ANOTHER disappointing season for the Giants has just ended. I repeat disappointing, contrary to the upbeat messages being given by the spin doctors at the Giants that we have moved on and have had a successful season.
I would argue that we have at best stood still and probably gone backwards from last season.
We have won the same number of games, ie 12, as last year, including three against Leigh, who with due respect were no better than a very good Northern Ford team.
Last season, in spite of being relegated, Castleford were not that easy, indeed they defeated us once.
I agree we are a little more competitive in the games we lose, but with the players we recruited at the start of the season we expected better.
Indivdually, our players such as the magnificent Thorman, Drew, Crabtree and Nero and many others have not disappointed, but as a team we have failed to function in a lot of games.
Who should shoulder the blame for these shortcomings. Well, as far as I'm concerned, he has just been rewarded with a three-year contract!
As far as next season is concerned, I suggest De Vere takes over as goal kicker to get some value out of his signing as his displays when fit have been no better than average.
Jon Sharp commented after the Wigan game that the pace of their outside backs causes problems. Is that why we are letting a talent like Paul White go to Wakefield?!
His possible replacement, Aspinwall from Wigan, is undergoing knee surgery. Well, no thankyou!
Finally, good luck and thanks to Hefin O'Hare who has given us six years of good and loyal service.
A REALISTIC GIANTS FAN
CONGRATULATIONS to Jon Sharp and the team on what has been a good season.
We are moving forward and I believe the future looks very bright.
I for one am very proud to follow the Giants and will be renewing my season ticket straight away.
Well done again, and bring on Super League XI. I can't wait!
I HAVE noted with interest all the comments from fans who believe this hasn't been a good season for the Giants.
I can only assume many of them are in their mid-50s or over and can remember when Fartown were a top six side. I am in my 40s.
My memories are a falling down Fartown ground, crowds under 1,000 and games in the lower divisions.
Then we had seasons at the bottom of Super League under Schofield, Reilly, Kear and Smith.
So, for me, two seasons at seventh and eighth and a Challenge Cup semi-final are a breath of fresh air.
When we were finally relegated in 2001 we could only dream of the improvements Sharpy has brought us. Yes, the facts speak for themselves.
This is our best team in over 40 years!
If fairweather fans do not like it, then our improved gates (up over 20%) suggest you are a loud but tiny minority.
SOME Giant facts.
The last two seasons have been our most successful in Super League.
The squad of players has improved, and so has morale, coaching and tactics.
But our crowds are just above relegation level, we had a deficit on points, and most of the players we have signed (and are linked with signing) would not be pursued by the top four teams.
Tony Smith left because Leeds Rhinos were bigger and better.
Giant leaps in support are essential to move the Giants into a top five position.
Without Ken Davy there may no longer be Giants, Town or Galpharm Stadium. We should be very very grateful and show our support.
Too much hype
I'M getting a bit fed up of listening to all the hype coming from the club.
They claim it's a great season, high standing fantastic efforts, etc, etc.
Well, we finished eighth, and it's a good job Wakefield and Leigh were out there (six wins) and Wigan had to rebuild, otherwise we would be playing Halifax next year.
It pains me to say this, but the facts speak for themselves, and so does the poor performance against Wigan on Sunday.
A VERY poor performance against a depleted Wigan side.
There were too many errors, gifting the ball on first tackle etc.
We finished one place lower than last season, with only two wins against top six sides (four and six) says it all.
We are a long way off the play-offs, and I think next year will be much the same, and with Wigan resuming normal service, we will be battling it out in the bottom four.
One change, though, my season ticket will be going up about 9%.
I would like to see Ken Davy have his wish and achieve 8,000 gates. Sorry Ken, NO CHANCE.
The club talk a good game, but we flatter to deceive.
I HAD the pleasure of going to the Town v Brentford game.
It was a great advert for League I.
A great game, two good teams and good football, not like the bore draw we saw on Sky TV between Liverpool and Manchester United!
I HAVEN'T been to see Town since we sold Marcus Stewart.
But I can't wait to go and watch this promising young - and not so young - team play.
Please don't sell any of these players.
Take a stand
WE need to create more of the same atmosphere that was evident against Brentford at the weekend.
This could be achieved if the club react in a positive manner in having Town fans in the South Stand.
The club should ask the fans why the Panasonic lower tier is never used.
They should sit in those seats and either get soaked or not be able to see because of the sun!
Also, they could sing their hearts out for the lads and never get heard.
We need more action from our fans than the petition on southstand4town fans site.
TOWN are playing with the passion, fight and determination reminiscent of Jacko in his playing days.
With the added flare and imagination we consistently show it will put us up where we belong. Hail Jacko!
WHAT a win on Saturday!
Well done lads! Great to see Carss back at his best.
THANKS to Jacko and the lads for a rousing finale against Brentford.
It was just brilliant and Boothy is undoubtedly a legend.