MIRFIELD Stags made Hillrich Park their new home in the winter of 2015, after agreeing to a long-term partnership with Mirfield Free Grammar (MFG).
Following a successful debut campaign in the Yorkshire Men’s League, which saw Richard Silverwood’s men seal top spot and a Grand Final berth, the club looked to find a new permanent home.
Following conversations with local councilors and MFG officials, the club put pen to paper on a significant, groundbreaking contract to make the former Taylor Hall Playing Fields its official home ground.
Working in partnership with Gavin Rhodes Landscapes, GHE Stansfield and Kirklees Council, the Stags ploughed a substantial five-figure sum into the facility, bringing it into line with top-level competition requirements.
This resulted in the construction of a brand-new perimeter fence, the erecting of new posts and intensive ground work.
Hillrich Care, headed up by Danny Mathrau, who grew up close by the ground, agreed to an initial one-year naming rights partnerships for the venue, giving it the official Hillrich Park name.
And the Stags played their first-ever game on the new surface in September of 2015, defeating Hull Wyke in a closely-contested semi-final to seal a Grand Final spot at Castleford Tigers’ Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
Both of the club’s open-age sides do battle at Hillrich Park and plans are in place to make sure that it remains the official home of Mirfield Stags for years to come.