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Contents

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2nd

Did you have a good Yorkshire Day?

As you are well aware, Yorkshire is the home of Rugby League. [Yes, we know it is Huddersfield, but Huddersfield is in Yorkshire.]

It was back in 1871 when English teams playing the type of football that was played at Rugby School met to form the Rugby Football Union.

The sport really took off in the north, particularly Yorkshire [OK, and Lancashire].

Games started attracting large crowds with clubs acquiring revenue by charging people to watch.

In 1876 the Yorkshire Cup ['T'Owd Tin Pot'] was introduced, being the first knock out competition in the UK [won by us in 1890].

Whilst this appealed to the Yorkshire public, it appalled the top Rugby brass who said that it went totally against amateurism - despite the proceeds being donated to local charities.

The early England teams were mainly composed of Yorkshire [OK, and Lancashire] players, which caused great angst amongst the Rugby hierarchy based in London.

At this time, the majority of clubs making up the Rugby Football Union were based in the North. However, its headquarters was in London.

In 1888, the RFU sanctioned payment to players representing the British Isles who toured Australia.

However, in 1892 charges of professionalism were made against two Yorkshire clubs, Bradford and Leeds, for giving their players an amount of money equivalent to the wages they lost whilst playing rugby.

Double standards or what!

The following year Yorkshire clubs complained that they were under-represented on the RFU committee.

Yorkshire also proposed that 'Broken Time' payments be made official.

By not allowing this, the southern clubs saw that the playing strength of the northern clubs would be reduced, thereby increasing the success in the south where teams consisted largely of 'higher class' players.

Thus began the suspension of wage-paying Yorkshire clubs.

On August 29th, 1895, a meeting was held in Yorkshire [yes, the George Hotel in Huddersfield] to discuss the formation of a Northern Rugby Football Union, a move supported by the deputation from Lancashire.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Please offer to help sell our raffle tickets at our next three home games [contact Dave Calverley: 07887 878 425, dave@PhotoLens.co.uk].

9th

Martyn Sadler, of League Express fame, paid us a return visit last week.

"Why isn't he in charge of the RFL" were the comments voiced by quite a few people at the end of his session.

It all started with a finger-wagging for us!

"I don't know what I'm supposed to be talking about tonight, but I'll just make a few comments about the RFL." was his opening line. And if what followed was off the cuff then a prepared talk must be outstanding!

Last week League Express published Nigel Wood's salary – getting on towards half a million pounds per annum.

Martyn went on to hint at the salaries of other top officials and asked the question "What are they doing to earn their money?".

"We have the best spectator sport in the world yet spectator numbers – both live and on Sky – are declining.

"We gave rugby union 100 years start on official professionalism and they have achieved more in the last 20 years than we have in 120!

"They know have to market their sport despite it being a pale shadow of ours.

When asked if the Chief Executive's job was safe, Martyn replied that it probably was. "Only the clubs could vote him out.

"Super League clubs might be persuaded, but the Championship clubs have just been given a huge pay increase instigated by Nigel so they wouldn't vote for his demise."

The end-of-season play-offs' topic was raised.

"I know of at least one club owner who is adamantly against it and has written as such to the RFL.

This season there will probably be a few more against the structure!

"Because the club owners don't like it, and they in effect pay the wages, there are various options being looked at for, probably, the 2018 season."

Martyn presented a wonderful insight into how the RFL is – or isn't – run. The evening contained much food for thought.

Whether it was because of the League Express article or not, there is now an online petition calling for the Chief Executive's dismissal. However, it must be pointed out that HGSA has no official policy on this issue!

Moving on to that other star of stage and screen – well, the HD1 Bar – Brian Blacker.

The latest player to be star struck was Michael Lawrence.

Smiling as ever, Bruno cleverly answered Brian's searching questions and almost came out on top!

Almost but not quite. Brian is still king.

Who will his victim be at the Leeds game?

Join us pre-match in the HD1 Bar to find out.

Things to remember:
Raffle ticket sellers required;
Your new committee needs nominating;
As do your Wagstaff Trophy votes;
Turnbridge WMC, 5th September, that star of Sky, touch judge TV Tony.

16th

On October 10th, we shall be holding our AGM when your committee for the following 12 months will be elected.

So that prospective committee people can get a feel for how HGSA is run, our next committee meeting will be an 'open' one. It will start at 7:30 pm at Turnbridge WMC on Tuesday September 12th and will end by 9:00 pm.

To give you an idea of what is involved, here are the positions and their duties:

Chairman
- Represent the Association at both formal and informal events
- Represent the Association with one to one dealing with the club
- Ability to prioritise agenda items to allow important items to be discussed
- Delegate responsibilities to Vice Chairman

Vice Chairman
- Deputy for all Chairman activities and responsibilities
- Accept delegated tasks from Chairman
- Management of Annual Raffle

Minutes Secretary
- Taking and distributing of Main Committee meeting minutes
- Creation and distribution of Main Committee Meeting Agenda

General Secretary
- Handling all inbound and outbound correspondence to;
- members
- committee
- external parties

Treasurer
- Handling all finances
- Managing the Association balance sheet
- Producing AGM balance sheet
- Banking of cash

Membership Secretary
- Managing new and renewal memberships
- Logging memberships on the database
- Chase lapses members
- Updating members contact details
- Distribution of membership cards

Social Secretary
- Organise special events throughout the year
- Promotion of special events
- report on profit and loss of special events

Speaker Secretary
- Arranging speakers
- Introduction and hosting of speakers
- Promotion of speaker events
- Management of forward booking schedule

Publicity Secretary
- Centralisation of promotional activities
- Regular membership updates
- Management of website

Volunteer Co-ordinator
- Ensure HD1 Bar is staffed
- Ensure academy games are staffed

General Committee Membership
- Provide support where required to Committee Members

Directors' Seats for the Castleford game go to member number 310, Ann Arnold. Member 263, Craig Conway, is the winner for the Leeds match.

Remember to vote for this season's Wagstaff Trophy winner [see website].

Turnbridge WMC, 5th September, our guest is touch Tony 'TV' Martin.

23rd

One of our committee members has just circulated the following via e-mail:

Not sure if anyone reads the league express paper, but in today's editorial piece it starts off saying how well HTFC have done recently and how they are filling the stadium and how they have created a buzz around the town and surrounding area.

It then challenges the Giants to try and gain some publicity etc from the feel good factor created by Town's success, and basically how the Giants are being left behind.

It states that our next home game v Castleford, we should look to be attracting a lot more than the last home game v Wakefield as Town don't have a game due to international break.

Question is, can we do anything to possibly entice, not just Town fans, but general sports fans in the town and surrounding areas?

Can we promote the hell out of this game and possibly attract a few hundred/thousand curious fans to come and sample the "other top flight team in the town"?

Maybe we could push the fact that we are the longest member of a top flight competition in the town?

Maybe we could offer a deal to entice Town season ticket holders or just HTFC fans in general?

Obviously I'm sure any serious marketing or big ticket offers would cost money but would it be a possibility?

There is, of course, plenty of free marketing via the HGSA and individuals on social media.

Thoughts please on whether we could use this break for the Cup Final to really push it the last 2 games??

Well, do you have any thoughts?

Not only that, but does the Giants have their logo on Huddersfield boundary signs like the Terriers?

Has a plaque been put up in the Leisure Centre?

Sour grapes?

Possibly, but we only ask for an equal footing for the success we have achieved.

Remember to vote for this season's Wagstaff Trophy winner.

Nominate your next committee.

Turnbridge WMC, 5th September, our guest is touch Tony 'TV' Martin.

The Legends Annual Dinner will be at Lockwood Park on November 11th. Contact Emma Moorhouse for further details [emoorhouse@hotmail.co.uk, 07739 07739].

30th

One or two people have contacted me to ask how the Wagstaff Trophy voting is going. So far, to be honest, it is extremely slow.

During the course of the conversation, it transpired that they had voted via our website. Unfortunately I have not received their selections.

For some reason, and I have only just found out, the online form does not work with Microsoft Edge. Please use Firefox, Chrome, a paper form, or, if you insist on using Edge, an e-mail to giant.rugby@virgin.net.

The winner will be announced at the club's Award's Evening on the 18th September and then presented with his trophy at our AGM, 10th October [subject to his availability!].

On the same night, your committee for the forthcoming 12 months will be elected. Be sure to play your part.

If you, or someone you know, would like to be part of our team but are not sure what it involves, come along to our next committee meeting on the 12th September and watch us in action! It will start at 7:30 and end at 9:00 in the hallowed halls of Turnbridge WMC.

Our raffle has an amazing seventeen prizes, one of them being a Giant Hamper.

To make it truly Giant, we are asking each member to donate one item. Please bring yours to the HD1 Bar on Friday or our next week's meeting at Turnbridge WMC.

Speaking of which, if you have a television, you will most certainly have seen our guest, Tony Martin.

Tony, affectionately known as 'TV Tony', has been a touch judge for many years. I'm sure that some of the tales he has to tell will be both informative and hilarious. 7:30 for a 7:45 start. Guests are welcome with their £1!

The Legends Annual Dinner will be at Lockwood Park on November 11th. Details can be found by following a link on our homepage or by contacting Emma Moorhouse [emoorhouse@hotmail.co.uk, 07739 07739].

We have been in touch with Mr Claus regarding the availability of his reindeer this year. He has assured us that they have all had their flu vaccination and are already in training for our annual Reindeer Race Night in December.

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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