Tickets on sale for centenary dinner

100 Years of Football in Halifax Centenary Committee pictured at the Shay Stadium are George Probets, Johnny Meynell, Kit Walton and Jack Haymer
100 Years of Football in Halifax Centenary Committee pictured at the Shay Stadium are George Probets, Johnny Meynell, Kit Walton and Jack Haymer

Details for Halifax Town’s centenary dinner have been announced.

A three-course meal will be held in the Banqueting Suite in the East Stand at the Shay on Friday September 9 – exactly 100 years since Town’s first competitive match, a 6-2 defeat at the hands of Bradford City reserves.

The evening will also include a screen-based presentation of Halifax Town’s first 100 years and is compered by former Town official Jack Haymer and ex-referee Trevor Simpson.

There will be a host of guests from every decade from the 1950s to the 2000s.

Among them will be George Holt, who played in the 1952/53 FA Cup side and in front of the record Shay crowd of 35,621, Dave Verity, who was born locally and played for four Town managers, and Bill Aktins, goal scorer when Town beat Manchester United in the Watney Cup quarter final.

They will be joined by more recent players like Billy Barr, Ian Helliwell, coach Gerry Brooks and Dave Evans, who as well as having two spells with Town, played for Bradford City on the day of the Valley Parade fire.

Kit Walton, supporters’ club chairman, said: “It should be a great night for Town fans of all ages and we hope to get a few more guests lined up. We had hoped to get Phil Brown but Preston have a match on the Friday night so he is unavailable,” he said.

“I would advise people to buy their tickets as soon as possible as numbers are limited.”

Tickets are £40 per person and available from the Supporters Club.

To reserve tickets or for more information contact Kit on 07708 016040 after 6pm.