from Underbank Rangers
Debut 10 November 1906 v Bramley
Last match 23 March 1925 v Oldham
Matches 436 Points 549
Tries 175 Goals 12
Honours Northern Union (GB) (12); England (9);
Northern Rugby League (4); Yorkshire (15)

Known as 'The Prince of Centres', Harold was the inspiration of the 'Team of All Talents' in 1914-15, when Huddersfield became the second club to win all four cups.

He became the game's youngest International at 17 years 228 days.

By 1914 he was captain of England and played the best match of his career in the famous 'Rorke's Drift Test Match' victory at Sydney.

There is lots more information in the Heritage Project's Collectors Cards. There are still a few packs remaining. Please visit www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk to order.

Players like these three will always be remembered in the game of Rugby League. But what of lesser known players, stalwarts of club, and fans' memories?

Thankfully our project came at just the right time to record the thoughts and memories of people like Keith Burhouse, David Gronow, and Nancy Beaumont. And we continue to plug away to record even more of our heritage for posterity.

But where are the next Keith, David, and Nancy? Who will continue the work when the current stalwarts depart?

There must be some younger people in Examinerland who are willing to become involved help preserve the past of our great club.

Remember HGSA's earlier start time on May 3rd when we shall be showing the 1962 Challenge Cup Final at Turnbridge.

Keep up-to-date at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

20th

First of all a huge "Thank You" to the people who have agreed to help with the Heritage Project. It is really good to know that there are volunteers who are willing to help preserve the history of this great club.

Yet another huge "Thank You". This time to David Faiumu, who returned home to New Zealand last Thursday.

Fuey gave his best rugby playing days to the Giants and then stayed on at the club whilst studying at the university.

He always had time to talk with us, the fans. His awesome sidestep will be talked about for generations to come.

On Facebook I have likened him to both Wally Gibson and Brad Drew in that he will go down as a modern day fans favourite from overseas.

On the other hand, it is surely coincidental that Friday's magnificent performance came after he had left the country! It is a pity he did not see that.

It really is a time of year when exercise should be at the fore for Giants' fans.

The Players Association [PA] had their annual dinner the other week.

As a non-playing attendee it was quite humbling to be amongst both child- and adulthood heroes. The only downside was the poor vegetarian food served up at the John Smith's Stadium.

Then there is Robbo's Gala Dinner coming up. Like the PA's, this also is a sell-out. However, details are available for his next one in July. Contact Brian Blacker at the club to book your place.

Let's not forget Jenna Brough's Curry Night to support the Steve Prescott Foundation , Sunday 17th July 6pm straight after the Giants v St. Helens game. Search for 'Jen Lea Brough' on Facebook.

Speaking of curry, despite the poor start to HGSA's 'monthly' event [there hasn't been a repeat due to the setting in of despondency!], it has been agreed to eat at the Pink Elephant in Honley in the very near future.

This restaurant has kindly donated a prize for this year's raffle. The winner will most certainly be pleased with the cuisine.

Our star prizes this year will yet again feature a Catalans trip and a Giants season ticket.

We sold 1800 tickets last year, but this time we are having 10 000 tickets printed!

Why?

Because we are running it in conjunction with Luke Robinson's testimonial – and Luke has guaranteed that he will sell 6 000!!

The launch of the raffle will be at our May 3rd meeting when we shall be showing the 1962 Challenge Cup Final at Turnbridge. Please arrive at 7:00 pm for a prompt 7:15 pm start. [Apologies for my timing error in last week's column.]

27th

After 'that' refereeing performance at Wigan [and, to be fair, Mr Silverwood's excellent display the week before], how would you like to have watched the game mentioned below?

Yet another extract from "Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants":

Of course the game has changed out of all recognition since the days of the Team of all Talents, since the glories of Len Bowkett's successful side of the inter-war years and even since the 1950s era of Valentine, Henderson, Hunter, Cooper, and Devery.

Traditionalists look back fondly to muddy winter rugby played by part-time players at traditional grounds such as Fartown.

Some are still not convinced that the modern game represents improvement with uncontested scrums the most frequently cited disparagement.

How would modern players cope with the slog of defending unlimited numbers of tackles?

Would their kicking, so crucial to turning the opposition, be so long and precise, or their catching be so secure, with the larger, heavier, muddier leather ball of a century ago?

How would they cope with players dribbling such a ball at their feet, a regular route to the try-line for Albert Rosenfeld?

Could the colossal 'hits' of the modern-day forwards as they contest the hard yards down the centre be so frequent or powerful if no substitutions were allowed?

Would the risk of injury and the need to play a full eighty minutes see more attempts to run for the space and less running at the man?

Reports suggest that, in the days before cameras and after-match reviews, it was possible to get away with more foul play. Evidence of this is provided by 'Achates' in a letter to the Examiner published on 5 November 1928 about a particularly unsavoury game between Huddersfield and Hull KR at Fartown:

there were 58 scrums of which Huddersfield won 37;

these were fiercely contested scrums in which the hooker and prop forwards played a key role in winning possession, and players indulged in a considerable amount of, what was politely described as 'argy-bargy' on the blind side of the referee;

the referee awarded 32 free-kicks of which 23 were to Huddersfield; 9 were for offences under the play the ball rule; 5 for obstruction; 5 for dangerous kicking or tripping; 2 for offside; 1 for feet up in the scrum; and 1 for the now effectively obsolete offence of 'not putting the ball in straight' (these were, of course only the offences that the referee saw);

the referee was considered to be 'somewhat lenient' even though one player from each side was sent off.

Huddersfield eventually won by 13 points to 4.

Next Tuesday at Turnbridge WMC will see the question "Who will win the 1962 Challenge Cup Final" answered. Kick off will be at 7:15, so please be there fro 7:00.

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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