LAST week the Supporters Association’s committee again met with the senior management of Huddersfield Giants.
Open and frank discussions centred around points which fans felt were of importance, both to supporters and to the success of the Super League club.
Chairman Ken Davy thanked the Supporters Association for its efforts and welcomed the fact fans now had a direct line to the people running the Giants.
Meanwhile, the Rugby League Heritage Project is continuing to go from strength to strength.
Supporters and past players are being interviewed, memorabilia is being logged and scanned, Slaithwaite Saracens and Underbank Rangers have let us through their doors (other amateur clubs are welcome to be involved), schools are queuing up to be involved and the website www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk is growing at a phenomenal rate.
A history of the Huddersfield club forms part of the project and it continues in this column with the post-War era, and specifically from 1960 onwards.
In that year, Wakefield Trinity beat Huddersfield 16-10 in the Yorkshire Cup final at Headingley Stadium, Leeds on October 29.
In 1962, the league was split into East and West of the Pennines.
Huddersfield and Hull KR met at Headingley in the first final of the Eastern Division Championship on Saturday, November 10.
Reigning champions Huddersfield were favourites to lift the Eastern Division title, especially as Rovers were missing five first-choice players through injury. The Robins, however, set the early pace and were 10-0 up after 30 minutes.
Despite a rally by Huddersfield, Rovers hung on to win 13-10.
Unfortunately, there was then a period of decline and revival.
By the 1970s, the club had become a shadow of its former self, the old Fartown ground had fallen into disrepair and the club frequently finished in the lower reaches of the league.
Local businessman, John Bailey, took a controlling interest in the stadium, the club and the pavilion.
In 1984, in an attempt to revive the club, Huddersfield adopted the moniker ‘Barracudas’ and Fartown was renamed Arena 84. As the crowds continued to stay away, it became clear Bailey could not stem the decline.
The story will obviously continue further down the track.
Turning to the Association’s news, this year’s highly-popular Reindeer Race Night will take place on Friday, December 7. Tickets are now on sale from any committee member, behind the bar at Turnbridge or online.
For further information on all the above please visit our website, www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk or contact Dave Calverley on 07887 878 425.