Now these days since the Shameful ‘merger’ of Huddersfield Giants with Sheffield Eagles (for the Giants to snatch away Sheffield Eagles Super League place) I’m no fan of Shuddersfield but way back when I used to enjoy my Sunday afternoon trips to Huddersfield to watch The Dons or just to watch any game really in the Slalom Lager Rugby League Division Two.
In the 1980s Huddersfield RLFC had fallen from grace and their lovely Fartown ground could have said to have followed suit but even in the early 1980s it could still be used as a neutral ground for big Rugby League events.
The ground started life in 1868 as a Cricket Gound and when I knew the ground Cricket was still played next door. One thing I am a sucker for are barrel roofed stands or cover for terracing and that’s something the Fartown possesed as well as a lovely gabled Main stand (wooden) and a huge terrace opposite… in short a proper sports ground.
One thing that might not be known about the ground is that it hosted Association football back in when in 1882 10000 turned up to watch The Wednesday play Blackburn Rovers in an FA Cup semi-final. The Wednesday missed out on an early chance of FA Cup glory eventually losing 5-1 at Fallowfield following a 0-0 draw in Huddersfield.
Rugby League is still played at Fartown but Shuddersfield now play at the MacAlpine stadium they share with Huddersfield Town FC.