Halifax Panthers' relocation status as stadium co-tenants forced to different counties

Halifax Panthers’ Championship clash with Sheffield Eagles will take place at The Shay this weekend, despite their co-tenants being forced to relocate their matches.

FC Halifax Town, who play in the National League, have a ‘home’ game against Oldham Athletic tonight. However, that game is taking place in Chesterfield, 62 miles away. They have also played their previous two games in Lancashire, with Accrington Stanley hosting two games.

It has come after several postponements throughout the season, with the pitch particularly struggling after persistent rain over recent months. The pitch has visibly been an eyesore at recent games, with postponements eventually resulting in the football club having to seek out alternative venues to ensure they can fulfil all of their fixtures.

But despite the issues felt by the football club, the Panthers have been able to play all of their games at the ground so far this year and will be playing at The Shay again on Sunday when they host the unbeaten Sheffield Eagles.

While the pitch hasn’t been deemed fit to host football games, it has been cleared to host rugby league games, and the pitch has had some recovery time recently, with it last being used on April 7th when Liam Finn’s side defeated Batley Bulldogs. It will have been a fortnight by the time Fax plays on it once again.

Halifax, who made the last 16 of the Challenge Cup before losing to Catalans Dragons, have won two of their opening four Championship games, defeating Dewsbury Rams and Batley Bulldogs while they have lost on the road to Bradford Bulls and Widnes Vikings.

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