Unreliable History

Halifax Town are probably the only Football League club to be formed in the saddle; The Saddle Hotel that is.  While they have been in existence since that May day in 1911, they have had little to get up on their high horse about since then.

The club won the Bradford Hospitals Cup in 1913/14 in an early achievement of glory, but had to wait until 1921 for the Third Division to be formed to become a founder member of that league.  They liked it so much that they have not risen above it in all their time in the League.

To be completed.

 

Famous Players : – 

Famous Fans : –  Paul Opacic (Actor – Emmerdale Farm (ITV)). 

 

Club Records


Formed Halifax Town AFC = 1911
FC Halifax Town = 2008

Turned Professional 1911

Became a Limited Company 1911

Previous names Halifax Town AFC

Previous grounds Sandhall =  1911-1919
Exley =  1919-1921

Nickname “THE SHAYMEN”

Motto

Club Colours
[Images courtesy of the wonderful Colours of Football website]
HOME :

AWAY :

THIRD :


Record Football League Win Halifax Town AFC –  6-0  v  Bradford Park Avenue  (Home)  Division 3 North   03.12.1955
6-0  v  Doncaster Rovers  (Home)  Division 4   02.11.1976
FC Halifax Town –  8-1  v  Ossett Town  18.01.2011

Record Football League Defeat Halifax Town AFC –  0-13  v  Stockport County  Division 3 North   06.01.1934
FC Halifax Town – 0-7  v  Grimsby Town  (National League)   13.10.2015

Record Cup Win Halifax Town AFC – 12-0  v  West Vale  (FA Cup First Qualifying Round)   1913

Record Fee Paid £150,000 to Scarborough for Chris TATE (July 1999)

Record Fee Received £350,000 from Fulham for Geoff HORSFIELD (October 1998)

Record Appearances 402  – John PICKERING  (1965-1974)

Record League Appearances 367  –  John PICKERING  (1965-1974)

Record League goal-scorer 128  – Ernie DIXON  (1922-1930)

Record all-time goal-scorer 133  –  Ernie DIXON  (1922-1930)

Record goal-scorer in a League season 34  –  Albert VALENTINE    Division 3 North   (1934-1935)

Record goal-scorer in a season 40  –  James DEAN   National League   (2009-2010)

Most goals scored in a League match Halifax Town AFC
6  –  Bill CHAMBERS  v  Hartelpools United  (Division 3 North)  07.04.1934
FC Halifax Town
4  –  Lee GREGORY  v  Gloucester City  (National League)   15.09.2012
4  –  Lee GREGORY  v  Worcester City  (National League)   02.03.2013

Record Home Attendance 36,885 v  Tottenham Hotspur    (FA Cup Fifth Round)     14.02.1953

Record total of goals in a League season 83  –  Division 3 North  (1957-1958)

Record League points total Halifax Town AFC
2 points for a win  :  57  –  Division 4  (1968-1969)
3 points for a win  :  87  –  Conference  (1997-1998)
FC Halifax Town
3 points for a win  :  77  –  Conference Premier  (2013-2014)

Most Capped Player while at club ??

Youngest Player Andrew VILLERMAN  –  17 years and 179 days  v  Newcastle Blue Star   (Northern Premier League)  21.03.2009

Oldest Player Nigel JEMSON  –  39 years and 258 days  v  Chorley  (Northern Premier League)  25.04.2009

 

Stadium details 

Address :  The Shay, Shay Syke, Halifax, West Yorkshire HX1 2YS

Telephone :   01422 341222
Ticket Office :  01422 341222

Capacity :  10,401
Away Allocation :  1,450
Pitch size :  100.5m x 69.5m  (110 yards  x 76 yards)
Official website :   fchalifaxtown.com

Directions

There are good directions to the Shay on the FC Halifax Town website and more information on the Football Ground Guide website.

Honours


Conference Champions  (Fourth Tier) 1997-1998

FA Trophy Winners 2015-2016

 

Managers


Joe McCLELLAND  (Secretary-Manager) May 1911 – June 1930

Alex RAISBECK 1930 – 1936

Jimmy THOMPSON 1936 – 1947

Jack BREEDON August 1947 – 1951

Billy WOOTON  1951 – 1952

Gerald HENRY 1952 – 1954

Bobby BROWNE (Caretaker) October 1954 – November 1954

Willie WATSON 1954 – 1956

Billy BURNIKELL April 1956 – December 1956

Harold TAYLOR/E. Vivien BOOTH 1956 – 1957

Harry HOOPER 1957 – 1962

Don McEVOY 1962 – 1964

Willie WATSON 1964 – 1966

Vic METCALFE 1966 – 1967

Alan BALL Senior 1967 – 1970

George KIRBY 1970 – August 1971

Ray HENDERSON 1971 – 1972

George MULHALL 1972 – September 1974

Johnny QUINN 1974 – 1976

Alan BALL Senior 1976 – 1977

Jimmy LAWSON 1977 – 1978

George KIRBY 1978 – June 1981

Mickey BULLOCK 13 July 1981 – 22 October 1984

Billy AYRE (Caretaker) October 1984 – November 1984

Mick JONES 10 November 1984 – 1986

Billy AYRE December 1986 – April 1990

Jim McCALLIOG April 1990 – October 1991

John McGRATH 3 October 1991 – 7 December 1992

Mick RATHBONE (Caretaker) 8 December 1992 – May 1993

Peter WRAGG 1993 – 1994

John BIRD 1994 – 1996

George MULHALL/Kieran O’REGAN 1996

John CARROLL 1996 – 1997

George MULHALL/Kieran O’REGAN February 1997 – August 1998

Kieran O’REGAN August 1998 – April 1999

David WORTHINGTON  (Caretaker) 1999

Mark LILLIS 1 June 1999 – 12 September 2000

Peter BUTLER/Tony PARKS 2000 – October 2000

Paul BRACEWELL October 2000 – 30 August 2001

Peter BUTLER/Tony PARKS 2001

Alan LITTLE 12 October 2001 – 8 April 2002

Neil REDFEARN (Caretaker) 4 March 2002 – 25 April 2002

Chris WILDER 2 July 2002 – 30 June 2008

Club re-formed as FC Halifax Town

Jim VINCE 2 July 2008 – 9 April 2009

Nigel JEMSON (Caretaker) 9 April 2009 – 25 April 2009

Neil ASPIN 28 April 2009 – 17 September 2015

Gareth McCLELLAND (Caretaker) 17 September 2015 – 1 October 2015

Darren KELLY 1 October 2015 – 17 November 2015

Jim HARVEY (Caretaker) 17 November 2015 – 22 December 2015

Jim HARVEY 22 December 2015 – 24 May 2016

Billy HEATH 24 May 2016 – 31 January 2018

Neil YOUNG (Caretaker) 31 January 2018 – 20 February 2018

Jamie FULLARTON 20 February 2018 – 15 July 2019

Steve NICHOL/Nathan CLARKE (Joint Caretakers) 15 July 2019 – 24 July 2019

Pete WILD 24 July 2019 – 

 

League Record

The Football League structure has historically been as follows …

1888-1892 1892-1920 1920-1921 1921-1958 1958-1992 1992-2004 2004 to date
First tier Football League Division One Division One Division One Division One Premiership Premier League
Second tier Division Two Division Two Division Two Division Two Division One Championship
Third tier Division Three Division Three
(North) and (South)
Division Three Division Two  League One
Fourth tier Division Four Division Three League Two

Elected to Division Three North  (Third Tier) 1921

Division Three North  (Third Tier) 1921-1958

Division Three  (Third Tier) 1958-1963

Division Four  (Fourth Tier) 1963-1969

Division Three  (Third Tier) 1969-1976

Division Four  (Fourth Tier) 1976-1992

Division Three  (Fourth Tier) 1992-1993

Conference  (Fifth Tier) 1993-1998

Division Three  (Fourth Tier) 1998-2002

Conference  (Fifth Tier) 2002-2008

Reformed as FC Halifax Town

Northern Premier League  (Seventh Tier) 2008-2011

Conference North  (Sixth Tier) 2011-2013

Conference  (Fifth Tier) 2013-