We can sell out the shay

HALIFAX Rugby League supporters are clamouring for tickets for the mouth-watering cup clash with Bradford Bulls next month.

Delighted Fax officials said today tickets were going at the rate of 60 a day for the game at the Shay with their Super League neighbours.

More than 7,000 tickets are expected to have been snapped up by Fax’s Easter Monday league match with Dewsbury - and the club are hoping the ground’s capacity can be raised to cope with the demand for the Challenge Cup game with the Bulls.

Halifax marketting manager Matt Turner said tickets were selling incredibly fast - and the club was confident that the game on May 8, which will also be televised, would provide a huge boost for the town.

“We are close to selling out the south stand which takes aound 3,200 - and there’s huge demand for the east stand,” he said.

“The Bulls have taken an allocation of 3,500 which should take out the Skircoat stand and around a third of the east stand which we expect will be packed on the day.

“It should be a fantastic atmosphere,” he said.

The capacity has been set at 9,000 for that match but the club is hopeful it will be increased to 10,000.

Capacity fluctuates on the state of the ground and when improvements are made the safety certificate allows an increased attendance.

Tickets for the Challenge Cup game are available from www.halifaxrlfc.co.uk or 01422 342792.

Meanwhile FC Halifax Town fans are also having to chase tickets for their final game of the season away to Ossett Town on Easter Monday

The Shaymen - who will be presented with the Evo-Stik Premier Division title on Saturday - have previously taken around 1,000 fans to neighbouring club Ossett Albion and at Easter 2009 police were called to reports of fighting outside the ground.

Ossett Town took the decision to make the match all-ticket and have taken advice from police on planning for the match.

FC Halifax secretary Hayley Horne said the club was disappointed with the decision.

The club’s fans have travelled in their hundreds to away grounds without trouble during this and previous seasons.