PROUD Giants chairman Ken Davy is hoping for another special Galpharm Stadium occasion, both on and off the field.
Huddersfield head into tonight’s home clash against reigning engage Super League champions Wigan Warriors (8.00) sitting proudly at the top of the table.
Coach Nathan Brown’s men moved back to the top-flight summit after Sunday’s 50-16 thrashing of Bradford Bulls.
The fixture attracted a healthy 9,466 crowd, with around 8,000 cheering on the men in claret and gold.
Giants officials are again hoping for another bumper Galpharm turn-out tonight, with expectations high that the home side can make it four wins on the trot.
And if that were to be the case, no-one would be prouder than Davy.
“We’ve been very encouraged with the start we’ve made to the season,” said Davy.
“To be top of the table going into tonight’s game against the reigning Super League champions is an excellent position to be in.
“But we know there’s still a lot of improvement in this side and, hopefully, we’ll see more of that tonight.
“And it’s tremendous to see those improvements being made off the field as well as on it.
“In our opening home games of the season, we’ve been really encouraged by the number of new people who have been coming down to watch the Giants play.
“That’s a sign not only of the way the team has been playing, but also the work the club has been carrying out in the community to promote the club and the way the fans have embraced our pre-match activities.
“We are proud of the family atmosphere that has now been created inside the stadium, and it’s something else we hope to build on.
“I’m sure everyone will be part of another fantastic occasion tonight.”
This eagerly-anticipated contest between the Giants and Wigan is a far cry to less than a decade ago when Huddersfield were regularly cast adrift at the foot of the Super League table.
And Davy admits that having experienced those dark days means he’s enjoying the exploits of the current team even more.
“Those early days in Super League proved a very hard slog and we had some very tough challenges to face,” he added.
“But we’ve always said success is a journey, not a destination, and we’ve been on this journey for a number of years now.
“When we started we were attracting crowds of around 1,500 and just six or seven years ago those attendances were still around the 3,000 mark.
“But now were are looking to close in on that magical 10,000 average attendance figure and growing more as a competitive Super League side all the time.
“In the past four years, we’ve twice reached the Challenge Cup final and last season were just 25 minutes away from reaching the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford.
“Our next goal is obviously to take one step further and be crowned Super League champions.
“There’s clearly a long way to go this season before we will know how much closer we are to fulfilling that dream.
“But if we can beat the Super League champions tonight and strengthen our position at the top, then we’ll certainly put ourselves in a very encouraging position.”
With another decent crowd expected, fans are advised to arrive early to avoid last-minute congestion around the Galpharm ticket office and turnstiles.
Huddersfield’s Under 20s will be looking to build on their opening Valvoline Cup victory over Bradford Bulls last week when they host Wigan Warriors at Huddersfield YMCA tomorrow (2.00).