Ham says moving games from Shay is not an option

The Shay has had some problems over the years. This pitch was taken in 2010
The Shay has had some problems over the years. This pitch was taken in 2010

Director Bobby Ham said that moving games away from the Shay is not an option as the Shaymen play catch up with the league leaders.

Ham said that the directors have been frustrated by the inability to fulfill fixtures, particularly at home, due to the weather.

January is already looking like a busy month - and it could get even more congested if Town lose any more games this month.

And Ham admits that there is a problem with drainage at Shay, which is owned and maintained by Calderdale Council.

“We’re very disappointed,” said Ham.

“The directors, players and all the staff, everybody is frustrated. But the one thing we can’t control is the weather.

“The pitch does have a drainage problem and some work was going to be done on it during the summer, but for one reason or another that work didn’t happen,” he said.

“The ground has suffered over the years, but t’s hard to find the time to do the work between the football and rugby seasons.

“But we’ve got a problem and I don’t know what’s going to happen.

He said that while the club had suffered a drop in revenue as a result of postponements,, the club were not in any financial trouble.

But he added that playing games away from the Shay was not the answer.

“We’ve only had seven home league games this year and still have the players and bills to pay every week,” he said.

“Playing games away from the Shay is not really an option for us though.

“If we were to try and take games elsewhere then it would cost us more money than we would take it because teams are not going to allow us to use their ground for nothing.

Ham added that he hoped more games could be played in the coming weeks.

“By playing a lot of games in a short space of time you’re leaving yourself vulnerable to injuries and things like that. It’s a very frustrating time for everybody at the moment,” he said.

- Fans can buy this season’s home or away shirt, get them signed and meet some of the team before Town play in the next round of the FA Trophy.

The session will be held on Saturday December 15 from 12.30pm prior to home game against Maidstone United

Mulled wine and mince pies will be available, and fans will receive a voucher for a further 10% off all FC Halifax Town merchandise.

This does not include online sales, but will be valid to be spent in the new club shop when it opens in the New Year.

The vouchers will only be valid until May 31 of this year.

Fans who have already purchased this season’s shirt can take it to get it signed.

To reserve your shirt and place, please call Hayley Horne on 01422 341222.