National League’s new boys added to Town’s itinerary

Prenton Park
Prenton Park

There will be six new grounds on FC Halifax Town’s itinerary this season, with some more familiar than others for Shaymen supporters.

Holker Street

Nethermoor

Nethermoor

Barrow

Capacity: 4,256 (Seats 1,000)

Year Ground Opened: 1909

Distance From The Shay: 122 miles

Holker Street

Holker Street

Host Halifax: Monday, March 28

The highest attendance at Holker Street was recorded in 1954 when 16,874 fans saw Barrow draw 2–2 with Swansea Town in the third round of the FA Cup.

In the 1970’s, with the club struggling financially, a speedway track was created around the edge of the pitch and was used by the Barrow Bombers for two years.

Meadow Park

Boreham Wood

Capacity: 4,502 (1200 seated)

Year Ground Opened: 1963

Distance From The Shay: 197 miles

Host Halifax: Saturday, August 8

It is also the home of Arsenal Ladies, Arsenal’s youth teams and Watford Reserves.

In July 2014 the new East Stand was officially opened by Arsene Wenger.

The record attendance was set on Friday, July 13, 2001, when 4,030 spectators watched Arsenal beat Wood 2-0 in a pre-season friendly.

Whaddon Road

Cheltenham Town

Capacity: 7,200

Year Ground Opened: 1927

Distance From The Shay: 166 miles

Host Halifax: Saturday, April 16

The stadium, on the site of what was The Berkeley Hunt kennels, was built by the Cheltenham Original Brewery. Cheltenham marked their 70th anniversary at the stadium by winning promotion to the old Football League Second Division, the third tier of English football, for the first time.

The record attendance is 8,326 for a game against Reading in the FA Cup on November, 17 1956.

Gareth Seddon scored twice when Town beat Gloucester 2-1 at Whaddon Road back in February 2013.

Nethermoor

Guiseley

Capacity: 3,000 (500 seated)

Year Ground Opened: 1909

Distance From The Shay: 17 miles

Host Halifax: Tuesday, September 15

Nethermoor has a B-grade to stage Conference North football and following their promotion, they have been accepted into the Conference Premier.

But by March 31, 2016, Guiseley must fulfil membership criteria for the Conference Premier and achieve A-grade status, when their capacity is likely to have to reach 4,000.

Halifax won 2-0 at Nethermoor to reach the 2013 Conference North play-off final, which they went on to win by beating Brackley 1-0.

Prenton Park

Tranmere Rovers

Capacity: 16,567

Year Ground Opened: 1912

Distance From The Shay: 66 miles

Host Halifax: Tuesday, August 18

Prenton Park was opened by the Mayor of Birkenhead, Councillor George Proudman, on March 9, 1912.

Floodlights were installed in the ground in September 1958, with the club’s supporters’ association raising the £15,000 cost.

Tranmere’s record attendance is for a fourth-round FA Cup match against Stoke City on February 5, 1972.

Hayes Lane

Bromley

Capacity: 6,000 (3,000 seated)

Year Ground Opened: 1938

Distance From The Shay: 230 miles

Host Halifax: Saturday, February 6

After playing at White Hart Field, Widmore Road and Plaistow Cricket Ground, Bromley then relocated to their first Hayes Lane ground before moving around 300 yards to the current stadium in 1938.

They had to leave the ground when fire destroyed the main stand in October 1992, but returned in September 1993.

The record attendance stands at 10,798 for a game against Nigeria in 1949.