THIS weekend promises to be a major one for Huddersfield sport – two good results and both Town and the Giants could be just one step away from Wembley.
A quick scour through the record books and having sought the assurance of ‘those who know’ on our sports desk, it also throws up the prospect of a first Huddersfield ‘Wembley double’ with both clubs appearing under the twins towers, or the arch, in the same year.
It would certainly be something to savour if both clubs were to enjoy a day out in the capital, and the fact that Town would appear there on Saturday, May 26, and the Giants on Saturday, August 25, would give everyone plenty of time to save up to go to both.
Of course this is far from a foregone outcome because Wembley places have to be earned and each club now have games in front of them where they will prove their worth.
Town take the first step on Saturday with what promises to be a nerve-jangling encounter at stadium:MK.
By a strange quirk I have been in the reporters chair on a couple of occasions when the teams have met in recent seasons and I have nothing but admiration for the way MK Dons play their football.
It is still hard to find it in your heart to like the ‘franchise club’, but they do tend to play a flowing, passing game on a pitch totally suited to their style.
I have heard Town fans say that the Dons are their preferred semi-final opponents for that very reason, but Simon Grayson’s side will have to be on their mettle to ensure they go into the second leg at the Galpharm Stadium next Tuesday in the best possible shape.
After being drawn at home in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals you can sense the scent of success in the Giants’ nostrils and if their current form continues they should have too much firepower for London Broncos on Sunday.
In the semis it will probably be Leeds – if the RFL seek to ensure a Yorks v Lancs final as usual – but you have got to beat these teams sometime if you are going to win the big prize!