Wolfies GateSponsored by BNFL and featuring a wonderful design by celebrated local artist PINKEYE, ŠWolfieĂs GateĂ will help introduce the excitement of Super League to all those schoolchildren contacted by the Wolves Community Programme.The work of the Wolves in the Community which features more contacts than Manchester United has undoubtedly contributed to the excellent attendances over recent years. This new initiative seeks to build on the work already in place. By distributing the ŠWolfieĂs GateĂ tickets to children who are currently receiving coaching or tutoring through the Wolves Playing For Success Centre, this scheme is designed to attract new fans to the Club at a time when they are enthusiastic about the Wolves and the sport.While existing converts to the ŠWonder of the WolvesĂ realise that current entry prices represent excellent value, the uninitiated may require more convincing. For this reason the ŠWolfieĂs GateĂ ticket has been priced at an unbeatable ˙6 for a child and accompanying adult.Community & Marketing Manager, Sean Mellor, gushed "Having just celebrated the ŠSuper League Best Community AwardĂ for the third successive year, it seems logical that we should look to utilise our Community activity to further increase our fan base. The theme of ŠWolfieĂs GateĂ, with its vibrant colours and fun element encapsulates much of what the Wolves is about. Once these newcomers are attracted to the Wolves we hope that we can develop our next generation of Šfans for lifeĂ"
Players Take Next StepFifteen players from Warrington Wolves will be working towards the qualification of Rugby League Education Club Coach in March. Club's Coach Education Officer Brian Chambers will run the course.The following players are involved: Lee Penny, Kevin Crouthers, Matt Sturm, Darren Burns, Graham Appo, Sid Domic, Nat Wood, Jerome Guisset, Nick Fozzard, Brent Grose, Warren Stevens, Mike Wainwright, Mike Callan, Steve Pickersgill and Jamie Durbin.The players will spend every Wednesday (their scheduled day off) in March on the course.Special Projects Officer Brian Chambers commented, "All squad members who are not already qualified will be attending a club coaching course to give them qualification to coach in the community, in schools, to assist with the Service Area and for there future development if they want to go into professional coaching. Paul Cullen is behind the project and it will give the players more incite into a coach's duties."
Cumbrians ArriveThe Wolves have taken on loan three U21s players from Whitehaven RLFC who will feature in the U21s clash against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley on Thursday 6th March.
- Darren King, 21 hooker
- Dean Burgess, 19 back row/li>
- John Lebbon, 20 three-quarters
Gleeson Extends ContractWolves hooker Mark Gleeson, 20 has extended his current one year contract with the club to 2005.Gleeson re-signed pre-season after taking time out last season to travel in Australia. Mark signed for the Wolves originally in 1999 to the Academy from the amateur club, Ince St. Williams. He progressed through the ranks making his debut for the first team against Bradford Bulls in 2001 scoring a try in his debut. Mark was pleased to increase his contract, "IĂm delighted to have the opportunity to extend my contract with the Wolves. I have enjoyed my return to the club under Paul Cullen and we have had a good pre-season. My aim for this season is to be a consistent first teamer with the aim of winning a cap for Lancashire in this yearĂs Origin Series."Head Coach Paul Cullen commented, "I am delighted to secure his services of a very talented young player whoĂs potential we are now duty bound to realise at the new stadium."
Supporters Away Travel - LondonLondon Broncos v Warrington WolvesSaturday 22nd MarchKick Off 6.00pm@ Griffin Park, BrentfordDAY TRIP22ND MARCH 2003 - Leaving approx.: 10.30am on Saturday 22nd March from St. James Car Park, Wilderspool returning to Warrington immediately after the gameCOST: Adult ˙20, Concession ˙15Please book as early as possible at the Wolves Shop places limited.OVERNIGHT TRIP22ND MARCH 2003 Leave WilderspoolTransfer to Radisson Edwardian 5* Hotel, Heathrow Bed/Breakfast Arrive 13.45Depart 16.45 for Griffin Park (Brentford Ground)Arrive 17.00Return to Hotel after game Approx. 20.3023RD MARCH 2003 Depart Radisson Hotel 11.00amTransfer to Bicester Outlet Village for 1ó hour stopReturn to Wilderspool StadiumPRICE: Adults ˙75 per person based on twin or double roomChildren ˙60 each sharing parents room(Single occupancy supplement will apply)The above day trip and overnight trip will only be able to go ahead if suitable numbers of supporters are interested. To book or for further information contact Doreen, Trina or Sheila on 01925 235005.
Work ProgressesWork is progressing on the Wolves new stadium at the Old Tetley Walker site on Winwick Road. The foundations have been marked out and the steel construction is being erected this week, as pictured.Media and PR Officer Gina Coldrick commented, "The progress on the new stadium since the breaking of the ground in December has been phenomenal. The steel construction will go up very quickly over the next couple of weeks and brings a visual reality to all the hard work of planning and petitioning of the last couple of years. It is very exciting times for the club and fans."The Wolves new stadium is on course for Tetley's Super League IX in 2004.
U21s v Wakefield Trinity WildcatsTonight sees the kick off of the U21s competition with Warrington Wolves taking on Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at Wilderspool Stadium, kicks off 7.30pm. In the team tonight are four members of the Wolves first team, winger Dean Gaskell, scrum half Gary Hulse and prop Matt Sturm (over age player) and second rower Mike Callan along with three up and coming players training with the first team and made their debuts at Widnes on Boxing Day Jamie Durbin, Nick Owen and Craig Farrimond.The team line up is as follows:Nick Owen, 18 (signed from Woolston Rovers in 2001)Darryl Rollins, 20 twin of Dave Rollins (former Leigh Miners ARLFC, signed 2002/03)Steve Warburton, 20 (former club Woolston Rovers ARLFC)Richard Varkulis, 20 (former club Leigh Miners ARLFC)Dean Gaskell, 20 (Wolves first team)Gary Hulse, 22 (Wolves first team over age player)Jamie Durbin, 18 (signed from Halton Hornets at the age of 14 Scholarship Scheme)Lee Gardiner, 20 (former Wigan St. Judes ARLFC in 2001)Matt Sturm, 30 (Wolves first team over age player)Dave Rollins, 20 (former club Salford City Reds Academy 2002)Mike Callan, 20 (Wolves first team)Tommy Grundy, 18 (former club Leigh Rangers, signed for Wolves in 2001)Craig Farrimond, 19 (former club Rosebridge ARLFC, signed in 2001)Steve Pickersgill, 17 (Scholarship Scheme)Anthony Irvine, 17 (Scholarship Scheme)Shane Williams, 20 (former club Woolston Rovers ARLFC)Michael Bishop, 18 (former club Latchford Albion ARLFC)Admission is ˙2 for Adults and ˙1 for concessions. Free admission on production of Season Ticket.
Wolves Chief Praises FansWarrington Wolves Chief Executive Andy Gatcliffe has praised the Wolves travelling fans after a 1,500 plus strong crowd made its way over the Pennines on a foggy and cold Saturday night, to see the team take on Huddersfield in the Tetley's Super League VIII opening round. In which Warrington walked away with a 20-8 win and a vital two points.Andy Gatcliffe commented, "Our fans support for the team was fantastic, it was a great atmosphere at the McAlpine on Saturday night thanks to them. The loyal speccies do give impetus and drive to the players and their non-stop chanting, singing and drumming really really does work. I look forward to seeing this continued support through out the season at home and away games."
New WolfWarrington Wolves welcomed a new member of staff on board this week, Julie Cleave as Commercial Manager. Julie comes to the club from a successful role of Sales Manager at the Village Hotel and Leisure Club, Warrington and is experienced in corporate hospitality and entertaining.Born in Woolston Warrington, attending Woolston High School, after school joined the Womens Royal Naval Service and served 8 years in Communications. After leaving the Royal Navy to have only child Glenn aged 16, she started her career in Sales at the Warrington Guardian and worked for 10 years covering various roles including motors, property and Key Account Advertisers and worked on various titles throughout their group of papers.Julie commented on her new appointment with the Wolves, "I have always been interested in sport and after meeting several people in these roles from various sports clubs decided that that was the next aspiration I wanted to achieve. The sports world held a fascination for me it seems fast, challenging and exciting. As I am Warrington born and bred and have followed the Wolves since being a young school girl and come from a family of Warrington supporters this is an added bonus that I am very lucky to become the Commercial Manager of Warrington Wolves."At this exciting time I am delighted to be involved with the Wolves especially to be in at the beginning of the development of the new stadium and I look forward to the challenge of my new role which I hope can help with the development and growth of this fantastic club."
Foz takes a Giant StepProp forward Nick Fozzard spent 4 years with the Giants, but suffered two broken arms in 18 months. He is back at the McAlpine for the first time since he was a Huddersfield player.Last year you appeared in every single Super League game. How big a relief was that after what had gone on before?I was very happy to get every game under my belt last season, with every game my confidence with my arm grew. To get playing again after such along gap was great, it was a major relief to be honest to know that my playing career hadnĂt been ruined by injury.I wasnĂt thinking about my arm after the first three to four games, I was so nervous for the first game. But, my pad helped my confidence a lot. Playing with Mark Hilton was a boost as well as we came back together. I remember my first game back after the specialist cleared me Mark and I looked at each other as we took to the field and wished each other luck.You had such a good season that you even won a call up for the Origin game. Was that a surprise and do you believe you can follow it up with an even bigger year this time?I thought I was in with a chance of getting into the Origin Series, I was keeping an eye on the date for the team announcements. To see it written down confirmed it and it was a major relief to know that I had achieved this honour. I had done well to get an outside chance of getting in. I hope to follow it up this year with a better Origin Series than last time to get me into the GB squad.If all goes to plan, there is an Ashes series at the end of the season. Now you have proved your fitness, how realistic is that ambition?The fact that IĂm going to be playing in a better team this year will hopefully help me to stand out in games. The better the team you play for the more attention you are given and more people in the right places watch you. IĂve got to play well for Warrington if I have any chance of getting into Yorkshire, that is the hardest part. When youĂre playing for Yorkshire you need two quality games to get into the GB team. With the experience I had last year, IĂll perform a lot better in this yearĂs Series, if I get in!What memories do you have of your time at Huddersfield on the playing side, rather than the treatment room?!My biggest memory with Huddersfield is at Old Trafford when we got into Super League, we beat Hull to get promotion. We didnĂt lose a game all that year. We were all looking forward to the new Super League season, but then we didnĂt win another game in three years after that!It is a massive jump from Division One to Super League, the first win is very important. So when we go to play Huddersfield on Saturday, we are going to have to be prepared for them having a go to get themselves off to a good start. The Coach Tony Smith is a great coach, I have a lot of respect for him, but I want to spoil his Saturday night!How do you feel the pre-season has gone, and how confident are you that the club can improve this time around?We are a lot stronger and fitter than we where last year. We have put a good squad together, although we still canĂt do with too many injuries. The first 13 will compete with the best Super League teams and there is a great spirit among the lads. A lot of this came from our trip to Lanzarote. We are a tight knit group who is going to play for each other and not back down.