Following a disappointing performance at Ashton Gate last week, it was a humbling reminder that Town have much to do in the close season to maintain an ongoing tenure in the Championship, writes HTSA treasurer John Sealey.
Town fans will be eager for part two of the Wagner Revolution, and that should be reflected by the increase in attendances next season at the John Smith’s thanks to the season card offer, which we understand is now approaching 14,000.
Following last week’s reflection on the season past, it is worth putting into perspective, what Town means to us the fans, and the community.
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Yesterday, over 170 cyclists set out from Carlisle on the latest instalment of Pedal for Pounds – an initiative to raise money for the Keep it Up Campaign and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Since its inception, Pedal for Pounds has raised in excess of £1m for the YAA, and the cost of all YAA call outs in the Huddersfield area for the last few years have been covered by the riders’ fundraising.
This is the seventh, and encompasses a tour of the grounds where the great Bill Shankly was manager, from Carlisle to Huddersfield via Liverpool and Preston – 216 miles over three days.
HTSA have consistently supported the P4P events – personally, this will be my third ride, but Steve King our past Chairman has done more than that!
I have a personal reason to do this – I have a friend who owes his life to the YAA.
He was on a motorcycle which was hit by a car at 70mph; the impact tore him practically in two.
The Air Ambulance was on the scene in minutes, and quite literally saved his life at the roadside.
After years of rehabilitation and physiotherapy, he can lead an almost-normal life with his wife and children.
Family is important to all of us.
The Football Family has in the last week seen the outcome of the Hillsborough enquiry which established that 96 Liverpool fans died unlawfully.
HTSA is also part of the football family, and we are proud to report that we had increased membership this season for the first time since our promotion to the Championship.
But we don’t want to stop there – new members are always welcome, and if you’ve been a member in the past, please consider re-joining.
Either call in at the Cabin on match days, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your details.
Finally, it would be nice if the ground can have a bumper crowd on Saturday, to see our weary riders do a lap of honour before kick-off, and to thank the players and management of Huddersfield Town, for what has been a year of reflection and perspective.