HTSA – Examiner Column for 26.03.15 – Trev Whitehead
Today sees the start of a new HTSA promotion. The HTSA weekly “Free Draw” will take place every Thursday in the HTSA Examiner column. Anyone who has been a member of HTSA, or who has travelled with HTSA to an away fixture during the last six years, has now been allocated three five-figure “Free Draw” numbers. Each week one such number will be generated at random and published in this column. You then need to check if this number matches any of the three numbers on your HTSA membership card. If it does, and you are a current member of HTSA, you could be £10 better off.
This week’s winning number is… appears in The Examiner today.
To claim your £10 please text your full name and postal address to 07725036109 or email the same details to firstname.lastname@example.org before 19:08 tomorrow, Friday 27th March 2015. A cheque for £10 will then be sent to you by return of post. Terms and conditions apply and the HTSA Committee’s decision will be final. Please visit our HTSA-online website for further details about HTSA membership and the “Free Draw”. In the event of this week’s cash prize not being claimed then the money will roll over to next week. Make sure that you are in with a chance of winning next week’s “Free Draw” by renewing your membership if it has expired.
Renewing membership leads very neatly onto the recent announcement about the renewal of Season Cards for 2015/16. A great deal of thought and discussion went into these proposals and, as with any change to the status quo, it can be very difficult to please everyone. However, standing still, not looking for ways to maximise revenue and failing to populate all the stands to best effect cannot be an option for a club that is striving for success in difficult times. The layout of the stadium, particularly the exits, toilets and refreshment areas, means that only a limited number of permutations are possible for segregating home and away supporters. For the majority of games Huddersfield Town supporters will now be able to view the match from all four sides of the stadium with the South Stand being shared with the away supporters. On the rare occasions when a visiting club can guarantee a following in excess of 4,000 Huddersfield Town intend to offer additional seating to the south end of the Brittania Rescue stand. It is appreciated that this may cause disruption for some supporters who will then need to transfer to other areas of the ground but the Club is anxious to keep this to a minimum by ensuring that there are adequate alternative arrangements put in place. If you have any questions or concerns about your Season Card please contact HTSA through the usual channels.
On Tuesday 17th March HTSA representatives attended a meeting with the Club’s Chief executive, Nigel Clibbens. The wide-ranging agenda included an interesting discussion on the future of the stadium shares.
Firstly, it was noted that putting the shares in trust may have implications for Financial Fair Play (FFP), i.e., if the shares are not in trust then the Club can claim stadium revenue as income. Following the reference to FFP, Nigel gave a very detailed explanation of how this is working and how it will work in future, particularly the rise in the allowable loss from £6m-£7m to £13m-£15m and the concomitant imbalance in expenditure by Championship clubs, with some paying three and four times the Club’s annual player wage bill. Discussions also covered the relative lack of funding going to the Football League as compared with the Premier League and the lack of cash flowing between the two leagues – a situation that could be exacerbated even further if the Premiership succeeds in selling TV rights globally.
There was further discussion about the current KSDL shareholdings, developments in respect of Assets of Community Value (ACVs), the increasing political pressure for fan “stake holdings”, Kirklees Council’s stated plans to sell off assets as well as the pressure on council budgets. This item was also on the agenda at a meeting of the HTSA Committee on Thursday 19th March.
HTSA members travelling to Sheffield Wednesday will have a chance of winning £180 in the HTSA “Travel Draw”. To book your seats please text or call Rachael on 07905580784.
Members £9:50, Non-members £11:50. Departing from the John Smiths Stadium at 12:15.
And finally, Southern Terriers Post Work Drinks Meeting with quiz, Thursday 9th April at Euston Flyer 83-87 Euston Rd, only a three minute walk from Kings Cross and Euston Stations. There will be a reserved area from 17:30 until late. All Town fans are welcome. Why not join the pub’s email list and receive a free drinks voucher?
Now dig out your HTSA membership card and “Cheque” those numbers.