Shaymen set for home clash at Spotland

Grant Holt in action for Halifax Town against Tranmere Rovers at Valley Parade in 2000.
Grant Holt in action for Halifax Town against Tranmere Rovers at Valley Parade in 2000.

FC Halifax Town will play a home game away from The Shay for the first time in 13 years when they face Stalybridge at Rochdale on Saturday (February 23, 3pm kick off).

The last time Town were forced to move a game from their home ground was back in 2000 when they played Tranmere Rovers in a League Cup tie at Valley Parade when the floodlights at The Shay were out of action.

The club took the decision to switch the fixture after the pitch at The Shay became unplayable, but are offering free transport for supporters.

Town’s last game at Spotland was back in 2001, when they lost 2-0 on the way to being relegated from the old Division Three.

Former Morecambe manager Jim Harvey has just celebrated three years in charge at Stalybridge, who are currently 13th in the Blue Square North, having lost just under half their league games so far this season.

Top scorer Jack Laird has bagged 13 goals for Celtic in the league so far, who are without a win from their previous six matches.

Town boss Neil Aspin was full of praise for the travelling army of Shaymen fans who watched their team’s 2-1 win over Gloucester in midweek, and hopes a large number of supporters make the journey to Rochdale.

He said: “I thought the support was really good at Droylsden where they made a lot of noise, which helps the team.

“It’s fantastic we had some supporters at Gloucester and when we were up against it at the end, they made some noise which was fantastic.

“It might be a bit of a novelty playing at Rochdale but I’d like to think the supporters who come to our home games will be at the Rochdale game.

“I realise it’s difficult when you want to be at home but geographically, it’s not a million miles from Halifax and hopefully we can put on a good display for the supporters that come.”

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