Published 25th June 2012
It means the West Riding County Amateur League club will start the season at Canalside, but could have to play some games at other venues until the pitch at the new community facility, once the home of former District League top dogs Brackenhall United, is ready.
Bay, runners-up to Premier Division champions Ovenden West Riding last season and title winners for four years running before that, have to leave Canalside because of Town’s redevelopment of the Leeds Road complex which has become their training base.
They are in talks with Town, Kirklees Council and WRCAL officials to ensure a smooth transition to a new home which will give them chance to meet Northern Counties East League criteria.
Former Huddersfield Giants rugby league player Basil Richards is spearheading the North Field Hall project and Bay chairman Martyn Byrne explained: “He’s really looking after us, but because of seeding and improvement work, the pitch will not be available until October at the earliest and it’s quite possible it could be November until we are in.
“We believe it will be well worth the wait, and we are working hard to make sure we have venues to play at in the meantime.”
Bay, who won both the Northern Counties and Huddersfield FA Challenge Cups last season, are desperate to hit back after missing out in the league by landing what would be a sixth County Amateur title in eight seasons next time around.
“We found some form over the second half of last season, and with a few new recruits, we will aim to carry on where we left off,” added Byrne.