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  1. Unanimous

    Well, Jim Harvey's record was quite remarkable once he'd taken charge, and has to be given a massive amount of credit for even giving FC Halifax Town a chance come the last day. Perhaps they should have seen themselves over the line, and the fact that we couldn't match Guiseley's result  on the last day that will always go against him. As for Tuton, my recollection is that he wanted away and refused to play, simple as that. Many people rightly criticised the player over that and were glad to see the back of him. Town were never safe, just safer. The width of a post denied them in the last match, and had the ball have gone in, Harvey would have proved to be the miracle worker. It was such a fine line. Whether liked or not, he still gave the supporters the FA Trophy and went into that game with the board already lining up Billy Heath. It's the board who make the decisions at the top and ultimately, they have to carry the can for the appointment of Darren Kelly, for had they gone for anyone else Town would have got an extra point or two which would have been enough. I think Town will survive the drop this season - just - but long term I don't think Fullarton will deliver anything, and in any case, you really have to question just what the ambitions of the board are.     
  2. Unanimous

    Mm, based on what theory?
  3. Random image of the day

    Season picked up incredibly after we had sold top scorer Bobby Davison.  Enter that household name that was Martin Nuttall.
  4. Banks of England

    When Gordon Banks played at The Shay.  
  5. Mick Kennedy

    For any Town fans who'd like to contribute to the cost of Mick's funeral, Portsmouth fans have set up this page; https://www.gofundme.com/help-with-costs-towards-mick-kennedy039s-funeral  
  6. Mick Kennedy

    For any Town fans who may be in Ireland and wanting to pay their respects, Mick's funeral is this Thursday, 14 February, at 11.00 am at Connolly Church, Kilmaley Parish. This is situated around 20 miles from Shannon Airport.
  7. Mick Kennedy

    It's all down to the present chairman, who won't associate himself with anything to do with the old club, without which, I might add, there wouldn't be his present incarnation.
  8. Mick Kennedy

    I'm sure his second name was Conway.
  9. Mick Kennedy

    His death won't even get mentioned on the club's website. Shameful. All the other clubs he played for have posted warmfelt tributes, but nothing coming out of The Shay corridors.
  10. Mick Kennedy

    Mick Kennedy only scored two goals at the bus garage end - the opener in a 2-1 victory over Walsall on 20 October 1979, and a spectacular effort for the only goal of the game v Aldershot, 29 March 1980. 
  11. Mick Kennedy

    Mick Kennedy at the reunion of Halifax Town players, organised by Tony Thwaites, South Ward WMC, 9 May 1989.
  12. Mick Kennedy

    KENNEDY, Michael Francis Martin   Midfielder.   Born: Salford, 9 April 1961.   Died: Ireland, 9 February 2019.   Height: 5ft 10in.   Weight: 10st 5lb.   Halifax Town debut: v Bradford City (a), Division Four, 27 September 1978 (sub). Lost 0-3.   Career: Salford Schoolboys; Halifax Town apprentice 5 August 1977; professional 11 January 1979; Huddersfield Town 6 August 1980 (£50,000); Middlesbrough August 1982; Portsmouth 19 June 1984 (£100,000); Bradford City 12 January 1988 (£275,000); Leicester City 17 March 1989; Luton Town 18 August 1989; Stoke City 22 August 1990 (£180,000); Chesterfield August 1992; Wigan Athletic July 1993; Lifford coach.   Mick Kennedy was living proof of the old adage subscribed to by Halifax Town boss George Kirby that if you were good enough you were old enough. Having taken over a club stranded at the foot of the Fourth Division, Kirby was quick to promote Kennedy to the first team, sending him on as substitute for the game at Wimbledon in November 1978, but having witnessed the maturity in such a young player, Kennedy thereafter started every game over the next season and a half, during which time he was never once substituted, so important did Kirby consider him to the engine room of his side. Kennedy, in fact, had already been pressed into action by Kirby’s predecessor Jimmy Lawson, when, as a raw seventeen-year-old, he came on as a twentieth minute substitute for Johnny Johnston in a local derby with Bradford City at Valley Parade towards the end of September 1978, in the kind of fiery atmosphere Kennedy would grow to love. His first start followed a few weeks later but Kennedy was back playing reserve football in the North Midlands League by the time Kirby took over. He had been a product of the Salford Boys’ Club and joined Halifax Town as an apprentice in August 1977 under the tutelage of Alan Ball Snr. But Kennedy didn’t sign professional forms until January 1979, by which time he was already established in the side, albeit one stranded at the foot of the Fourth Division. Kennedy, a player with a crack left foot and a long throw among his armoury, developed a tigerish midfield partnership with Paul Hendrie during the 1979-80 season as the Shaymen enjoyed better days, and never did he relish a match more than the FA Cup tie with First Division Manchester City in January 1980, when he pitted his wits and came out on top in the dual with Steve Daley, a player who was, for a short time, Britain’s most expensive footballer. Kennedy had made 86 League and cup appearances and scored five goals for the Shaymen and Kirby saw him as a vital member of his side which he hoped would challenge for honours and was desperate to keep him at The Shay, but in the summer of 1980, after rejecting new terms, the midfielder moved across to Huddersfield Town, newly promoted as champions of Division Four, for a club record £50,000, the fee set by a Football League tribunal after Kirby had valued the player at twice that amount. Kennedy spent two seasons at the Leeds Road club, helping stabilise them as a Third Division side, before taking his combative qualities to Middlesbrough, where he played under Malcolm Allison. Kennedy had cost £100,000 but the Ayresome Park club recouped all that when he was sold in June 1984 to Portsmouth, where manager Alan Ball recognised Kennedy's battling qualities as pivotal to the cause. After a near miss in 1985-86, Portsmouth returned to the First Division with Kennedy as skipper in 1986-87 and the side’s rough-house tactics didn’t always go down well with other teams. Kennedy, himself, courted controversy when he claimed in a national newspaper that he was the hardest man in the Football League – ‘and proud of it’ – a boast which earned him a £5,000 fine. Having won three Republic of Ireland under 21 caps whilst a Middlesbrough player, Kennedy won a fourth with Portsmouth, scoring two goals in a match against England in March 1985, and in May 1986 he made the step up to the full national side, winning two caps under Jack Charlton in an international competition against Iceland and Czechoslovakia. Portsmouth’s stay in the top flight was short-lived, but before their relegation was confirmed, Kennedy had returned to Yorkshire in January 1988 to join Bradford City, helping them to the Second Division play-offs, only to lose to Middlesbrough in the semi-final. Just over a year later he made a transfer-deadline move to Leicester City before spending one season back in the First Division with Luton Town, whom he joined in August 1989. Two seasons with Stoke City followed before Kennedy wound down his career in the lower divisions with Chesterfield and Wigan Athletic, taking his total of Football League appearances to 536 and 29 goals. Kennedy returned to Clare, Ireland, where his parents originated from, and had a stint coaching successful local side Lifford AFC. In March 2018 he was inducted into the Portsmouth Hall of Fame, an honour which Kennedy claimed made him ‘the happiest man in the world.’ Alcohol-related issues prevented Kennedy from accepting the award in person and it was with great sadness that his death was announced this morning.  
  13. Mick Kennedy

    Really sad to inform you that former Halifax Town player Mick Kennedy has died. 
  14. THE SHAY 100 YEARS 1921 - 2021

    I wonder where all that Wikipedia info came from?
  15. Chesterfield next up

    Andy Farrell, 22 October 2002, LDV.