Haunted Houses


For many of us, an away win is abnormal verging on the paranormal. As with most paranormal experiences, it’s far from assured. Same thing with haunted houses; but it’s nearly Halloween, and you never know…

While I was putting together Towns of Two Halves I occasionally asked the volunteer attendants about ghosts in the halls and houses where they maintained their vigils. Here, for fans traveling to games on the weekend of 27/28 October, are the places to visit if you want to feel a light chill down your spine.

Bradford City fans going to Gillingham: a White Lady frequents the ruins of nearby Rochester Castle.

Bristol Rovers fans: Cannon Hall Park, a few miles west of Barnsley, has multiple reports of ghosts.

Hull City, at Bolton this weekend: an entire web-page is devoted to the ghosts of Smithills Hall, northwest of the town centre.

Oldham Athletic, at Northampton: it was a nightmare last season, but you could ease the pain with a visit to Delapré Abbey to look for the Grey Lady.

Swindon Town, at Notts County: the National Justice Museum in Nottingham is said to harbour some uneasy souls. Guilty consciences, probably.

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A chance of a ghost

Halloween steam in Preston (pic by Gary Severn)

Halloween is on the horizon and this weekend’s fixtures (27/28 Oct) may take you somewhere with paranormal possibilities:

Barnsley (for Bristol Rovers) has a Pumpkin Festival at Cannon Hall Farm.

In Birmingham (for Sheffield Wednesday at Blues, Blackburn at West Bromwich, Wycombe at Walsall) the options are at Visit Birmingham.

Brighton (for Wolves) calls itself “one of the spookiest cities in the country”.

For Bristol (Stoke at Bristol City) go to Visit Bristol.

Burton (where the visitors are Peterborough): the National Forest Adventure Farm has Screamfest.

Cambridge (for Macclesfield Town) has Halloween Tours.

Colchester (for Lincoln City fans) has a genuine oddity: in The Cells, there’s the American Horror Lobster dinner.

Exeter (for Forest Green Rovers) has Witches & Wizards Tours.

For Leeds (where Forest play) family supporters should look at Yorkshire Tots.

Liverpool (for Cardiff, and Crawley at Tranmere) pushes the boat out at Visit Liverpool.

In London (for Bournemouth at Fulham, Ipswich at Millwall, Villa at QPR on Friday, Luton at AFC Wimbledon) there’s a Halloween Bus Tour among other events.

Nottingham (for Swindon at County) has a Mini-fest on the Old Market Square.

Preston (for Rotherham United fans and steam railway enthusiasts) offers Halloween Spooky Trains on Ribble Steam Railway.

Stoke (for Bury at Port Vale) has various things going on at Trentham.

Swansea (for Reading fans) has Spooks in the City.