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THE SHAY
 
 
The Shay was a League ground for 78 seasons;
from July 1st, 1998 to June 30th, 2002 ,
from July 1st, 1921 to June 30th, 1993 .

The Shay was the 125th
ground to be used for a League game.

Year opened 1921

 
GROUND HISTORY adapted from "The Ultimate Directory of English & Scottish Football League Grounds"
 
On joining the Football League in 1921, Halifax Town FC moved to The Shay from Exley and purchased the main stand from Manchester City FC’s Hyde Road ground for re-erection on the west side. The only other facilities at this time were embankments around the other three sides and at some stage a cover was installed on the east side. Following the end of WWII, speedway took place between 1948 and 1951 (and later between 1965 and 1985) and the record attendance of 36,885 was set at the FA Cup 5th Round tie v. Tottenham Hotspur (0-3)  on February 14th, 1953. By 1965 only minor improvements had been made with the installation of seats under the cover on the east side and construction of a small amount of terracing on the west side and at the north end.

In conjunction with their joint tenants, Halifax Blue Sox RLFC and the site owners, Calderdale MBC, the 1990s saw the commencement of the rebuilding of The Shay with the removal of the speedway track and construction of covered terraces at both ends and installation of seats on the west side. Erection of a new main stand commenced on the east side in 2000 but a lack of finance led to it still not being completed by the end of the 2001/2 season when the capacity was 9,927 with 1,830 seats and the pitch size was 110 x 76 yards.
 

GROUND DETAILS adapted from "The Extreme Groundhoppers Guide"
 
Ground address: The Shay Stadium, off Shaw Hill, Halifax, HX1 2YT
Main phone number: 01422 341222
Ticket prices: Admission Adults Ł14 Over 65's/Students Ł6 under 16's Ł2 Programme Ł2.00
 
If driving to ground: Take the M62 to junction 24, head towards Halifax on A629 and to the Town Centre. At the main roundabout follow the signs for A629 into Orange Street then follow the signs for Huddersfield up the hill into Cow Green and follow the road past the Victoria Theatre ground to HSS tools then at the traffic lights take a right Shaw Hill then at the T Junction take a left and just before the flats the entrance to the ground car park is on the left.
 
If using Public Transport: This is a nine minute walk from Halifax Rail Station. Come out of the main entrance and through the car park, turn second left and into South Parade walk straight on at the crossroads into Shay Hill and the ground is on your right just after the bend at the sign of the Weavers turn up the path to the ground.
 
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