Supporters' Association

Chairman's AGM Report, 2011

History of Fartown.

The earliest record of a football match being played in the Huddersfield area is in 1848, when a team of men from Hepworth took on a team of men from Holmfirth near Whinney Bank in Holmfirth. Hepworth won a ...

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Club Honours

The club's first cup victory was in the 1889-90 season when the Yorkshire Cup was won for the first time.

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Well, what a year!

Where do I begin?

It's now 18 months since I first invited members of the disparate groups of people connected with the Giants to a meeting at the Sportsman's Arms. Nancy and Roy from the Senior Giants were the only ones to attend. However, their enthusiasm was such that we just had to go ahead and reform the Supporters Club under the name of the Supporters Association.

We limped along with varying degrees of success until our first AGM just 1 year ago when a formal constitution and committee was agreed upon. Not just a 3 or 4 man [person] committee, but a team consisting of 12 people who have put much time and effort into the promotion and growth of the Association.

The Tuesday meetings have been an outstanding success. I'm not going to apologise for listing the speakers Mick has found for us: James Child, Paul Watson, Billy Thompson, Brian Blacker, Chris Roberts, Damian McGrath, David Howes, Ikram Butt, Jamie Bloem, Ben Thaler, James Deighton, Ken Davy, Martyn Sadler, Nigel Wood, RFL Benevolent Fund: Paul Kilbride, Stewart Walker, & Craig Mosedale, Rocky Turner, and Dave Woods. Every name there is well known throughout the world of British Rugby League.

Quite early on I heard people bemoaning the fact that meetings were on a Tuesday and that they could not attend. Consequently we decided to hold a 2 monthly meeting on a Wednesday and attempt to make it an 'Away' event [Tuesday's being 'Home' fixtures].

There have been games evenings, a trip to the Heritage Museum, a Curry Night, quiz nights, and a tour [!] of the stadium. Unfortunately these meetings have not been particularly well attended – especially amongst those who whinged at Tuesday only meetings! Nevertheless we are going to persist with them for the immediate future.

Our future meetings include Tony Johnson [star of that infamous match against Wigan a few years ago], a trip to Ossett Brewery, our Christmas Party incorporating Reindeer Races, and a 'Start-The-Season' meal.

Details of all these past, present, and future events are all on our website which I am continuing to develop. [In particular, David Gronow's heritage articles are superb.]

After visiting almost every pub in town in one evening last summer, Phil, James, and I decided to ask Turnbridge WMC if they would have us. David, the steward – and a Giants fan – welcomed us with open arms and has continued to make us feel at home ever since. Thank you David.

Finally back to the committee.

I want to thank each and every one of them for the effort, commitment, and enthusiasm they have shown over the past 12 months. And, whilst it is totally unfair, I'm going to break the Golden Rule of not singling out individuals:

• Our treasurer, James for his absolute commitment, enthusiasm, and suggestions. Along with Liz, his wife, he is an extremely recent convert to The Greatest Game. If he could give up his full time job I'm convinced he would work for the Giants on a totally voluntary basis.

• And then there's Mick. What a star. I defy anyone to book such an impressive list of speakers – especially to a fledgling organisation – AND FOR FREE!!

So, what of the future?

To help the club, we need to attract more members in order to spread the word about our fabulous team.

We need to be able to offer something for everyone – especially that 'What's in it for me' factor.

We need to offer something for youngsters and youths.

So, I'm throwing down the gauntlet and challenging each of you to find one person from the apathetic population of Huddersfield and enrol him or her as a new member of the Association.

And finally, if I've omitted anything, I apologise!

Dave C

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