THE last couple of seasons have been frustrating for Town fans, but surely none can quibble at the centenary season-ticket offer announced today.
It’s 82 years to the day since the club clinched their historic third successive league title by beating Bolton 3-0 at Leeds Road.
There’s a long, long way to go before the Galpharm club can even contemplate a return to the top-level status last enjoyed in 1972.
But given the injection of funds which will be provided by Dean Hoyle, who will take control of the club next year, and the imminent appointment of a new manager, there will be fresh hope that Town can cap their centenary celebrations by winning promotion to the Championship next season.
They should certainly have the backing of bumper home crowds thanks to a ground-breaking offer of just £100 a season-ticket for the Antich and newly-named Fantastic Media Stands.
That equates to just £4.35 a match, and under the special offer, which runs from April 16 until May 23, the highest a fan will have to pay for 23 matches is £175 in the Direct Golf UK Stand upper tier.
Town chairman Ken Davy is subsidising the offer along with new board member Hoyle.
“We are demonstrating our commitment to taking the club forward by giving the best possible deal to fans for our centenary celebration campaign,” said Davy.
“We also want to share the passion and excitement across the whole community and we see no reason why our season-ticket sales shouldn’t double as a result of this, because it’s a phenomenal offer.
“There are a number of initiatives all coming together at the same time and we believe the season-ticket deal is going to give us a fantastic lift for the centenary season.”
Chairman-elect Hoyle called the £100 deal “mind-blowing”.
He said: “What fans want are the right changes at managerial level to take us forward, new investment for players and lower prices at the gate – and we are ticking the boxes on all three.
“It’s now up to the fans to back us and get behind their club in what is a mind-blowing deal.
“We want bums on seats, we want a cracking atmosphere in the Galpharm Stadium and, with a new manager in place and a new-look team playing with passion and pride in the shirt, we believe it could be a very exciting and successful season.
“The more people who back us, the more benefit we will all get and that can only be good for the future.”
After next season, prices will revert to those which were charged for this season.
“People will be able to watch 2009 football at 2007 prices, so there is a knock-on effect to this wonderful deal for the centenary,” added Davy, who saved the club from administration in 2003 and will remain a significant shareholder despite handing the controlling interest to Hoyle next year.
“This is a chance for every one of our supporters – those who come all the time, those who attend occasional matches and those who hardly come at all – to share in the excitement of a very special time at Huddersfield Town.”
While the season-ticket offer is a one-off for the centenary, the club intend to continue to mark April 12 each year.
Naming it ‘Huddersfield Town Day’, director of business development Sean Jarvis explained: “The idea came from looking at the ‘99 Years and Counting’ book and was just a bit of fun, but we think it is important that we mark what is our crowning achievement (the title hat trick) by doing something special.
“This year we have announced our season-ticket prices which is our way of thanking everyone who has supported us over the past 100 years.”