Halifax Club Profile

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Club Background; We've Met Before; Club Statistics; Club Information; Directions To The Ground; Web Resources; Food And Drink; Local Amenities

Club Background

The Shay's superb South Stand, reserved for away supporters. Should just about be big enough for Hereford's massive away support....
The Shay's superb South Stand, reserved for away supporters. Should just about be big enough for Hereford's massive away support....
Photo © Shaymen Til We Die
And it's a big welcome back to Halifax Town FC, relegated back to the Conference only four years after their promotion to Division Three at the end of the 1997-98 season. During their brief sojourn back in the Football League the Shaymen finished 10th, 18th, 23rd and finally 24th, a four-season record of mediocrity which neatly encapsulates their history over the years as both a League and non-league club. Even die-hard Halifax fans would admit that on the whole that history is undistinguished at best, downright mediocre at worst, with only the occasional blip in the form of promotion to relieve the monotony, always followed a couple of seasons later by relegation back to whence they came. It's depressing enough writing about it, it must be purgatory actually following it, season in and season out. No wonder they say it's grim up north....

As a club in the Conference, Halifax are virtually starting out from scratch again this season. Huge financial problems led to the club being put into administration last season, a state of afairs which meant that new manager Chris Wilder wasn't able to make any signings until a couple of weeks from the start of the new season. "So what?" I hear you exclaim, "He would still have last season's squad to call upon, even if they were so crap as to be relegated from Division Three...." But that's where you would be wrong gentle reader, because, with the exception of two players who Halifax were attempting to sell for cash, every single man jack of the squad were released at the end of last season leaving Wilder in an unenviable position - no players, no money for transfer fees and not much to offer in wages either - the similarities to the position Doncaster Rovers found themselves in when they first came down to the Conference are obvious, albeit through different causes.

The older West Stand
The older West Stand.
Photo © Shaymen Til We Die

Halifax play at what is easily the best and most imposing stadium in the Conference - The Shay has a curent capacity of nearly 10,000, set to rise to approximately 14,000 when work on the new main stand is completed. The ground is shared with Superleague side Halifax Blue Sox (who the hell thought that name was a good idea?) but unfortunately for the football club the only times it's likely to be anywhere near full are when the oval ball is being passed around - and then only if the Bradford Bulls or Wigan or whoever bring a decent away support. So far this season the football club are averaging around the 1,500 mark.

Prediction corner: Thanks to some nifty footwork in the two weeks before the start of the season Halifax have a full squad to choose from, including the likes of ex-Newcastle player John Beresford, plus other experienced defenders Stuart Elliot and Sean McAuley amongst others. At the time of writing the Shaymen have begun the season exactly how you'd expect a team of comparative strangers to begin - inconsistently, a good result followed by a heavy defeat and vice-versa. They'll almost certainly be too good to go down, but neither will they be consistent enough to make the play-offs - expect a season of mid-table relative comfort, something most Halifax fans will welcome with open arms after the trials and tribulations of the last 12 months. Final position: 13th.

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We've Met Before ...

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Halifax Town : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Halifax Town

19/11/1994HomeGMVCW3-11801Coates(2), White
21/09/2002HomeConfW3-02126Crittenden 41, 73, G Williams 42
04/03/2003AwayConfW3-22222Gall 51, 56, 90

Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Halifax Town


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Club Statistics


29/03/2003WokingHomeConfD1-11558Midgley 87
05/04/2003MargateAwayConfL1-2509Midgley 14
12/04/2003Hereford UnitedHomeConfW1-01299Quailey 40
19/04/2003Kettering TownAwayConfW1-0713Clarkson 2
21/04/2003Forest Green RoversHomeConfD1-11366Farrell 35
26/04/2003Gravesend and NorthfleetAwayConfL0-11950


Ian Fitzpatrick501028
Ryan Mallon800008
Brian Quailey412007
Lewis Killeen402006
Craig Midgley401005
Phil Clarkson401005
Simon Parke500005
Andy Farrell400004
Paul Stoneman300003
Mark Monington200002
Charlie Hartfield200002
Shaun Garnett100001
Leon Ryan000011
Steve Kerrigan100001
Kevin Sandwith100001
Own Goals200002


Highest League Attendance: 3082, vs Doncaster Rovers, 10/11/2002
Lowest League Attendance: 1299, vs Hereford United, 12/04/2003
Average League Attendance: 1753


Games Without A Win: 2 Games Without A Home Win: 1
Games Without An Away Win: 1 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 3 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 1 Games Without A Score Draw: 1
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 6 Games Without Scoring: 1
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence: LLLDWD
Away Results Sequence: LLDLWL Overall Results Sequence: DLWWDL

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Club Information

Address : The Shay Stadium, Halifax, HX1 2YS
Telephone Number : 01422 341222
Fax : 01422 349487
Clubcall :

Chairman : D Cairns
Press Officer :
Fixtures Secretary : Richard Groves
Team Manager : Chris Wilder
Capacity : Currently 10,000 approx
Seated :
Covered Terrace : All terracing is covered

Record Attendance : 36,853 in 1953 v Tottenham - FA Cup 1st Round

Nickname : The Shaymen

Midweek Games Played : Tuesday

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Directions To The Ground


By Road

Travel towards the M62 (usually from the A1 or M1).

Follow signs for Leeds, until such a time as Halifax is signposted.

Leave at either Junction 24 (Halifax) or Junction 25 (Brighouse), whichever appears first (this will depend on your direction of travel). Note; Despite J25 being signposted Brighouse, it is a shorter journey than continuing to J24

On leaving the motorway follow signs for Halifax.

The Shay is signposted from all major routes into Halifax. If all else fails head for Eureka Children's Museum (which is extensively signposted) and follow signs for The Shay from there.

Parking is available in the Halifax PLC Multi-Storey Car Park at the rear of the North Stand and costs £2.

By Rail

The Halifax Train Station is centrally located on the Caldervale Line, which stretches from Blackpool on the West Coast to York. If you do get lost at any time head for Leeds as Halifax is only two stations beyond.

Upon reaching Halifax, turn left out of the train station and head straight forward towards The Shay Hotel. An alley to the right of the pub leads past the North Stand turnstiles, changing rooms and ticket office.

Directions adapted courtesy of the official Halifax Town website

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Web Resources

Web Sites

Halifax Town FC - official site
Halifax Town Supporters Trust
Shaymen Online
Halifax Town Mad

Web Message Boards
Official site forum - registration required
Supporters Trust forum
Shaymentillwedie forum - defunct rivals.net site, forum still occasionally used, registration required

E-Mail Mailing Lists

None known.

Local Press

Halifax Evening Courier

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Food & Drink

Club Bar :

Not known.

Local Pubs :

Coming soon.

Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

After a few pints of Tetley's or real John Smiths your own mother wouldn't understand you. But you might as well have a few drinks anyway, they reckon all Zummerzet folk talk funny up there. Mutual incomprehension rules...

Top-Tip :

It's a bit like going to Donny - so don't hang about, get in, get 3 points, get out.

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Local Amenities

Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the surrounding area.

Other Points Of Interest

The Eureka Children's Museum is one of the town's top tourist attractions apparently. Form an ordely queue now...

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