Huddersfield Town Owner and Chairman Dean Hoyle hosted his second ‘Chairman’s Lunch’ on Friday, when he was joined by a top team of Chairmen in the shape of Wigan Athletic’s David Sharpe, Oldham Athletic’s Simon Corney and Bury’s Stewart Day.
The afternoon was given the title of ‘A New Breed’, which reflected the youth of the Chairmen on show.
All four sat with guests for a two-course meal, before taking to the stage to participate in an honest and open Q&A session led by Town’s Commercial Director Sean Jarvis.
Among the topics discussed at the packed-out John Smith’s Stadium were the development of youngsters through Academies, the issue of ticket pricing in football as well as the impact of social media on the decisions clubs make.
Furthermore, Hoyle spoke in depth and proudly about the progression of Danish midfielder and Academy graduate Phil Billing, as well as reflecting on past players who have come through the system at the Terriers including Jack Hunt and Alex Smithies.
In addition, all four talked about the challenges of managing finances as well as drawing comparisons to the fortunes available in the Barclays Premier League.
Wigan’s David Sharpe, the youngest Chairman in the Football League, discussed taking over the running of the Club from his grandfather, Dave Whelan, and his hopes of getting the Latics into the Sky Bet Championship and beyond.
To conclude the session, the Chairmen were asked which past or present player they would take to their football club; Stewart Day, a Huddersfield Town fan, decided that he would take Town legend and current Ambassador Andy Booth to Bury if he could!
Huddersfield Town’s Events Coordinator Katie Barraclough commented:
“I’d like to thank everyone who attended the Chairman’s Lunch on Friday; it was a great turnout for a fantastic afternoon.
“I’m sure all of the attendees took something away from a really insightful day, with all four Chairmen being really open and honest about the specific challenges they face in their day-to-day lives running a football club.”