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FC Halifax Town

Ground Name: The Shay 
Capacity: 10,561 (Seats 5,830)
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 Sites:
Unofficial Web Site:
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What's Shay Stadium Like?
Main Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Skircoat Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
North Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train
South And Skircoat Stands (photo)
Admission Prices

Ground Layout

Disabled Facilities
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Shay Stadium Location Map

What's Shay Stadium Like?
The ground is set into the side of a hill which gives it an enclosed but very green look. On one side is the relatively new Main (East) Stand. This single tiered, covered, seated stand, has had a chequered history. It was originally constructed during the 2001/02 season, but due to financial problems it was left unfinished for some years, before the work re-commenced in 2009, with the stand finally opening in 2010. The stand is of a fair size, having a capacity of 3,500 and has some corporate hospitality boxes located at the back of it. There are windshields to either side and it has a rather odd look with a large area for wheelchair supporters being incorporated half way up on one side. The stand disappointingly has a shallow angle, meaning that spectators seated at the back of the Stand are situated quite far away from the playing action. The players tunnel and team dugouts are located on this side.

site 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. Both ends are good sized covered terraces, both of which were built in the late 1990's. However, the North Terrace is only open for the bigger matches. One 'hangover' from the delays of the building of the Main Stand is that in the South East corner of the stadium there is the steelwork erected for what was going to be a hospitality area, but this was not completed along with the Main Stand.

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Main Stand

Main Stand Shay Stadium

Thanks to Russell Cox for providing the photo above.
Visit his Wycombe Wanderer ground hopping blog.

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are normally housed in the Skircoat Stand on one side of the pitch. Although covered it does have a number of supporting pillars that may hinder your view. Around 2,000 away supporters can be accommodated in this area. For Clubs where there is only a small away following (less than 250), then the Northern section of the Main Stand is allocated. Whilst for games where a large away contingent is expected, then the North Terrace can be opened. A relaxed but normally rather cold (with the wind normally blowing off the Pennines) day out. Food available inside includes; 1/2lb Cheeseburgers (4.50), 1/2lb Burgers (4), 1/4lb Cheeseburgers (2.90), 1/4lb Burgers (2.70), Hot Dogs (2.50), a range of Pies (Chicken Balti, Cheese & Onion, Meat & Potato, Steak & Kidney all 2.80) and Chips (1.50).

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Skircoat Stand

Skircoat Stand Shay Stadium


Where To Drink?
There is a supporters club at the ground which admits away fans. However, it is rather on the small side and fills up quickly. Joe Martin informs me that 'the Three Pigeons Pub sells good beer and is only a few minutes walk away from the stadium'. This pub which is on Sun Fold Road is owned by the Ossett Brewery is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Further up from the Three Pigeons is the Pump Room which Andrew Birbeck a visiting Bristol Rovers says; 'was friendly on our visit to away supporters'. Otherwise the ground is in easy walking distance of the town centre were there are plenty of pubs to be found, including a Wetherspoon pub called the Percy Shaw.

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North Stand

Shay Stadium North Stand

Ever seen cars parked along the top of a stand before?

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How To Get There By Car & 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. Parking at the stadium is limited (3), however there is some street parking to be had, but only if you arrive early. Otherwise it is a case of parking in one of the town centre car parks.

Map showing the location of the Shay Stadium (at the bottom of this page).

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By Train
Halifax railway station is only five minute walk away from the ground. On exiting the station approach turn left onto Church Street. Keep straight on this road, passing the Pump House and Three Pigeons pubs and you will reach the stadium entrance on your right. The station is on the Trans Pennine route between Leeds & Manchester.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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South And Skircoat Stands

South and Skircoat Stands Shay Stadium

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Admission Prices
All Areas Of The Ground (including the away section):
Adults 17
Concessions 13
Under 17's 6
Under 7's 3

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Programme Price
Official Programme 3

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Stadium Layout

Shay Stadium Layout

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FC Halifax Town fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field

Record & Average Attendance
36,885 v Tottenham Hotspur
FA Cup 5th Round, February 15th 1953.

For an FC Halifax Town Fixture:
8,042 v Bradford City
FA Cup 1st Round, November 9th 2014.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 1,597 (Conference Premier)
2012-2013: 1,222 (Conference North)
1,419 (Conference North)

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Fans Reviews Of The Shay
Glynn Sharkey (Grimsby Town) 16/9/14
Callum William (Gateshead) 1/1/14
Mike Turner (Neutral) 26/8/13

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They have a huge choice of places to stay and their booking facility is straightforward to use Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going.

Access their Halifax Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.

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Map Showing The Location Of The Shay, Railway Station And Listed Pubs

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Last Updated:
16 October 2014