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Stop moaning and join the happy clappers brigade! Fans hit out at banner criticism.

Byline: Andrew Robinson News Reporter andrew.robinson@trinitymirror.com

WE can hear you loud and clear - you don't mind noisy clap banners and the atmosphere in the John Smith's Stadium has never been better.

The Examiner has taken a lot of criticism over an online story which suggested some fans were embarrassed or annoyed by the clap banners - by Huddersfield-based illustrator Peter O'Toole - which Huddersfield Town has been handing out at home games.

After thousands of fans created a proper din at Tuesday night's home game, many of them took to social media to criticise us for pointing out that some fans don't much like the cardboard clappers, which create more volume than conventional hand clapping.

Other fans had a go at those who moan about the clap banners. One Twitter user was so incensed he accused the writer of being a closet L***s fan (I'm not).

Here's what you had to say... Darren Wormald said: "Can't understand people complaining. I particularly don't use them but if the ground has 3,000 youngsters in who do, then that's added noise. These people would normally go unheard.... the trouble is Huddersfield has had a lot of negative fans for many years and now they have nothing to grumble about they look for other things to have a moan at."

Hay Ley said: "You can never please some people.....I heard two men saying last night that we passed too much! LOL we played great football, had a well deserved win and made plenty of noise! Maybe all the people complaining shouldn't bother coming and stick to being a plastic armchair fan!" Tom Butterfield wrote: "I was there last night and the atmosphere was unreal!! If you don't like them then don't use them. Leave them under the seats and use your hands! But either way the crowd was top drawer and encouraged the players for the last 20 (very nervous) minutes."

Chan Louise said: "I love them and prefer them as your hands become so sore clapping all the time. People who want to be negative Sally's please JOG ON."

Katie Turner said: "My son loves these and often brings them home. His grandad brought him one from last night's game. Why do people have to always moan about something? Town are doing fab at the moment. You'd think they would be embracing that, not moaning about some cardboard clapper!" Chris Sealey said: "19,000 for a Tuesday night match. Fans singing, clapping and waving their clappers. Brilliant atmosphere. Some fans are never happy or the Examiner finding fault when there isn't any to find. Wonder what would be said if our usual Tuesday night attendants turned up and 10,000 stayed at home."

Twitter users also had their say. Matthew Goodall said: "My eight year old loved the clappers and the game. Club's going the right way.'' Ross Brookes said: "So two people moaned about it and you wrote an article. Christ on a bike, just enjoy the ride."

Sean Jarvis, a director at the club, said the headline on the article at examiner.co.uk - 'Embarrassed Huddersfield Town fans take to Twitter to complain about clap banners' - wasn't fair.

"Personally I think the headline could have been more balanced and less negative."

The final word can go to my son, Harry, four, who has been watching Town since he was two.

I asked him about clap banners as he waved his around at a recent home game.

His verdict: "Brilliant."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Sep 29, 2016
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