Halifax Town

Ground Name: The Shay 
Capacity: 6,561 (Seats 2,330)
Address: The Shay, Halifax, HX1 2YS
Main Telephone No: 01422 341 222
Fax No: 01422 349 487
Team Nickname: The Shaymen
Year Ground Opened: 1921
Pitch Size: 110 x 76 yards
Home Kit Colours: Blue & White
Official Web Site: 
www.halifaxafc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Site: 
Shaymen Online

What are the grounds like?

The ground is set into the side of a hill which gives it an enclosed but very green look. Both ends are good sized covered terraces, one of which, the North Terrace is given to away fans. On one side is the covered all seated Skircoat Stand. It has an old look about it, predominantly because of the line of supporting pillars than run across the front of the stand. It doesn’t run the full length of the pitch and so has grassy banks to either side. There are also a number of large trees that can be seen on the hill behind it, giving the ground a rural feel. However the overall look of the stadium is severely blighted by the shell of the partly built East Stand on the opposite side of the pitch. Work commenced on building this stand in 2000, but due to financial problems work on it ceased in 2001. As it unfinished it is unable to be used by spectators (although the team dugouts are located in front of it) and in truth it is a bit of an eyesore. Let’s hope that the Club eventually find the money to finish the stand, as the stadium would benefit greatly from it. The ground is shared with Halifax Blue Sox Rugby League Club.

Future Developments

A new 4,000 capacity Main (East) Stand has been partly constructed. However due to financial problems the construction has been forced to stop. When finished, this will be a single tiered, all seated stand that once open will boost the capacity to around 10,500. It is also planned that electric scoreboards will also be installed at the stadium.

What is it like for visiting supporters?

Away fans are housed in the covered North Terrace at one end of the ground, where just over 3,000 away supporters can be accommodated. The good news is that even a relatively small number of away supporters can make some noise from it. A relaxed but normally rather cold (the wind blowing off the Pennines) day out.

On one visit, I went to Halifax the year they were destined to leave the Football League. I was quite impressed with the level of support and the atmosphere generated, considering their plight at the time. However, the day I attended it was a bright winters day, crisp, cold but bright sunshine, not a cloud in the sky. So what were the crowd entertained with before the kick off? yes you’ve guessed it, a firework display! Now perhaps I’m not a firework expert, but 2.45pm on a bright day, would you really expect to see much of the fireworks? Well apart from a few puffs of smoke and a few large bangs, the display, surprisingly, didn’t amount to much!

Where to drink?

Paul recommends ‘The Shay’ near to the ground, whilst Joe Martin informs me that ‘the Three Pigeons Pub sells good beer and is only a few minutes walk away from the ground’. Otherwise the ground is in easy walking distance of the town centre were there are plenty of pubs to be found. Dom Turner adds; ‘I can recommend such pubs in the town centre as the very lively Pitchers Sports Bar, McClouds, Eddisons & Maine Street. There are also the Halifax Town fans favourites; the Tap & Spile and The Bass house. These are all situated around the Bull green area of the town about 10 minutes walk away from the ground’. Andrew Birbeck a visiting Bristol Rovers fan adds; ‘I found the Pump House to be friendly for away supporters’.

How to get there and where to park?

From the M62 motorway, take the A629 at Junction 24 and follow the signs for Halifax. The ground is on the right-hand side after about three miles. The Shay Pub offers parking at per car and there is also a pay and display car park near to the ground. There is some street parking to be had, but only if you arrive early. 

By train

Halifax railway station is only five minute walk away from the ground. The station is on the Trans Pennine route between Leeds & Manchester.

Fixtures

For the Halifax Town fixture list click here (to take you to the BBC Sports Website)

Record and Average attendance

36,885 v Tottenham Hotspur
FA Cup 5th Round, February 15th 1953.

Average Attendance:
2006-2007: 1,657 (Conference National)
2005-2006: 1,749 (Conference National)
2004-2005: 1,719 (Conference National)