Warrington Wolves

Warrington Wolves
Full Name: Warrington Wolves RLFC
Nicknames: The Wire, Wolves
Founded: 1876
Ground: Halliwell Jones Stadium
Capacity: 15,500
Town: Warrington

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Warrington Rugby League

After starting off the summer era slowly, often finishing towards the bottom of the table, the Wolves have been revitalised and are now amongst the top teams in the world and with a fantastic mixture of quality internationals and great youngsters, the Wolves are sure to be a force for a number of years.

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Formed in 1879, the Warrington club is one of the oldest in the world and have enjoyed both success and failure throughout there long history but it is the Challenge Cup in which the club have a fondness for and after already winning the competition 8 times they are always amongst the favourites each season.

Rivals

As with the majority of teams in Rugby League, the Warrington Wolves main rivals are from teams located in nearby towns and cities. Traditionally one of the biggest rivalries for the Wolves is with the Widnes Vikings although in recent years matches between Warrington and Saints and the Wigan Warriors have developed into bigger ‘events’ due to all 3 of these teams contesting for titles and play off positions.

To a lesser extent matches against Salford and Leigh can also be considered derbies due to geographical reasons.

Colours

The club have one of the sot iconic colour schemes in world rugby with their traditional Primrose and Blue colours instantly recognisable as the ‘Warrington Brand’. Whilst the design and colours of kits have changed over the years, most commonly the Warrington home kit is either all Primrose and Blue or mainly white with primrose and blue added.

Stadium

Throughout their long history, the club have had 2 stadiums to call home. Their first stadium, named Wilderspool Stadium, first hosted Warrington way back in 1881 and it remained their home for over 130 years when in the late 1990’s the club decided that building a new ground would be better than re-developing the aging Wilderspool.

In 2004 the club moved to their new home, known as the Halliwell Jones Stadium. The new stadium, coupled with increased success on the field as seen the club’s attendances more than double those of the latter days of Wilderspool and has really helped Warrington to become one of the big clubs of European Rugby League.

The 15,200 capacity stadium was built with Rugby League in mind, including a terracing down one side. To cope with demand the ground has been extended since first opening with 2 of the corners filled in. This also had the added benefit of keeping some of the atmosphere in the stadium.

The Halliwell Jones is now thought of as a blueprint for all clubs and has quickly gone on to become one of the best Rugby League stadiums in the UK, which has helped Warrington to host internationals matches including Rugby League World Cup games.

History

Formed in 1879, the Warrington club is one of the oldest in the world and have enjoyed both success and failure throughout there long history but it is the Challenge Cup in which the club have a fondness for and after already winning the competition 8 times they are always amongst the favourites each season.

The club can trace their roots back to 1879, with some giving the date as 1876, although there is some confusion even over those 2 dates as Rugby can be traced back even further in the town and another club also played under the same name.

Warrington, then known as Warrington Zingari were formed by Timothy Grix of Chatburn with the club starting life on the playing fields of Sankey Street. The clubs first match was away to Walton, which they lost before their first home match and their first victory a week later against Oughtrington.

In the 1880’s the clubs merged with local sides Padgate Excelsior, Padgate Excelsior and Warrington Wanderers to form a team to represent the town, simply known as Warrington.

In 1895 Warrington elected to join the Northern Union, the pre-cursor to the Rugby Football League and so they are one of the 21 oldest clubs in the world.

This move helped them to gain success on the field in the early 1900’s with the club making it to their first Challenge Cup Final where they face Batley. In front of 29,000 they lost by a single try. Warrington reached the final a couple of year later but they lost that as well to Halifax but they didn’t have to wait long for success as the next season, the 1904-05 season, Warrington picked up their first major trophy by defeating Hull KR 6-0 to pick up the Challenge Cup Trophy.

The years around the 2 World Wars saw much disruption to not just Warrington but to all sport in general but in 1945 the Wolves made one of the biggest ever signings as Australian winger Brian Beven joined the club. Along with stars such as Harry Bath and Gerry Helme, the club one all that could be won over the next decade or some including 3 league championships.

In the 1953-54 season the club reached the Challenge Cup final but it was their semi-final match with lives long in the history books as a record crowd of 102,569 paid to watch the match with an estimated 20-30 thousand getting in for free.

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In the 1970’s and 80s the club enjoyed little success with just the odd Lancashire trophy to show for their efforts but they did manage to pick up the Regal Trophy in 1991. The club hit financial difficulties in the early 1990’s and place the majority of their team up for sale in 1993. With the advent of the Super League the club were given a lifeline as after a failed merger with Widnes to form a Cheshire team, the club were awarded a place in the new competition.

Warrington changed their name to the Warrington Wolves, which saw the club undertake a rebranding although that did little for their on the field performance sin the early part of Super League as the club struggled at the foot of the table.

At the end of the 1990’s the club found new investment and that allowed them to bring in quality players from around the globe with the likes of former Kangaroos captain Allan Langer helping them to good cup runs and improved league positions.

In 2004 the club moved to their new Halliwell Jones stadium and were purchased by Simon Moran. This allowed to club to spend even bigger sums on the likes of Great Britain international Martin Gleeson and New Zealanders Henry Fa’afilli and Logan Swann.

Australian superstar Andrew Johns was even flown in to play 3 playoff matches after his NRL club’s season ended early.

Over the last decade or so the club have firmly established themselves as one of the top teams in Super League and as a cup specialist.

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