Huddersfield Town

John Smith's Stadium

Capacity: 24,500 (all seated)
Address: Huddersfield, HD1 6PX
Telephone: 01484 484112
Fax: 01484 484 101
Ticket Office: 01484 484123
Pitch Size: 115 x 76 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Terriers
Year Ground Opened: 1994
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: OPE Sports
Kit Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: Blue and White
Away Kit: Red and Navy
Third Kit: Navy with Pink Trim

External View
External View
North and East Stands
North and East Stands
North Stand
North Stand
South Stand
South Stand
West Stand
West Stand
East Stand
East Stand

The club moved the short distance to the then called Alfred McAlpine Stadium in 1994 after leaving their former Leeds Road ground, their home for 86 years. When the stadium originally opened it had just three sides with the North Stand being opened later in 1997. In 2004 it was renamed the Galpharm Stadium, before becoming the John Smith's Stadium in 2012, in a new five year sponsorship deal with Heineken. Most new stadiums in this country are rather boring affairs with little character, but the John Smith's Stadium does not fall into this category. Each stand is semi circular rather than rectangular, and is further enhanced with large white steel tubing above the contours. In fact from the car park I first thought it looked like a new ride at Alton Towers! It is good to see something different from the architects for a change. The ground has won many design awards and is well worth a visit. The only disappointment is that the corners of the ground are open. The Fantastic Media North Stand at one end and the Revell Ward (Riverside) Stand at one side are both two tiered stands, each with a row of executive boxes running across the middle. The other two sides of the ground are large single tiered affairs. One of these the Britannia Rescue Stand, at one side of the pitch, can accommodate 7,000 supporters. There is an electric scoreboard at the back of the away end. The stadium is completed with a striking set of four floodlights. The stadium is shared with Huddersfield Giants Rugby League Club.

Away fans are located at one end of the ground in the Chadwick Lawrence (South) Stand, where up to 4,000 supporters can be accommodated. The facilities in this stand and the view of the playing action are both good. The acoustics of the stand are good also, meaning that a relative small number of fans can really make some noise. There is also a Ladbrokes outlet and a bar serving alcoholic drinks at the back of the stand, which remains open during the first half and half time. I have enjoyed my visits to the John Smith's Stadium, I have always been thoroughly impressed with the stadium and the general set-up.

Food on offer inside the stadium, includes; Cheeseburgers (£3.50), Hamburgers (£3.20), Hot Dogs (£3.20), Peppered Steak Pie (£3.50), Meat and Potato Pie (£3), Chicken Balti Pie (£3), Cheese and Onion Pie (£3) and Sausage Rolls (£3) 

John Ellis a visiting Leicester City fan recommends the Gas Club on Gasworks Street, about five to ten minute walk from the Stadium. 'On our visit there was a good mix of home and away fans. The Club does charge a £1 entry fee, but both the drinks and food were reasonably priced. You can also park in their car park at a cost of £3'. Please note that after the game the Club reverts to a 'home fans only' bar.

Tim Oscroft informs me; 'The Head of Steam pub at the railway station is pretty good and serves food too'. Also near to the railway station is the Cherry Tree pub. This Wetherspoons outlet is located on John William Street and is popular with away fans. Otherwise if you like your real ale, then Huddersfield has a number of entries in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Those in the town centre closest to the ground include; The King's Head (very near to the Head of Steam), The Sportsman on St John's Road, the Vulcan in St Peter's Street and Slubbers Arms on Halifax Old Road.

There is also a cinema and entertainment complex behind the North Stand, which also contains the Rope Walk pub. Craig Murray a visiting AFC Bournemouth fan adds; 'We went for a pre-match pint at the Rope Walk. Inside it was a mixture of home and away fans and the locals were very friendly and happy to chat about footy. We were also very impressed by the pub`s queuing system! Basically a straight line queue and 4 staff working flat out, which meant it moved quite quickly.'

Alcohol is also made available to away fans inside the stadium, including of course John Smith's! (£3.50 a pint), Fosters (£3.50 a pint),  Bulmers Cider (330ml bottle £3.50), Bulmers Red (330ml bottle £3.50), Fosters (330ml bottle £3.10), Red or White Wine (187ml bottle £3.70).

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The John Smiths' Stadium is located just off the A62 Leeds Road. It can be easiest reached from Junction 25 of the M62. Simply follow the signs for Huddersfield (A62) and you will reach the stadium over on your left.

If approaching from the South, then leave the M1 at Junction 38 and take the A637 towards and then the A642 into Huddersfield. As you approach the town centre try to keep to the right hand lane as you will turn right at the roundabout and onto the A62 Leeds Road. The stadium is a short distance down this road on the right.

Alternatively if coming up from the South and looking for somewhere to park then along St Andrews Road there are a number of small businesses that offer parking for around £5. To find these, then aa you approach the town centre you will pass a Lidl store on your left. Go through the next lights and after passing a KFC and Iceland shop on your right, move over to the right hand lane and then turn right at the next set of traffic lights into St Andrews Road. Keep straight along this road and you will soon see the stadium over on your right.

There is also a fair sized car park located at the ground which costs £6. 

The John Smith's Stadium is generally well signposted around Huddersfield town centre. 

Post Code for SAT NAV: HD1 6PX

The John Smith's Stadium is walkable from Huddersfield Railway Station, it should take no more than 15 minutes at a comfortable pace. After coming out of the Railway Station, turn down past the front of The George Hotel. Go straight over the crossroads into Northumberland Street and walk down across the Ring Road straight on into Leeds Road. Turn right down Gasworks Street. Straight over the crossroads to the ground.

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All areas of the John Smith's Stadium
Adults £30
Over 60's £20
Under 18's £10

Official Programme £3

Bradford City and Leeds United.

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

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

Record Attendance

At Leeds Road: 67,037 v Arsenal FA Cup 6th Round, February 27th, 1932.

At the Galpharm Stadium: 24,129 v Manchester City FA Cup 5th Round, February 18th, 2017

Average Attendance 

2016-2017: 20,343 (Championship League)
2015-2016: 12,631 (Championship League)
2014-2015: 13,613 (Championship League)

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.

Special thanks to Darryl Marsh and Owen pavey for supplying the John Smith's Stadium Huddersfield Town photos of the North and East Stands and external view.

Huddersfield Town v Southampton
Premier League
Saturday 26th August 2017, 3pm
Stephen Geddes (Southampton fan)

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I went by official supporters coach which left Southampton at 6:45am and reached Huddersfield at 1pm. The journey included an hour stop at Leicester Forest Services. It was a fairly straightforward trip apart from the traffic getting in and out of Huddersfield.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I went to the Rope Walk pub behind one of the stands for a pint before the game. I had a good chat with a Huddersfield fan who I found a really nice guy. No trouble with any other supporters either.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the  John Smith's Stadium?
 
From a distance, the  John Smith's Stadium looks like a ride at a Theme Park because of it's a curved roof. It is though a nice ground with a good atmosphere too.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Not too bad a game considering it was a 0-0 draw. I didn't really talk to or notice the stewards. The food and facilities in this stand we're quite good. The atmosphere in the ground was good as we'll. my only complaint was that there's no roof above the away concourse.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The traffic was pretty bad coming out of Huddersfield but once we get through that. The journey home wasn't too bad at all.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was a good day out at the  John Smith's Stadium, with nice and friendly home fans. Not a bad game for a 0-0. And I would recommend going there to any football fan.

Huddersfield Town v Cardiff City
Football Championship League
Sunday 7th May 2017, 12 noon
Graham Andrew (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the John Smith's Stadium?

A new ground doing the 92 and this was to be my 80th ground visited. I been to the old Leeds Road ground but not the John Smith Stadium.

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

I stayed in Huddersfield the night before. The John Smith's Stadium was easy to find and because it was a Sunday fixture I found it easy to park about a 10 minute walk away. Normally on a Saturday it would have been a permit only parking area.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I got in the ground early had a pint and a pie for a fiver, which was good value. There were screens on the concourse showing Sky Television. The home fans seemed friendly.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the John Smith's Stadium?

I thought the John Smith's Stadium looked great when approaching it from the outside and was even better inside. I loved the design, it is very different from other stadiums. Great view and plenty of leg room too.

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

Huddersfield were poor on the day. I was very impressed with Cardiff's counter attacking, which they did at every opportunity. The town fans tried to get them going but after the third goal went in for the visitors, they started to leave which was disappointing to see especially as they are in the play-offs. I found stewards helpful and the facilities on concourse good.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Very easy to get away especially as a lot of home fans left early. I was on the M62 in 15 minutes.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I  loved the John Smith's Stadium, very modern, and I enjoyed the game as a neutral. I found the home fans friendly. I will probably not go back now for a while unless my team Plymouth Argyle draw Town in one of the cups.

Huddersfield Town v Brighton & Hove Albion.
Football Championship League
Thursday 2nd February 2017, 7.45pm
Thomas Inglis (Neutral Dundee United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the John Smith's Stadium?

This was English ground number 69 visited for me, and the first of this year. I managed eight English stadiums in 2016, so still quite a few to go of the ever changing 92.

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

Myself and the wife were in Blackpool for a five day break and we bumped into friends we had met last year from Huddersfield. As David was aware of my quest to get around the English grounds he offered to take me to this game. No problems for me as a car passenger, and David being a hometown resident he knew where to park for quick getaway back to Blackpool to meet up with the wives at our hotel.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly? 

We had plenty of time to pick up match tickets at 4pm. (at a promotional price of £10 - a bargain). We then went for sit-in fish and chips. I had a couple of pints at the 'Rope Walk' pub beside the ground and a look in club shop before going in to the John Smith's Stadium. We chatted to a few of the fans around us who were hoping for at least a play off spot or better. As usual my 'different accent' seems to get people talking, and it's all friendly stuff.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the John Smith's Stadium?

I was quite impressed with the white tubular arches effect over each of the four stands making it somewhat different from the norm. A crowd of 20,104 gave it a great, noisy atmosphere.

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

The first half was electric with Huddersfield mounting loads of attacks, which paid off with marauding full back Tommy Smith smashing home from about 10 yards on nine minutes. Against the run of play Hemed got the break of the ball and rounded the keeper to level for Brighton after 20 minutes. Mooy then set Nahki Wells free to rifle into the corner from edge of the box to regain the 'Terriers' lead. On the stroke of half time the same pairing set up Kachunga to nod home from a couple of yards.

I didn't sample any of the half time fayre, having eat earlier. Facilities and stewards were fine. On to the second 45 and Huddersfield probably should have got another couple of goals. This didn't materialise, even when Brighton had Dunk sent off on 68 minutes and Huddersfield ran out comfortable 3-1 winners.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Being with a local, we were able to speed away with no problems. We were back in Blackpool in just over an hour.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I really enjoyed this night game, especially as I hadn't planned to go. I couldn't pass up the chance to pick off another ground.

Huddersfield Town v Queens Park Rangers
Football Championship League
Saturday 17th September 2016, 3pm
Connor McGinty (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the John Smith's Stadium?

Living in Ireland that was to be my first English game so I was really really looking forward to it. I had a few options with other games nearby but decided to go to this one. I thought the ground and everything would be the best option and I'm glad I did visit.

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

It was an easy enough journey from where I was staying in Frodsham taking about 1hr 15mins.The John Smith's Stadium was very visible from about 500m away. I happened to go to the permit holders car park at the stadium, instead of a car park on St Andrews Road which I had reserved, but the security at the stadium were very good and advised us on how to get there.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Just parked up and decided to go to the club shop and buy a programme, club badge and a scarf for a reasonable price, which was great. The home fans were very friendly, delighted to help and full of advice.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the John Smith's Stadium?

I couldn't believe my eyes how the arches above the stadium were set up and I really loved how the game was built up before the players came out onto the pitch. 20,595 was the attendance and it really felt liked it.with also a good atmosphere being generated by the away fans too, even though they didn't have much to celebrate.

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

The game itself first half particularly was dominated by Huddersfield Town, who enjoyed most of the possession. The home side scored early in the first half adding a second mid way through the second, before QPR pulled one back. It finished 2-1 to Huddersfield. The stewards were very friendly and helpful when finding our seats and I must say the peppered steak pie that I had was just lush.The atmosphere was unbelievable, with the fans singing throughout the all game.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Very busy trying to get away afterwards but look 20,595 as the attendance you can only expect a bit of a crowd but 10/15 mins wasn't too much of a wait to get out and I suppose the roadworks on the motorway didn't help.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Really really enjoyed the game and to be honest wouldn't think twice about going back. It was a great day and the football was of excellent quality

Huddersfield Town v Liverpool
Pre-season friendly
Wednesday 20th July 2016, 7.45pm
Tom (Liverpool fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the John Smith's Stadium?

I was looking forward to this game as the John Smith's Stadium is a ground that I had never been to before. From pictures I had seen of it, it looked to have an interesting design with the semi-circular roofs above the stands. I was also excited to see what Klopp had done over the summer and watching new signings like Marko Grujic and Sadio Mané.

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

Getting to the ground was actually quite difficult, as it was traffic chaos on the M62, and when we eventually got into Huddersfield, the parking wasn't too good either. In the end we had to park in a bit of a run down area. Still from here it was only a ten minute walk to the ground, which was very easy to find

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

There was a pub about five minutes away from the ground. But as we were pressed for time we gave the pub a miss and decided to get something to eat from the Chippy Ole' although the chips weren't the greatest that I have ever had. To be honest I didn't see much of the home fans but the stewards were friendly and helpful as was the programme seller who sold me the last available programme

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the John Smith's Stadium?

From where we were parked getting to the ground involved walking down a road through a set of houses and then across a rather narrow suspension bridge and onto the turnstiles. I was sat in the Chadwick Lawrence Stand, which is the away end at the ground. If I'm really honest then the ground was a little disappointing, mostly concrete that is darkly coloured and not very appealing at all.

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

The atmosphere in the away end was good; especially when Shamal George our fourth choice keeper came on for Lucas. The stewards were jolly and friendly.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the game we had to wait in traffic for about ten minutes, however after that we made good progress up the M62 back to Warrington, all in all it was very easy.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a good game, played in okay stadium.

Huddersfield Town v Brentford
Football Championship League
Saturday 7th May 2016, 12.30pm
Fred Martin (Brentford fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the John Smith's Stadium?

It was the final game of the season and my wife and I had never visited the John Smith's Stadium before. So we decided to combine the game with a mini break in Yorkshire. Plus Brentford were on a good winning run.

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

The early kick off meant we had to leave our Surrey home at 6 am. It was a 220 mile journey and fortunately the A3/M25/M1 were all fairly clear and we arrived at the stadium just after 10 am. The ground was easy to to find.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Being there early, we took a stroll around the John Smith's Stadium and took in the views of the surrounding countryside. There were some home fans around and there were no problems.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the John Smith's Stadium?

The ground looked impressive and was different for a modernish stadium with it's four separate stands.

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

Football wise, we could not have chosen a better match as the Bees carried on their winning streak and absolutely took the home side apart, running out 5-1 winners.The atmosphere was terrific as Huddersfield fans were seated on the other side of the Chadwick Lawrence Stand, both sets only separated by a few rows of tarpaulin covered seats. Despite the scoreline, I thought the Town fans were terrific, they got behind their team for the whole game, with a drum and huge flags, the banter between the fans was excellent and largely friendly.

The drum went quiet when our fourth goal went in, leading the Bees fans to sing "Where's your Drummer gone ?" to the tune of the 70s hit "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep. " The town fans took this in good part and the drum started again. The half time pie was excellent and the facilities good. I thought the stewarding was a bit over the top as one or two of them were just standing there staring provocatively at Brentford fans and making notes.We do not have any history of violence at away grounds , there was no trouble and the two sets of fans were very good natured.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The car park was conveniently situated right behind the away turnstiles,there was a bit of a delay in exiting but not too bad.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a superb day out,I know the scoreline might just have helped, but the whole atmosphere was tremendous and full credit to the home fans for helping to create it. Easy drive up.new ground for us to visit and an excellent short break in Huddersfield made for a great end of season.

Huddersfield Town v Middlesbrough
Championship League
Saturday 28th November 2015, 3pm
Joe Scott (Middlesbrough fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the John Smiths' Stadium?    

It was my first Middlesbrough away game for at least a couple of years. I thought Huddersfield was the best place to get that away bug back again. Plus it is only a hour and a half's drive from the Riverside, which was good. 

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

I travelled by the official supporters coach from the Riverside Stadium. The journey was quick and uneventful and we arrived in Huddersfield, two hours before kick off.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

As I had a couple of hours to kill, I first had a look around the Huddersfield Town club shop. I then spotted a cafe/bar next to the ground called HD1 which had a mixture of home and away fans inside. The Huddersfield fans in the bar were very friendly and laid back. I enjoyed my pint of Fosters!

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the John Smith's Stadium?    

From what I had saw of the stadium beforehand on this website and on Youtube, I kind of knew what to expect. I was though pleasantly surprised to be nearer the action that what I though I would be. I got a great view of the game and the seats and legroom were first class.

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

Eventhough it was a rainy day in Huddersfield the game was still good. It was generally pretty even, but goals from Adam Clayton and Emilio Nsue gave my beloved Middlesbrough a 2-0 win. The facilities were good, although the toilets did get crowded at half time, but don't they everywhere? The food and drink were reasonably priced and the stewards at the ground were friendly and laid back as well. So I can't find a bad word to say about the John Smith's Stadium.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I got back on the coach for the 90 minute trip back home. We had a Police escort from the stadium which helped us avoid the post match traffic and was well appreciated by us as we got back to the Riverside on time.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a brilliant day all round! I am now really looking forward to my next possible away boro games MK Dons on January 30th and Leeds United on February 13th.

Huddersfield Town v Watford
Championship League
Saturday October 27th, 2012, 3pm
Matthew Batchelor (Watford fan)

For the last couple of years I have been to a Watford away game for my birthday e.g. the Madejski Stadium last season. After scouring the fixture list, Huddersfield seemed the perfect away day. Having looked at the good reviews on the website it only made me more excited about going.
 
Having stayed in Manchester the night before (as I live near Eastbourne), me and my Dad made the short hop across the
Pennines on a glorious day. The journey from Manchester took less than one hour and before we knew be were on the Leeds Road and trying to find somewhere to park. As we arrived at around 12pm parking was not much of an issue, as we parked near an industrial estate just off the Leeds Road. Along the road, we had previously seen some fast food outlets, so we got some food there.
 
As we walked into the dip in which the stadium is situated, my first impressions of the ground was that it was very impressive, although not as big as I thought it would be. Around the stadium there many trees which make the surrounding area a lot nicer than the
normal terraced houses on a street. We walked along the back of the Main Stand and was greeted very warmly by a Huddersfield Town official who pointed us towards the away end and gave us directions to places where we could have something to eat. 

Having watched the
players and the manager (Gianfranco Zola) get off the coach, we made our way around to the turnstiles where we paid and walked into the open air concourse. Walking into the stadium itself, the stands were pleasing to the eye compared to the normal box - like structures. To the away ends right, you will find the Huddersfield faithful who can really make some noise.
 
The first half ended 1-0 to Huddersfield. To enlighten the mood, me and my Dad went to get some food, however the queues were really long and it took us near on 15 minutes just to get some drinks. This was the only real downer on the day. The second half kicked off and Watford were playing some nice football. Four goals later, the ref blew his whistle and Watford had won 3-2! This was a great result for Watford who are near the bottom of the table, while Huddersfield were second in the league.
 
After the match it was an absolute nightmare trying to get away from the game. The Leeds road was completely at a standstill and it took 35 mins to drive around five miles to the motorway. Apart from the that the journey back to Manchester was uneventful and passed very quickly.
 
Altogether and a great day out, with the people of Huddersfield making their team proud. Would hugely recommend it to any away fan. Next year, another birthday and another away trip...


Huddersfield Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Saturday October 20th, 2012, 3pm
Championship League
Thomas Sperrink (Wolves fan)

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

It was a new ground for both my Dad and I to visit, plus we were on a good run of wins away from home so we were hoping to get at least a point.

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

The journey wasn’t too bad, the M6 was typically busy but once onto the M62/M60 it was a quick run over the Pennines. Rather than using the ground postcode we went straight to the pub we had chosen, which worked out quite well as it meant we didn’t go through the town centre and managed to find some free street parking.

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

We parked by the Slubber Arms which had a main bar and a smaller one only serving Timothy Taylor’s Landlord/Best Bitter and Carling. The pub was pretty busy but was a nice traditional pub which served great beer (I had a pint of each of the Landlord and Best Bitter and both were excellent) and nobody seemed to have a problem with me wearing colours. The home fans seemed quite friendly and a couple chatted to us at the bar.

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

It was only a 5-10 minute walk to the ground and on first seeing the stadium it was very impressive.  It reminded me of Bolton’s Reebok, and created a great atmosphere in the main single terrace stand to our right.

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

We weren’t able to get a pie as the queues at the two kiosks were ridiculous both before the game and at half time, which I found surprising as although we took 2,700 I don’t think that was a sell out, but they were totally unable to cope. The toilets were fine and stewards were very relaxed, allowing people to smoke as it is open air at the back of the stand.

The game saw Huddersfield take a deserved 2-0 lead as they played a perfect coutner attacking game with two excellent goals from Vaughan and Beckford resulting from left wing crosses.  Wolves came back strongly second half and despite pulling one back through Ebanks-Blake we couldn’t force an equaliser.

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

Walked back to the car and found the traffic surprisingly light, although we did get held up by the totally unnecessary police escort given to the away fan coaches.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: 

Good day out, impressive ground, although I don’t know how they would ever expand the size with the arched roofing. Another great little pub to go back to and really only the kiosk service and result let it down.

Huddersfield Town v Preston North End
Saturday October 22nd, 2011, 3pm
League One
Andrew Riley (Preston North End fan)

Having previously researched the stadium on this useful website, it looked very inviting to visit due to the style and size, besides I was confident that the North End could get a result with high expectancy following our relegation from the Championship. The journey there was very easy. I departed on the coach from Deepdale at 12:30pm for a short trip over the Pennines on a glorious day. At the stadium there was a designated area/car park for coaches only. Unlike many other stadiums, this makes the walk to the ground a lot easier and shorter.

As the stadium is positioned in a valley type area, there wasn't much food outlets/facilities around the stadium so we were stuck with the outdoor concourse which was not a problem. Although there seemed a large number of police outside the ground, both sets of fans seemed friendly to each other as we walked to the stadium.

My first impressions of the superbly designed sporting venue put a smile on my face and it gave a sense of excitement. The stadium from the outside looked surprisingly small and less tall to how I had imagined, however that was due to it being situated in a dip. The outside spacing area was level with the back row so when you entered, you were looking straight down on a stand that I would say consisted 20 rows'ish which was not steep. The Pink Link Stand (away) was single tiered however it was good to see two of the other stands having a second tier which made the size of the stadium look rather large from inside.

As kick off approached I was surprised by how many Northenders made the trip to support Phil Brown's men and soon came close to filling the away end. This was a perfect recipe for a great atmosphere and with most PNE fans standing for the whole game through out, there was a large group of Town supporters stood to the right of us on the adjacent single tiered stand, which gave an opportunity for both sets of fans to give plenty of banter to each other. The atmosphere was one to remember. 

Huddersfield were 3-0 up by half time due to the superb brilliance of Jordan Rhodes which gave the North End faithful not much hope coming into the second half. Furthermore, the Town fans did make sensational noise after they scored and felt like I was in a Premier League environment. Despite that, North End did put on some pressure second half and as a result, Juvhel Tsoumou gave the whites a glimour of hope on the 61st minute however it only resulted in a consolation. 

At half time, the food options was extremely limited and this is a point I would like to highlight. They had ran out of pies etc, with only having microwaved sausage rolls on offer which were served on a paper plate. In addition the prices seemed a bit steep. The toilets were clean and had no problems using them although busy! These problems could have may been prevented if not so many North End fans turned up on the day, as you could pay on the day. These situations caused problems for the stewards in my opinion with over 2,600 Northenders altogether though I am not complaining about that. 

After the match, getting away from the ground was easy after a short walk back to the coach it was hard to find your coach with there being so many of them from Preston. This was quite amusing however nothing to do with the Stadium. 

All in all, despite the result, this was a great day out representing Preston, making so much noise! I would definitely go back to this stadium in the future and depending both teams are still in the same division next year, I will be making a return without any doubt. Also I would recommend traveling to this stadium wherever you are in the country as a friendly, relaxed and fun day out is on offer supporting your beloved team. However remember to go stocked with plenty of food in your pockets!

Huddersfield Town v Notts County
League One 
Sunday March 27th, 2011, 1pm
Paul O'Shea (Doing The 92)

Having visited the old Leeds Road ground years ago I decided it was about time I took in the Galpharm Stadium.
 
Arriving by train in Huddersfield is always a pleasure, the station is a good old fashioned building and within it is a belter of a pub; the Kings Head. This is situated in what used to be the 3rd class waiting room and has some superb cheap beer. Also nearby is the wonderful Sportsman  
another excellent pub. 
 
After taking on refreshment I made for the ground which is only about 15 minutes away. The stadium looms up as you approach up a sweeping access and you get a glimpse of the pitch through the open corner between the stands.
 
My ticket for the 'Fantastic Media Stand' was at £21, a bit pricey but with the game being shown live on Sky, Huddersfield had come up with a promotion, encouraging adults to bring on child all for the bargain price of £12. This meant loads of very young fans but a good idea nonetheless.
 
Although fairly high up the view was very good and a good game ensued although Notts were fairly poor, Town running out 3-0 winners.
 
Hollands pies were available although some lengthy queues at halftime and special praise for the loos which were spotless..
 
There was a good atmosphere with Town making plenty of noise and I was sorry when the match ended.
 
Getting away was a breeze and I was back in the town centre in no time.
 
As new stadiums go I liked the look and feel of this one and I enjoyed my day out.

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Updated 11th September 2017

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