A bumper day at the Shay!

FC Halifax Town is gearing up for the biggest day of its short history on Sunday.

The newly-built club replaced the original Halifax Town in 2008 when it folded under financial difficulties.

And, on the back of two successive promotions, this season it has reached the FA Cup first round for the first time.

Visitors to the Shay are League One giants and 1947 FA Cup winners Charlton Athletic – the highest-ranked opponents FC Halifax Town could have drawn.

Interest in the tie is massive and it has been chosen as the prime tie which will be seen by millions live on ITV1 (kick off 12.30 pm).

Club associate director Peter Stajic said the build-up was manic and the banqueting suite was likely to sell out with 250 people having brunch. Around two dozen ball boy packages were likely to be snapped up and there will be increased advertising around the ground.

“The interest has been overwhelming and it’s fantastic for the club,” he said.

With TV money and other revenue streams the club will have made more than £100,000 from its FA Cup journey this year after Sunday. Mr Stajic expected a crowd of over 4,000 with around 500 Charlton fans segregated in the Skircoat stand.

He also cleared up two misunderstandings. The club was criticised on message boards for breaking a promise of keeping admission at £10 for FA Cup games.

But, he said it was always the intention to look at each game on its merits and after dropping the price for the Tadcaster game the issue was misinterpreted.

And, the FA Cup second round draw will take place in London and not the Shay, but it will be screened in the banqueting suite.

The north stand at the ground remains out of use due to safety concerns with the concrete terracing.

Consequently, the capacity is currently 8,600.

A spokesman for Charlton Athletic also expected up to 500 fans to travel.

He said with no trains arriving before kick-off the club’s players had contributed to the cost of free coach travel which will bring 250 in an effort to have a decent following.

Calderdale Police Operations Chief Inspector Viv Cutbill warned fans to behave.

“West Yorkshire Police will be supporting ground safety staff to ensure those attending can enjoy the match safely. Any incidents of crime, disorder or anti-social behaviour will be dealt with positively.”

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