Plaque marks the spot of Town’s birth

Halifax Civic Trust blue plaque with Kit Walton, John Hargreaves and George Probets.

Halifax Civic Trust blue plaque with Kit Walton, John Hargreaves and George Probets.

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The birthplace of Halifax Town has finally been marked with a blue plaque over 100 years after the club was born.

Supporters of the club have worked tirelessly with the Halifax Civic Trust for months to ensure that the plaque was installed outside the former Saddle Hotel inthe town centre.

The hotel, which now houses JJB Sports, hosted the meeting of the town’s folk which lead to the birth of Halifax Town on 23 May 1911.

At the meeting, which was organised following a letter printed in the Courier by Mr. A. E. Jones, 50 guarantors put forward £1 each towards the club.

And 101 years ago last Sunday, the Halifax Town played their first game - a 6-2 defeat against Bradford City reserves.

Kit Walton of the Halifax Town Centenary Committee, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that the Civic Trust have agreed to the blue plaque, which marks a landmark in the history of Halifax Town.”