Our kid invited me to go and watch Brighouse Town play Tadcaster Albion last Saturday in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division – a mere 5 minute walk away from his house. With my nephew in tow, and suitably wrapped-up against the strong and bitterly cold wind, I paid my £5 to get it at the turnstiles.
The DualSeal Stadium has one main standing/seating area and a variety of huts, housing the toilets, changing rooms and club house.
There is a very friendly club dog who has free rein to roam around the ground.
The club house is warm inside, but the facilities aren’t on the same scale as BPA’s Horsfall Stadium:
BPA’s game was called off due to a waterlogged pitch, so some familiar faces from the Horsfall were here for the Brighouse match.
The pitch is very exposed, and the recent bad weather had turned much of the playing area into a quagmire, but at least the game was on.
The recent high winds had also demolished one of the dugouts, with the other one shored up with rope!
The wind was blowing a gale, and wind-assistance played a big part in Town’s early goals.
With Town 5-0 up at half time the game was over as a contest, and the Albion players were dejected and frustrated. They were reduced to abusing the officials and each other, and I have honestly never heard so much swearing from football players at any game I’ve been to. Not that I was offended, but it wasn’t too cracking in front of my 13-year old nephew who will have learnt a few new words!
One of the Albion players was booked for calling the lino a c**t, the last swear word in a long stream of invective.
At the half time break, we left the touchline and made our way over to the Main Stand.
The standing/seating area does provide some shelter from the wind and is warmer as a result, but when the rain comes in sideways, blown in on the wind, in the second half you still get wet.
The view was decent, only obscured by the scaffolding poles keeping the stand up!
Albion did manage to score a (scant) consolation goal, with Town ending up 8-1 winners.
Verdict:A friendly club with a decent little ground, but desperately in need of funds for much-needed improvements. Probably best to visit there in the Spring or Summer!