A NEW fans group is set to be unveiled in town tomorrow night.
The Huddersfield Republic of Ireland Soccer Supporters Club (HRISSC) will be formerly launched at the Huddersfield Irish Centre (7.30pm) with an inaugural open meeting – replete with international stars ex-Town player Kieran O’Regan and former striker and Under 21 manager Don Givens.
The club was born out of a group of families and friends from the Huddersfield Irish Centre who became Town season ticket holders, following the Centenary offer, and informally became ‘Huddersfield Town Irish Terriers’.
The group has become well established and undertook a trip to Celtic Park to watch Celtic play Dundee Utd in February of last year, to celebrate the club’s new social secretary Mick Ruane’s 40th birthday.
The trip was so successful, the club’s new chairman Paul Doyle suggested a trip to watch the Republic of Ireland play and so the seed in forming a club was sown and, after the draw for the 2012 Euro Championships, a date for their first trip was set to watch Ireland v Macedonia in Dublin in March.
Gerry Murphy, the much respected former Town academy coach and FAI UK Republic of Ireland representative, also offered his assistance in helping the club to become established and has accepted the position of honorary president.
Honorary vice-president is Ollie Walsh, a long standing member and former secretary of the Brothers Pearse GAA, who has been instrumental in the organisation of the inaugural meeting and the club’s establishment.
The committee of Huddersfield Irish Centre have also given their support in offering us the use of the Irish Centre as a base.
Guests at the meeting, along with Givens, O’Regan and Murphy, will be FAI chief executive John Delaney, and Gerry Reardon, the FAI Regional manager, and there will be a question and answer session followed by supper.