Vital Football

Latest Blackpool FC News

John Smiths Stadium- Huddersfield

John Smiths Stadium- Huddersfield


The John Smiths Stadium - Huddersfield Town

Well the run ended in an almost comical fashion. Having just watched Chelski win 8-0 I clocked that they had the same number of shots on target as we had, less than 48hrs after we did, the difference being they won at a canter whereas we came away shaking our proverbials asking how the hell did we lose that. Appleton`s post match interview said it all "the games are coming thick and fast, we can get straight on with the next game".
That game is Huddersfield away, a bit like Friends Reunited, but without the £5 fee.

The Ground
The stadium seats 24,499 people along with hospitality boxes and conference rooms.
The main stand, the Direct Golf UK Stand or Riverside Stand incorporates two-tiers of seats, with a row of 26 executive boxes running between them. This stand also houses the offices and suites. The Britannia Rescue Stand, opposite the Riverside and commonly referred to as the Kilner Bank Stand, is a large, single-tiered stand which seats over 7,000. It was previously sponsored by John Smith's and is still called this by many today. The John Smith's South Stand, which seats 4,054, is allocated to away fans. It is built into natural banking and is the most basic of the stands. The Fantastic Media North stand is the tallest stand with two tiers, 16 hospitality boxes and a viewing room for players' guests, built into the leisure centre. The lower tier consists of temporary seating that can be removed for events such as concerts.

During planning and construction, the stadium was referred to as the Kirklees Stadium. It was built by Alfred McAlpine, designed by HOK Sport and was awarded the RIBA Building of the Year award for 1995.

The decision to build a new stadium for Huddersfield Town was made in August 1992. Construction began the following year and it was completed in time for the 1994-95 season, enabling the club to move to its new base after 86 years at Leeds Road.
When the stadium opened only the two side stands (the Riverside and Kilner Bank stands) were ready. The South Stand was opened in December 1994. Construction on the North (Panasonic) Stand began in 1996 and it was completed in 1998, bringing the overall capacity of the stadium to approximately 24,500. The estimated cost of construction was £40 million.
Initially, the stadium was owned by a consortium made up of Kirklees Metropolitan Council, Huddersfield Town F.C. and Huddersfield Giants in a 40:40:20 proportion. Following the purchase of Huddersfield Town F.C. from the administrators, Ken Davy became chairman of both sports clubs, which are owned by companies he controls. The present ownership of the stadium is Ken Davy's company, Huddersfield Sporting Pride owns 60% and Kirklees Metropolitan Council 40%. The current Managing director of the stadium company is Gareth Davis[4] who succeeded Ralph Rimmer in 2010. On 24 December 2009, Huddersfield Town announced that 40% of the shares owned by Huddersfield Sporting Pride would be transferred to the football club, owned by current chairman Dean Hoyle, but the deal has yet to be completed.
From 1994 until 2004 the stadium was known as the Alfred McAlpine Stadium. Alfred McAlpine had been the main construction contractor and its name was part of the payment contract for ten years. The company elected not to renew its sponsorship which was taken up by Galpharm Healthcare, leading to the new name. Individual stands are sponsored by local businesses. On 19 July 2012, it was announced that the brewery firm, Heineken had bought the sponsorship rights for the stadium, and as such the stadium was renamed as The John Smith's Stadium on 1 August as part of a 5-year deal





How To Get There
By car - M55 M6 South. M61 then on to the M62. J25 of the 62 leads you onto the A62 (signposted Huddersfield). The stadium is visible from this road.
From the South not quite as easy - M1 J38, A637 then the A642. Heading towards the town centre the stadium is signposted but you will be looking out on the right hand side for Leeds Rd.

Train - the stadiums a 15-20 minute walk from the station. After coming out of the station, turn down past the front of The George Hotel. Go straight over the crossroads into Northumberland Street and walk down across the Ring Road straight on into Leeds Road. Turn right down Gasworks Street. Straight over the crossroads to the ground.


Where To Drink
Too many to mention. When I was a youth I used to spend some social time in Huddersfield with a work colleague who lived there. Johnny`s night club and Sly McFly`s pub bring back some good memories, both have probably been knocked down or renamed into '0` or 'the` or some other fancy dan named drinking place. Enough reminiscing, there is the Head of Steam at the train station. In the town there is the Varsity, Blob shop (do they still do the winter warmer?) the Gas Club appears to be a Pool favourite and ale is also available in the ground, along with a bookmakers. nb Please remember that you never see a bookie on a bike.

Plod And Stewards
Now you`ll no doubt be a Lancastrian in Yarkshire is that enough said?

Fear Factor -2

On leaving Bloomers on Friday night I had the feeling that we had gifted Wolves 3 points. Merry Christmas from us.
A game we should have won, but that`s in the history books now, let`s look forward to renewing old acquaintances, Hamill, Clarke, Larry and Gnashers. In reality Huddersfield started our poor run, here`s hoping that come 5pm on Boxing day we`ve delivered a knockout blow to our old sparring partners.

Onwards + Upwards




Read more: http://www.blackpool.vitalfootball.co.uk/forum/inbox.asp?view=26215&folder=inbox#ixzz2FyzqAznj
Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football

Writer:Simon Heaney
Date:Monday December 24 2012
Time: 3:21PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Dan Blackwell Retires

Login to post a comment

Recent Blackpool Articles

Match Day Officials v Wigan (30/4/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Wigan Athletic this weekend.

Audio - Norris Looking For Wigan Upset

David Norris has been speaking ahead of this weekend's game against Wigan Athletic.

Blackpool - Football League Dates 2016/17

The Football League, or the brainless EFL rebrand, have today released the key dates for the coming 2016/17 season.

McDonald & Doyle On Fleetwood Draw

Manager Neil McDonald and goalkeeper Colin Doyle have given their thoughts following the draw with Fleetwood Town this weekend.

Archived Vital Blackpool Articles

Vital Blackpool articles from
As featured on NewsNow: Real Madrid news
Real Madrid News 24/7  

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Blackpool
Write For Vital Blackpool
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Blackpool v Wigan
Suggested By:
Blackpool win0%
Wigan win100%
Draw0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Wigan 44 23 15 6 84 36
2 Burton 44 24 9 11 81 19
3 Walsall 44 22 12 10 78 15
4 Millwall 44 22 9 13 75 20
5 Bradford 44 21 11 12 74 12
6 Barnsley 44 21 7 16 70 13
7 Gillingham 44 19 12 13 69 17
8 Scunthorpe 44 19 11 14 68 10
9 Sheff Utd 44 18 12 14 66 9
10 Rochdale 44 18 11 15 65 6
11 Port Vale 44 18 11 15 65 4
12 Coventry 44 17 12 15 63 14
13 Southend 44 16 11 17 59 -4
14 Peterborough 44 17 6 21 57 4
15 Bury 44 15 12 17 57 -15
16 Swindon 44 15 10 19 55 -10
17 Oldham 44 12 18 14 54 -9
18 Chesterfield 44 14 8 22 50 -13
19 Shrewsbury 44 13 11 20 50 -17
20 Fleetwood 44 11 15 18 48 -4
21 Blackpool 44 12 10 22 46 -15
22 Doncaster 44 11 12 21 45 -14
R Colchester 44 9 12 23 39 -41
R Crewe 44 6 13 25 31 -37
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Blackpool Results (view all)

Blackpool Fixtures (view all)

Apr 30 2016 12:30PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
Sky Bet League One
May 8 2016 12:30PM : Peterborough United (a)
Sky Bet League One

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.SeasideEssexXile367
2.Layton_Seasider170
3.Bear1951157
4.premier 1151
5.BobHatton85
6.bfcpete63
7.Albert Ramsbottom61
8.Hastings57
9.whitey194247
10.suffolknwot23