Supporters' Association

Chairman's AGM Report, 2012

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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Another highly successful year for us.

We had hoped to have exceeded 100 members by now, but the main thing is that we're still growing.

The Tuesday meetings continue to be outstanding successes. As last year, I'm not going to apologise for listing the speakers Mick has found for us:
former players Tony Johnson [remember the 'Battle Of Fartown' Wigan match? check out the video link!], the legendary Paul Reilly, Robbie Hunter-Paul, & Derek Wroe;
current players Luke Robinson & Greg Eden;
the once highly respected coach Nathan Brown;
Paul Kilbride returned [from the RL Benevolent Fund];
Pam Thornes spoke on behalf of the Laura Crane Trust;
Brain Heywood and David Gronow from the Huddersfield Rugby League Heritage Project.

We held our inaugural 'Reindeer Race Night' last December and was a sleighride of a success. [Plug for this year's.]

We organised a Junior Disco prior to the Broncos match.

The Olympics Race Event, though not very well attended, was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.

We stood outside the ground on many an occasion distributing leaflets about ourselves [don't you just love it when punters either ignore you or say "NO"!].

We've bought a Giant flag to promote ourselves.

And we've donated money for the club's youth development policy.

The experiment of holding a 2nd monthly meeting was not a success, however, and we have decided to put it on hold until the demand returns.
We have continued to hold our meetings here at Turnbridge where David and his staff continue to make us feel welcome. We also meet here on match days for those who want to join us. Thank you David.

And now 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.

So, what of the future?

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

To answer the question 'What's in it for me if I become a member?', we have decided to ask members to distribute the 'Discount Club' scheme letters. There is a supply available tonight.

We wanted to offer something for youngsters and youths. Hence the Junior Disco. Despite the one organised being on the same day as the Olympic Torch sped through the town, this was a tremendous success. So much so that James & Liz are co-ordinating with James Brammar at the club to hold more and expand our offerings to youngsters.

A couple of things not strictly organised by HGSA:

1. The World Cup is coming to town: next Tuesday afternoon at the George Hotel. There is an afternoon of events taking place including a never-before-seen final, newly written act of the play 'Broken Time'. School children from Scholes Junior School will be re-enacting the signing of the document which brought the Northern Union into existence in the room where the original meeting took place.

2. The Huddersfield Rugby League Heritage Project. To celebrate 150 years since the founding of the club in 1864, 100 years since the Team Of All Talents, 100 years since the world record 80 tries in a season by Albert Rosenfeld, and 100 years since the outbreak of World War 1. Memorabilia is wanted, volunteers are wanted to scan and document the items brought in, volunteers are wanted who will recount their rugby memories.

In closing, 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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