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Halifax rise from the ashes

Sunday's FA Cup tie against Charlton marks the club's desire to rebuild as three years ago Halifax Town went out of business.

As Bobby Ham explains the summer of 2008.

“There were just five weeks to go before the start of the season and we had no manager, no players, no nothing,” he recalls.

“Halifax Town had just gone out of business and we’d just formed the new club, FC Halifax Town, and been told we’d have to start off three divisions lower down the footballing pyramid in the Northern Premier League First Division North.

Without a manager former Witton Albion boss Jim Vince stepped into the breach to use his contacts to assemble a squad.

Vince left at the end of the season leaving Halifax in eighth-placed a remarkable achievement considering there had been no club just a few months earlier after Halifax Town was wound up with estimated debts of £2m.

The following season with former Leeds and Port Vale defender Neil Aspin at the helm, Halifax stepped up their quest to regain Football League status. The club won the title with 100 points from 42 games, scoring 108 goals in the process. Aspin’s men followed up by winning the Northern Premier League Premier Division at the first attempt, once more registering 108 goals.

They are now 11th in the Blue Square Bet North, three points off the play-offs as they attempt to reach the Conference proper.

The club can take another step forward on Sunday in the FA Cup televised tie against Charlton Athletic (kick-off 12.30pm).


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