Shaymen Online Story

ShaymenOnline began life in July 2000 as part of the new Rivals.net network. Right from the off it was one of the network’s best-performing lower-league sites, thanks largely to the massive online Halifax Town community.

This community had previously been well served by a number of unofficial Halifax Town websites, the best of which was published by David Stephenson during the Conference-winning season. Others to have published Town websites include John Buckley and Adam Lees.

At the beginning of ShaymenOnline’s life, only a couple of hundred visitors a day frequented the site, but within a few weeks this had risen to about 2,000 a day – and at it’s peak as many as 10,000 visitors regularly passed through.

The best part of ShaymenOnline was the messageboard – here around fifty regulars put the world to rights on a daily basis. The members of ShaymenOnline, through the messageboard, achieved some considerable successes.

Some would probably disagree, but they helped persuade Halifax Town chairman Bob Walker to rid the club of director Jim Brown and player-coach Peter Butler.

An even bigger success was that The Halifax Town Supporters’ Trust began life on the ShaymenOnline messageboard. Long before the troubles of 2001 became public knowledge, messageboard regular (and now co-editor) Gavin Butler suggested the supporters should look into the idea. Despite a poor response, he pushed on and eventually the HTST was born.

It was partly due to the launch of the HTST that the original ShaymenOnline withdrew from the Rivals.net network. Editor Paul Holroyd had become involved with the Trust and could no longer afford the time to do both tasks. The site was replaced on the network by ShaymnenTillWeDie, although this lasted only until the club’s relegation to the Conference.

ShaymenOnline was ressurrected shortly after the Trust’s first AGM, and this, the current incarnation, is the third version of the site.

The site’s many exclusives included the appointment of Paul Bracwell, and his subsequent resignation.

And more recently, how potential investor Philip Pride was as dodgy as they come, and that he was bankrupt at the time he was trying to persuade the club’s board into accepting his anonymous investors.

The site is now published on a completely independent basis and will never contain any third-party advertisements or pop-ups – unless they directly help Halifax Town or the supporters.

If you have something to offer and/or want to join the editorial team, don’t hesitate to contact the site admin.