T-shirt protest over Galpharm Stadium shares staged at Huddersfield Town game

THEY wanted it to be high visual – and it was, in front of millions of TV viewers.

Huddersfield Town Protest t-shirts at Gas Club
Huddersfield Town Protest t-shirts at Gas Club

THEY wanted it to be high visual – and it was, in front of millions of TV viewers.

Thousands of Huddersfield Town fans wore lime green T-shirts in response to the long-running shares dispute.

And they say that more similar protests will follow.

The Huddersfield Town Supporters Association (HTSA) protest was staged to put them in the national media spotlight via the Sky TV cameras during the 3-2 win over Brentford.

HTSA secretary Richard Pepper told the Examiner: “We were very pleased with Saturday’s protest which had a positive response from fans. People were queuing up for the shirts at one point, but we managed to keep on top of it.

“I think it was a most effective way of getting our point across. It’s not exactly T-shirt weather, but fans responded well.

“Saturday’s protest will not be a one-off. We will keep the protest going as long as necessary until the dispute is resolved.”

The shirts worn by around 5,000 Town fans were emblazoned with the logo: “£2. Do the right thing. Give us back our shares.”

The message is a reference to the price paid by Ken Davy for the shares in 2004.

Town chairman Dean Hoyle is locked in a stand-off with Huddersfield Giants’ owner Mr Davy over the shares.

Mr Davy transferred the shares into his company, Huddersfield Sporting Pride, when he saved Town from administration in 2003.

He agreed to transfer them back to Mr Hoyle, but the agreement collapsed just before Christmas.

The original basis for running the stadium was that Town would have a 40% stake, the Giants a 20% stake and Kirklees Council a 40% stake.

Kirklees’ stake is unaffected by any deal between the two sports clubs.

HTSA chairman Steve King previously said: “The issue of transferring the shares back to the club is a matter of principle.”

 

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