Nicknames: Giants, Fartown, Claret and Gold
Ground: John Smith’s Stadium
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Huddersfield Rugby League
Huddersfield is the birth place of Rugby League as it is where the initial meeting was held back in the late 1800’s to launch the Northern Union. Huddersfield are also one of the forming clubs of the aforementioned Northern Union making them one of the oldest clubs in the world- although their history is a long and fascinating one with periods of success and periods of near extinction.
The Giants have a number of rivalries with local team including Wakefield Trinity, Bradford Bulls and the Leeds Rhinos although traditionally their biggest rivals has been and is with their nearest neighbours, Halifax.
Huddersfield play in a distinctive playing kit, traditionally featuring claret shirt with gold hoops finished off with claret shorts and claret and gold socks, that makes them instantly recognisable whenever playing. In recent times the club have featured different variants on this colour scheme, although claret does remain the constant main colour.
Huddersfield have had 3 grounds to call home over their long history. In 1878 the club started life at the Fartown Ground, which was at the time a Cricket Ground but this stadium fell in disrepair during the 1980’s as Huddersfield struggled to attract crowds and income. As the traditional home ground of the Huddersfield club, many fans especially older ones) still refer to supporters of the Giants as Fartowners.
In 1992 the club moved into Huddersfield Town’s Leeds Road ground where they remined until the 2 sides moved to a new shared ground just off of Leeds Road called the McAlpine Stadium. Now known as the John Smiths stadium due to sponsorship reason, the stadium is one of the biggest and modernist in Super League and has regularly held both Challenge Cup semi-finals and international matches including recent sell-outs for England v Ireland and England v New Zealand.
The stadium currently has a capacity of just under 25,000 although it does have to be said that the Giants struggled to fill half of that for all but the biggest matches.
The Giants, or simply Huddersfield RLFC as they were known for the majority of their existence, are one of the most successful clubs in the British game with 7 Championships and 6 Challenge Cups to their name but all of those victories came before 1962, so their history can be really split into two section, the successful early years and the barrow later years.
The Giants are one of the oldest rugby clubs of either code in the world and enjoyed much success in the first 50 years of the Northern Union Rugby League) but the start of the summer era didn’t get off to quite the same levels of success for Huddersfield. It took 2 years before Huddersfield joined the ranks of Super League and the first 10 years saw Huddersfield either relegated, finishing bottom or struggling in the table.
The struggles of the 1980 and 1990’s up to the early 2000’s led the club to changing their name twice. From 1984 to 1988 the club were known as the Huddersfield Barracudas and then in 2000 the club were known as the Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants after an ill-fated merger between the Giants and the Sheffield Eagles which turned into nothing more than a takeover by Huddersfield.
The club’ struggled were ended by takeover of the club by Ken Davy, a successful businessman that helped bankroll the club to victory in the Divisional Championship at Old Trafford in 1997
The mid 2000’s saw success return to the Huddersfield club with a place in the Challenge Cup final and they have now progressed to being a regular in the end of season play offs.
This upturn in form and finances was highlighted in 2005 when Michael De Vere signed for the Giants, the first Australian International to sign for the club since Pat Devery in the 1950’s.
In recent times the club have invested heavily in their youth set up which has seen them develop many of their own players that have gone onto become England internationals including the likes of Jermaine McGillvary, Leroy Cudjoe and Eorl Crabtree.
Despite many baron years the Giants have a large list of trophies and championships including multiple Rugby Football League Championships, multiple Challenge Cup victories, multiple Yorkshire Cup wins, multiple Yorkshire League titles and wins in the Championship Cup, the European Cup and a League Leaders Shield for finishing top of the Super League during the regular season- although they did falter badly in the play offs and failed to reach the Grand Final.
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