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 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.

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HTSA Committee meeting – Thursday 26th February 2015

In Attendance:
Sian Patrick (SP)
Bob Pepper (BP)
Trevor Whitehead (TW)
Ian Lawrence (IL)
Stephen Booth (SB)
John Sealey (JS)
David Scholefield (DS)

Steve King (SK)
Jeanette Kenworthy (JK)
James Fryer (JF)
Andy Pollard (AP)
Rachael Gomersall (RG)

Minutes of last meeting
Those in attendance were ok with previous minutes.

Club Relationship
The next ATT meeting will be held on Thursday 5th March. BP, RG & TW to attend for HTSA.
SB met with Sean Jarvis regarding the statue/museum idea. The club isn’t able to get any grants for a statue but the idea of a museum was discussed – static at Canalside/stadium or a mobile museum so that it could be taken out to the community. Would need to set up a working committee to discuss what could be done – which could involve the club/HTSA/Patrons/NSL.
Action: SB to speak to Sean Jarvis about going forward with the museum idea.

HW / NSL & Southern Section
Heavy Woollen – looking at either the 23rd or 30th March for the next meeting. IL will be able to confirm the date once the club have confirmed who they can send as guest.
NSL – DS met with the club before the match on Tuesday to discuss how the NSL was doing. The NSL are currently fundraising for a crowd funder for a Dean Hoyle flag – further info on this can be found at
5 fans from Doncaster will be joining the NSL as guests at the Rotherham home match to see what we have done and how they can look to take this on at their own ground. The NSL have already had meetings with Doncaster fans who are starting to do this at their own ground.
A big thanks to DS for all the hard work he has put in since May 2014 to start the NSL.
Action: AP to include an article in the next newsletter re the Dean Hoyle flag

2015 to date – Income £593.42, Expenditure £948.68 & Surplus £355.26
As per the minutes from the meeting on 31st July, a cheque was written tonight for £250 for Cancer Research.

Our coach to Charlton only has a couple of seats left to book.
No coach to Brentford given it is a midweek match.
We will be running a coach to Birmingham. The Patrons are also running a coach.

May Fundraiser
BP is happy to organise this but needs to get some teams together for it.
Action: BP to contact Darren Hamilton to see if he can help get some teams together.

Bradford City – In addition to the football league support on 25th April, there will be a service in Bradford on 11th May. BP will be there to represent Supporters Direct. It was also suggested that someone should attend on behalf of Huddersfield Town fans. DS suggested Ben Greaves given the fundraising site that he had set up for the Burns Unit.
Campaign for safe standing – the club are looking into this.
Bob Farrell & Paul Hollas have asked for details of Southern fans whose HTSA membership has lapsed so that they can get in touch with them.
The HTSA website desperately needs updating as it is out of date & also needs updating with minutes from meetings. It was also mentioned whether it would be possible to put links to HTSA/NSL on each website.
Actions: TW to forward membership information to Bob Farrell & Paul Hollas. DS to check with a friend whether they would be able to help with updating the HTSA website.

Next Meeting
Thursday 19th March. 7.30pm start at Canalside.

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Club Meeting

On Tuesday, HTSA representatives had another review meeting with Nigel Clibbens, the Club’s Chief Executive. We hope to bring you a full report next week on a meeting with a wide-ranging agenda, including Stadium shares, Financial Fair Play, Season Card sales, Away Supporter issues etc.

Heavy Woollen Meeting

A reminder to fans that the next Heavy Woollen meeting is to be held next Monday at Millbridge WMC (7.30pm) where the guest is Ann Hough

HTSA Travel

Next up away is the short trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday 4th April 2015
Departure time is 12.15pm for a 3.00pm kick off.
The coach leaves from the Stadium, priced at only £9 for HTSA members and £11 for non members.
Commiserations to P. Whiteley, whose numbers were drawn on the Birmingham coach but who wasn’t travelling with HTSA to claim his prize of £170. This now rolls on to £180 for the trip to Sheffield on Easter Saturday. Be there to win it!
Details are also provided on the HTSA website – as well as social media sites Facebook (HTSA) and Twitter (@officialhtsa)
To book a place, please text or telephone 07905 580784.

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The next meeting of the Heavy Woollen Branch of HTSA will be held on Monday 23rd March 2015, starting at 7:45pm.

Ann is the Operations director at HTFC and will give us an interesting insight into her work.

The meeting is open to all HTFC fans & we look forward to seeing you at Millbridge WMC, only a 10 minute drive from Huddersfield.

Please feel free to download the flyer & distribute to your friends.


HW Poster March 2015 portrait

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