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3rd

Words alone can never express how we felt last week when the tragic news about Jennifer Davy broke.

Ex-player Graham Thornton paid tribute by saying "Jennifer was a lovely lady. I knew her from my Fartown days. She was ever so kind and would do anything for you."

She was a lifelong Fartowner - and aren't we ever so fortunate that she met a young man called Ken.

Our thoughts are with you, Ken, and your family in these trying times.

We share your loss.

It seems somewhat trivial to continue after such a tragedy, but here goes.

Full marks to Warrington!

My e-mail to the Wire:

"I wonder if you can explain the following anomaly we experienced at the Wire v Giants game?

"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?"

Within the day Marc Weall, the Stadium Manager, replied:

"Yes, it does on the grounds of your email seem ridicules.

"From my point if the containers are glass then they would not be allowed in the ground or any form of alcohol.

"If, however the containers are (water juice) plastic with lids then yes, they are permitted and all security/stewards know this.

"I will be bringing this up with our GSO to have assured back to me that this is understood in full.

"Please accept my apologies for what looks like a misunderstanding."

To which I responded:

"Just to confirm, all the bottles in question were plastic. At least a dozen people approached me about the situation."

By return:

"Thanks appreciate this and be assured it will be addressed."

Just goes to show that some stadia listen!

Sorry to go on about it [actually I'm not], but the HD1 Bar [swimming pool entrance] will, on match-days from Thursday, be exclusively for HGSA members [and their children].

Not only will you be able to relax in a convivial atmosphere both before the game and after, but our very own Jeremy Paxman [Brian Blacker] will be interviewing one of our star players.

Membership can be purchased on the door or via www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk. It's only a fiver!

The more members we have the more we will be able to help promote youth rugby in the town.

A last minute appeal for prizes for our annual raffle. Anything from a meal voucher to a Ferrari will do.

See you Thursday.

10th

So, were the doom-mongerers correct?

Was it a huge flop?

The answer to both is a huge NO!

OK, the Castleford result was not what we were hoping for - the performance was – but the HGSA gathering in the HD1 Bar was tremendously successful.

Only one person moaned and refused to enter because he would have to join for a fiver – there's always one! [Membership can be purchased on the door or via www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.]

Mr Blacker was on fine fettle form as he interviewed up-and-coming star, Matty English. It should be pointed out that Matty handled Brian extremely well!

Another successful event was the 3rd Division players 25 year reunion.

Also in attendance was our saviour at the time, Mick Murphy.

Mick gave a potted history of how he came to be involved with Fartown and how hard it was to save the club from oblivion.

He was followed by a question and answer session with the ex-players.

With the greatest of respect to the others present, the star of the evening was Phil Huck. The antics he related were both unbelievable and hilarious.

The winner of the pair of tickets for the Directors' Area and bar at the Saint Helens game is member 291, Brian Whittaker.

And finally, our thoughts today are once again with Ken and the rest of the Davy family. Let's make the sad event a sea of Claret & Gold.

17th

Ahead of our match against Catalans in Newcastle, let us ponder on the fact that we are the only club to ever win a European Cup Final.

In fact, as there hasn't been another, so we are still the reigning champions!

When Mick Murphy attended last week's 1992 reunion meeting, he gave us a programme of the event.

Whilst the final itself was played in 1993, the team started the season in 1992.

The following is an extract from the 1995 Centenary Brochure:

Six teams were invited to take part in this mini competition, not only to bring three countries together but to try and export Rugby League to Spain. The six teams consisted of two from Russia, Tiraspol and Moscow Magicians; two from France, Carcassone and Treize Catalan; and Batley and Huddersfield.

It was believed that Rugby League headquarters had offered the chance to Batley and Huddersfield after their willingness to play the two Russian teams who had visited our shores early in the season.

The competition itself was to last a fortnight, with games played in France, and the final to take place in the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, Spain.

Only weeks before departure, several hiccups occurred.

First the two Russian teams pulled out, closely followed by Batley, and it was only when the Huddersfield team arrived in Perpignon that they heard that Carcassone had a players strike and couldn't raise a team.

This left just Huddersfield and Treize Catalan, but because of all the work already done to get this competition going it was agreed to let the game stand.

The Huddersfield squad were housed in a sporting complex in the picturesque harbour holiday resort of La Bacares, 20 kilometres from Perpignon.

Because of the lack of games, a friendly was arranged at Perpignon Rugby Union ground against a "Rousillon Select", supposedly young men from around the area.

However they turned out to be professionals from all over, and certainly went out to do some damage, and with some strange French refereeing decisions Huddersfield went down 26-10. After the game a reception was held at the Catalan club and once again the hospitality was first class.

To be continued…

The Directors' Area and bar pass winners:
Saint Helens game is member 291, Brian Whittaker;
Warrington, member 123, Graeme 'Charlie' Charlton;
Wigan, member 15, Margaret Callaghan.

24th

What is that saying?

'It's a good team that wins when playing awful'!

That aside, how was Newcastle for you?

Once again we fans didn't get ourselves organised – and we [HGSA] will take some of the blame for that.

Other clubs manage to get the bulk of their supporters sitting together for maximum effect. We don't.

There were the singers behind the sticks and there were two other groups – on opposite sides of the stadium!

It seems to be an annual theme in this column. We'd love to hear your solutions.

The general opinion of Magic Weekend is that it is an excellent concept and event.

So why isn't it a sell out?

There average per club is 5 500. Not bad for us [there weren't that many Fartowners], but when you factor in Leeds and Wigan's support base, it really is poor.

So what can be done?

Change the venue?

Of the four which have held the event, Newcastle seems to be the fans' favourite. Far enough away to make a weekend of it, near enough for a day trip.

Coventry and Liverpool have been mentioned as possibilities for next year.

Personally [ie, not official HGSA policy!], I would dismiss Liverpool in the same way as Manchester – it is too near.

Coventry, on the other hand, has a smaller stadium which we could possibly sell out. It is a similar distance to Newcastle and there are a number of refreshment venues in the vicinity.

Let the RFL know your thoughts.

Back to Saturday. How good was it to see Ken on the big screen?

Difficult times for him, but his smile was a pleasure to behold. He even went down to the pitch side after the match and congratulated our players as they came off.

Sadly there was the odd idiot in the crowd who let off a firework.

But surely that was not the reason for the armed police presence as we left the stadium. Perhaps the security forces had heard a whisper about something?

Which leads on to offering our condolences to all the bereaved families as a result of Monday's terror attack in Manchester.

Again personally, I know what it is like when you cannot get hold of someone after an incident like that and you drive to Manchester just hoping and praying.

Find out more about HGSA at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

And finally, come on Town, be the second Big Club in Huddersfield to play at the top flight!

31st

A huge congratulations to our stadium partners.

What a fantastic day for not only the 35 000 people who travelled to Wembley, but also the town of Huddersfield.

What Town now need to emulate – and better – is our recent record of two Cup Final appearances and finish top of the top division.

What we need to emulate is the fantastic support Town have had this season – and also the coverage in the media, both local and national.

Am I jealous?

Well, somewhat. But, speaking as someone who spent his teenage Saturdays watching Fartown and Big Frank and his pals gain promotion to the First Division [whilst in the Cowshed], a from the Cowshed, I am genuinely pleased for the club.

Without wishing to stir up a shares hornets' nest, Ken Davy has also played his part - by rescuing the club when no-one else thought it a worthwhile venture.

So, onward and upward, neighbours.

What Town seem to have, which we have lacked in far too many games this season, is Game Management.

Why, when you're leading 18-6 with 5 minutes to go before half time, do you attempt to throw a pass from a ridiculous situation?

It has happened far too often both this season and last.

How many games have we lost by the odd few points?

The classic was the play-off game against Leeds. Winning with 90 seconds to go and a player gave away a stupid penalty.

Learn from it, Giants.

Manage the game at crucial times in the match.

If you're winning, let the opposition chase the game. Let them make mistakes in an attempt to catch up.

Yet another rant over!

A reminder that the HD One Bar will be open this coming Sunday for HGSA members. Come along and join us. Membership [£5 for the whole year] can be purchased on the door or via our website [www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk].

Come along and watch the game, if only to see over 50 Fartown legends parade round the pitch at half time.

Our next meeting is Tuesday 6th June at Turnbridge. It is open to all, but non-members are asked to pay £1.

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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