Farsley Celtic

The Citadel

Capacity: 4,000 (300 Seats)
Address: Newlands, Farsley, Pudsey, LS28 5BE
Telephone: 0113 2557292
Pitch Size: 110 x 67 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Villagers
Year Ground Opened: 1948
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Green & White Hoops

Main Stand
Main Stand
Shed End
Shed End
North Side
North Side
East End
East End

The ground is largely an open one, which is situated next to a housing development. On one side is the Main Stand. This small, tidy looking stand, runs half the length of the pitch. It straddles the half way line but is off centre from it. The stand is all seated and covered. There are no obstructing pillars and the floodlights pylons on that side are considerately located at the back and to either side of the stand. Next to the Main Stand on one side, is the teams’ dressing rooms to which there is a staircase that leads up to them. This stairway is enclosed in a metal mesh cage, to form a players tunnel, which doesn't give a great impression.

Opposite on the North side of the ground is a small open terrace and in front are located the team dugouts. As the dressing rooms are on the other side of the ground, then this results in a procession of club personnel across the pitch. The West End, also known as the Shed End, is a strange old-fashioned looking affair, having a small cover with a large number of supporting pillars running along the front of the six-step high terrace. It is also set back from the pitch and halfway along there is a large dividing fence and gate, which allows this end to be split between home and away fans if needed. The other end is a simple open flat standing area. There are a number of large nets suspended above the perimeter of the ground, in an effort to prevent balls being kicked out of the stadium and into residential areas. The pitch has quite a noticeable slope that runs from the West to the East End. The ground is completed with a set of eight thin floodlight masts, four of which run down each side of the pitch.

The ground was known for many years as the Throstle Nest, but was renamed recently as the Citadel. I also assume that at some point that the club changed colours as the ground is predominantly blue, whereas the current team plays in green.

Normally fans are not segregated at the Citadel. If segregation is in force then away fans are allocated half the Shed Terrace at the West End of the ground and all or part of the North Terrace on one side. The North Terrace is open to the elements and whilst the Shed End has some covered terrace, there are a number of supporting pillars running along the front of it that may impede your view. The Shed End is shared with home supporters, who are in close proximity on the other side of a fence, which makes for a bit of atmosphere and some lively banter! If fans are not segregated then you can enjoy a range of Pies and Pasties baked at the local Growlers Bakery in Pudsey.

There is a fair-sized clubhouse at the ground itself, which normally welcomes visiting fans. It also shows Sky Sports. The nearest pub which is around a five-minute walk is the Jug & Barrel on Town Street. If you have a bit more time on your hands then take the 10-15 minute walk into Farsley, where there are a few more pubs to be found along Town Street. Worth mentioning is the Old Hall Hotel on Back Lane just off Town Street, but also on Town Street itself, there are; the Village Wine bar, New Inn, Bay Horse and at the bottom of Town Street the Fleece.

From Junction 28 of the M62, take the A653 towards Leeds. After passing the White Rose Shopping Centre on your left, bear left where the road forks onto the ring road (A6110). Continue on the A6110 passing underneath the M621, following signs for Bradford (A647). You will join the Stanningley By-Pass (A647) still continuing towards Bradford. At the next roundabout take the third exit onto the B6157 Bradford Road towards Farsley. Go down the Bradford Road and turn left just past the Carstar outlet onto New Street. Then take the third right onto Newlands Road and the ground entrance is at the end of this road on the left. There is a fair-sized car park at the ground which is free.

New Pusdey is the nearest railway station. which is located around one mile away from the ground. It is served by trains from Leeds and Manchester Victoria. The station is around a 15-20 minute walk away from the Citadel. As you leave the station, immediately turn right and then right again take the pathway along the side of the railway. Follow this pathway until you reach an underpass on the left going under the railway, where you turn left. After emerging on the other side cross the road and turn left along the pathway with railings on either side. At the top of the road turn right and then turn left just past the Carstar outlet onto New Street. Then take the third right onto Newlands Road and the ground entrance is at the end of this road on the left. 

Adults £10
Concessions £6
Under 13's Free*

Concessions apply to Over 60's, Under 18's and Students.

In addition, the Club offers free entry to serving members of the armed forces or emergency services.

* League Matches Only

Official Matchday Programme £2.

Halifax Town

Record Attendance
1,527 v Marine 
Northern Premier League, 30th April 2019*

Average Attendance
2018-2019: 369 (Northern Premier League)

* This is the record since the club were reformed in 2010.

If there is anything that needs to be updated or if you have something to add to the Guide to the Citadel Farsley Celtic then please email me at: duncan@footballgroundguide.com.

Special thanks to Jeremy Gould and Andrew Chapman for providing photos of the Citadel, Farsley Celtic.

Farsley Celtic v FC Halifax Town
Pre-Season Friendly
Saturday 13th July 2019, 3pm
Jeremy Gold (Neutral)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Citadel Ground?
An opportunity to add a new ground to my list in the National League North was too good an opportunity to be missed.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
I travelled by train over from Lancashire to New Pudsey and walked up which took about ten minutes or so. It is a fairly easy walk although the ground doesn't feel like it should be where it is!
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
There isn't a lot to do near the ground so I just went in and had a wander around. I also managed to have a nice chat with Nathan Clarke the Halifax captain who is a very well respected former Leyton Orient player who are my team.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Citadel Ground?
The Citadel seems a little bit tired in places and the pitch for the start of the season was in a pretty bad way. So much so that a few days later Rotherham turned up and refused to play on it. The main stand is decent enough with plenty of seats and most people seemed to base themselves in or around it. The clubhouse was a nice size and they do have lots of land on that side to add things if they ever wanted to.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
A very warm day saw an early goal win it for the visitors and the game was a typical friendly not aided by the pitch issues. There was a crowd of about 500 which felt like it was mainly made up of visiting Halifax fans.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Easy to get away and back to the station in time for my train back home. There is a car park at the ground and people were parking on the training pitch as well. It looked to be a bit of a nightmare getting out as the entrance/exit is quite limited.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
It was good to do the ground but I wouldn't hurry back. On a cold winters day, it probably won't be the most inviting place to be.

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Updated 31st July 2019

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