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23 May 2022

Club News


23 May 2022

Group raising money in honour of Daryl Hopson

- Dean Hoyle to cycle to Play-Off Final at Wembley
- 11 cyclists heading to London beginning on Thursday
- Money raised in honour of fan Daryl Hopson

Dean and Janet Hoyle will get back on their bikes this week to repeat their ‘Road to Wembley’ fundraising ride from the 2017 Play-Off Final!

With the Terriers back at Wembley on Sunday for the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final against Nottingham Forest, Dean and Janet – along with nine other cyclists – will cycle 201 miles from Huddersfield to the capital to raise funds for a very worthy cause.

This ride will be dedicated to the memory of Town fan Daryl Hopson, who sadly lost his brave battle with Cancer last month. The hope is that the ride raises enough funds to build a memorial garden at the John Smith’s Stadium in his memory, also honouring all other Town fans who we lose each year.

Any funds that are raised over and above the cost of the garden will be distributed to the four charities that benefited from the recent Pedal for Pounds 10.5 ride sponsored by Made by Cooper; the Town Foundation, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, The Kirkwood and Platform 1.

Departing the John Smith’s Stadium on Thursday 26 May, the cyclists will travel 87 miles to Grantham on day one before taking on another 85 miles to Letchworth Garden City on the Friday. The ride will finish on the Saturday with a shorter 38-mile stint to Wembley Stadium.

You can donate to the ‘Road to Wembley’ ride via JustGiving now – click HERE!

A big thanks to custom-made sportswear and apparel manufacturer Olik, who have donated the cycling shirts for the ride! If you want something special and standout for your next ride, click HERE to find out more about them.

Dean commented:

“Given how successful the ‘Road to Wembley’ ride was in 2017, it felt like a no-brainer to get back on the bikes this week to raise funds for a worthwhile cause – and take my mind off what is happening on Sunday!

“Daryl’s brave fight against illness really touched our fanbase, and this cause is one that will resonate with everyone connected with Huddersfield Town. Our Fan Memorial game at the end of each calendar year is always special, and the addition of a Memorial Garden will be a welcome one at the John Smith’s Stadium. The football club holds such a special place in so many people’s hearts, and this will only add to that.

“If you are able to donate to the ride, please do – it’ll make a big impact on a lot of people.”

We’ll have updates from the ride throughout the week on social media – follow @htafc and the hashtag #htafcRoadToWembley.

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