Halifax Town Club Profile
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Halifax Town : Club Background
Strictly speaking, this opposition guide need only concern itself with what has been happening in terms of football in Halifax since 2008. The club that is in existence today is FC Halifax Town, formed in the 21st Century, and with little in the way of history. However, the majority of its supporters were also fans of Halifax Town AFC, which existed between 1911 and 2008, and in terms of fixtures, fittings, stadium and fans exist as the predecessor to today's football club.
The original Halifax Town AFC was formed on May 24th 1911 at the Saddle Hotel, playing in the Yorkshire Combination and the Midland League. Like many clubs that occupied the lower reaches of the Football League, they benefitted by the expansion that took place in 1921, providing a Third Division North and Third Division South. Halifax obviously took the North slot, and in 1958 they joined the non-regionalised Third Division.
Their existence was a fairly uneventful one - relegated to the Fourth Division in 1963, then promoted back up in 1969, things only began to get 'interesting' in the mid-1970s. Relegated back to the Fourth Division at the end of the 1975-76 season, Halifax became notorious for ending up having to apply for re-election to the league, under the closed shop where non-league clubs had to campaign for a place in the Football League, rather than getting one directly based on merit. Halifax had to rely on the solidarity of other League members on five occasions in ten years, until the system was replaced by a single automatic promotion slot. They were to finish in the bottom four on ten occasions between 1976 and 1993.
Unfortunately at the end of the 1992-93 season, they finished rock bottom, replaced by Wycombe Wanderers. At this stage the original club briefly came up against Yeovil Town in the Conference division, between 1993 and 1995 (at which point the Glovers were relegated from the fifth tier) and then again during 1997-98. It was that last season that gave their fans some unexpected glory. Having only avoided relegation on the final day of the previous season, they struck gold during 1997-98 thanks to Geoff Horsfield, who scored 30 goals that season, including a hat-trick against Yeovil Town at The Shay. They won the title by nine points, with an undefeated home record, and were back in the Football League after a five year break.
Halifax's return to the league didn't really give them the lift it has given others. Horsfield was transferred to Fulham for £300,000 and manager George Mulhall, who had masterminded their promotion, retired from the game, and within four seasons Halifax were back where they started - bottom of the Football League, and relegated for a second time in 2001-02.
This time around a far greater problem began to materialise. During the early part of the 2007-08 season, former Chairman Geoff Ralph, who was a director on their Board, warned the club was on the edge of financial collapse and needed an urgent takeover. By March 2008 that had escalated further when another former Chairman Raymond Moreland issued a winding up order against the club. His debts were fairly small but that resulted in other creditors piling on, and Halifax went into administration, incurring a 10 point penalty. By May 2008, their attempt to agree a CVA with their creditors failed, with it by then being reported that the club had debts of around £2 million, including over £800,000 owed to the taxman. The club was expelled from the Conference, and in the wake of that was entirely wound up.
Over the summer of 2008, a new club was immediately formed under the name of FC Halifax Town, by the same Directors that had been at the helm during its dying days. They were admitted to Northern Premier League Division One North, maintaining their use of The Shay stadium, and so bar the subtle name change, presented the same club that had been in existence before.
Their climb back up to their previous level was a swift one. They won Northern Premier League Division One North in 2009-10 and then won the Northern Premier League top division a year later. Getting out of the Conference North took two seasons, as they went up via the play-offs, and by the 2013-14 campaign they were back in the Conference main division (now the National League). A brief hiccup in 2015-16 saw them relegated back down to National League North, but again they secured an immediate promotion back via the play-offs during the following season. Since then, they've managed two relatively solid 16th place finishes, stabilising their position in the division but without suggesting that the reformed club are capable of getting into the Football League.
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|Halifax Town : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Halifax Town
|21/09/2002||Home||Conf||W||3-0||2126||Crittenden 41, 73, G Williams 42|
|04/03/2003||Away||Conf||W||3-2||2222||Gall 51, 56, 90|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Halifax Town
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Halifax Town : Club Statistics
|03/08/2019||Ebbsfleet United||Away||NATL||W||4-1||1091||King 11, Maher 70, Earing 72, Clarke 90|
|06/08/2019||Hartlepool United||Home||NATL||W||2-0||2632||Staunton 54, Sho-Silva 68|
|10/08/2019||Dagenham and Redbridge||Home||NATL||W||1-0||1895||McAlinden 15|
Highest League Attendance: 2632, vs Hartlepool United, 06/08/2019
Lowest League Attendance: 1895, vs Dagenham and Redbridge, 10/08/2019
Average League Attendance: 2264
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
|Games Without A Win: ||2
||Games Without A Home Win: ||0
|Games Without An Away Win: ||2
||Games Without Defeat: ||1
|Games Without A Home Defeat: ||2
||Games Without An Away Defeat: ||1
|Games Without A Draw: ||0
||Games Without A Score Draw: ||0
|Games Without A No-Score Draw: ||5
||Games Without Scoring: ||0
|Games Without Conceding: ||0
||Home Results Sequence: ||WW
|Away Results Sequence: ||WLD
||Overall Results Sequence: ||WWWLD
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Halifax Town : Club Information
The Shay Stadium
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NOTE: Some SatNavs prefer HX1 2YT for navigation.
Telephone Number : 01422 341222
Fax : 01422 349487
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Club Secretary)
Chairman : David Bosomworth
Secretary : Tony Allan
Safety Officer : Rob Whiteley
Web Site : Kelly Gilchrist
Manager : Pete Wild
Capacity : 14,061
Seated : 5,830
Covered Terrace :
Record Attendance : 36,853 in 1953 v Tottenham - FA Cup 1st Round (as Halifax Town)
Record Attendance : 8,042 on November 9th 2014 v Bradford City (as FC Halifax Town)
Colours : Blue with white trim
Nickname : The Shaymen
Ticket Prices :
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Halifax Town : Directions To The Ground
Halifax is situated partway between Manchester and Leeds and very close to Huddersfield. Most people from Yeovil will approach the ground by travelling up the M5/M6 and then via the network of motorways that circle Manchester. However, you can also easily approach Halifax via the M1. Either way, you'll eventually end up on the M62.
On the assumption you're travelling from Yeovil or the South-West, leave the M6 at Junction 19, then take the A556 towards Altrincham and Manchester Airport. Then take the M56 Eastbound past the airport, followed by the M60 clockwise (anticlockwise is also possible but is a few miles more) which circles around Manchester and then connects to the M62 towards Leeds.
Travel towards the M62 (either via the Manchester Ring Road or via the 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.
There is parking at the ground at the cost of £5.00 (2017-18 prices, which haven't been updated since then). The car park is accessed via Hunger Hill on the north side of the ground. As this is a town centre ground, you'll struggle to get free parking unless you're prepared to do some serious walking.
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.
Check the National Rail Enquiries site for details of services.
Halifax's ground is a town centre one, so you're unlikely to need the local bus services.
A selection of Halifax taxi companies can be found here.
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Halifax Town : Food & Drink
Whereas some of our destinations this season are definitely in the backwaters of the beer world, struggling with the decline and closure of ‘traditional’ tied and chain pubs and finding no alternatives, the scene in Halifax appears vibrant, with a healthy mix of the old and the new.
The central district of town is nicely compact – about 0.4 miles north to south and the same east to west – containing the cultural, entertainment and administrative functions, and an abundance of pubs, cafes, restaurants and fast food joints. Conveniently located are the railway station on the eastern and the bus station on the northern edges of the town centre. Over a dozen car parks ring the centre. A whole afternoon and evening in the Council run ones varies between £1.00 and £3.00; and even most of the private sites will be under a fiver. Thankfully the town’s Football and Rugby League Clubs, which are next door to each other, have not been banished to some remote industrial estate or retail park. An easy walk of around ten minutes southwards from almost anywhere in central Halifax (or you could catch a bus – a multiplicity of services head to or past) takes you to The Shay.
Note: In the town centre The Pump Room Micropub, which is in the 2019 Good Beer Guide, has closed permanently as the site it stood on is scheduled for redevelopment. Also in the centre of town, the Regionally Important Historic Interior listed Gundog, which you may still see featured on some internet sites as a going concern, closed suddenly on 29/05/2019. The owners are still in residence, but it is no longer operating as a pub.
Club Bar :
The Shay has a clubhouse called the South Stand Bar located under the Spring Hall End, which is the home terrace. It’s open to away as well as home fans, but with a mere 200 capacity often fills up quickly. Inside the stadium away supporters are usually in the Skircoat Stand. As far as we know alcohol is not available here. Food supplied is the standard limited fare seen in most football grounds: burgers, hot dogs, pies, sausage rolls, chips.
If there is a small away following the club sometimes switches its visitors to a section in the Main (East) Stand. An apparent advantage is there is access to a bar there, but any enthusiasm will probably soon dissipate – reports suggest only bottled and canned Carlsberg is available.
Local Pubs :
|Alexandra Beer House: Launched in 2016, this is a smallish (yes, we know micropubs are meant to be small, but some are smaller than others) Tap House & Bottle Shop. Offers two cask, four keg beer and one keg lager lines, constantly changing and mostly sourced locally or regionally. Micropubs have developed something of a reputation for their only vague adherence to declared hours, and here we find significant discrepancies between their claimed opening times and when the local CAMRA branch says they are serving. However, it’s also fair to say CAMRA’s WhatPub site also has something of reputation for not always being accurate about opening times. The Alexandra states opening is: 4.00p.m. – 10.00 p.m. Monday; 12.00 noon – 8.00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 12.00 noon – 11.00 p.m. Thursday; 12.00 noon – 11.30 p.m. Friday; noon – midnight Saturday; 2.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. Sunday. CAMRA says: 4.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Monday; 4.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 1.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. Thursday; 2.00 p.m. – 11.30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. Sunday. Ciderspace takes no responsibility for which turns out to be right – quite possibly neither! In town centre, 0.3 miles pretty much due west from the railway station, and a ten minute half mile walk south to The Shay. The same people also own The Lantern (see below) next door at 13-15 Alexandra Street. The two outlets are very different in style, the only similarity being they serve equally good beer.|
Alexandra Beer House, 17 Alexandra Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1BS. Tel: 07712 172088. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Barum Top Inn: One of two town centre Wetherspoons in Halifax – not the usual redevelopment of an old post office, bank, department store, cinema, or corn exchange, this one was a former garage apparently! (The other, The Percy Shaw, is towards the northern end of the town centre in Broad Street Plaza and thus an extra third of a mile from the stadium.) Large open plan design, as most Spoons are, with an upper balcony area and restaurant zone. Step free access, children welcome (this is usually until around 7.00 or 8.00 p.m. in Spoons, but branches do vary), TV screens, an outside area. Food: breakfast menu served 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. noon Monday to Thursday, and main menu 12.00 noon – 11.00 p.m. every day. Ten hand pumps, with two from the Spoons stable of ‘house’ beers, Abbot and Ruddles Best by Greene King, and eight changing options. Does a real cider – in Spoons that’s usually something from Weston’s. Opening hours: from 8.00 a.m. every day, closing at 12.00 midnight Sunday to Thursday and 1.00 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Towards the western edge of the town centre, it’s 0.4 miles from the railway station for those arriving by train, and half a mile from The Shay.|
Barum Top Inn, 17 Rawson Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1NX. Tel: 01422 300488. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Cross Keys: A little further away, across Hebble Brook, from The Shay than Shears Inn (below) at half a mile, but the same route to the ground, passing the Shears on the way. A longstanding tied house back street local, after a period of closure it reopened at the end of 2012 as a Free House with a back to basics theme: there’s no TV, jukebox, fruit machines etc. Eight hand pumps cycle through changing beers from many small independent brewers, principally focusing on the North but also stretching down into the Midlands. Abbeydale (Sheffield), Great Heck (Great Heck, Selby), Half Moon (Ellerton, York), Salopian (Shrewsbury), Small World (Huddersfield) are among the more regularly featured. The Lagers are of continental European origin. The only food on offer is pork pies to soak up the beer. Has a beer garden to the rear. Opening: 3.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 12.00 noon – 11.00 p.m. Friday to Sunday.|
Cross Keys, 3 Whitegate, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 9AE. Tel: 01422 300348. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Grayston Unity: Micropub founded in 2016 in a Grade II listed building opposite the Town Hall towards the northern end of the central district, 0.6 miles from The Shay. Stocks five cask ales, focusing on small independent Northern breweries, with Chinook Blonde by Goose Eye Brewery (Keighley) the ‘house’ beer. The goal is for a balanced range: so, a Bitter and a Dark are almost always on along with the ubiquitous Goldens/Pales/IPAs. The keg range looks to cover Pilsner, a Wheat, something high up the ABV scale, a cider and often a Sour. Food is limited to pies and vegetable samosas but you’re welcome to bring your own in from outside if wanting something more substantial - and they will provide a plate and cutlery. There’s a courtyard to the rear and seating out the front in summer. Children welcome until 7.00 p.m. Closed Mondays, except for Bank Holidays when it opens 1.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. Otherwise, hours are: 4.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 4.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. Thursday; 2.30 p.m. – 11.30 p.m. Friday; 12.00 noon – 11.30 Saturday; 1.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. Sunday.|
Grayston Unity, 1-3 Wesley Court, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1UH. Tel: 07807 136520. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Lantern: (Very different) sister outlet to the Alexandra (see above) next door. Launched in 2017, this is a Bar & Live Music Venue, with artists featured from two up to four nights a week. The music venue is upstairs with a 150 capacity and its own bar (open from 6.00 p.m. on concert nights); the main bar is separate, down in the cellar. Opening hours for the latter are: 4.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 4.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. Thursday; 1.00 p.m. – 1.00 a.m. Friday and Saturday; 1.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. Sunday. Has constantly changing lines of four cask and six keg beers from small independent local and regional breweries. Town centre, 0.3 miles pretty much due west from the railway station, and a ten minute half mile walk south to The Shay.|
Lantern, 13-15 Alexandra Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1BS. Tel: 01422 341003. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Old Post Office: Guess what? It was Halifax’s first Post Office from 1790. But not a big enough one for Tim to turn into a Spoons it seems. The ‘house’ beer is Wainwright by Marston’s, with five additional hand pumps offering a changing selection. Real cider is usually available, particularly in the summer months. Food is served, lunchtimes only. Has Sports TV and a pool table inside, tables and benches out the front. Opening is 12.00 noon – 10.00 p.m. “or later” (if it’s still busy/the landlord likes your face/his mates are in - who knows?) every day. If you’re someone who struggles to navigate around strange towns this pub couldn’t be a simpler choice as Winding Road becomes Smithy Street becomes Charles Street becomes Square Road becomes Church Street (going past the railway station) becomes South Parade, by the end of which you are almost on top of The Shay - 0.6 miles.|
Old Post Office, 55 Winding Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1SJ. Tel: 01422 362855. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Royal Oak: Towards the southern edge of the town’s central district, 0.4 miles from The Shay. Grade II listed, but not nearly an old a building as it looks, only dating back to 1931. Used to be called Dirty Dick’s Ale House until a change of owner and of name a few years ago. There are eight hand pumps, with beers sourced from regional breweries. Acorn Brewery (Barnsley) badge what we assume is their Yorkshire Pride Pale Ale as the House beer under the name ‘Royal Oak’. Expect to see beers from other breweries like Bridgehouse (Keighley), Eagles Crag (Todmorden), Naylor’s (Cross Hill, Keighley), Saltaire (Shipley) and Small World (Huddersfield). The keg lines in contrast are offerings such as Carling, Fosters and Strongbow from the multi-nationals. Food served 12.00 noon – 4.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 12.00 noon – 6.00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Offers 10% off Real Ales to CAMRA members. Opening hours are 12.00 noon – 11.00 p.m. weekdays, 12.00 noon – 11.30 p.m. Saturday, 12.00 noon – 10.00 p.m. Sunday.|
Royal Oak, 1 Clare Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 2HX. Tel: 01422 362692. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Shears Inn: Along with the Three Pigeons (below) this is the closest hostelry to The Shay, situated five to six minutes walking south-east of the stadium. A family run Free House, Boltmaker, Landlord and Golden Best from Timothy Taylor’s (Keighley) are the regular cask beers, with two additional hand pumps usually dispensing something from Moorhouse’s Brewery (Burnley), Thwaites Brewery (still partially independent though much of its brewing arm with all the core beers was sold off to Marston’s in 2015) or one of the newer micro-breweries from the region. Food, including the home-made ‘Pie-of-the-Day’, is served 12.00 noon – 2.00 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. on weekdays, 11.30 a.m. – 9.00 p.m. Saturday and 12.00 noon – 7.00 p.m. Sunday. Outside there’s a terrace, beer garden, unheated smoking shelter, children’s play area and parking. Opens 11.30 a.m. (except Sunday when it’s half an hour later at noon) and closes at 12.00 midnight every day.|
Shears Inn, 1 Paris Gates, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 9EZ. Tel: 01422 362936. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Square Chapel Café and Bar: Let no one say we don’t cast our net widely to bring you suggestions on where to find good beer. This is in the Square Chapel Arts Centre, around 100 yards from the exit of Halifax railway station, and so half a mile from The Shay. In a Grade II* listed former Georgian Chapel, the Café Bar was added in 2017 to a complex hosting a theatre, cinema, live music and comedy and workshop spaces for artists. Hot and cold food options are available 12.00 noon – 2.30 p.m. every day, and additionally 4.00 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. The Bar aspect operates from 12.00 noon – 11.00 p.m. every day. Stocks four changing cask ales and a range of craft keg beers from small independent local brewers, and real cider. Disabled access throughout, family friendly and has an outside terrace.|
Square Chapel Café and Bar, Square Chapel Arts Centre, 10 Square Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1QG. Tel: 01422 349422. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Three Pigeons: Just over halfway along the route from the railway station (0.3 miles) to The Shay (0.2 miles), this is the closest pub to the ground, along with The Shears Inn (above). One of around 25 pubs owned by Ossett Brewery from Ossett near Wakefield, it usually has five of their own beers on hand pump plus three changing guests. A real cider is also available. An unusual octagonal main bar from which five smaller rooms branch off, its interior has CAMRA’s National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors status. It doesn’t do food, but shows live sports, has a paved outside area to the front and some parking. Children allowed (to what time not specified). Opening: 4.00 p.m. – 11.30 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 12.00 noon – 11.30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 12.00 noon – 11.00 p.m. Sunday.|
Three Pigeons, 1 Sun Fold, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 2LX. Tel: 01422 347001. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Victorian Craft Beer Café: Opened 2014. Claims to have the widest selection of beer in Halifax, and with ten hand pumps, eighteen keg lines and over a hundred different bottled and canned beers who would doubt them. Up to six real ciders also stocked, and an impressive range of single malt whisky. Focuses almost entirely on the beers of smaller independent brewers from Britain and Belgium. There’s usually cask on from SQUAWK Brewing Company (Manchester) and Vocation Brewery (Hebden Bridge), which are the ‘House’ regulars, but thereafter the range is ever-changing. No food at present, though this is under consideration. Children allowed until 8.00 p.m. In the town centre, 0.4 miles due west from Halifax railway station, behind Victoria Theatre; and it’s 0.5 miles south to the stadium from here. Opens 11.00 a.m. every day, closing 11.00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 12.00 midnight Friday and Saturday.|
Victorian Craft Beer Café, 18-22 Powell Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1LN. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
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...
Ed Sheeran was born in Halifax. But you're safe from any street busking: he moved away.
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Halifax Town : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels
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Other Points Of Interest
The Eureka Children's Museum is one of the town's top tourist attractions apparently. Form an ordely queue now...
[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]
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