Seen by many as one of the main contenders for the National League North this season, we take a look at FC Halifax Town.\r\n\r\nOne of the youngest clubs in the league, FC Halifax Town were formed in 2008 from the remnants of Halifax Town FC, after the previous incarnation of the club went into administration in the 2007/08 season.\r\n\r\nHuge tax debts buried Halifax Town A.F.C. after almost 100 years as a football club. New figures put to a reconvened creditors meeting in May 2008 showed the cash-strapped Shaymen owed over £800,000 to HMRC.\r\n\r\nThe Revenue refused any deal and that effectively finished the club – already over £2 million in the red.\r\n\r\nFollowing an appeal to the FA after the newly formed FC Halifax Town were not placed in the Conference, Conference North or Northern Premier Division, the club was eventually accepted into the Northern Premier League Division One North for 2008/09.\r\n\r\nHaving been promoted into the Northern Premier Division ahead of the 2010/11 season, Halifax started life by making numerous signings including the unknown striker Jamie Vardy from Stocksbridge Park Steels.\r\n\r\nVardy went on to score 27 goals in 37 appearances to help Halifax gain automatic promotion to the Conference North before being sold to Fleetwood Town in the summer.\r\n\r\nPromotion to the Conference Premier came one season later in 2012/13 as they defeated Guiseley in the play-off final.\r\n\r\nFollowing three seasons in the top tier of non-league, FC Halifax Town were relegated back to the Conference North ahead of the 2015/16 season, but not before they tasted FA Trophy success at Wembley, defeating Grimsby in the final.\r\n\r\nAhead of the upcoming season, Billy Heath has joined the Shaymen as manager, opting to drop back down to National League North level after gaining promotion with North Ferriby United in 2015/16.\r\n\r\nWith Heath come several of his promotion winning side from the Villagers to the Shaymen, notably towering striker Tom Denton, who was widely regarded by many as one of the best players in the National League North last season.\r\n\r\nOther notable signings by the Shaymen include goalkeeper Steven Drench, defender Danny Hone and midfield general Liam King, all of whom bring National League North promotion experience to the squad.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers have faced off against the Shaymen four times previously, with City only picking up a singular point in the four meetings, a 0-0 draw at the Shay back in 2012.\r\n\r\nCity will look to fair better this season though, and we look forward to welcoming FC Halifax Town on Saturday 8 October!

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