Huddersfield Town fans who have created a new ‘singing section’ at the John Smith’s Stadium want supporters in other parts of the ground to add their voices to lift the atmosphere at matches, writes Martin Shaw.

The North Stand Loyal group, which has taken over the uncovered lower tier of the Fantastic Media Stand, want all fans singing from the same hymn sheet.

There has been criticism from some supporters that the hardy 350 fans in the North Stand have hit the atmosphere.

Instead of making the noise ring out around the ground, critics say they have taken the loudest fans away from the Kilner Bank stand and diluted the atmosphere.

Now North Stand Loyal has organised a meeting to bring all fans together in a bid to pump up the volume around the stadium.

Group spokesman Graham Ellis said: “There has been criticism from a minority that we have made the atmosphere worse but we don’t think that’s the case.

“What we are trying to do is encourage a culture where people come to football and aren’t afraid to start singing. In some parts of the ground singing was almost frowned upon.”

An open meeting for all fans will be held at Town’s Canalside training base on Saturday at 1pm.

 

Graham, 44, of Mirfield, added: “We would like our critics to come along and tell us what they would like to see happen. Our biggest critics say we have spoiled the atmosphere by moving everyone behind the goal but our response is there never was a good atmosphere at the John Smith’s Stadium, barring one or two special games a season.”

North Stand Loyal has sponsored striker Grant Holt for the duration of his loan and want to encourage other fans to transfer from other sides of the ground.

The club allows fans to switch on a game-by-game basis.

The North Stand offers the cheapest seats in the stadium, from £20, but is open to the elements.

“That all adds to the experience,” continued Graham. “In fairness I have only got really wet once – against Charlton in the FA Cup last season. It can be a bit exposed – but at least you don’t rust!”

The ‘singing section’ was launched this season as an experiment to prove demand.

The long-term aim is for home fans to take over the South Stand which currently houses the away following.

North Stand Loyal had flags and banners specially designed to mark their territory.

Town fans travelling to away games can now ask for designated ‘singing section’ tickets both online and over the phone.