Some clubs we’ve come up against over the years find themselves on a proper rollercoaster ride; glorious highs and heartbreaking lows. We suppose it helps to keep things interesting, but that’s not good for the heart? In some cases, however, such rides can come to an abrupt end. And that is what happened to Halifax Town; going out of business in 2008 only 10 years after a Conference title win took them back into the Football League after a five-year absence.
The problem is they couldn’t make good on that opportunity. And it’s why we ended up playing them a good few times across two separate spells in the 1990s and 2000s – as we’ll now explore. Boro’ came up against them on 20 occasions in all – each time a league game across two spells in the Conference. Well, two spells for them. The first spell coincided with our promotion from the Diadora League Premier League; the Shaymen relegated from the Football League in 1993.
After earning promotion back to the League in 1998, the Shaymen were among us yet again six years later. In 2007, however, Halifax found themselves in administration. And despite surviving relegation on the last day, they were expelled from the Conference. It was shortly after the curtain fell on their story. The name was revived by the new FC Halifax Town that same year. Can the ‘new’ Shaymen make it back to the Football League?