2010/11 season review

FC Halifax Town returned for a new season in The Northern Premier League Premier Division, after winning promotion from The Northern Premier League Division One North. Manager Neil Aspin started of the season bringing in new players. Aspin brought in former Bradford City skipper Mark Bower from Darlington and famously future England international and Premier League winner Jamie Vardy from Stocksbridge Park Steels.

The Shaymen started off the season as they would have wanted beating Buxton 2-1 at The Shay, but then draws against Frickley Athletic and Colwyn Bay plus, a defeat at fellow newly promoted side Chasetown left Town in 13th position at the end of August. Aspin was able to turn the sides fortune. Town then went unbeaten in their next twelve league games, winning a remarkable eleven of them to send The Shaymen six points clear of nearest challengers Colwyn Bay, and with two games in hand for The Shaymen everything was looking perfect for Town.

With Town in a fantastic purple patch of from, The Shaymen got to host to fifth tier side Mansfield Town in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup in front of 2,986. Much like the season before The Shaymen put in a more than worth performance but were unable to get past the team from the Conference Premier. As Louis Briscoe scored in the sixth minute to put The Stags ahead, Town then looked to be assertive in the game but came up against a keeper on top form which Vardy and co were unable to beat.

20th November saw Town beaten at The Shay for the first time in 30 league games. When North Ferriby United come to The Shay a get a surprise 2-0 victory. During this spell the cup fixtures Town played in lost twice to teams in the Conference Premier now National League at the time. One was against Wrexham which an injury time winner saw the Welsh side head through to the first-round proper in 2009/10 season, the second one was Mansfield Town.

A shock home defeat against North Ferriby United was just an anomalous result in the league campaign. On New Years Day 2011, Town hosted FC United of Manchester at the Shay which attracted a crowd of 4,023, an attendance that at the time held the record crowd for the Northern Premier League. Town ran out convincing 4-1 winners’ goals from Mark Bower , Greg Maguire scoring and further assisting Adam Morning with two goals in 5 minutes. Town had beaten the Red Rebels three weeks prior at Giggs Lane in the return fixture. Victory at Northwhich Victoria and an emphatic 8–1 home win against Ossett Town in mid-January, FC Halifax Town’s biggest ever win, settled minor worries after going down 2–1 at bogey side Colwyn Bay and The Shaymen continued to win games at will despite the odd hiccup.

Halifax won an incredible match against Chasetown in late March, with four of the five goals in the 3–2 win coming very late on after Town had gone behind. Town had the chance to wrap up the championship at home to Matlock Town but a late penalty for the visitors meant Town had to wait. The Shaymen finally had their hands on the title after winning 2–0 at Retford United and gained automatic promotion to the Conference North. Giving FC Halifax Town two titles in their first three years of reformation. Town finished their campaign with 98 points, 19 more than Colwyn Bay in second. Vardy finished his single season at the club with 26 goals across all competitions and the team as a whole scored 108 goals in the league and only conceding 36.

Players: Liam Hogan, Mark Bower, Tom Baker, Jonathan Hedge, Aaron Hardy, Simon Garner, Jamie Vardy, Danny Lowe, Scott Phelan, Danny Holland, Richard Marshall, James Dean, James Riley, Lee Gregory, Scott Metcalfe, Nathan Taylor, Scott Hogan, Andrew Milne, Nicky Gray, Matt Plummer, Harry Winter, Stephen Woods, Phil Senior, Lee Ellington, Louis Horne

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