The big game is here: Town go for glory in FA Cup

FC Halifax Town supporters at The Shay Stadium, ready for the FA Cup match against Charlton Athletic on Sunday.
FC Halifax Town supporters at The Shay Stadium, ready for the FA Cup match against Charlton Athletic on Sunday.

Excited football fans across Halifax will pile into the Shay for today’s mouth-watering FA Cup tie against football league side Charlton Athletic.

The Addicks, who currently top League 1 and who won the competition in 1947 after a 1-0 win over Burnley, arrive at the Shay hoping to avoid what would be one of the biggest upsets in recent memory at the hands of Neil Aspin’s Shaymen.

The build-up will be screened to the nation live from 11.05am on ITV1, with kick-off at 12.30pm. It will also be live on BBC 5Live.

The club are hoping for a record attendance at the Shay, with up to 5,000 expected.

It’s the first time the new club has reached the first round of the FA Cup since it was formed in 2008.

The furthest the old club got in the FA Cup was the fifth round, which they reached in 1933 and 1953.