1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
I hadn't been in to an away game in a while and
have only been able to attend home games so I was
looking forward to visiting the Shay its a 240
mile trip there and back and think, but the
distance isn't really too far. I had looked at
pictures of the ground and it looked quite good
and also it hosting Rugby League championship
matches and being ex football league it would have
to be of a decent nature.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
The journey down was a strange one. It had been
raining non-stop for most of the day and all night
and me and the family travelling down where in
real fear of the game being called off. So we
stopped off half way down in Harrogate for around
30 minutes, checking Halifax's twitter account
which eventually confirmed the match was on. From
there it was a straight forward drive down along
the M62 dull.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
Not the drinking type so we had a look around the
shops in the area, but there wasn't much around.
I believe I would have been better heading
for the town centre, but not sure of our bearings
and with time ticking on we headed for the ground.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
We brought a total 109 away fans and we were
housed on one side of the pitch in part of the new
Main Stand. This stand was quite good, with the
seats having plenty of leg room. And even though
we were small in number the acoustics of the stand
were quite good, so we were able to make a lot of
noise. Overall the ground is quite nice with
covered terraces at each end and an attractive
stand opposite. It did look though in areas to be
going though a renovation at the moment. All in
all one of the better grounds in this league,
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game was a pure thriller. Halifax were 2-0 up
in 15 minutes we got a goal just after half time,
then they scored to make it 3-1. Halifax were
leading until the last ten minutes or so until we
scored 2 late goals to make it 3-3, we had chances
to get the winner but it missed an inspired sub in
Marcus Maddison who played his heart out and was
fantastic. When Halifax were 3-1 up I thought we
would lose by more, but we sorted it out. The
celebrations from us at the end were wild, running
down to the side lines and celebrating with the
players, fantastic! Our fans were in good voice as
per usual and so were the Halifax fans stood in
their terraced end. The Halifax fans in the Main
Stand were quiet, but there were lots of families,
older people and children in this stand so its to
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Getting away from the ground was fine, the home
fans I was chatting too were a friendly bunch and
we chatted about how great the game was. Nice to
be friendly, I've had experiences in the past
where this has been the total opposite.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A great day out, a good ground visited, only
downsides is that I found the area around the
stadium to be a rather dull and the price of
a ticket! £17 too steep for this level! and a
great game! Not often we see many 3-3 draws.