Open evening on Monday 31 March
Huddersfield Town’s legendary Manager Herbert Chapman will be the focus of a special open evening at PPG Canalside on Monday 31 March.
The evening, which will begin at 7.30pm in the Radcliffe Suite, will be led by eminent football journalist and biographer Patrick Barclay, who has been the main football correspondent for the Times, Guardian/Observer, Telegraph and the Independent during his impressive career.
Barclay has recently written on Herbert titled ‘The Life And Times Of Herbert Chapman’, which documents the story of one of football’s most influential figures of all time – including his success at Huddersfield Town.
Attendees will have the chance to discuss Herbert and his fantastic achievements at the Club; he led Town to the first two of the famous ‘Thrice Championships’ during the 1920s before moving to Arsenal and repeating the feat there. Herbert’s nephew, Ken, is also expected to attend the evening, as is our local football editor, Mel Booth.
Fans will also be able to discuss the wider world of football with Patrick and his guests on the evening.
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HTSA – Examiner Column for 06/03/14

5 Star Performance…

Town 5 Barnsley 0 – This was our biggest victory of the season, and no one had more input in the game than record signing Nahki Wells.

Wells was simply superb from start to finish and with 4 assists it was a real shame that the boy from Bermuda didn’t add to the goals with one of his own.

He very nearly did, in the first half he was thwarted by Barnsley keeper Luke Steele’s legs and then when he rounded Steele again just before the break his shot skimmed the bar and ended up on the roof of the net.

With a good number of Town fans taking the opportunity to create a new ‘Cowshed’ behind the goal of the Fantastic Media Lower Stand – it really did improve the atmosphere, and they were on their feet in the 29th minute when Adam Clayton’s free kick was swung in to the 6 yard box for recalled Midfield man Keith Southern to nudge home.

Town extended their lead just 3 minutes later when Wells received the ball down the right, he beat his man and drilled the ball into the box, straight to Danny Ward who struck home from close range. 2 – 0 to Town going into the break.

It didn’t take long for the Terriers to extend their lead when Adam Hammill’s shot was too hot for Luke Steele to handle, and when he parried, the ball fell kindly to on rushing Hammill who smashed the ball in for 3 – 0.

In the 58th minute, Clayton’s raking cross field ball was picked up by that man again, Nahki Wells, and after he was felled by Steele in the box, referee David Coote had no hesitancy in pointing to the spot.

It was Clayton himself who stepped up to convert, drilling the ball into the far right corner of the net to make it 4 for Town.

The scoring wasn’t over yet though, and when Clayton and Dixon combined well, it was the latter who fed Sean Scannell, and the former Palace man finished with aplomb drilling the ball into the corner from 20 yards out.

All in all, this was a fantastic 3 points and a victory which was much needed, and well deserved to get confidence back amongst the team for this Saturdays trip to Doncaster.

Once again Town fans, the message from HTSA is clear – get right behind the lads and cheer them on to victory!!!

 

FM Lower Stand Trial against Barnsley

Following on from the ATT (All together Town) Fans’ panel meetings, the club agreed to allow fans use of the FM Lower Stand as part of a trial to create a ‘Home End’ in an effort to improve the atmosphere at the stadium, and the Barnsley match was the first league match experiment.
This was received excellently by the fans who took up the chance by making a sea of blue and white behind the goals, holding scarves aloft and making it feel like an ‘Away match’ at Home experience.

It was great to hear some Town songs of old echoing out too, and we all hope that even more will take up the chance against Bolton on Saturday 5th April when it will be trialled again.

Special thanks go to the Club for their cooperation, the ATT fans panel and also the authorities who have rendered these trials possible.

 

HTFC / HTSA Meeting

HTSA will continue to work closely with All Together Town and the Club to make the Home End project a success.  This was discussed at last week’s meeting which encompassed a broad range of topics including the need for SLOs, the statue project, links with KSDL, match day traffic arrangements etc.  Further details can be found on the HTSA website at www.htsa-online.co.uk

 

 

 

                                                                 

 

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HTSA – Examiner Column for 27/02/14

Defeat to the Owls…

It was disappointment at the John Smith’s for Town on Saturday as the chance to complete the double over Sheffield Wednesday went begging.

In what was a promising opening 25 minutes, Town created all the openings and were looking good.

That was until Jeremy Helan gave the Owls the lead 5 minutes before the break.

The second half was simply woeful from the Terriers and this was one of the worst performances in some time – with passes going astray, the ball going out of play and general cohesion lacking.

With the crowd getting more and more frustrated, that seemed to get transferred onto the pitch and Town struggled against a stronger willed Wednesday.

Jacques Maghoma extended the Owls lead in the 72nd minute as he turned to poke the ball to Smithies’ left hand side to spark jubilation amongst the away contingent.

Town did have a few chances after that however, with Adam Clayton’s long ranger scraping the top of the bar and, in injury time – Paul Dixons cross was met by Danny Ward but his header went wide.

All in all a very disappointing result and display from Town but we have the chance to right those wrongs against Barnsley in another Yorkshire Derby at the John Smith’s this Saturday, and with the opportunity for Town fans to create a new ‘Cowshed’ behind the goal of the Fantastic Media Lower Stand (see details below), the message, as always from HTSA is loud and clear… Get behind the lads and cheer them on to victory!

 

 

FM Lower Stand Trial against Barnsley

Following on from the ATT (All together Town) Fans’ panel meetings, the club have agreed to allow fans use of the FM Lower Stand as part of a trial to create a ‘Home End’ in an effort to improve the atmosphere at the stadium.
This is to be trialled for 2 matches this season – Barnsley, this Saturday 1st March, and Bolton on Saturday 5th April.

 

Existing Fantastic Media Lower Tier Season Card Holders

 

Please note that this trial is expected to change the match day experience in this area of the ground.

Existing Season Card holders in the FM Lower Tier will be given the option to transfer to another area of the ground free of charge for this fixture.

Families are advised by the Club to transfer to the FM Upper Tier family area.

Over the coming weeks, the Club will contact existing FM Lower Tier Season Card holders via email and telephone to discuss  their options for this game.

 

If existing Season Card Holders choose to remain in this stand, they should note that their seat reservation will not apply for this unreserved seating fixture.

Any FM Lower Tier Season Card holders opting to stay in this stand for the game should enter via turnstile 40.

 

Season Card Holders in other areas of the ground

Season Card holders in other areas of the ground can use their Season Card to gain access to the FM Lower Tier at turnstiles 41 to 43 inclusive for no charge. No advance transfers are required.

 

Non Season Card Holders

Non Season Card holders wishing to sit in the FM Lower Tier for this game must buy in advance, as pay at the turnstiles will not be available for this trial.

Admission prices for the FM Lower Tier for this game will be £15 adults and £10 concessions.

The FM Lower tier will be unreserved seating for this trial game against Barnsley.

The capacity of this stand will be set at 1,750 for this game (1,944 capacity with a 10% reduction as a result of unreserved seating) and fans will be allowed in on a first come, first served basis).

The club urges fans to arrive early to get the atmosphere building, which will also allow fans to pick their seats once inside the ground.

Look out for #FillTheFMLower on Twitter, Facebook, Down at the Mac and other social network sites.

 

HTSA Travel

Next up away is the trip to Doncaster Rovers on Saturday 8th March 2014.

Departure time is 12.15pm for a 3.00pm kick off. The coach leaves from the Stadium, and priced at only £9.50 for HTSA members, and £11.50 for non members. 

Details are also provided on the HTSA websitewww.htsa-online.co.uk as well as social media sites Facebook (HTSA) and Twitter (@officialhtsa)

HTSA Members travelling on the coach will also be in with a chance of winning £210 in the ‘Free’ draw.

To book a seat , please text or telephone 07905 580784.

Those paying in advance will also be entitled to a free drink and sandwich at the Rope Walk, as before.  Opening time will be 11 am.

 

HTSA / HTFC Club Meeting

HTSA reps had a wide-ranging meeting with Nigel Clibbens and members of his staff yesterday.  Details should be available in next week’s column and on the HTSA website.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                 

 

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