Readers of this column will be aware that, ever since May 2015 and the injustice that befell Huddersfield Town Supporters at Blackpool, HTSA have been campaigning and actively pursuing the Football Association and the Football League.
After much correspondence Professor Derek Fraser BA, MA, PhD, the Independent Football Ombudsman, has finally agreed to look at our complaints.
Professor Fraser will be quite familiar with issues at Blackpool, since 2012 he has investigated three separate complaints from supporters about the football club.
In his most recent conclusion, in July this year, Professor Fraser said, “The supporters were justified in criticising Blackpool’s customer service standards, which are in need of dramatic improvement”.
Perhaps Professor Fraser will now have the opportunity to see if Blackpool FC have taken heed of his past criticisms.
We are also pleased to report that Jason McCartney, MP, is taking an active interest in what he considers to be a “baffling attitude”.
If you saw last week’s televised hearing of the “Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee”, in which the Colne Valley MP quizzed the FA Chairman, Greg Dyke, about a certain ‘timepiece’ and the alleged malfeasance at FIFA, you will realise what a formidable ally we now have.
This is where you, the Huddersfield Town Supporter, can help.
Some supporters have already contacted us with information about the events that took place on that day but we need to hear from everyone who feels that an injustice took place and that they should, at the very least, receive a refund.
The more there are, the louder our protest and the more compelling our case will be.
Please contact Trev Whitehead, the HTSA Secretary, on 07725036109 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
None of the winning travel free draw numbers were on the coach returning from Burnley.
They were 1st: £250 – (246)4226 N Taylor, 2nd: £125 – (135)1646 L Coyne and 3rd: £62:50 – (246)3254 A Afsar.
D Munt (135)1643, one of Debbie Mallinson’s group of Turf Moor walkers, only needed a ‘3’ on the last roll of the die to win £125.
So close but sadly it was not to be.
We understand that Darren had already committed any winnings towards the Yorkshire Air Ambulance fund-raising effort, which was in the region of £3,000, a great effort by the fifteen walkers.
So this means that a total of £500 is still at stake in the two HTSA Free Draws.
Today’s Examiner Free Draw number is, “13523”. If your HTSA membership card was issued within the last week the Free Draw number will now be shown as “(135)3523”.
This number is worth £250 to the lucky cardholder.
Please send details of your full name and postal address to Trev Whitehead, whose contact details are shown above, before 19:08 tomorrow, Friday 6th November. You will receive your £250 cheque by return of post.
The winning number last week was “24266” or “4266” and was also worth £250; the holder of the winning number, F Healey, did not claim the prize. Terms and conditions, as well as the names of all previous Free Draw winners, can be found on our HTSA-online website.
To be in with a chance of winning the £250 Travel Draw book your seat to Sheffield Wednesday by telephoning Rachael on 07905580784.
Finally, following the sudden news, yesterday, of his departure we wish Chris Powell well for the future and urge all Town fans to get behind caretaker manager Mark Lillis as he prepares the team for Saturday’s derby game against Leeds United.