The organisation that is known as Shaymen Down South (SDS) has been in existence since October 1993 when a chance meeting between two southern based Town fans on the platform of a London Underground station started the ball rolling. Originally, the SDS focussed on Town fans living in and around London and the South East but over the years the membership base expanded to a peak of over 150 by 2005 and, as well as including members from across the globe, over 30% of members came from Halifax and its immediate environs.
The SDS has taken on many roles and challenges but a constant focus has been to provide an independent voice that, whilst perhaps not always agreeing with the hierarchy at the time, has always looked to act and do what it believes to be the best for Halifax Town. The SDS fanzine, which ran for over 80 issues, was immensely popular and successful with sales regularly exceeding 300 per issue at its peak.
Time, circumstance and technology have moved on and whilst the SDS is no longer taking memberships or producing a printed publication, it is still in existence as an active social group and ready to take on additional roles if and when the need or opportunity arises.
We have an active Shaymen Down South private Facebook Group that is open for any Town fans to join and anyone requiring specific information is welcome to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org