So did you get some honest answers at the Fans’ Forum?

Or did the panel just ‘tow the party line’?

The atmosphere in the John Smith’s Stadium Revell Ward Suite was buzzing as Huddersfield Giants Supporters Association chairman Dave Calverley welcomed supporters.

The 100-strong audience at times listened attentively and at others times could not wait to ask follow-up questions.

Danny Lockwood, the publisher of League Weekly, fielded, amongst others, questions about the negativity of the Rugby League press.

His reply was that there is such a limited coverage of our game, it is only right that people have an opening to get things off their chests.

In addition, he went on to say that RL in the national press is dying. Papers are cutting back, with the result the remaining sports’ reporters tend to focus on what they perceive as the king of sports – soccer!

Danny also spoke of the snippets he had heard from the RFL, such as the Challenge Cup final might be moving to an earlier date so that it doesn’t fall in the middle of the new ‘Super 8’ rounds.

MC for the night Tim Burton then introduced Craig Huby as ‘the beard to be feared’ and asked if he would be on the receiving end of banter in his hometown of Castleford – especially after his antics in the recent panto. Craig replied that he probably would, but that it would make him play harder in the match there.

Huddersfield Giants fans forum held at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield. From left, guests facing the fans, Danny Lockwood, Craig Huby, Chris Taylor and Paul Anderson.
 

Our new commercial director, Chris Taylor, was quite forceful in his views that increasing the crowd is a team effort, with the current supporters playing just as an important part as the club. “If each of the current season-ticket holders brings along just one more person, Ken Davy will be a happy man”.

Head coach Paul Anderson talked us through the reasons behind this year’s pre-season training.

Last year, 17 players missed these important sessions, due to the World Cup and injuries, so a lot of the team was playing catch-up with fitness levels. This, he hopes, has now been rectified. “Wait while you see a certain player not only crashing through, but also keeping hold of the ball!”.

After many more questions and honest answers, this hugely successful evening – for both the Supporters Association and the club – drew to a close, with the audience departing with an air of expectancy for the season ahead.

Next up is our Pre-Season Meal at Northern Taps on Friday, January 30, closely followed by Marcus St Hilaire as our guest speaker at Turnbridge WMC on Tuesday, February 3.

Everyone is welcome at all our events. Full details can be found at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk or contact Dave Calverley on 07887 878 425.

‘Huddersfield In World War 1’ can be purchased at The Zone, online at www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk , or via David Thorpe [01484 533378].

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