Some women don’t know what to get their husbands for their birthdays.
But diehard Town fan Will Calcutt got the perfect 42nd birthday gift from his wife Stacey.
Stacey arranged for family friend Urfan Bashir to paint a mural celebrating Huddersfield Town to cover the entire outside back wall of the family’s garage at their Warrenside home in Deighton.
The mural can be seen from the adjoining Warrenside playing fields and admirers have been wandering over to snap a photo of the impressive artwork on their mobile phones.
Will said: “I’ve been a Town fan for about 30 years, I’m a season ticket holder. The idea for the mural came when Stacey was chatting to Dawn, Urfan’s wife.
“We asked if he could do murals and he said he would give it a go.
“I can’t believe how well it turned out, it is really good. Lots of people have been photographing it.”
Will had to plaster and paint the garage wall white to begin with and then Urfan, of New Mill, set to work on his new canvas.
He started with the Town logo, which he created a stencil for. Then he wondered about adding the stadium.
Once the stands were painted, he added the crowd and a pitch, complete with advertising hoardings. The final touch was a yellow Yorkshire Air Ambulance hovering overhead.
The mural is painted in acrylic spray paints with a waterproofing spray over the top to preserve the vibrant colours. In all, it took three half-day sessions.
Urfan, who works as an Arriva bus driver, said: “I have always painted and drawn, I used to do murals for youth clubs, but hadn’t done anything for years until this.
“It’s the first time I’ve used a garage as a canvas! But I am really happy with how it turned out, especially considering how long since I did any murals.”
Urfan has previously exhibited some of his paintings. More of his work can be seen on Facebook at Bash Art.
As for Huddersfield Town, Will said he would be happy with a mid table finish this season, but is optimistic about the future: “With a couple of new signings, we could really kick on and do well.”