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Huddersfield Town fans aim to make a big noise ahead of new season

North Stand Loyal group plans to record Smile Awhile at Newcastle game


Huddersfield Town fans are planning to make a big noise ahead of the new season.

A new group, North Stand Loyal, is planning to create a new ‘singing’ home end at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The group has unveiled four specially-designed flags and two banners celebrating the history of the club.

Four flags will be fixed over seating in the Fantastic Media Lower stand while two banners will ‘surf’ over the crowd.

The new ‘singing’ end, trialled against Barnsley and Bolton last season, will be officially launched at the first Championship game of the season against Bournemouth on Saturday, August 9.

The idea is for hundreds of fans who enjoy singing and chanting to get together behind the goal and boost the atmosphere in the stadium.

Town boss Mark Robins and his players said having vocal fans behind the goal made a big difference.

Up to 400 fans are expected to have bought season cards for the new home end by the big kick-off and any season card holders from other parts of the ground will be able to transfer in there for the Bournemouth game.

Former Town player Roy Ellam and members of Huddersfield Town North Stand Loyals unveil their new flags at the John Smith's Stadium.
Former Town player Roy Ellam and members of Huddersfield Town North Stand Loyals unveil their new flags at the John Smith's Stadium.

The fans group hopes the club will make that an option at all home games in the future.

Spokesman for the group, Graham Ellis, said: “We are hoping to make an impact against Bournemouth and encourage other fans to join us.

“It’s not about us making all the noise, we want to be a catalyst for other sections of the ground.”

The Bournemouth game coincides with a Football League initiative called Wall of Colour.

Fans across the country are being urged to wear their club’s colours in the most imaginative ways possible at the opening league game of the season.

Town fans are also intending to promote the club’s terrace anthem Smile Awhile.

North Stand Loyal are to record their own version of the song at the friendly against Newcastle United on Tuesday.

Graham said: “The club has agreed to play the recording before every home game so we are really looking forward to that.

“We are not wanting to re-create the old Cowshed days from Leeds Road but we do want to revive some of the old songs.”

Lifelong fan Graham, 43, of Mirfield, added: “We really want to show what we can do against Bournemouth.”

The banners feature legendary Town players including Jimmy Glazzard, Denis Law and Frank Worthington. They were unveiled by Town player from the 1960s and 1970s Roy Ellam.


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