FC Halifax Town v
Conference Premier League
Monday, August 26th, 2013,
Mike Turner (Neutral
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
A hot bank holiday Monday and I’d done enough
gardening so it was about time I visited my local
non-league club for the first time, having
promised myself for a couple of seasons to do so.
Halifax were “back” in the Conference after
various financial problems and had had a strong
start to the season.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
Very easy from the train station – as the guide
advises, turn left out of the station and it’s
less than 10 minutes’ walk.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
Unfortunately I didn’t have time to partake in a
local ale or taste the local fried cuisine, but I
passed the Pump Room and Three Pigeons, both of
which were serving home and away fans. I regretted
not catching an earlier train to drown a few!
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
The ground is very impressive for this level, with
a modern, attractive Main Stand dominating. The
North and South terraces are of a good size. Away
fans are usually housed in the far end of the Main
Stand unless their numbers are significant.
Overall, a ground that would not look out of place
in the football league.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The first half was dominated by Halifax with a
host of wasted chances. The second half was a more
even affair with Southport looking to counter.
Halifax scored the only goal in the 86th minute,
much to the delight of the home crowd and the
players. I stood with the home supporters in the
terrace, with a good atmosphere in excellent
weather. I can imagine the terracing rocking if it
There are small catering vans here and there if
you really want / need a hotdog and there’s a
Supporters’ Bar in the Main Stand.
Stewards were on hand if needed, but the whole
afternoon was rather relaxed.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Very easy back to the station.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
An enjoyable non-league outing, although the adult
admission of £17 is a bit steep for this
level. However there are various concessions
available for the young and not so young. No doubt
I’ll be back.