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FC Halifax Town

The Shay Founded 2008 The Shaymen

The continued success of the newly formed FC Halifax Town has given the Yorkshire club optimism that they can reach the Football League. The town lost its club six years ago and the Shaymen had to restart in the Northern Premier League Division One North. Within six years FC Halifax Town have won two league titles and a playoff making their way up the non league pyramid. Their first season back in the Conference Premier last term was one to be proud of, reaching the playoff semi finals and continuing an excellent record on their own patch.

FC Halifax TownLast Season

Conference Premier: 5th

F.A Cup: 1st Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: Quarter Final

Top Scorer: Lee Gregory

Average Attendance: 1597

The Shaymen suffered just one defeat in their debut Conference Premier season, were delighted with the services of striker Lee Gregory and finished in the top five. A brilliant campaign for the Yorkshire club ended in the playoff semi finals where they lost to eventual winners Cambridge United. In fact, the campaign started against the same club with a difficult 5-1 loss but FC Halifax Town grew in stature as the season developed.Almost unbeatable in the league at the Shay, the Yorkshire club chalked up 16 wins, six draws and a defeat at home. Overall they outscored all but the champions Luton Town with the help of 29 strikes by the prolific Lee Gregory. The Shaymen put a fantastic late run together to reach the playoffs, a run of nine wins from ten in March up to mid April. The club dropped just two points and kept an astonishing seven clean sheets in a row to secure fifth spot.

The Manager – Neil Aspin

FC Halifax Town found their perfect match in 2009 when they appointed Neil Aspin. The former Leeds United and Port Vale defender is used to taking the honours having won Player of the Year with both clubs. As a player Aspin often found himself winning runner up medals but as a manager he has gone one better. In his first managerial job he won the West Riding County Cup with Harrogate Town. Since moving to the Shay he has clinched three promotions starting with the Northern Premier League Division One North title. The Yorkshire club won the division with 100 points and the following year the Northern Premier League was clinched with 98 points. Aspin then led FC Halifax Town to an F.A Cup first round tie with Charlton Athletic and won a third promotion via the Conference North playoffs. Although last term he couldn’t steer the Shaymen into the Football League, the 49 year old gave it a good shot.

The Summer

Conference Premier Player of the Year and FC Halifax Town’s top striker Lee Gregory has been signed by Championship side Millwall. Neil Aspin swooped for a replacement and Richard Peniket will be the clubs new marksmen, the 21 year old started his career at Fulham before loan spells in the Conference Premier. A second striker arrives at the Shay, Ross Dyer was released by Mansfield Town in the summer and pens a deal with the Shaymen. To complete a trio of forwards joining the Yorkshire side, Scott Boden switches from Macclesfield Town where he averaged one goal every two games. At the other end of the pitch, central defender Steve Williams follows Boden from Moss Rose and full back Kevin Roberts signs from promotion winning Cambridge United. James Bolton played for Aspin in the Conference North and Premier and comes back to the Shay.

Leaving the Shay will be Ryan Toulson and Danny Lowe who have both dropped down a division to play for Guiseley. Ryan Crowther will continue in the Conference Premier with newly promoted Altrincham.

Last Meetings vs The Darts

Dartford 1 FC Halifax Town 2 – Conference Premier – 14 December 2013

The visitors completed a double over Dartford with two goals after the hour mark. The second half was dominated by FC Halifax Town and they were rewared with goals from Joe Ironside and Josh Wilson. The Darts managed to claw one goal back late on when on loan defender Connor Essam halved the deficit.

FC Halifax Town 2 Dartford 0 – Conference Premier – 19 August 2013

An early meeting between the two sides last season ended in the hosts taking advantage of what Tony Burman described as ‘hari-kari’. The Darts failed to score for a successive away day whilst the Shaymen netted two in the second half. Lee Gregory opened the scoring and Kevin Holsgrove pounced on an Alan Julian fumble.

Next Meetings

Saturday 6 December 2014 at Princes Park

Saturday 7 March 2015 at the Shay

League Performance Last Six Years

halifax 10 years

Best Performances

5th Conference Premier (2013/14) F.A Cup 1st Round (2011/12 & 2013/14) F.A Trophy Quarter Final (2012/13)

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