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Ground guide – Galpharm Stadium

Tenants – Huddersfield Town, Huddersfield Giants (rugby league)

Capacity – 24,500 (all seated)

Address – Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield, HD1 6PX

Year opened – 1995

Other names – Alfred McAlpine Stadium

The Galpharm Stadium is a relatively new ground opening in 1995 and is home to Huddersfield Town and the local rugby league team the Huddersfield Giants.

The stadium was known as the Alfred McAlpine, after the company that built the stadium. Though after their ten year deal sponsoring the stadium ran out,  Galpharm Healthcare took up the spot.

This stadium is different to most with each stand having a semi-circular look, rather like an open oyster. The ground has a couple of two tiered stands, one along the side of the pitch and one behind one goal, and two single tiered stands.

Here is some more information that might be of use to you.

  • We’re thinking of coming on the train. Is this a good idea?

Yes. The trains in and out of Huddersfield are very frequent and it has good links straight to either Leeds or Manchester. Also the trains are usually quite cheap and affordable. The stadium is about a 15 minute walk down the main road from the station.

  • Is there anywhere away fans can drink near the ground?

Yes, but be careful about which pubs you go in. Immediately on your right as you walk out of the train station is the Angel of Islington pub which is best avoided if your are a visiting supporter. Countless times I have walked passed and sensed a tense atmosphere, especially after their team have lost. A little nearer the ground is the peculiarly named Gas Club which does welcome away fans and has an accompanying car park, priced at £2. There is also a number of pubs along Leeds Road as you approach the ground as well as one in the nearby entertainment complex called the Rope Walk, though this again does not allow away fans.

  • What’s car parking like around the ground?

The club has quite a large park at the back of the away stand which is available at £5 per car. There are a fair number of other small parking outlets in and around the ground and it shouldn’t prove a problem.

  • Where are the away fans seated?

The away fans are housed in the Pink Link South Stand which holds around 4,000. The facilities are good, as you would expect with all new stadiums. Legroom is relatively generous and there is a spacious concoursewith all the usual food and drinks available. There is also a Ladbrokes betting stand if you fancy putting your money where your mouth is.

  • Last but least, how much is the programme?

The matchday magazine will set you back £3.

Video – Carlisle fans at the Galpharm

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Flashback – Stan the man

Collymore hit a spectacular goal on his Bradford debut.

Collymore hit a spectacular goal on his Bradford debut.

Rewind back to 2000-2001 season when two of Yorkshire’s biggest sides were both in the top flight.

Leeds United and Bradford City faced off at Valley Parade, with new signing Stan Collymore making his Bantam debut.

Collymore had but Bradford one up with that spectacular overhead-kick (see video) only for Mark Viduka to save Leeds’ blushes with a late equalizer.

Though Collymore’s career didn’t last long after that, only making a handful of appearences for Bradford before struggling in Spain with Real Oviedo.

Stan now works as a pundit for newspapers such as Daily Mirror and a presenter for radio station TalkSport.

Ground guide – KitKat Cresent

Tenants – York City

Capacity – 9,196

Address – Bootham Crescent, York, YO30 7AQ

Year opened – 1932

Other names – Bootham Crescent

KitKat Crescent is the home to struggling Conference outfit York City and has been since 1932. Housing just under 10,000 the stadium is located in the residential streets on the outskirts of York.

The stadium has one main grandstand which is all seated which takes up about two thirds of the touchline. Opposite this is the peculiarly named Popular Stand which is also all seated.

Behind either goal are two sets of terracing. The David Longhurst stand is where the vast majority of noise  is generated from the home fans.

Away fans are situated in the Grosvenor Road End which is again, all terraced. The ground has a pleasant feel and when full a good atmosphere can be generated.

Here is some more bits of information that might be of interest to you.

  • We’re coming up for a game and want to make a weekend of it. What else can we do in and around the city?

The city York is a beautiful place and you could easily spend a day or two wandering the quaint streets and gardens. The centrepiece is without doubt York Minster where tours are available at a price. The castle walls also line the city and sections can be walked free of charge giving spectacular views.

  • What’s the ground like for parking?

Parking in the city centre is not advised as they are small and very expensive. A limited number of street parking is available around the ground but the residential streets are very small and often crammed with cars. The best advise is to arrive early and find parking in and around the residential areas

  • How far away is the train station from the ground?

The train station is a good 20 minute walk away from the ground. Though the walk is scenic, lining the castle walls for part of the stroll.

  • We’re away fans and after a drink. Where can we go?

The supporters club which overlooks the away end does welcome away fans for a small donation of 50p. The nearest pub to the ground is the Burton Stone Inn which is along the A19. Further afield there are plenty of pubs in the city centre.

  • What is the food like in the ground?

Surprisingly enough KitKats and various other chocolate bars are available in the ground. The other usuals such as meat pies, mushy peas and burgers are all also available at the usual prices.

  • Finally I want something to read on the journey home. How much is the matchday programme?

The matchday magazine will set you back £3.

Video – Various snapshot photographs of the stadium.

Carry on Conlon

BRADFORD CITY outkast Barry Conlon seems to have found his feet again this time playing for the 13th club of his career, Grimsby Town.

Following what Bradford City described as a ‘breach of dicipline’ Conlon was loaned to Grimsby Town where he has found the target in all three games for the Mariners.

The Irishman’s goals could prove to be just enough to keep Grimsby in the Football League.

Battered Boro’

GARETH SOUTHGATE’S Middlesbrough side now find themselves five points from safety after being hammered 4-1 at Bolton.

The other top flight Yorkshire side Hull City played out what ex-Liverpool assistant Phil Thompson described as a ‘dire 0-0 stalemate’ on Soccer Saturday.

In the Championship there were wins for both Sheffield clubs with United looking good for automatic promotion. The Blades saw off Ipswich at Bramall Lane whilst the Owls defeated Norwich 1-0 at Carrow Road.

Barnsley picked up what could prove to be a crucial point at home to Nottingham Forest whilst Doncaster slipped to a home defeat at the hands of Watford.

In League 1 Leeds United continued their good run of form with a 1-0 away win at Colchester whilst Huddersfield lost by the same scoreline at home to Southend.

Bradford saved a late point against table-toppers Brentford in League Two whilst York lost to Grays in the Conference.

Top 50 Football League players revealed

FOURFOURTWO has finally lifted the curtain their opinion of the top 50 players outside the Premiership.

Yorkshire’s contingent of Football League clubs were well represented in the annual list, with seven players making the cut.

Here is the run down of who made the grade.

21. Fabian Delph, Leeds United – Not only did the young Leeds midfielder rank as the highest Yorkshire-based player in the Football League, but was the highest player aged under 21, meaning he picked up the Football League Young Player of the Year award.

Naughton is certainly proving to be one to watch for the future.

Naughton is certainly proving to be one to watch.

24. Kyle Naughton, Sheffield United – This young full-back looks to have a bright future ahead of him. At just above the halfway point of the top 50, the 20-year-old already has two England under-21 caps. After a loan period at Gretna in Scotland last season he seems to have returned much more mature and has now cemented a place in Kevin Blackwell’s starting lineup.

26. Matthew Kilgallon, Sheffield United – Despite initially finding it hard to work his way into the side under then manager Neil Warnock, Kilgallon has now tied down a first team spot and become a regular for the Blades.

36. Jermaine Beckford, Leeds United – A goal ratio of one in two during his time a Leeds speaks volumes. Constantly linked to another club Beckford has stayed put and is arguably playing some of the best football of his career.

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Wednesday's Marcus Tudgay is really enjoying his football at the moment.

37. Marcus Tudgay, Sheffield Wednesday – The 26-year-old Wednesday striker has become a firm favourite at Hillsborough. Scoring the winning goal against arch rivals Sheffield United did no harm for his popularity and he comes in at 37 in the list.

42. Brian Stock, Doncaster Rovers – His career seemed to have stalled after his move from Bournemouth to Preston in 2006 but it is firmly back on track now after some glittering performances for Doncaster. The highlight of his year is surely captaining Rovers to their playoff final triumph over Leeds at Wembley last May.

45. Tommy Spurr, Sheffield Wednesday – Another who is tipped for great things in the not too distant future is Wednesday’s young defender. Another who did his reputation the world of good by netting in the first minute of the Steel City derby last February has also captained the side in the absence of Richard Wood.

For the full run down of the top 50 click here.

Fabulous Fab

Delph has proved to be a key player for Leeds this season.

Delph has proved to be a key player for Leeds this season.

LEEDS UNITED’S hotshot midfielder Fabian Delph has scooped the FourFourTwo Young Player of the Year prize in this seasons Football League awards.

The ceremony took place at the Grosvenor House on Park Lane in London earlier this week with more then 800 football representatives present.

The 19-year-old midfielder has cemented a regular first team place this season and was ranked the highest under 21 representative in 21st position.

Speaking after receiving the award, Delph said: “I’m absolutely delighted to get this award in my first full season of regular first team football.

“The players around me have been a big help and people like our last manager Gary McAllister, who spent a lot of time in meetings with me telling me how I can improve my game, have been a big driving force.

“After starting the season well we had a bit of a dip, but we’ve come back strongly and hopefully I can now help us get promoted to the Championship.”

More to come from the FourFourTwo Football League awards later.