HTSA – Examiner Column for 17.09.15 – Trevor Whitehead


The review of our membership is going well.  Over 200 Life Members have now been sent membership cards through the post.  Please let HTSA know if you HAVE received your card so that we know our records are correct.  But, just as important, if you HAVE NOT received a membership card please get in touch and let HTSA know your current contact details.  Just short of 160 supporters have renewed their HTSA membership this summer with 50 supporters choosing the ‘three year’ option.


We recently sent out a mail shot listing the number of projects that HTSA is actively engaged in on behalf of Huddersfield Town fans.  If anyone is in any doubt as to what they might be getting for their £5 HTSA membership…

  • A complete review of 2,400 Town fans and their contact details as they appear on the HTSA database.
  • A recruitment/renewal drive which has seen over 200 membership cards posted out to Life Members.
  • Campaigning on the Financial Fair Play front.
  • Campaigning on the “Blackpool Front” (or should that be Promenade?) regarding refunds for Town fans.
  • Attendance at Supporters Direct & Football Supporters Federation conferences.
  • Preparing this column for the Examiner.
  • Producing a brand new “Welcome Pack” for members.
  • Museum development meetings with HTFC, Heritage Lottery Fund, Heritage Quay.
  • Website and Mailchimp administration.
  • Meetings with HTFC re Club Communications & Relationship.
  • Attending All Together Town (Voices Panel) meetings.
  • Media interviews.
  • Arranging Heavy Woollen Meetings.
  • Organising coaches to away games including the HTSA Travel Draw and sweepstake.
  • The Seventh HTSA Annual General Meeting.
  • Staffing the HTSA Cabin on match days.
  • Providing advocacy for minority groups such as Young Terriers and DSC as well as individual supporters.
  • Running the Examiner Weekly Draw – see below


Any Town fans who would like to support the aid workers and charities involved in the present refugee crisis might be interested in this:  PLUS SCARVES APPEAL!  As the winter approaches top of the list of goods refugee charities have asked for in the camps are woollens.  Please send old, but clean, football scarves, hats and gloves to Philosophy Football PO Box 11140, Harwich CO12 9AP before 9th October for our Wembley to Calais convoy.  Please include your name, address and email in the package.  If you are supplying in bulk or have any queries about the appeal please contact us at this email address.  Alternatively you can call in at the HTSA Cabin on match days and we will arrange for your donations to be packaged and sent.  For updates on this major fan-led initiative follow on twitter @phil_football or look up their website:


Today’s Free Draw number, “16564”, is worth £250 and will remain that at that level every week until someone claims it.  If this is one of the three numbers printed on your current HTSA membership card (surely it’s worth ensuring that your membership is up to date?), please send details of your full name and postal address by text to 07725036109 or by email to before 19:08 tomorrow, Friday 18th September.  You will receive your £250 cheque by return of post.  The winning number last week was “14631” and was worth £250; the holder of the winning number, D Brown, did not claim the prize.

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Official Notice

Notice is hereby given that the seventh Annual General Meeting of the Huddersfield Town Supporters Society Limited (known as Huddersfield Town Supporters Association) will be held at PPG Canalside, Leeds Road, Huddersfield, HD2 1YJ at 7:30 pm on Monday October 12th 2015 for the following purposes:-

 1.                Receive the Revenue Account and Balance Sheet for the previous financial period. (y/e 31st May 2015)

2.                Approve the re-appointment of Wheawill & Sudworth as auditors.

3.                Approve the election and re-election of directors.

4.                Receive a report on the Society’s performance in the previous period.

5.                AOB.


Robert Pepper, Secretary

Dated:         27th August 2015

The AGM will be followed by a Q&A session led by David Mallin, Chairman of Huddersfield Town Ladies, and members of the first team squad.

This is an opportunity for Town supporters to learn something about the other Town team, hoping to increase their support in the wake of this summer’s success by the national side at the Women’s World Cup in Canada.

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HTSA/HTFC Meeting 19th August 2015


- How many season cards sold in the South Stand so far?


- Can transfers be done on the gate in the South Stand instead of at ticket office?

Last season we were able to offer free transfers from all areas and offer a dedicated turnstile. At the moment in the South Stand to allow at turnstile transfers, we would have to have a dedicated turnstile for transfers. This would reduce the number of entry points for Season Card holders and extend queuing time. To date inter-stand transfer have been sufficient to warrant that.  It is something we will keep under review and reconsider if transfer numbers continue to rise.

- Is it possible for the team to shoot towards the South Stand in the second half?

Boothy advised it is a matter of captain’s preference and it has been the same since Stadium opened.  He would raise this with the players and revert back.

- After a discussion on ticket booking fees, HTSA suggested that season card holders booking fees on away tickets could be waivered?

We are looking at ticket booking fees and other related issues as discussed in our meeting and the Q&A at PPG Canalside with Dean

- Could there be branding on the back green wall in the South Stand?

The green wall, despite it being blank is still part of the John Smiths branding which they pay for and therefore no flags/banners/other can be put over it

- Could any of the NSL flags which are not being used in the South Stand could go back in to the FM Lower?

Subject to pratical consideration the club had no objection. Consideration would be needed as to which flags, who would be responsible for putting them out and taking back in? Other considerations were the need to avoid obscuring advertising. Idea to be developed further and then if practical discussed with the Events Panel.

- Why is there no Under 8s price category on match days?

There hasn’t been an under 8 price category on match days for a number of seasons.

Identifying or proving age at the turnstiles slows down admission considerably and is not practical.

Queuing time is  consistent issue for fans.

The combination of Season Card pricing and walkup prices act as  an incentive to purchase a season cards for under 8s which is available at between £30- £37. (less than £2 per game)

- Why is Under 8s Cat A £10 and Cat B £5?

This reflects the difference in opposition between the categories

- Can the Family Values prices be extended to the South Stand?

This package is only available in the Family Stand which is a regulated area specifically targeted and promoted for adults and children. The FV package is designed to attract families to the area with family entertainment.  The North Stand is the lowest cost area of the ground with the best pricing offers like Family Values.

- Why are there no Under 23 match day prices?

For similar reasons to U8 above.

- Can Dean come to a Millbridge meeting?

Boothy has sent possible dates to Dean

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HTSA has taken legal advice and has also consulted the Chair of the Football Supporters Federation, who also represents all supporters on the FA Council.

We have also reviewed the FA’s report into its own commission’s findings in its case against Blackpool FC.  That report is highly critical of Blackpool and contains statements such as:

“There were serious inadequacies in the planning that led up to the match on 2 May 2015. There was strong intelligence available that there would be a pitch incursion and that it would be in the early part of the second half of the match.”

“There was no proper planning as to what would happen in the event that there was a pitch incursion and how to remove people from the pitch.” 

The report also contains the following statement from Blackpool’s Ground Safety Officer:

“It was the policy of the police not to use force to remove people when they were exercising their freedom of speech where there was no violence. For that reason the police decided not to try to arrest or remove spectators from the pitch but rather to let the protest take place and to use only persuasion as means to get them to leave the pitch”   

It is HTSA’s intention to submit a case to the FA, asking for all or part of the fine it imposed on Blackpool FC to be used to refund Town supporters.  This course of action will use the example of the ECB this week in fining Glamorgan CCC for an abandoned match and its intention to use some of that fine to compensate away supporters from Hampshire CCC.

We are hoping to gain the support of Huddersfield Town FC and we will continue to keep our members and other supporters updated.

Please email for further information on HTSA.

The voice of the fans

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