A memorial garden inspired by the late Huddersfield Town fan Daryl Hopson has been opened at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Fundraising for the garden, down by the River Colne, was started by former Town owner Dean Hoyle and his wife Janet when they cycled to Wembley for the play-off final in 2022.
The garden, completed with support from Town’s new owner and chairman Kevin Nagle, was officially opened by Daryl’s sister Chelsea, alongside Town ambassador Andy Booth and club chaplains Dudley Martin and Phil Gedye.
The dedication ceremony was also attended by the family and friends of four other people who are remembered with plaques in the garden.
They are: Emma Jayne Calderwood, 1987-2019, a member of Huddersfield Town retail staff; Eleanor Haigh, 1995-2022, a member of Huddersfield Town’s Communications team; Lacie O’Brien, 1987-2023, a receptionist at the John Smith’s Stadium; and Jacquelyn Sykes, 1963-2024, a member of KSDL catering staff.
Andy Booth said: “We are a family at Huddersfield Town and it’s important for the football club to have a place where the fans can come and remember their loved ones.
“It’s so close to the stadium but it’s really peaceful down by the river. We’re so proud to be able to share it with Town fans.”
The garden is off a river path up towards the St Andrew’s Road Car Park, opposite the Players’ Entrance on the Core Stand Lower Tier.
An enclosed space open to all on both match days and throughout the week, the garden is secluded by a metal instalment that reads: “Once a Terrier, Always a Terrier.”
Daryl Hopson – Daz to his friends – captured the hearts of Town’s players and fans with his brave battle against stomach cancer. He died in 2022 aged 31.
Mr Nagle said he was privileged to finish the project started by Dean and Janet Hoyle and added: “The sense of community at Huddersfield Town struck and enticed me instantly, and this is just further sign of that.
“We don’t forget anyone who we recognise as a fellow Terrier, whether they’re by our side or no longer with us. I hope this area gives peace and comfort to those who need it most.”
The club wants to thank Garry Scott Groundworks, Landscaping and Maintenance, One17Design and Taylor Bros for their work.
Supporters can add plaques of their own with the brass installations costing £56 each. Able to display three to five lines of text that include no more than a total of 20 words, submissions should be directed to the John Smith’s Stadium reception for the attention of Anna Young. Alternatively, ring 01484 484151, or email email@example.com.