Examiner Column – 14/01/2016. Trevor Whitehead
At the end of 2015 Ian Lawrence, the HTSA Chair, paid a visit to Huddersfield Town Ladies Football Club. Representatives from the ladies club were special guests at the HTSA AGM and, as a thank-you, Ian was there to hand over a sponsorship cheque to Sarah Dobby. He was then treated to a real goal feast as the ladies went on to beat Dronfield 17-1 with Sarah getting her name on the scoresheet. This Sunday, 17th January, HTLFC will be playing Bradford City LFC – so why not get along to the ‘Mitton Group Stadium’ (BD2 1PN) and give the Town ladies your support?
On Tuesday night, in the game against Charlton Athletic, the Town ‘lads’ did their best to emulate the free-scoring ‘lasses’. A 5-0 score-line, David Wagner’s mix of uninhibited youth and his unorthodox tactics really got supporters buzzing with expectation. Besides the feel-good, ‘psychological’ benefits most academics define sporting success in terms of skill, speed, stamina and suppleness. There is no doubt that all five S’s are now in evidence, each week, at the John Smiths’ Stadium. However, as social media went into overdrive, many Town fans recognised that there is still a crucial sixth ‘S’ missing from the David Wagner formula for Success. “Support!”
On Facebook Matthew Balmforth wanted to know, “Where were all the Huddersfield Town supporters tonight?” He also asked, “If Wagner’s gengenpressing, ultimate fitness, fast, attacking, sexy-type of football can’t put bums on seats then how do we expect to strengthen the team with even more quality players?” Encouragement from the terracing does make a massive difference. Let us ALL get behind the lads and help them to find that extra bit of “energy”.
Once again the HTSA rallying cry is backed up by some fantastic offers for those intending to travel to; Preston NE (£11), Nottingham Forest (£11), Derby Co (£11), Leeds Utd (£9), Middlesbrough (£11), Blackburn R (£10) or Rotherham Utd (£9). Terms & conditions will apply.
Book any 3 of these fixtures and travel for just £30, 4 games for £39, 5 games for £47, 6 games for £54. If you feel that Dean Hoyle and David Wagner’s version of ‘Total Football’ are worthy of total support why not book on for all 7 games for just £60, this represents a saving of £23 on the non-members fare! Book your seats by texting Rachael on 07905 580784 or by calling in at the HTSA Cabin on your way to the Fulham game this Saturday.
£250 awaits the HTSA member who holds the following numbers, [X]XXXX**. If your HTSA membership card is up to date and shows this, or [XXX]XXXX**, £250 is yours. Please send details of your full name and postal address by text to 07725036109 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before 19:08 on Friday, 15th January 2016. You will receive your cheque by return of post. The winning number last week was 6361, or 6361: the winner, J Binns, did not claim the £250. Names of all winners of the Free Draw can be found on the HTSA-online website.
Due to the Emirates Cup replay against Reading HTSA representatives have re-arranged their meetings with Sean Jarvis and Nigel Clibbens for Tuesday 20th January. If you have any questions, concerns or BOUQUETS that you would like to share with them please contact Ian Lawrence through the HTSA-online website or Trev Whitehead (details above).
**Winning numbers for this week will not be published until Thursday 14/01/16.