ONE of Huddersfield Rugby League Club’s most well-known supporters has died.
Stuart Greaves, who lived in Taylor Hill after growing up in Birkby, passed away last week at the age of 62 after a life of devotion to his beloved club.
Described by everyone associated with the club as a ‘Fartowner through and through’, he spent all of his spare time helping the Huddersfield RLFC cause.
Stuart first worked for the club in an official capacity as the Fartown secretary in 1985 and held that post until the ownership of the club changed hands in 1989.
It was during that time he helped form the Vice-President’s Club, which has continued to grow from strength to strength ever since. He was the chairman at the time of his death.
One of his main roles in that club was to organise supporters’ trips to away games, which over the years earned legendary status.
They included regular excursions to London, the South of France, Scotland and Wales, and he never failed to find amazing deals for his gangs of supporters who travelled with him.
On top of this, he was this year also serving on Eorl Crabtree’s testimonial committee and was, in the words of the Giants themselves, “a fundraiser extraordinaire for the club over the years”.
Away from the Galpharm Stadium, Stuart was a patron of the Gillette RL Heritage Centre at the George Hotel and was responsible for helping to organise numerous rugby league fundraising events at the venue.
He was also a big supporter of the amateur game in the town and was an independent member of the Huddersfield Amateur Rugby League Association.
As well as helping rugby league, he also played a key role in helping to bring cricket briefly back to the old Fartown complex in the mid-1980s.
A minute’s silence was held in his memory before Huddersfield Giants’ last home Super League game against Catalans Dragons on Good Friday.
His funeral takes place at Elland Crematorium this afternoon.