Shay Clash Breaks Record
The New Year Day clash between FC Halifax Town and FC United of Manchester has gone down in the record books as the largest Evo-Stik League crowd of the season.
4023 fans packed into The Shay to witness the home side run out 4-1 winners, with over 700 FC United fans making the trip across the Pennines. The Bury-based outfit made national headlines earlier this season with their incredible FA Cup run, which included a game with local rivals Rochdale that attracted a crowd of 7048.
The Shay crowd was the second highest in the Non-League pyramid (Luton drew nearly 7000 to their game against Rushden and Diamonds), as well as being larger than the attendance for 13 Football League clashes, including Hartlepool's clash with Oldham in League One.
Both sides are no stranger to big crowds, and are leading the way in average attendances for the Evo-Stik League Premier Division.
Halifax's previous high-water mark in the Northern Premier League came last season, when they attracted 3152 for their vital clash with Lancaster City. The win sees the West Yorkshire side nine points clear of the chasing pack with three games in hand.
The Northern Premier League all-time attendance record was set way back on 28th December 1970, when an astonishing 8107 fans watched Wigan Athletic and Stafford Rangers.
--Photo: The Shay Stadium during FC Halifax Town's end of season clash with Lancaster City in 2010. Courtesy of Robert White--
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