Supporters' Association

Chairman's AGM Report, 2017

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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As far as the club is concerned, another injury-hit season.

However, the major goal was no avoid the Middle 8s, which was achieved. But didn't the last few games leave us all feeling frustrated again, having previously seen what the team was capable of!

Anyway, on to HGSA matters.

The major happening this past year has been the pre-match use of the HD1 [now Legends] Bar solely for our members. This was suggested by Richard Thewlis at one of our regular meetings with the Directors of the club.
There have been quite a few teething problems, but after an extremely productive meeting with Gareth Davis [Managing Director of KSDL] and Ian Simpson [General Manager], these should be rectified for the start of next season.

As a result of this initiative, our membership has grown by over 150!
This huge positive has to be counterbalanced by a huge negative, the raffle.

OK, we didn't have a trip to Catalans amongst the prizes, but there were almost two dozen giveaways. Unfortunately people on the whole have been unwilling to help sell them.

In the past we have sold upwards of 1500. This year it is well under 1000. IF every member had asked for and sold 1 book we would not have had enough tickets printed – and 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. We shall have to seriously consider whether to have such a raffle next year.

The Reindeer Race Night was, as usual, a very good evening, despite one or two moaners! But yet again the turnout was poor. Other organisations hold such an event and manage to fill the room. How can we do that? 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.

Our working relationship with both the Legends and the Players Association continues to flourish. We joined with the Legends for their end of season meal at Greenhead Masonic last October. It was an outstanding success. Unfortunately this year's has had to be cancelled due to a lack of response.

However, after consulting the membership, we have re-instated our pre-season meal. Details to follow.

Your committee has again worked tirelessly over the last 12 months. Some have resigned either because of ill health [Mick Beevers] or through pressure of other activities [Tonia Ellis]. We have, however, welcomed as co-opted members Martyn Waddington [who prompted us to look at ourselves and formalise the our duties] and David Jakeman [who brings lifelong expertise in organising activities].

As good as the retiring committee has been, I'm looking forward to even greater things from this new team – you have a lot to live up to!

Finally, I'd like to thank David and his staff here at Turnbridge for continuing to make us feel welcome. With the introduction of the Legends Bar, it would have been easy for him to say to us "On yer bike", but he isn't that sort of person. We are truly indebted to him and his staff and we shall continue to have Turnbridge as our home base. A little ripple for David.

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

Dave Calverley

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