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Huddersfield Giants
The Alfred McAlpine Stadium
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Huddersfield
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It was in Huddersfield at a meeting at the George Hotel on August 29th 1895 that 22 clubs met and agreed to breakaway from the Rugby Football Union and form the Northern Rugby Football Union, which later became known as the Rugby Football League. Huddersfield had been home to rugby for at least 30 years prior to that. The teams from the north wanted to compensate players for 'broken-time', in other words time off work to play rugby. Professionalism was still not allowed and the Rugby Football Union refused and this led to the breakaway. The playing history of Huddersfield has had its ups and downs but for the first sixty years of the Northern Union it was a powerhouse club rivalled only by Wigan in terms of titles and trophies won. The team has seven Championship titles to its name, five of which came up to and including 1930. Huddersfield also has six Challenge Cup victories; almost adding a seventh in 2006 by beating Leeds Rhinos in the semi final, only to lose to St Helens in the Final. In the latter half of the 20th century, Huddersfield's fortunes were not so good, with the team languishing in the lower divisions of Rugby League. Since the early nineties, however, the club has steadily climbed and is now back in the top flight attempting to relive the glory of its early years.


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