Wolves V Wigan A Sellout?Warrington Wolves are heading for their first sell-out of the Engage Super League X season with fewer than 100 tickets left for the Martin Dawes East Stand, which is anticipated to sell out before the weekend. This stand has sold out for 5 of the 6 home games this season.Almost 900 tickets have been sold for the North Stand, which is more than any other game so far this season (including the SL10 attendance record vs. St Helens), meaning that there are approximately 150 seats available.There are now fewer than 400 tickets available for the South Stand meaning fans will need to purchase a ticket in advance to guarantee entry as it is expected that the stand will sell out before Sundays game.As all home areas look to sell out immanently, Warrington fans will be allowed access to the West Stand and will be able to pay at these turnstiles.Dave Gittens, Ticket Co-ordinator commented, "Sales of tickets for Sunday's home game against Wigan Warriors have been phenomenal. It is looking like Sunday may be our first total sell-out of the season, reflecting the team's wonderful recent performances and the great atmosphere of a matchday at the Wolves. It is exciting that we are now recording consistent record numbers and seeing stands sell out on a regular basis since our move to the Halliwell Jones Stadium."
50th Anniversary of Last Championship14th May 2005 marks the 50th anniversary of Warrington's last Rugby League Championship success. Brian Bevan scored Warrington's only try in a 7 - 3 win over Oldham at a muddy Maine Road, Manchester, in front of a crowd of 49,434. Harry Bath scored Warrington's other points with two goals.Warrington reached their fifth Championship final in eight years thanks to a two try performance from skipper Ally Naughton in a 17 - 9 play-off victory over Halifax at Wilderspool.First round defeats in both the Lancashire Cup and Challenge Cup allowed Warrington to concentrate on retaining their League Championship. Warrington finished top of the league with 29 wins and 2 draws from their 36 league matches. Oldham also finished with the same number of points but Warrington had a far superior points difference.Warrington and Oldham battled all season to finish top of the league. Warrington getting the upperhand by virtue of their two league wins over Oldham, 12 - 8 at Watersheddings and 18 - 4 at Wilderspool. Warrington also pipped Oldham for the Lancashire League title. Warrington used just 25 players all season, with full-back Eric Frodsham playing in all 36. Brian Bevan topped scored with 58 tries and Harry Bath kicked 110 goals in league matches.The PlayersEric Frodsham, a Lancashire county full back who played 226 matches for Warrington. He captained the double winning team of 1953/4.Brian Bevan, simply the best. Scored a World Record 796 tries in his career.Jim Challinor, a classy Great Britain centre who played 282 matches for Warrington. A 1958 British Lion.Ally Naughton (captain), also a classy Great Britain centre who played in the 1954 World Cup. He made 348 appearances for Warrington.Len Horton, an Australian threequarter who spent five years at Wilderspool.Jim Honey, only spent 12 months at Wilderspool as cover for Ray Price.Gerry Helme, Warrington's greatest scrum half with 12 Great Britain caps, a tour of Australia, a World Cup medal and two Lance Todd Trophies in a career of 442 matches for the club.Danny Naughton, a prop forward who had been on the 1950 Great Britain tour.Tom McKinney, an Irishman who played for Great Britain, spent 2 years at Wilderspool.Gerry Lowe, a Lancashire county forward who played 129 matches for Warrington.Harry Bath, an Australian legend who scored 1,894 points in 346 matches for Warrington. He became a very successful coach with Australia and St George.Syd Phillips, a forward who played in 95 matches for Warrington.Bob Ryan, a workaholic back row forward who played for Great Britain & England and was on the 1950 tour of Australia. He made 372 appearances for Warrington.The other twelve players to appear in league matches were: Alf Arnold, Eric Fraser, Billy Frost, Len Gilfedder, Austin Heathwood, Ken Kerrigan, Stan McCormick, Peter O'Toole, Ray Price, John Warburton, Ted White and Frank Wright.
Cullens CommentPaul Cullen explains his recent trip to Australia and looks towards this weekends clash with rivals Wigan Warriors on Sunday.EDGED OUT AGAIN BY SAINTS, WHAT ARE THE POSITIVES AND NEGATIVES YOU HAVE TAKEN FROM THAT GAME?The positive is the massive feeling of disappointment felt by all concerned by losing to a team as good as St Helens in such circumstances. We have been hammered by too much for too long and we are enjoying the fight to restore our pride in our performance in this fixture.The negative result fails to out balance the above!IT HAS BEEN OVER TWO WEEKS SINCE YOUR LAST SUPERLEAGUE GAME, IS THE GAP A HELP OR A HINDERANCE?Only time will tell, but we were ready to rest some bumps and bruises.HOW FRUITFUL WAS YOUR AUSTRALIA TRIP LAST WEEK?Very positive and very productive.The purpose was simply coach education, I discussed the idea with our Board when extending my contract last season and they supported my proposal when the opportunity presented.I was accompanied by Mike Forshaw, who has been working with the Wolves in a part time capacity since his retirement and who will join us on a full time basis next month.We covered the length and breadth of New South Wales, knocking on a lot of doors in what was an exhaustive 10 day fact finding trip. We spent time with Head Coaches, Directors, Chief Executives, Media representatives, Players Agents, Player Managers and a variety of past and current players.We asked a lot of questions and listened to a volume of advice and opinion covering the game in all its aspects.The challenge is to absorb all the information gathered and make efficient use of it.WIGAN ARE STRUGGLING FOR FORM AS OF LATE WITH CLOSE RUN VICTORIES OVER WIDNES AND UTC, HOW WARY ARE YOU OF A DESPERATE WIGAN SIDE?Check their performance in similar circumstances when a very inexperienced Wigan team beat St Helens over Easter. We know we will have to be at our best to win this game and that is how we are preparing.WHAT IS THE INJURY NEWS AHEAD OF SUNDAYÆS GAME?Graham Appo will not be available; he has carried a knee injury for some time and had an operation whilst I was away. He is progressing well and I hope to have him available by the end of the month.HOW PLEASED ARE YOU WITH THE START TO THE SEASON THE ACADEMY TEAMS HAVE HAD?All three are going very well, U21, U18 and U16. These results are performance indicators of how we are progressing and developing our long term strategies.WERE YOU SURPRISED BY THE LACK OF WARRINGTON PLAYERS NAMED IN THE 40 MAN GB SQUAD, IN PARTICULAR BEN WESTWOOD NOT BEING SELECTED CONSIDERING HIS FORM THIS SEASON SO FAR?We are simply challenged by the decisions made and look forward to working even harder to reap the rewards.WHAT WAS YOUR REASONING BEHIND THE CONTRACT EXTENSION OF MIKE WAINWRIGHT?MikeÆs record this season of 13 games playing the full 80minutes warrants special credit alone.IS THERE ANYMORE SIGNINGS IN THE OFFING?All clubs are currently and constantly in the business of retention and recruitment. We never make comment on anyone we have not signed!
Rd 13 - Team NewsPaul Cullen has named his initla 20 man squad to face Wigan Warriors this Sunday in Round 13 of the engage Super League.1. Brent Grose2. Henry Fa'afili3. Martin Gleeson4. Toa Kohe Love5. Dean Gaskell6. Lee Briers7. Nathan Wood8. Chris Leikvoll9. Jon Clarke10. Mark Hilton11. Logan Swann12. Mike Wainwright13. Paul Noone14. Mark Gleeson15. Ben Westwood16. Paul Wood17. Danny Lima22. Steve Pickersgill23. Andrew Bracek25. Chris BridgeINJURY NEWS:18. Graham Appo - recovering from a knee op (2/5/05)19. Daryl Cardiss - hamstring/back pre-season injury sustained pre-Boxing Day friendly v Widnes (26/12/04)21. Simon Grix - fractured fibula/ankle socket, dislocated ankle and torn ligaments sustained in U21s grading fixture v Leeds Rhinos (26/02/05)ON LOAN:20. Warren StevensU21s:26. Nicky Royle
Wainwright Signs for 2006Wolves backrower Mike Wainwright has agreed a one year extension to his contract that will see him at the club until the end of 2006. Mike, who has been ever present so far this season in the backrow, was signed from local club Woolston Rovers making his debut for Warrington back in 1994 against Doncaster.A NEW CONTRACT SIGNED UNTIL THE END OF 2006, ARE YOU GOING TO FINISH YOUR CAREER HERE?Yes I have one more year then I will take it from there.WERE YOU WORRIED WITH THE TALK OF NEW SIGNINGS FOR 2006 PRIOR TO SIGNING YOUR NEW DEAL?Not really as the team is improving week by week and new signings will just make us stronger in the future.WHAT WOULD WINNING A TROPHY WITH WARRINGTON MEAN TO YOU?It would mean everything to me win a trophy here. Next year will be my 14th season in rugby and I have yet to win a trophy in 1st grade.BEING PLAYER OF THE YEAR LAST SEASON DOES THAT PLACE YOU UNDER ANY MORE PRESSURE TO PERFORM THIS YEAR?No it didnÆt I am happy with my form this season, I am really enjoying my rugby and to win the player of the year last season was an honour but it has not put me under any undue pressure this year.THE RIGHT EDGE HAS BEEN SCORING TRIES FOR FUN THIS SEASON, HOW DO YOU FEEL THE LEFT EDGE HAS GONE?The left has been stronger following Nat WoodÆs return after injury. The right edge has been stronger as the players on that side have been consistently the same Lee Briers, Martin Gleeson and Henry FaÆafili. We have had a few changes so itÆs going to take a while to click.WE PLAYED WIGAN OFF THE PARK AT HOME LAST SEASON, CAN YOU BETTER THAT THIS YEAR?The most important thing is to get the win, however you beat Wigan is a good win and I am confident we will win.AFTER THE HAMMERING AT SALFORD A BIG MONTH FOLLOWED WITH WINS OVER WIDNES, WAKEFIELD, BRADFORD AND HULL, HOW DO YOU KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING?Since our defeat against Salford and the victory over Widnes the atmosphere in the club has been more relaxed and that has brought out the best in the team.ONLY MARTIN GLEESON IN THE GREAT BRITAIN SQUAD, ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED THAT YOU AND MORE OF YOUR TEAM MATES DIDNÆT GET INCLUDED?A few players in the squad did deserve to be in Mark Hilton, Ben Westwood, Jon Clarke and Lee Briers have been playing really well. Though there is still time for everyone.HOW HAVE YOU SPENT YOUR TIME SINCE THE LAST GAME AGAINST ST HELENS?5 days in Spain with the family relaxing, the next best thing to being in the Challenge Cup.IF YOU COULD MAKE ONE RULE CHANGE IN THE GAME WHAT WOULD IT BE?Whoever scores the try kicks the goal!
Cullen is Coach of the MonthWolves Coach Paul Cullen has picked up the monthly engage Super League award for best coach. Paul was presented with his award by former player Parry Gordon, the ex-scrum half who made 543 appearances for the club.Cullen was nominated for the accolade by the awardÆs independent panel of journalists who were impressed by his grit in driving his side to win three of the last four matches after a shaky start to the season. Warrington has pulled off victories against Bradford Bulls, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Hull before losing by just one point away to St Helens.He said: "I am absolutely delighted to be selected for this Award. We had a tough start to the season and are now starting to find our form and may this continue in our efforts to secure a Top six place."
Wolves StatementFollowing the statement issued by Eamon McManus, Chairman of St. Helens Rugby League Club in relation to the termination of Ian Millward's contract, Warrington Wolves confirm that Lord Hoyle, the Clubs Chairman, wrote to their Chairman in regard to foul language being used against one of the club's employees. This course of action we would take for any one of our employees subjected to verbal abuse.Ian Millward subsequently apologised and this apology was accepted by our employee and with that the matter was closed as far as Warrington Wolves were concerned.The relationship between St. Helens and their Head Coach is a matter for them, as indeed is any action they take following their investigations.
Wolves Origin PlayersWarrington Wolves have had five players selected for the Lancashire Junior Academy (under 18) squad for the Origin match against Yorkshire at the Halton Stadium, Widnes on Saturday 21 May, kick-off 3.30pm. This year's U18s Lancashire Junior Academy Coach is the Wolves' Scholarship Manager Vinny Webb.The players are:
- Chris Riley, a 17 year old winger or full-back. He has played in the academy grading matches for both the under 18s and under 21s. He was a member of last season's Foundation Academy (under 16s) team.
- Andrew Bracek, an 18 year old forward signed from St Helens at the end of the 2004 season. He has made 5 Super League appearances as substitute this season. He went on last season's successful Great Britain Junior Academy tour of Australasia.
- Ben Harrison, a 17 year old forward. He has played in the academy grading matches for both the under 18s and under 21s. He was a member of last season's Foundation Academy (under 16s) team. He captained England Schools (Under 16s) last season.
- Luke Murfin, an 18 year old back row forward. In his second season at Warrington Wolves, he too has been a regular in the Under 18s and played some matches for the Under 21s.
- Kyle Neal, a 17 year old prop forward. He will celebrate his 18th birthday the day before the Origin match. He is in his second season at Warrington Wolves.
Wolves Academy Kicks OffThe Wolves Under 18 Academy side kicks-off it's first match of the Championship this Saturday against Wigan Warriors, after a great run in the initial four match grading phase.The Warriors bring the cream of their Academy to Wilderspool for the 3pm kick-off as the young Wolves look to continue their grading phase form having beaten London, Leigh and Academt Champions Leeds.The match is preceeded by the Under 16 Foundation Academy at 1pm who are up against local rivals Widnes Vikings.Full fixtures are available for Academy games on the Wolf Web Fixtures item.
Wolves Players WantedFollowing their success of winning the lower division title in their first season, Warrington Wolves Ladies' Rugby League team carried their excellent form into the upper division in this campaign. They are now looking to recruit new players for their 2005-2006 season.Training is carried out by qualified professional coaches, it's fun and suitable for everyone from newcomers to experienced players. Anyone interested in becoming part of the team can either come to training at Victoria Park, Warrington, on Thursdays 8:00 till 9:00PM, or contact Steve Nixon on 07814 382 662, or Jane Banks on 01925 248880 or email@example.com.