Tag: Halifax Town

Video Of The Day: Halifax Town vs Manchester City, 1980

The new layout of this site allows us to offer a few new services from now on (Had you not noticed the small handful of news stories that we’re putting up every day? Shame on you!), and one of these is the return of Video Of The Day, which some of you may remember from several years ago. As it’s the FA Cup Third Round on Saturday, the rest of this week’s selections are going to be from this stage of the competition, kicking off with a match between Halifax Town, then of the Fourth Division of the Football...

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Halifax Town: Finally Competitive, Finally Solvent…

Since reforming in 2008 Halifax Town have been making strong progress towards returning to the Football League, but a bid to take the club’s into private ownership may yet come to threaten the club’s future, as Rob White reports. Recent history has treated the Halifax Town AFC very well. Following the heartbreak of The Shaymen’s demise and a shaky maiden season as F.C. Halifax Town, the West Yorkshire side have recorded three promotions in four seasons. Having reformed in the fourth step of non-league football they now find themselves in the Conference Premier, the level at which they folded in May 2008. FC Halifax Town’s inaugural season of national football has delighted their fans, as they have quickly settled into the top half of the table and currently sit in a comfortable eleventh place in the league table. But despite the part-time team’s praiseworthy performances on the pitch, the main focus for most Shaymen has been, once again, their uncertain future. A few days before the Skrill Premier season kicked off, the local press dropped a disconcerting report of a private bid for their council-owned Shay Stadium. The Shay, Halifax Town’s home since their first Football League season in 1921/22, has been shared by co-tenants Halifax RLFC since 1998, when the rugby league side sold their Thrum Hall ground for a supermarket development. The land comprising the Shay itself...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week

This week’s non-league matches of the week come from a variety different competitions. As the weather started to return to something approaching normal, the a near-full schedule of matches was played, including matches in both the FA Trophy and postponed matches from the FA Vase. Our first match is the FA Trophy match between Wimbledon and Braintree Town. Wimbledon could be forgiven for considering the FA Trophy something of a distraction in comparison with what is looking like becoming a three-way tussle for the Blue Square Premier championship with Crawley Town and Luton Town, but the current Wimbledon club has only played at Wembley once before, to play what was effectively a friendly match there against Corinthian-Casuals in 2008. The FA Trophy, we might compose, would look rather nice in their trophy cabinet, come the end of the season. Their opponents are the Essex side Braintree Town, who are currently top of the Blue Square South and might fancy their chances against a team with other things on their mind. Our second match sees us at Gigg Lane for the Evostik League Premier Division between FC United of Manchester and FC Halifax Town. FC United’s FA Cup run came to an end during the week, and they have found themselves slipping into the relegation zone at the bottom of the league table, although they do still have games in...

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Videos Of The Week: FA Cup Special

This weekend sees us reach the First Round Proper stage of the FA Cup. Over 40,000 people turned out to watch the Fourth Qualifying Round matches, and there will be plenty of stories waiting to be written over the next few days. For our part, we’ll be reporting on the matches between Rochdale and FC United of Manchester, Brighton & Hove Albion and Woking, and Southport and Sheffield Wednesday. For now, though, just to get you in the mood we’ve had a bit of a rummage around in the YouTube archives and found three terrific matches from the tournament’s past. First up, from January 1992, comes the match between Wrexham and Arsenal. Wrexham had finished the previous season in bottom place in the Football League and had only avoided relegation thanks to the Football League’s decision to expand by one club and were struggling near the bottom of the table again, whilst Arsenal had won the Football League championship for the second time in three years. This match comes in three segments and even features the short-lived “revamped” Match Of The Day theme tune into the bargain. Commentary comes from a long-time idol of this site, the one and only Tony Gubba. Next up, we’re going all the way back to 1978 and the Fifth Round of the FA Cup and a second match from The Racecourse Ground, this...

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Town And Out

Sunrise, sunset. The Independent this morning reported on the successful start made by AFC Liverpool, at least off the pitch – commercial activities including a sponsorship deal have, it was reported, earned them between £50,000-£100,000, while the appointment of Derek Goulding (who took Burscough to an FA Cup First Round in November 2005) as manager seems to be an indicator that they intend to be taken seriously when they kick off in the North West Counties League next season. Meanwhile, other supporter run clubs, FC United of Manchester and AFC Wimbledon both got promoted at the end of this season. Victory at Wembley for Exeter City in the BSP play-off final against Burton Albion could make it a hat-trick. At the other end of the spectrum, it looks like the end of the road for former Football League club Halifax Town. Halifax, with debts of £2m, seem to be heading for liquidation. Docked ten points earlier in the season, they escaped relegation from the Conference on the last day of the season, but the extent of their financial woes has been unravelling in front of the public over the last week or so. The club’s final hope for survival was a CVA put to creditors to repay two and a half pence in the pound against their debts, but this appears to have been quashed by Her Majesty’s Revenues...

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