Nicknames: Cas, Tigers, Classy Cas
Ground: The Mend-a-Hose Jungle
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Castleford Rugby League
Castleford are one of the more traditional Rugby League clubs and are known for their community work. Based in the small town of Castleford, part of the Wakefield district, ‘Classy Cas as the team are known, have a strong rivalry with the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and pride themselves on bringing through talented local youngsters.
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As a town in the district of Wakefield it is no surprise that the biggest rivals traditionally for the Castleford Tigers are Featherstone Rovers and Wakefield Trinity- 2 other teams from the district. In recent years, a rivalry has also grown with the Leeds Rhinos, another near neighbour of the Tigers.
The club’s monitor of ‘The Tigers’ is one of the most apt in Super League due to the clubs iconic black and amber colour scheme and although recently this has moved more towards black and orange, there can be no mistaking which club is at home when the Tigers are playing.
After first playing at Sandy Desert at Lock Lane, the club move to Wheldon Road in 1927 and that has been there home ever since. In the 1990’s the ground became known as The Jungle due to a sponsorship deal and that has been the name ever since.
Although the Jungle is one of the most historic grounds in Super League there can be no denying that it is long past it’s best days and offers little of the facilities fans expect nowadays.
The small pitch ‘The Jungle’ can be seen as an obstacle for the team as the expansive style of the Tiger sis harder to play on their narrow pitch but the closeness of the fans and the vocal nature of their fan base often works in their favour.
The club have plans to leave Wheldon Road in the near future to a new stadium that could help the club gain the finances to challenge for honours on a regular occasion.
Top level Rugby League in the town of Castleford can be traced back to 1896 when Castleford RFC joined the breakaway Northern Union where they remained until 1906. After the demise of this club it took until 1926 for a new team in Castleford to join the semi-pro ranks and whilst this is often classed as when the current club were formed, they had existed before that playing in the lower level Yorkshire Cup.
Upon turning professional the club quickly enjoyed success, topping the Yorkshire League in 1932 and winning the Challenge Cup in 1935.
With Rugby action ending for the war during the 1940’s, it took until the 1960’s for the club to get back to winning ways but they soon made up for the wait. In the early 60’s the club reached a Challenge Cup semi-final and finished consistently high in the league. In 1969 and 1970 the then Castleford RLFC won the Challenge Cu back to back.
next 20 years or so were a steady time for Castleford with the club doing well in the league and even finishing runner sup in the Premiership Final in 1986 but it took until 1992 when the club picked up their next piece of silverware, defeating Wigan at Wembley to pick up the Challenge Cup. This period saw Castleford play an attractive style of play that led to the team known as ‘Classy Cas’, a nickname that stuck and is still used today.
In 1994 the club enjoyed one of their most successful seasons as they defeated the legendary Wigan team of the early 1990’ to pick up the Regal Trophy and they also made it to the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup and lost in the Premiership Final.
The new era of Rugby League that came about due to the formation of the Super League nearly brought around the demise of Castleford as a merger between the 3 Wakefield sides was a huge possibility.
In the end the newly named Tigers became one of the founding members of the European Super League in 1996 but they struggled and were nearly relegated. The next season things improved vastly and the club finished 6th in the table and this became a kick starter of the club. In 1999 the Tigers enjoyed a 5th place finish in the league and made it to both the Challenge Cup semi-finals and the Play Off semi-finals.
In 2000 the upward trajectory of the Tigers stalled and from there on in things never reached the heights of 1999 again with the Tigers suffering relegation in 2004.
The club achieved immediate promotion back to Super League via the play offs but the very next year they suffered relegation once again after losing in the last round of matches in what was known as the first ‘Million Pound Game’ as Cas and Wakefield met each other in a loser gets relegated match.
The club once again instantly returned to Super League after finishing top of the table in 2007 and form their on, the club have gone from strength to strength, with an Challenge Cup final appearance in 2014, and they are now one of the teams to beat in Super League and they have also become one of the most successful clubs at bringing through youngsters into their first team which is great for the overall game in the UK.
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