Supporters' Association

Chairman's AGM Report, 2016

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 to say about this last year!

After a run of finishing in the top 3 for a number of years we have certainly come down to Earth with a bump!!

As far as HGSA is concerned, a corner has been turned.

Perhaps due to apathy, there had been quite a few, shall we say, clerical issues creep in to the running of the association but that seems to have now been resolved. It was, to all intents and purposes, too few volunteers undertaking too many jobs. But, as the year progressed, together with the influx of new committee members, we are once again on an even keel.

But, as far a I am concerned, an even keel is not good enough for the way ahead. We need to do more – especially to attract younger members.

Your committee has again worked tirelessly over the last 12 months but the following, in no particular order, deserve a special mention for their enthusiasm and commitment beyond the call of duty:
• Trevor: who not only fulfilled his secretarial duties in an exemplary manner, but also took on the task of sorting out the membership list and co-ordinated the Reindeer Race Night tickets AND sold over £600 worth of raffle tickets;
• Helen: who was commandeered, sorry, co-opted, who started helping Trevor with the membership and is now successfully managing that part of our organisation;
• Daz: who stepped into the breech and has provided you with some outstanding guests and is lining up players to entertain us in the future;
• Tonia: working quietly in the background obtaining prizes, selling raffle tickets, and providing publicity on that interwebby thing;
• Tony; who has ensured that our financial situation is hiccough free and continues to make our presence felt at matches by raising our flag;
• Martin: - yes, there really are two of them – coming up with some excellent suggestions;
• Sheila: poking and prodding Trevor [literally??], making sure that he is on top of things;
• Sharon; giving a helping hand to Tonia;
• Mick: who continues to do his best through difficult times;
• James: another who does his best whilst finding time at a premium with two active youngsters.

We re-instated the Reindeer Race Night. Whilst numbers attending were a disappointment, an excellent evening was had by all. Tickets are now on sale for this year's BIG event. As usual, we need people to buy reindeer and sponsor races – PLEASE ask around.

I must mention this year's raffle. We decided to make this a joint venture with Luke Robinson to raise funds for his testimonial. Daz, Trevor, and myself were asked to be members of Luke's fund-raising team and we have done our best to help when asked.

However, the sale of tickets has not gone as well as expected. This, coupled with the fact that we have not been able to find a sponsor for the Catalans trip, means that we will not be making as much money for the club as in previous years.

IF every member had taken 1 book [and there is still time to sell them] we would have been able to donate a huge amount to the development of juniors in the town in general and at the club in particular. Ideally we need someone who will take the bull by the horns and spend his or her time seeking sponsors for next year's draw.

We now have an excellent working relationship with both the Legends and the Players Association. We joined with the Legends for their end of season meal at Greenhead Masonic last October. It was an outstanding success. This year's will be on Saturday October 29th.

Finally, I'd like to thank David and his staff here at Turnbridge for continuing to make us feel welcome – not only on meeting nights, but also on match days.

And finally finally, if I've missed anything or anyone out, I apologise.

Dave Calverley

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