Huddersfield is regarded as the birthplace of the game of rugby league – so it should come as little surprise to learn that Huddersfield Giants are one of the sport’s most important clubs. Traditionally known as “The Claret and Golds” for their playing kit colours, the team adopted the Giants moniker when the modern Super League era kicked into action in 1996. Some older supporters still warmly refer to the team as “Fartown” – a reference to the Fartown Ground where they played home matches for more than 100 years. Considerable changes took place when Huddersfield dropped out of Super League in 2001, but a rebuilding effort (spearheaded by coach Tony Smith) transformed the Giants back into one of the best sides in the country. You can grab Huddersfield Giants tickets right here at StubHub and watch this famous rugby league team in a true rugby league town.
Huddersfield Giants: A Turbulent History
During their 100 + years as a rugby league club, Huddersfield Giants have experienced a tumultuous time both on and off the pitch. Their long and hectic history involves Championship titles, Challenge Cup medals, relegation, stadium switching, and even a brief partnership with Yorkshire neighbours Sheffield. Huddersfield also achieved a clean sweep of every trophy available during the 1914-15 season. Winning all four cups (the quadruple) is a feat only accomplished by 5 other teams throughout rugby league history. After spending over 100 years at Farnham Ground, the club briefly played at Elland Road in Leeds, before moving to a new permanent home in the shape of the Kirklees Stadium (known as the John Smith’s Stadium for sponsorship purposes) in 1994. This ground is one of the biggest in Super League, boasting a capacity of almost 25,000.
Huddersfield Giants: The Modern Era
Huddersfield Giants’ fortunes revived from the mid-noughties onwards, with the club suddenly turning back into one of the most competitive teams in rugby league. Following their promotion to Super League in 2002, the Giants grew into top-four contenders in the rugby league’s top division, reaching the Challenge Cup final twice (in 2006 and 2009) and even finishing top of the league to claim the League Leaders’ Shield in 2013. Some of the silkiest and toughest players in the modern game also experienced fruitful stints at Huddersfield, including magical scrum-half Danny Brough, colossal prop forward Eorl Crabtree, and marquee Australian internationals like Michael De Vere and Brett Hodgson. Some of England’s brightest talents also represented Huddersfield in Super League, including Jermaine McGillvary, Luke Robinson, and Leroy Cudjoe.
Similar Rugby League Teams To Huddersfield Giants
Huddersfield Giants’ traditional rivals (in terms of geographical location) are Halifax Blue Sox, but their main rivals in Super League are fellow West Yorkshire-based clubs Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Wildcats.