HUDDERSFIELD Town's Patrons' Association has celebrated its 20th anniversary.

The Patrons' role is to raise money to help Town's academy train football stars of the future.

Since 1985, the Patrons have raised more than £400,000 through paying subscriptions to the association.

The association marked its anniversary with a dinner at the Galpharm Stadium banqueting suite on Saturday.

About 230 of the association's 500 members attended, including famous patrons, known as vice-presidents.

These included Keith Hanvey, Frank Worthington, Denis Law, Reece Dinsdale, Andy Booth, Gerry Murphy, Jon Stead, Alan Sykes and Steve Kindon, who founded the Patrons' Association in 1985.

Mirfield-born actor Patrick Stewart is also a vice-president, but could not attend due to West End theatre commitments.

Town manager Peter Jackson, chief executive Andrew Watson and members of the first-team squad also attended the anniversary dinner.

After 20 years, the Patrons' Association is considering changing its ways to attract new, younger members.

Association details can be found by logging on to

Alternatively, contact Marcus Garside on 01484 314311.