Centenary cheers as Halifax Town hits 100

Shaymen till we die: Supporters of 2011 (from the left); Kit Walton, Jack Haymer, Johnny Meynall and George Proberts
Shaymen till we die: Supporters of 2011 (from the left); Kit Walton, Jack Haymer, Johnny Meynall and George Proberts

It may have been a bumpy old ride, but 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of professional football in Halifax.

Since the formation of the old Halifax Town at the former Saddle Hotel on 24 May 1911, to the fledgling FC Halifax Town’s bid to be league champions a century later, football fans in Calderdale have been through the full range of emotions.

And to celebrate the milestone, club officials and members of the supporters club are teaming up to create a series of events for fans to saviour.

Halifax Town - The Complete Record, written by club historian Johnny Meynall, will be available from August, but go on pre-sale from the turnstiles at today’s game against Matlock Town, priced at £25.

There will also be a centenary dinner in the East Stand Banqueting Suite of the Shay on Friday 9 September - 100 years to the day that Halifax Town played their first ever game - a 6-2 defeat at the hands of Bradford City reserves.

Other special events could include a centenary shirt, in the Halifax Town’s original colours - black and white stripes - an exhibition and a calendar.

With the club poised to win the Evostick League, Kit Walton, supporters club chairman, said: “We think it’s important to recognise the passing of 100 years of professional football in Halifax,” he said.

“Every body has been very supportive at the club and the council, and it’ll be nice for the fans to blow their own trumpet because we’ve not had too many things to shout about over the years,” he added.