It's been said quite a few times in this column recently: “What a great time to be a Giant!”
Not only is there the fabulous success on the field, but there is so much happening off it.
HGSA’s year can best be described as ‘cementing the foundations’. We have firmly established ourselves as part of the Giants Family.
And, with plans we are discussing for the forthcoming year, we see a bright and growing future.
We are looking to expand our activities for the primary school-aged supporters. We’re also investigating ways in which we can involve the teenage Young Giants.
At our annual meeting on October 8 we face the mouth-watering prospect of at least five new committee members, each bringing their own unique brand of enthusiasm.
And Danny Brough will be there to collect the Wagstaff Trophy, Scotland duties permitting. To cap it all, there will be a free buffet supper!
A couple of weeks after that, you will be able to get a taste of what the Heritage Project is all about.
Wednesday, October 23 will be the opening of the exhibition at the Tolson Museum. The general public will be able to view the displays until Easter next year.
There is the imminent launch of two sets of limited edition collectors cards:
Fartown Giants – a set of 50 current/recent professional players who began their careers at one of Huddersfield's amateur clubs.
The Huddersfield Greats – Huddersfield players through the club’s history. This will include 21 players from the club’s Hall of Fame and a further 29.
We in Huddersfield are in the extremely enviable position of starting November with two full days of World Cup action.
On Friday, November 1, there will be an opportunity for the fans to celebrate the World Cup.
Panel members from around the world will be at the John Smith’s Stadium giving their views on a whole host of World Cup related topics.
Speakers include Robbie Hunter-Paul, John Kear and Neil Fox. A mere £10 will gain you access to this memorable event which includes a buffet lunch.
If you don’t fancy a whole day of talk, then in the pitch-side boxes, over a dozen Rugby League clubs will be exhibiting some of their own heritage items, and in the evening, Rugby League Cares will be hosting a dinner in aid of their charity.
At Leeds Road playing fields on Saturday, there will be the finale of the Kirklees-organised Feast Of Rugby. Pop along and watch the youngster show off their skills.
You will know by now that in the evening, Huddersfield will play host to one of the most eagerly awaited World Cup matches, England v Ireland. With the town having such a large Irish community, the atmosphere promises to be electric – but buy your tickets early as it promises to be a sell-out!