Article no 1Mark Moore
Who are we?
We are Fax Trust. A group of people from all walks of life ,united by just one thing – our love and passion for Halifax Rugby League Football Club, or Halifax Panthers, as we’re now called.
If we were a stick of rock we’d have Halifax Panthers written all the way through us. Cut us and we bleed blue and white. We support our team through thick and thin, win or lose, good or bad. We get knocked down, but we get up again and we never stop supporting our club.
We are an independent voice for everyone who loves and supports our great club. We give our time, our money, and ourselves to help our club. To help our club be the success that we all want it to be.
We’ve been around for quite a while. We started as the Supporters Club at the old Thrum Hall – now there’s a name that will bring back memories for a lot of people! Speaking of Thrum Hall, here’s a fact which you can amuse your friends with – at the time it was the highest professional rugby league ground in Britain!
Anyway, in 2002 we changed our name to the Halifax RLFC Independent Supporters Trust. Now we know that’s a bit of a mouthful, so most people call us the Fax Trust.
WARNING – BORING BUT IMPORTANT PARAGRAPH ALERT. Back then, we registered ourselves as an industrial and provident society. ‘So what?’, you might say. Well, that means that we are regulated by the FCA, and we are required to provide full financial accounting transparency. That means that everything which our members raise or contribute is accounted for and every possible penny goes to our club.
So, over the years we’ve existed solely to raise funds to support Halifax Panthers while at the same time maintaining complete independence. Over the years, we’ve raised several hundred thousand pounds. Yes, really. You know those big cardboard cheques that lottery winners get presented with? We’ve given more of those than you’ve had hot dinners. Well, almost.
For many years we supported our Reserve grade team, and at the risk of blowing our own trumpet, many of our current players are here because of our efforts. Names like Brandon Moore, Conor McGrath, James Woodburn-Hall, Elliott Morris, the Davies brothers, Sion Jones and Will Calcott, and the returning Nick Rawsthorne ,to name just a few. Not to mention those who are plying their trade elsewhere, like Welsh international Chester Butler now at Huddersfield Giants. Not a bad result I hear you say!
Our next article will let you now what we do and how you can help.Please stay safe and well!
David Durbin. Chair Fax Trust.