Local U21Ăs DerbyThe Under 21 sides meet in a derby match this Thursday, kick-off 7.30pm at Wilderspool Stadium. The Bevan Stand and Touchdown Club will be open.Admission is ˙ 2 for adults and ˙1 for concessions. Free for season ticket holders (bring along your Wolves season ticket book).This will be a good opportunity to see the future in action, including Jamie Durbin, who many wanted to see, play last Saturday against Bradford Bulls.Some of the under 18s are also likely to get a run-out.The Widnes side will contain a number of last season's Wolves under 21 team.
Sub-Contractors OpportunitiesSub Contractors Opportunities at Warrington Wolves New StadiumThe Village Hotel, Centre Park12 noon 2.00pmFriday 14th February 2003Warrington Wolves are holding a presentation on the New Stadium outlining opportunities that may be open to potential Sub-Contractors. The Club is also interested in highlighting the possible opportunities that are open as sponsors of the Wolves.The presentation will be held at The Village Hotel, Centre Park, Warrington 12 noon until 2.00pm.There will be an opportunity to see the plans of the Stadium design and the site layout. Also in attendance will be a representative from Barr Construction to answer any queries.If you wish to attend the event, please contact the Chief Executive's PA Sue Matthews on 01925 635338.
ASDA Birchwood ŠGood For YouĂ EventASDA Birchwood will be hosting their ŠGood For YouĂ event encouraging the family to eat healthy and look after themselves on Monday 17th February and Wednesday 19th February in store with the help of Warrington Wolves Community Team.In store on Monday between 10am-2pm a dental hygienist and Dietician will be on hand to answer any questions. From 12-1.00pm the Warrington Wolves mascot, Wolfie will be entertaining the children and adults with his antics.ASDA will also be holding a colouring competition were every entrant will receive a goody bag. There will be prizes of a family ticket to a Wolves home game, T-shirts, a ˙5 music and video voucher to spend in store to the winners of the following categories: Under 5Ăs, 6-10 years and 11-14 years.On Wednesday 19th February the Wolves will be holding three coaching sessions during the day at Birchwood Leisure Centre (across from ASDA) for children between the ages of 5-14. It is designed for children to take part while their parents do there shopping in ASDA. Times of sessions are as follows:1st Session: 10.30am 11.30am2nd Session: 11.30am 12.30pm3rd Session: 1.30pm - 2.30pmChildren wishing to take part most assemble in the foyer of ASDA 30minutes before the start of the session.Also in store on Wednesday there will be opportunities to sample different types of fruit.So if you want to get involved get down to ASDA Birchwood on Monday 17th and Wednesday 19th February.
Craig JohnsonWarrington Wolves are very saddened by the tragic news of Craig Johnson's death. Craig was a player with the Wolves Senior Academy last season and was well liked and very popular by all the players and staff. Craig had a bright future within the sport. The Club's thoughts are with the family at this time.
Cullen Names 19Head Coach, Paul Cullen has named his squad to face Bradford Bulls on Saturday 8th February in the Powergen Challenge Cup Round 4 draw at Wilderspool Stadium. Warrington Wolves will be playing in their new principal kit and players will be donning their 2003 squad numbers.1. Lee Penny5. Graham Appo2. Rob Smyth12. Ian Sibbit4. Ben Westwood3. Brent Grose6. Lee Briers19. Gary Hulse8. Nick Fozzard17. Warren Stevens9. Jon Clarke14. Mark Gleeson8. Mark Hilton15. Jerome Guisset 11. Darren Burns23. Mike Wainwright16. Paul Wood13. Sid Domic 18. Paul Noone
Peter Deakin (1953 to 2003)All at Warrington Wolves are deeply saddened by the news that former Chief Executive Peter Deakin has lost his battle with cancer. He died in his sleep last Saturday morning. Our prayers and thoughts go out to his wife Michelle and his family.Oldham born Peter played amateur rugby league with his brothers at Oldham St Anne's. He realised that his future lay off the field and so he took himself off to America to learn about sports management. It was whilst there that he helped to stage the Warrington and Wigan challenge in Milwaukee in 1989. He continued to work in America until 1994.The advent of Super League saw Peter as Marketing Manager at Bradford. Together with Brian Smith, Gary Tasker and Chris Caisley they changed the Club from the "Steam Pigs" to the "Bulls". It was Peter's energy and perception that created Bullmania. Peter introduced marketing to rugby league. He saw the opportunity that summer rugby brought, to give the fans more than just a game of rugby league. He gave them music, energy and a good time.Peter joined Warrington Wolves as Chief Executive in January 1999, after a two year spell at Saracens. Immediately the profile of Warrington Wolves rose with the national media. TV crews and the press were swarming all over Wilderspool and Peter was always inspirationally positive. "I'm a Rugby League boy, and I couldn't pass up the challenge of running my own club in the sport I love. Its something I've dreamt of all my life."Peter stayed at Wilderspool for just over eighteen months. He helped start the ball rolling on the new stadium. More importantly though he introduced the community initiatives to the Club and appointed Adam Jude to deliver them. Successfully as demonstrated by the three successive Super League awards won by the Club. These initiatives form the backbone of the Club. They are the reason that the new stadium was granted planning approval.Neil Dowson, Financial Controller of the Wolves said, "Peter loved his rugby league, was very passionate about the game and enjoyed being involved. His first comment to me at Wilderspool was "Neil, we're going to have some FUN" and we did. Peter's buzz phrase was "Fun,Families and Affordability." He created massive optimism and a belief that the Club would succeed."Whilst the Club may not have won the Cup or Super League it has been revitalised and continues to progress, there is a belief that we will eventually succeed. Peter was loved by all at Wilderspool, fans, sponsors, players and staff alike.Peter was first diagnosed as having a brain tumour in 2001. He fought a courageous battle against the illness. He even returned to Saracens in March 2002. However his condition deteriorated in the autumn. He had just returned to his home in Warrington the Thursday before he died. Even that day he was optimistically looking forward to starting a college course and meeting up with old friends. This was typical of Peter, he was always positive.Peter's death at the young age of 49 is a massive loss to both codes of rugby. Those of us whose lives he touched will remember the passion and the fun that he brought with him. They still remain at Wilderspool today.To pay tribute to Peter a minute's silence will be observed before the Powergen Challenge Cup Round 4 draw against Bradford Bulls on Saturday 8th February.
No Better Time To Play BullsWolves coach Paul Cullen is not daunted by this weekends fixtures with Bradford stating, "There is no better time to play the Bradford Bulls, you have to play teams like this at sometime so we may as well play them now. We have to concentrate on beating them at our game and not at Bradfords."With the team having been back in the country a week after their warm weather training session in Lanzarote and after victory over London on Saturday Cullen and the team are mindful of not making promises they can't keep, "There has been a lot of speculation and talking up the fight and not delivering over the past few seasons, which was one of the things that came out of the team meetings at the training camp. It's time to keep your head down, keep your mouth shut and play some rugby."With over 1,700 tickets already sold for tis weekends clash and the possibility that this will be the last Challenge Cup match to be held at Wilderspool Cullen is only too aware of what this means to the fans and players, "We have to leave Wilderspool with dignity, and that's what we intend to do."Tickets for the game are on sale now from the Wolfware shop, and are priced as follows:Brian Bevan Stand - ˙17.00 Adult, ˙8.00 ConcessionGround - ˙12.00 Adult, ˙6.00 ConcessionThis is not an all ticket fixture, but the club is advising fans to buy their tickets in advance to ensure entry on the day.
Squad PhotoThw Wolves met the media today in preparation for the start of the new season, a photocall of the squad in their new Miller sponsored kit and the last team shot to be taken at Wilderspool. A new background wallpaper is now available from the Interactive area of the site.
Powergen Challenge Cup Mascot WinnerThe winner of the internet competition to be mascot for the Powergen Challenge Cup Round 4 Draw against Bradford Bulls is Allan King aged 8 from Great Sankey.His winning entry to why he should be mascot for the Bradford game was, "I would like to be the mascot for this match because I have supported Warrington since we moved to Warrington 4 years ago, and we found out about Rugby League (my mum is from Liverpool, so she only knew about football). I have loads of rugby balls, and would sleep with my signed one, if my dad would let me. I play for Rylands Sharks on the wing and my coach says I will play for St.Helens when I'm older, but I don't want to - I want to play for Warrington. My hero is Lee Briers and I want to be a kicker like him."We would like to thank everyone who entered.There will be opportunities to be mascot for various away games through out the season. The first opportunity is our opening game against Huddersfield Giants at the McAlphine Stadium on Saturday 22nd February, kick off 3.00pm. Huddersfield are offering the following package:
- Child to run out with the team in their colours
- Parents pay normal admission price but stay with the mascot
- Photograph with captain or referee
- Entry to players bar after match
Wolves to Face BroncosHead Coach Paul Cullen has named his squad to face London Broncos in their arranged friendly on Sunday 2nd February 2003 at Wilderspool Stadium, kick off 3.00pm.Nick OwenGraham AppoBrent Grose (Debut - signed from South Sydney Rabbitohs)Ian Sibbit (Debut signed from Melbourne Storm)Ben WestwoodKevin CrouthersDean GaskellLee BriersGary HulseJamie DurbinNick FozzardMark HiltonMike CallanWarren StevensMark GleesonJon ClarkeDarren BurnsMike Wainwright (Debut signed from Salford City Reds)Paul WoodSid DomicPaul NooneMatt SturmPlayers who will not be participating are:Nat Wood who is recovering from a knee injuryLee Penny who has picked up a back injuryJerome Guisset is representing France in the world 7sRob Smyth is representing England in the World 7s