Halifax Town

The Shay

Capacity: 10,561 (Seats 5,830)
Address: The Shay, Halifax, HX1 2YS
Telephone: 01422 341 222
Fax: 01422 349 487
Pitch Size: 110 x 76 yards
Club Nickname: The Shaymen
Year Ground Opened: 1921
Home Kit: Blue and White

Skircoat Stand
Skircoat Stand
Main Stand
Main Stand
North Stand
North Stand
South Stand
South Stand

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.

Opposite 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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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

Official Programme £3

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)
2011-2012: 1,419 (Conference North)

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

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

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Special thanks to Russell Cox for providing the photo of the Main Stand. Visit his Wycombe Wanderer ground hopping blog.

FC Halifax Town v Grimsby Town
Conference Premier League
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014, 7.45pm
Glynn Sharkey (Grimsby Town fan)

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

I always look forward to Halifax having fond memories of my trips there from when I first started following Grimsby in the early 70's. It's a nice town with some fab buildings in a beautiful part of the country. Couple that up with an abundance of watering holes and what's not to like?

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Every time I've arrived in Halifax it's been by train, the station is only a few minutes walk from the ground, the town centre maybe 10-15mins. However having recently met my chauffeur... err... girlfriend we went by car. Setting off from Scunthorpe we made it to Junction 24 of the M62 (Ainley Top) in just over an hour and then the long sweeping drive down towards Elland and Halifax along the A629 courtesy of Ozzy Osbourne on the sat nav. The traffic added another half hour but we got parked up at the Shay's car park (£3) with a few hours to kill.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

I love Tuesday night away games as they coincide with Wetherspoons steak club night so a 10 minute walk into town and the Barum Top spoons, rude not to really. I would recommend this place to anyone for both the food and ales on offer. Very pleasant.

Then it was a walk to the Three pigeons to meet up with friends. Another excellent place situated halfway along the road between the station and ground. 5 minutes each way. Not the largest of pubs but a good selection of beers and a mix of home and away fans. I noticed that the Pump Room, another top notch boozer, was closed and boarded up. I hope this re opens as it was a good meeting place and away fan friendly.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

The Shay has been completely redeveloped in recent years and would do justice to any of the lower leagues, it looks and feels like a proper football ground with the away fans having one side of the Skircoat side stand. I remember the stunning views of the countryside and hills from this stand which are now unfortunately blocked by the new Main Stand opposite. Oh well.. progress eh?

View from the Skircoat Stand

The Shay

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

I thought it was a cracking game with a good atmosphere helped by 400 plus travelling fans which to be fair isn't bad for a Tuesday night. At 1-1 with 10 or 15 minutes to go I thought we were going to nick the points with a goal line clearance and one just over the bar. Everyone seemed friendly and helpful and although I didn't try any of the food and drink the feedback (pun intended) about it was very positive. As for the toilet facilities.. probably best to cross your legs.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Straight out the gate and into the car. Due to our early arrival and cherry picking the car park space we were soon on the road. A pit stop at Xscape and the Winter Seam Wetherspoons rounded off an excellent day out.
           
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I've never had a bad day out in Halifax even last season when they thrashed us, I wasn't disappointed this time either and look forward to the next time if we are still in the same division together.

FC Halifax Town v Gateshead
Conference Premier League
Wednesday, January 1st, 2014, 3pm
Callum William (Gateshead fan)

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

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 ground/car parking?

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 ground?

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, certainly. 

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 be expected. 

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

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.   

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.

Updated 5th February 2015

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