The Groundhopping Hub was given permission to take a look around The Mbi Shay Stadium, the home of FC Halifax Town. In this video feature we’ll show you in and around the ground, and hear from some of the club’s media team.
Our tour of the stadium:
Facts about the stadium:
Capacity: 14,061 (5,830 seated)
Date opened: 1921
Pitch size: 110 x 76 yards
Club nickname: The Shaymen
The stadium is close to Halifax Town centre, which has a plethora of pubs and eating outlets. The ground is also just an easy five minute walk from Halifax Station.
Why is it called The Shay? – ‘Shay’ is derived from the old English word ‘shaw’, which means a small wood or grove. This is in reference to the place upon which the stadium was eventually constructed. The stadium is still surrounded by some banking and a small amount of woodland, today.
The game itself:
We travelled on the day as the then 15th placed FC Halifax Town welcomed the visit of relegation threatened, Havant & Waterlooville.
The Shaymen started the game well, though there were few clear-cut chances. However, The Shaymen were reduced to ten men just half an hour into the game, as James Berrett received a straight red card after a bad challenge on Theo Lewis. Berrett had actually had a good game up until that pivotal moment too, winning the majority of the second balls.
This also dimmed down the atmosphere in the home end slightly.
Arguably, the best chance of that half fell to Town’s new signing, James Hardy. He made a good run towards the edge of the box, before he fired a powerful shot towards goal, that went narrowly past Havant ‘keeper Dudzinski’s post.
After the second half, The Shaymen appeared to keep the same formation, using one striker do to being down a men.
Havant made a much better account of themselves after the interval. They came close just past the hour mark, from a corner. Havant got a head to it, but Town’s Scott Quigley showed great vision to head the ball out of danger.
Despite being down a man, Halifax did make a decent account of themselves, and we predict that if the game had stayed with eleven versus eleven on the pitch, then Halifax would have won this. It should be a satisfactory point for both sides, all things considered.
The result means that the hosts remain in 15th, while the Hampshire club are still a point away from escaping the relegation zone.
Credit to the 44 visiting supporters who made the lengthy trip.