|Location||Halifax, West Yorkshire|
|Capacity||9,832 (before closure)|
|Record attendance||29,153 (21 March 1959 v Wigan)|
|Opened||18 September 1886|
Thrum Hall was a rugby league stadium on Hanson Lane in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England. It was the home of Halifax for 112 years. The site on which the ground stood is now occupied by a supermarket.
In 1878, Halifax, who had just won the inaugural Yorkshire Cup, bought a patch of land for £3,000 from a local farmer, Major Dyson, to develop as a new multi-purpose sports ground. It was to be a replacement for their Hanson Lane ground which stood opposite.
The site measured 55,000 square yards and included a cricket pitch and bowling greens. The rugby stadium was opened on 18 September 1886 by Alderman Riley, who kicked off before the Halifax v Hull F.C. match. Forward Ernest Williamson scored the first try (his only try for Halifax) and the home side went on to win in front of a crowd of around 8,000. As Thrum Hall was built on an old hilltop farm, it had a distinctive slope of 4 yards away from the main grandstand touchline.
The ground was continuously developed over the next 40 to 50 years and it came to be regularly used as a neutral ground for Challenge Cup and Championship matches, including the 1914 Challenge Cup final (won by Hull) and the 1912, 1929 and 1930 Championship deciders.
Thrum Hall was run by trustees from 1921.
Halifax was hit hard by the financial situation of the late 1960s, and 1970s. In 1970, a concert was held at Thrum Hall in an attempt to alleviate these financial troubles. Adverse weather conditions meant that only around 3,000 arrived to watch the 'Halifax Pop and Blues Concert' which made a loss of £6,000.
The adjacent Thrum Hall Cricket Ground hosted four first class cricket matches between 1888 and 1897. Yorkshire played three County Championship matches there, in July 1888 against Gloucestershire, August 1889 against Middlesex and Kent in June 1897, while they played Essex in a non-championship fixture in July 1894. Kent were bowled out for 74 in their match, with Bobby Peel taking 8 for 93. Peel also bowled Gloucestershire out for just 89, taking 7 for 39, in a low scoring match which Yorkshire won by 3 wickets.
The cricket ground had a speedway track constructed around the outside of it in 1928 and it was known as the Thrum Hall Grounds by this time. It hosted speedway until 1930 when the new Halifax Greyhound Stadium was constructed on the site.
Rugby League Test Matches
The list of international rugby league matches played at Thrum Hall is:
|1||7 April 1930||Other Nationalities def. England 35–19||2,300|
|2||10 April 1937||England def. France 23–9||7,024||1936–37 European Rugby League Championship|
|3||15 May 1948||British Empire drew with Wales 36–36|
Rugby League Tour Matches
|1||14 December 1907||Halifax def. New Zealand 9–4||11,000||1907–08 All Golds tour|
|2||5 December 1908||Halifax def. Australia 12–8||6,000||1908–09 Kangaroo Tour|
|3||26 December 1911||Australasia def. Halifax 23–5||10,000||1911–12 Kangaroo Tour|
|4||31 December 1921||Australasia def. Halifax 35–6||12,000||1921–22 Kangaroo Tour|
|5||18 September 1926||Halifax def. New Zealand 19–13||13,000||1926–27 New Zealand Kiwis tour|
|6||23 November 1929||Australasia def. Halifax 58–9||8,440||1929–30 Kangaroo Tour|
|7||30 September 1933||Australia def. Halifax 16–5||10,358||1933–34 Kangaroo Tour|
|8||2 October 1937||Halifax def. Australia 12–2||14,500||1937–38 Kangaroo Tour|
|9||27 November 1948||Australia def. Halifax 10–8||6,250||1948–49 Kangaroo Tour|
|10||20 September 1952||Australia def. Halifax 39–7||18,773||1952–53 Kangaroo Tour|
|11||5 December 1956||Halifax def. Australia 6–3||2,254||1956–57 Kangaroo Tour|
|12||7 November 1959||Australia def. Halifax 17–5||8,274||1959–60 Kangaroo Tour|
|13||29 November 1967||Australia def. Halifax 22–2||5,285||1967–68 Kangaroo Tour|
|14||29 October 1986||Australia def. Halifax 36–2||7,193||1986 Kangaroo Tour|
|15||6 November 1990||Australia def. Halifax 36–18||8,730||1990 Kangaroo Tour|
|16||16 October 1994||Australia def. Halifax 26–12||8,352||1994 Kangaroo Tour|
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- Defunct Speedway - Thrum Hall
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