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Why Huddersfield Town fans were praised at Leeds United derby

Supporters Association campaigning for better service

As an independent supporters association, HTSA are actively engaged in campaigns on behalf of all Huddersfield Town supporters.

Regular readers of this column will be well aware that the association is currently involved in the creation of a museum so that our treasured footballing memorabilia can be publicly displayed.

Reminiscing might not be what it used to be; but nonetheless it is important we acknowledge how football has moved with the times.

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Apart from those few supporters who might be marching on together, does anybody seriously relish a return to the 1970s?

Through HTSA’s affiliation to Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters Federation, we have contributed to the Twenty’s Plenty campaign and many other projects which are aimed at making the general match-day experience as enjoyable and affordable as possible.

The days when football supporters were herded about and treated like third-class citizens have got to be consigned to the VHS-archives.

One issue hitting the headlines this week was the unreasonable cost incurred by football supporters as a result of fixtures being rearranged.

Discounted, pre-booked, non-refundable rail tickets are no use at all if the match is brought forward by a day just to suit the whim of a television company.

Hard-earned money picked from the pockets of supporters while, at the same time, the wallets of the super-rich football clubs get fatter as a result of the TV cash bonanza.

Why shouldn’t supporters be entitled to a free ticket transfer in the event of fixtures being re-arranged at such short notice?

The cattle-trucks that transported supporters 40 years ago might be standing idle in the shunting yards around Crewe, but some supporters are still being taken for a ride and not the one that they bargained for.

Obviously the call for supporters to be treated fairly will have much greater resonance with legislators if it is clear that modern supporters behave considerately and deserve nothing but the very best service.

It is always disappointing to hear of any occasion when supporters ‘let the side down’. The ‘crews’ and ‘firms’ of bygone days can have no place in family-friendly, 21st century football. Football has grown-up.

This faith in the faithful was massively bolstered following the Leeds game.

Sky Bet Championship - Leeds United (1) v Huddersfield Town (4) - Town fans celebrate at the final whistle.

One of the police officers assigned to the “away” supporters reported to an HTSA member that he had never had such an enjoyable afternoon at a football match.

Despite being a Leeds United supporter, he had nothing but praise for the Town fans he was ‘policing’.

It was great to hear Town fans being talked about in such glowing terms and from such an unusual source.

The visit from Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and the trip to Middlesbrough three days later could prove to be interesting yardsticks to gauge the progress being made on the field.

David Wagner’s first two games as head coach were in the reciprocal fixtures back in November 2015.

Undoubtedly the football being played is more entertaining, let’s hope this progress can also be reflected in the scorelines.

Remember to book your seat on the HTSA coach and play your part. Dial 07905 580784 for a direct line to Rachael. The fares to Middlesbrough are – HTSA members £11 and non-members £13.

The coach will leave from the John Smith’s Stadium at 4pm.

HTSA members travelling on the coach will be in with a chance of winning £250 in the Travel Draw prize. The draw winners on the coach to Leeds United were D Hallitt (£250), R Robshaw (£125) and B Taylor (£62.50).

A further £250 awaits the HTSA member who holds the following numbers, (3)6656. If your HTSA membership card is up to date and shows this, or (135)6656, £250 is yours.

Send details of your full name and postal address by text to 07725 036109 or by email to trevwhitehead@virginmedia.com before 19.08 on Friday, April 1, 2016.

You will receive your cheque by return of post. The last winning number was (3)2321, or (135)2321 and the winner was R Barrett.


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