Dewsbury Rams this week travel the short distance to The Shay stadium to face Halifax in a crunch game in the Betfred Championship.
Halifax have taken some big scalps this year already and beat the Rams at the Tetley’s Stadium earlier on in the season. Dewsbury will be looking to go to The Shay and get the vital win they want.
For any supporters making the trip to Halifax, here’s your away day guide.
Stadium capacity: 10.500 (Aprox)- 5,830 seated.
Address: The Shay Stadium, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 2YS
Telephone: 01422 342792
The Shay Stadium officially opened in 1921, however sport had been played on the site much earlier than that.
The Shay is situated in the heart of Halifax town centre, and when it was first built it only possessed three completed stands meaning it had a maximum capacity of approximately 6,500.
After having discussions with the local council it was decided that the capacity of the stadium could be upgraded to at least 10.000 people. The upgrade increased the club’s chances of getting Super League status in the future.
Postcode for SatNavs is HX1 2YS
By Car (West): Junction 24 off the M62 take the A629 to Halifax and pick up the signs for the Shay Stadium after about 3 miles.
By Car: (East) Junction 26 off the M62 and take the A58 to Halifax before picking up signs for the Shay Stadium.
By Rail: After exiting the train station take the second turning left on to Church St. Keep walking straight on to South Parade and then Shaw Syke and the stadium is on your right.
By Bus: Exit the bus station from the main entrance, turning right on to Wade Street and then Crossley Street. At the end, turn left on to Commercial St and keep walking on to Portland Place and then Skircoat Rd. Take the first left on to Hunger Hill and the stadium is to the right.
Parking: Limited parking is available at the stadium, but road parking in surrounding streets is an option as well as the Glyn Webb car park on Shay Syke (there is a charge). A multi-storey car park is open at the North end of the ground for Rugby League matches. Disabled parking is available on Hunger Hill by pass only, available from the club.
If fans are looking to have refreshments on the day there are a number of alternatives for away supporters.
Food & drink (inside and outside the ground): There are a number of outlets serving both food and drink within the stadium complex. Both North and South Stands have their own food vans, whilst the Skircoat Stand has drinks and food available from the Hunger Hill side.
Pubs: The Three Pigeons is the nearest pub to the ground, there are plenty of bars and pubs situated in the town centre as well as 2 supporters bars inside the ground.
Halifax currently sit sixth in the league, three places and ten points above Dewsbury who are placed ninth in the division. Fax have only lost once out of their last six games, that came against Toronto in Canada. Wins against teams include Sheffield, Swinton, Dewsbury and London. Meanwhile the Rams have now lost their last ten games in a row and will be looking to find a victory to turn their form around.