A review of Town’s ‘Sporting Memories’ match
Huddersfield Town was successful on all fronts on Saturday with the First Team grabbing three points against Derby – and the Club raising awareness of dementia off the field.
Town themed the match the ‘Sporting Memories’ game and with the help of the Sporting Memories Network, Meridian Healthcare and Bupa attempted to raise awareness of the illness by asking fans to reminisce about their favourite Town memories.
The Club’s Supporter Partnerships team created a memories board and asked fans prior to the match to visit and pin up either photos or a short note regarding their favourite memory. Derby fans were also invited to do the same and they visited the board with old shirts and memories from their times of watching the Rams. Over 100 fans engaged in the sharing of memories prior to the match.
Town fans were also asked to wear their favourite old shirts to the game (as pictured above) and there were some fantastic ones on show, including the rare old Gola away kit! Town players and coaching staff also got into the spirit of the theme by providing the Club’s match day magazine – Give us an H – memories from their playing days.
Stockleys Sweets provided the Club with a large variety of traditional sweets which were on sale next to the memories board for a small donation to the Keep it Up campaign.
Furthermore, opposite to the sweet stall, was an area where fans could play traditional games such as Connect 4 and hopscotch – Terry the Terrier is pictured above having a
As fans enjoyed the pre-match entertainment based around the memories board, volunteers from Meridian Healthcare and the Sporting Memories Network handed out information and talked to supporters about dementia and how people sharing memories can help evoke those of someone suffering with the illness.
Away from the match theme Town announced that it would be raffling off the HTAFC Foundation Mini over the course of the season – click HERE for more information. The Mini Clubman, worth £17,000, was driven around the Stadium and fans were invited to pay £5 for a raffle ticket to enter into the end of season draw!
Also at half-time Chairman Dean Hoyle and Club Ambassador Andy Booth participated in a unique Sporting Memories game. 14 fans, wearing old Town shirts, lined up on the half way line and the pair was asked to put them in order from newest to oldest. With the help of the crowd they managed to get ten in the correct order!