I DESPAIR of Huddersfield ever again being synonymous with professional sporting success.
I fully accept many residents of the area couldn't give a twopenny fig about either the Giants or Town.
But around 15,000 people are presently prepared to cough up a not inconsiderable amount of money to support players of either club earning considerably more than most.
Pay is not the biggest issue, though. Mine is whether managers, coaches and players appreciate and respond fully to the fans' lot.
Unlike those involved in the teams, supporters are not transitionary.
They follow THEIR side all their lives. They live a dream - being able to strut their stuff after uplifting success. Great joy in an often mundane life.
How I envied the Hull KR fans on Sunday. Who could really begrudge their triumphant chanting and singing as their one-for-all boys pulled off an unexpected but thoroughly merited win?
I can't really comment on Town matters because I don't watch them.
But I'll bet I know how the faithful 10,000 felt when they lost to Brentford the previous day: Completely let down.
Every supporter wants his or her team to win every game, while knowing that defeat has to be swallowed. And setbacks go down a little easier if you believe your lot have given their very best.
Jon Sharp seems to agree, with his after-match comments, that we endured a far from 'best- case' scene on Sunday.
Perhaps Mr Sharp and, indeed, Mr Jackson, could do all they can in their power to make the players understand that while Ken Davy physically owns the Galpharm set-up, spiritual ownership belongs to the fans.
Friendly ghosts from Fartown and Leeds Road still lurk and swirl in our minds.
You all owe us some future happy memories rather than continually just talking the talk.
The Giants' marvellous Cup adventure last season should have been the springboard for further success, but Sunday saw an unappealing belly flop that leaves them floundering and thrashing at the bottom.
Much better from now on please. It matters - a lot!
Stakes so high
YES, it's true, the Giants are bottom of Super League and the next game is Leeds at Headingley!
Sunday's match against Hull KR was 'must-win' but, credit to Rovers, they had more determination, concentration, a greater will to win and, what is even more worrying, more skill on the day.
And what is the logic of playing men out of position?
This was woefully wrong in the case of Chris Thorman and Paul Reilly.
Come on, Mr Sharp, it is time to give us some results. If you can't do it, then maybe it is time to move over for someone who can.
We cannot afford to drop out of Super League, nor can we afford to see the good crowds of the last two games reducing, which they inevitably will if you don't come up with the results - and quickly!
WHAT on earth are Fartown playing at?
They had absolutely no idea in attack against supposedly one of the weaker teams in the league!
It's OK, though, because Jon Sharp will still take some positives out of the game! Like what?
That we are the strongest side in the league because we are holding everyone up off the bottom.
We are the only team in Super League with no points.
Let's see if he can take some positives out of the game against Leeds in two weeks.
OVER the years we have very often managed to attract big-name, well-established coaches to our club who have always suffered the same old Fartown problems of low crowds, little or no money to spend and "making do" with second-rate teams.
How ironic then, we now find ourselves in a situation where we have a respected and committed chairman, our crowds are on the increase, we play in a fantastic stadium, our marketing is finally up to scratch and, alleluia, we now have a team that, on paper, is as good as any in Super League (possibly with the exception of the top clubs).
Unfortunately the missing ingredient appears to be a coach to match. Ours is essentially unproven, has little track record, is in his first head-coach role and seems to be taking our team backwards.
The fact of the matter is that in my opinion Jon Sharp is simply not up to the mark to attain the levels of consistency required over a season to make us a top six side in Super League. It's as simple as that!
Yes we had our Challenge Cup day out last year but we finished the season poorly and at one point there was even talk about us possibly being relegated.
Let's make a move for Shaun McRae now before Great Britain get him!