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Contents

5th
19th
26th

5th

Just think, it is now 25 years since we left Fartown.

Players in 1991/2 and 1992/3 were Phil Huck, Antony Sewell, Simon Kenworthy, Brian Blacker, Scholes, Joe Naidole, David Oates, Maskery, Jowett, Alan Boothroyd, Walker, Arnie Lomax, Jason Gilbert, Ian Thomas, Edwards, Wally Gibson, Chris Chapman, Greg Shuttleworth, Cocker, Gary Senior, Des Foy, Andy Pucill, Gary Coulter, Andy Simpson, Martin Maders, Parr, Willis, Darkes, Stewart, Brimah Kebbie, White, Fogarty, Wilde, Parr, Neilson, Flanagan, Royston, Meillam, southern, Lee St Hilaire, Jason Lawrence, Greg Pearce, Needham, Kelly, Haggerty, Coop, Barnett, Fairbank, Davis, Phil Helliwell, Derrick.

[Apologies for the missing first names and any incorrect ones.]

In both seasons, only 2 players played in one position for the whole year: Greg Shuttleworth at scrum half and Gary Senior at loose forward.

Ian Thomas was the leading try scorer in both seasons [21 and 18] with Chris Chapman following behind [13 and 17]. Though in half a season Brimah Kebbie flew in with 16.

91/2 saw Jason Gilbert and Simon Kenworthy share goal kicking duties, ending up with 70 apiece. The following season It was down to Phil Helliwell with 88.

Behind the scenes were Ronnie Burhouse, Karen Hellawell and Sue Ford (Physiotherapists), Louise Hamer, Keith Burhouse, Jack Balmforth, Dr. David Hooper, Terry Flanagan (coach), Alex Murphy (team manager), David Parr, Les Coulter, Frank Doyle, David Parker, and owners Mick Murphy, Jim Collins, Joe Bramley, and Neil Whittaker.

Huddersfield became the first English RL club to sign an eastern block player.

In November, Hungarian Bela Varga was taken on trials. He was a RU winger and arrived on Fartown's doorstep penniless and without boots!

However, by mid-December he was gone after only a couple of A team games.

A more familiar name from those days, a legend to those who saw him play.

November 17th's Regal Trophy clash at Fartown against St Helens was a good indicator of the progress being made at the club.

Although they lost 32-10, they never gave up, and it said something for the team performance that Wally Gibson received the man-of-the-match award.

Another entry in the Fartown record books was made the following week as they recorded their biggest ever away victory by 78-4 against Trafford Borough, a record that had stood since 1948 when they beat Yorkshire Amateurs 61-0.

Then to cap off an excellent week they were named as Stones Bitter 3rd Division team of the month for November.

Going back to the names mentioned in the opening, they have been invited to our May meeting at Turnbridge [Tuesday 2nd].

Obviously not everyone will be able to attend, but there will be a good turnout of familiar names – if not faces!

Why not come along and join us?

19th

Is Watergate back?

You may remember that a few years ago, Giants' fans entering the Wakefield ground had to empty their juice and water bottles.

Well, a similar experience was had at Warrington – but with a twist [sorry!].

Security people at the turnstile were not allowing people into the ground with water and juice bottles which had a top on. Yet a steel flask containing coffee – and a steel cup – was permitted!

Not only that, once inside the ground juice and water in bottles could be bought – with their screw tops firmly in place!!!

How absolutely crazy is that?

Naturally we shall be taking the matter up with the Warrington club and the RFL, just as we did with the Wakefield incident.

However, we don't hold out much hope – we still have not received a reply from either Wakefield or the RFL.

Should this ludicrous situation arise in the future, to get your bottle – and top – into the ground, simply move away from the security person, remove the top, and ask a friend to put it into their pocket. Once inside the ground, replace the top.

Just for the record, that last bit is not official HGSA advice. Far be it for us to flaunt Health & Safety rules and regulations!

A brighter note about going to Warrington was the team's performance.

There were some outstanding plays – and some stupid ones!

In the first half we gave away penalty after stupid penalty which, from a personal view, Mr Thaler seemed to get correct.

However, in the second half he, and his officials, did seem to favour the Wire with his decisions.

Refereeing such a fast game is very hard, we all appreciate that.

However, all we fans ask for is consistency.

Again, the last few comments do not come from HGSA, they come from a personal perspective.

For those who are not aware, the stadium's HD1 Bar is a pleasant, friendly place for pre- and post-match chats [adjacent to the swimming pool entrance].

Starting with the Castleford match [May 4th] only HGSA members [and their children] will be allowed in.

So if your drinking buddy is not yet a member, remind him/her to sign up. After all, a year's membership is only £5.

You can become a member on the 4th or you can join online at www.giantssupporters.co.uk then follow the link to the 'Membership' page.

The latest winners of tickets for the Directors and bar areas are:
Catalans – Joan Hargrave;
Swinton – Louise Doyle;
Castleford – Jean Chappell.

Players from our 3rd Division winning team will be our guests at our May meeting [Tuesday 2nd at Turnbridge WMC].

Why not come along and join us? Members are free, but guests pay £1.

26th

HGSA membership, why should I bother? What's in it for me?

Two recent innovations might just answer those questions:

1. Members are entered into a draw for the chance of winning two seats for the Directors' seats along with passes for the bar. This is drawn at our monthly meetings at Turnbridge WMC.
2. Exclusive entry to the HD1 Bar [next to the swimming pool entrance].

For the past three games, entry has been open to the general public, but from the Castleford match onwards it will be limited to members [and their children].

So why should you go there before and after a game?

To socialise with fellow HGSA people and to hear the legendary Brian Blacker review himself and then interview one of our star players. Michael Lawrence and Jerry McGillvary have been his victims so far.

[Rumour has it that Brian was offered the job of replacing Jeremy Paxman when he retired from Newsnight. Brian refused stating that he preferred to be amongst Giant people.]

Sodexo's general manager, Ian Simpson, is working behind the scenes to bring both real ale and craft beers into the bar.

To date our membership has increased by almost 100 because of these ventures.

Membership cards will be available at the Castleford match. And, should you want to join us, you can pay your fiver as you enter on May 4th or online at www.giantssupporters.co.uk then follow the link to the 'Membership' page..

Two days earlier, May 2nd, Gary Senior, Phil Huck, Simon Kenworthy, Ian Thomas, Alan Boothroyd, Frank Simpson, and Brendon White from the 1992 3rd Division Championship side have all said they will reunite at Turnbridge.

Also putting in an appearance will be a man whom we should be eternally grateful, Mick Murphy.

Mick was born in Liverpool and is a former teacher, television actor, union, and league player. He played for Waterloo RFC, Leigh, Barrow, St. Helens, Bradford Northern, Wagga Wagga (Australia), Tonneins XIII (France), and St. Jacques XIII (France). In addition he represented both Wales and Lancashire.

His hero status to Fartowners is that he saved the club from extinction.

And it was at his introduction in the old Fartown Supporters Bar that a certain unknown Wally Gibson was presented to us.

A true, early legend at Fartown was Milford Sutcliffe.

Milford was the second ever captain of the club at the age of 20 in 1896. Milford made 285 appearances for Huddersfield scoring 75 tries and kicking 18 goals.

So it was a great honour to be introduced to his grandson, Ralph, on Sunday. He had some great tales to tell of the early days of RL at Fartown. We really ought to get them recorded.

Finally, a plea to supporters that we are a family game. Cut out the homophobic shouting and threatening young ladies.

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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