England C boss hails Shay fans

Football - England C v Estonia at The Shay Stadium, Halifax.
Football - England C v Estonia at The Shay Stadium, Halifax.

Manager Paul Fairclough hailed England C’s game against Estonia at the Shay as a “wonderful occasion”.

England beat Estonia under 23s 4-2 in their International Challenge Trophy clash on Tuesday night in-front of 2,388 fans.

Fairclough said the decision to play the match at the Shay was the right one and praised the turnout on the night.

“I’m so pleased that we chose to come to Halifax,” he said. “It has fond memories for me because I can remember managing teams who’ve come here.

“The enthusiasm and the support of the people was great - I just hope we repaid them by enjoyment.

“It was wonderful because these are proper football people - they chose to not sit in front of the TV and watch England play Scotland.

“They chose to come out, put their coats on, come to the match and watch honest endeavour from a group of honest young men.

“Then of course the children and the smiling faces - I just hope it’s been a wonderful occasion for everyone.because it’s been a wonderful occasion for us.”

FC Halifax Town chairman David Bosomworth is hopeful the game might lead to similar events being held at the Shay in future.

He said: “You never know. Nobody can say what will happen in the future but from our perspective if you can put on a good event and if people feel it’s been enjoyable then that’s pleasing.”