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The Shay
FC Halifax Town v Hyde
Conference Premier League
Monday, August 26th, 2013, 3pm

  Mike Turner
(Neutral fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

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 ground/car parking?

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 ground?

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 gets full.
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 the game:

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.

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