Halifax RL Travel Pack by Joshua Chapman (@Chapalar)
This Thursday, the Cougars travel to The Shay to take on Halifax RL in Round Eighteen of the Kingstone Press Championship looking for revenge following defeat to Fax in June. Here is all you need to know if you’re planning on following the Cougars this Thursday:
South Stand (standing behind the posts):
Junior (up to 16) £5.
East Stand (Main Stand Seated)
The ground is set into the side of a hill which gives it an enclosed but very green look. On one side is the relatively new Main (East) Stand. This single tiered, covered, seated stand, has had a chequered history. It was originally constructed during the 2001/02 season, but due to financial problems it was left unfinished for some years, before the work re-commenced in 2009, with the stand finally opening in 2010. The stand is of a fair size, having a capacity of 3,500 and has some corporate hospitality boxes located at the back of it. There are windshields to either side and it has a rather odd look with a large area for wheelchair supporters being incorporated half way up on one side. The stand disappointingly has a shallow angle, meaning that spectators seated at the back of the Stand are situated quite far away from the playing action. The players tunnel and team dugouts are located on this side.
Opposite is the covered all seated Skircoat Stand. It has an old look about it, predominantly because of the line of supporting pillars than run across the front of the stand. It doesn’t run the full length of the pitch and so has grassy banks to either side. There are also a number of large trees that can be seen on the hill behind it, giving the ground a rural feel. Both ends are good sized covered terraces, both of which were built in the late 1990’s. One of these, the North Terrace is currently closed pending remedial works. One ‘hangover’ from the delays of the building of the Main Stand is that in the South East corner of the stadium there is the steelwork erected for what was going to be a hospitality area, but this was not completed along with the Main Stand.
WHERE TO DRINK:
There is a supporters club at the ground which admits away fans. However, it is rather on the small side and fills up quickly. The Three Pigeons Pub sells good beer and is only a few minutes walk away from the stadium. This pub which is on Sun Fold Road is owned by the Ossett Brewery is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Further up from the Three Pigeons is the Pump Room which is friendly on our visit to away supporters. Otherwise the ground is in easy walking distance of the town centre were there are plenty of pubs to be found, including a Wetherspoon pub called the Percy Shaw.
WHERE TO PARK:
Parking at the stadium is limited (£3), however there is some street parking to be had, but only if you arrive early. Otherwise it is a case of parking in one of the town centre car parks.
BY CAR, POSTCODE FOR THE SAT NAV: OL11 5DR
SUGGESTED ROUTE: (13.8 miles, 33min)
Head east on Royd Ings Avenue toward Alston Road.
Turn right onto Alston Road.
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Bradford Road/A6035. (Continue to follow A6035)
Turn left onto Coney Lane.
Continue onto Park Lane.
Turn right onto Glen Lee Lane.
Continue onto Shaw Lane.
Continue onto Keighley Road.
Turn right onto Halifax Road/B6429.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Manywells Brow/B6429. (Continue to follow Manywells Brow)
Continue onto Keighley Road/A629. (Continue to follow A629, Go through one roundabout)
Turn right onto Broad Street/A629. (Continue to follow A629, Go through one roundabout)
Sharp left onto Huddersfield Road.
Continue onto Shaw Hill.
Destination will be on the left.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
TRAIN – 17:32 from Keighley, arriving in Leeds at 18:00.
TRAIN – 18:18 from Leeds, arriving in Halifax at 18:53.
WALK – 18:53 from Halifax Rail Station, arriving at The Shay at 19:03.
WALK – 21:50 from The Shay, arriving at Halifax Rail Station at 22:00.
TRAIN – 22:16 from Halifax, arriving in Leeds at 22:52.
TRAIN – 23:18 from Leeds, arriving in Keighley at 23:45.