THEY’RE some of Town’s keenest fans.
And they can’t wait for the big kick-off against Stockport County on August 9, even though they will be 11,000 miles away and won’t be in the Galpharm Stadium crowd.
But Stan Ternent’s boys know they will be getting the support from The Blue and White Army as they plan a big celebration barbecue in the shadow of the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia for what they hope will be the first league victory of the season.
Exiled Town fan Stuart Sykes, who was brought up in Almondbury, is arranging the get-together and is hoping to be joined by many other Town fans Down Under.
He has lived in Sydney since 1999 and the former King James Grammar School student has been instrumental in promoting the cause of Huddersfield Town on the other side of the world.
He linked up with Town supporter Jonathon Thorpe, who lives in Melbourne, via the internet and the two have become good mates.
Now they are busy organising the Sydney barbecue for August 10. It will be held near the Milsons Point station on Sydney Harbour, close to the bridge.
The group have even bought two season tickets for the 2008/09 season – available to any Australian fans heading home for a break.
Stuart said: “We don’t know exactly how many Town fans live Down Under. It’s very difficult to find a method of getting in touch with them all and we feel the Examiner still has the best chance of getting our message out.
“They will have neighbours and friends who see the paper and are still in touch with them and hopefully many will be able to come to our barbecue and picnic.
“We want them all here in Town colours as we plan to take a team photo in front of the bridge, and I trust we will be celebrating Town’s first win of many, from the previous day’s game against Stockport.
“I have followed Town for years and have childhood memories of John Coddington, Tony Leighton, Alan Gilliver, Mick Meagan, Johnny Quigley, Jimmy Nick etc.
“I was at Middlesbrough when Town were promoted to Division 1 and went to 42 games in the first season in the top level.
“We can be very optimistic about the new season. Dean Hoyle, the chairman-elect has had a profound influence and the new manager seems to be shaping up well.
“This is the only division of which Town have never been Champions and nothing less will do for me this season.”
To contact Stuart email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone him on 0403 060325
Stuart Sykes’ list of Town fans ‘Down-Under’ include:
Stuart “Kangaroos Loose In The Top Paddock” Sykes, in Sydney, plus his two sons
Bill “Woop Woop” Bickerstaff, in Central Coast
Pete “The Brigadier” Williams, a Wesleyan cricketer
Scott “Curry Muncher” Brammall, still playing football
David “Walkabout” Callander, Bourke
Richard “The Gourmet” Wyatt, cooking up the Galleries
Paul “South of the Coathanger” Linton
John “Redeemer” Thornton
Vic “Tea Gardens” Kinder
Jonathon “The Explosive” Thorpe, in Melbourne
Martin “Shakey Isles” Bridges - in Auckland, NZ.