“TRY harder” – that was the message for Stan Ternent’s Town team from their fans, albeit fans 12,000 miles away, as the 2008/09 season got under way with a tame 1-1 home draw.
The Huddersfield Town Supporters of New South Wales met in the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to show total solidarity with the team and the Huddersfield-based fans for the centenary season.
The fans’ line-up included Lisa Askam, Jane Hansen, Lynne Sykes, John Thornton, Poppy and Scott Brammall, Rachel Wilson and Ciara Walsh (Town-supporting backpackers visiting Australia), Rachel Brammall, Jacob Burke, Lauren, Richard and Mitchell Wyatt, Roni Thornton, Stuart Sykes and Emily Jansen.
Stuart, who organised the get-together, said: “When we debated which was the last Town match each of the attendees had seen, one confessed that the last one was over 50 years ago in the 1957-58 season!
“Sadly, he couldn’t remember exactly which match it was, but the blood clearly still runs blue and white!
“It was a cool day in Sydney, as this is mid-winter, but the whole group was passionate in their desire to see Town reach the title of Champions this year, in the one league the club has never won.
“There would be no better time for Town to do it than in our centenary season.
“With the time difference from England to Australia, we already had the result of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Stockport, and were united in the message to the management and the team – “ Come on guys, try harder”.
The fans sang the Town anthem “Smile Awhile” and agreed that if the club win the title by May 2009, a case of Australia’s finest red wine will be sent to Town’s management team from the Australian Supporters’ Group.