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The PL League Boss⭐
Apr 28, 2006
PL Headquarters Hullbridge
I went to Halifax a couple of times in the late 60s and their ground was a complete joke, from memory on one side they had the smallest stand I have ever seen at a League club which surely couldn't have seated 50. On the other side it was covered but only an embankment underneath where at the turnstiles they would hand you a tip up seat to put where you want. The ground was also used as a speedway track and behind the goals it was again just a curved grass embankment. In fairness They did have a good social club with a casino. Roots Hall at the time was only 15 years old and almost "state of the art" in comparison.

Since then of course Southend have progressed to the Championship twice, been to five national finals at Cardiff/Wembley etc. meanwhile Halifax have gone out of the league, gone out of business, reformed and currently struggling to avoid relegation from the Conference.

I'm currently watching Halifax v Altrincham (who have Neil Tolson as manager) on BT sports, and can't believe the ground it has been completely redeveloped. I can really only see three sides but they have a big seated stand opened in 2010, behind both goals are big new stands for standing built in the late 1990s (the speedway track is long gone). No pillars in the way anywhere that i can see. All in all it looks a good, big ground, too big for their needs as one end isn't opened except for big games. In the same time we have sold off the South bank built our small double decker and bolted on seats to existing terraces.

So how can they do it and not us?

Also I watched Freiburg in the German Second Division the other day, they were the first club in Germany to put solar panels on the roofs of three of their stands. What a good idea.