The Shaymen face a tough away test against in-form AFC Fylde this Friday, as FC Halifax Town continue to push on with the end of the season on the horizon.
In the last road trip before a three-game home run, Jamie Fullarton’s side will be looking to continue their rich vein of form.
Here are ten things you may not know about our hosts:
- Between January 2003 to October 2004, the club did not lose a single game in any competition, an unbeaten run that spanned 21 months.
- The club have only been known as AFC Fylde since the start of the 2008/09 season, they previously played under the name Kirkham & Wesham FC.
- Like last week’s opponent Solihull Moors FC, the Coasters were initially a merger between two existing clubs, Kirkham Town and Wesham.
- In their last season under the name of Kirkham & Wesham FC, the club won the FA Vase, beating Lowestoft Town in the final at Wembley.
- Two seasons ago, in 2015/16, Fylde put together an excellent cup run, which culminated in a narrow 3-1 defeat at then-League One side Millwall at the Den in the first round.
- After successive play-off defeats in the National League North, AFC Fylde were promoted (along with FC Halifax Town) as champions last season and are putting together a serious play-off run as they eye back-to-back promotions.
- Despite their marvellous campaign in 2016/17, finishing with 88 points, Fylde conceded 60 goals, with the Shaymen conceding just 43.
- In 2016, Fylde goal machine Danny Rowe set the National League North alight, as he scored a sensational 55 goals in all competitions in a calendar year, more than Lionel Messi.
- Rowe was also on the books at Manchester United, before he was released at the age of 16.
- As well as putting seven past third-placed Aldershot, Fylde have also crushed league-leaders Macclesfield Town 6-0, and beaten fellow promotion-hopefuls Tranmere 5-2.
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