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It's the name of their old stadium, before they moved to the Galpharm.

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And this Londoner's even had the misfortune to have been to matches there (nice clubhouse, though).

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As well as rugby, Fartown was a venue for athletics, cricket, including Yorkshire games and bowls. It was operated by the Huddersfield Cricket and Athletic Club but the fans had difficulty singing that comfortably, so they started calling the team Fartown after the name of the complex, viz the Fartown Grounds.  ;)

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Why do people on here call Huddersfield- Fartown?

 

And don't even ask about Arena 84.

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nah, it's because it's common within certain West Yorkshire districts to collect their own flatulence in large glass jars (in several towns - Huddersfield amongst them they collect not only their own but those of family,friends and neighbours) and thus literally are the owners of farts. This became corrupted over the years into Fartowners.

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And don't even ask about Arena 84.

Or the Chris Moyles Stadium! :D

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Fartown was a fantastic ground for watching rugby ... a huge steep terrace (like Odsal still has) ran down the length of one touchline.

 

I played there once. The "changing rooms" were a complete misnomer... they hadn't changed in about a hundred years.

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This nickname has no connection with the current Huddersfield Giants, who were formed in the early 1980s in Sheffield, and their former name was Scaleflow or something similar.

I played cricket at Fartown, and RL. It was an appalling dump which does a disservice to the word dump and it had clearly had several decades of abject neglect. It would have been tremendous back in the day I'm sure, but that must have been 50 years + back.

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And don't even ask about Arena 84.

Before my RL time but weren't they known as the Barracudas at that time?

I remember reading about this at the time and not knowing anything about RL, assumed they were a pretty big deal not far off the NY Giants or something.

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Before my RL time but weren't they known as the Barracudas at that time?

 

Yes

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Arena 84 and the Barracudas was later stolen by Keighly for Cougarmania and then the Bulls for Bullmania

Alas for Huddersfield it was during one of the worst econonomic cricis until the present

Still the old Spains Road ground at Fartown Bar was one of the best views and best pitches at one time, wide open to encourage fast passing play.

The Claret and Gold has come a long long way since then, and I never though in those days I'd see us in the hunt for a trebble at the top of the game.

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Arena 84 and the Barracudas was later stolen by Keighly for Cougarmania and then the Bulls for Bullmania

Alas for Huddersfield it was during one of the worst econonomic cricis until the present

Still the old Spains Road ground at Fartown Bar was one of the best views and best pitches at one time, wide open to encourage fast passing play.

The Claret and Gold has come a long long way since then, and I never though in those days I'd see us in the hunt for a trebble at the top of the game.

Given that this is about RL history, it's worth reminding you that it's a different club. Fartown died when the cannibalisation of Sheffield Eagles took place.

The Giants are where they are now due to the massive financial investment of Ken Davey and the council building Town a ground not because of some kind of organic demand driven resurgence.

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It's the name of their old stadium, before they moved to the Galpharm.

So by tradition they should now call themselves Galpharm

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So by tradition they should now call themselves Galpharm

Or John Smith?

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This Londoner has been to Owlerton a fair few times years ago watching Hackney Speedway

V Sheff Tigers.

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Fartown was a fantastic ground for watching rugby ... a huge steep terrace (like Odsal still has) ran down the length of one touchline.

 

I played there once. The "changing rooms" were a complete misnomer... they hadn't changed in about a hundred years.

  :)

 

Yes, it was a cracking ground in its day. Its design gave vastly better views of  the matches than can be obtained now in the grounds of some clubs that have been in Superleague for many years but which have failed to provide modern stadia, wherein all the spectators can get a good view of the game.

 

The decline of the club was unsurprisingly reflected in the state of the ground. Yes, having stood on the main terrace and having played there, it wasn't luxury for many a year!

 

It's a real pity to see the Fartown Ground now. 

 

St Joseph's who play in the Pennine League lease the ground.

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Why do people on here call Huddersfield- Fartown?

 

 

Goes back a long time.   When Harold Wagstaff died in 1939 there was a wreath laid on his coffin with gold lillies and claret carnations and the inscription "From the boys of the Fartown football team"

 

 

Interestingly, when I was a kid Huddersfield RU club were sometimes known as "Waterloo", which is the part of the town they played in at the time.

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