The Halliwell Jones StadiumWarrington Wolves announced the name of their new stadium, which is situated on the A49 Winwick Road, today.Chief Executive Andy Gatcliffe announced, "The Board of Directors of the club is extremely pleased to have ŠcapturedĂ such a prestigious and quality partner, namely, north west motor group Halliwell Jones as our new stadium naming rights sponsor.The stadium with immediate effect is to be ŠThe Halliwell Jones StadiumĂ.The financial support been given by Halliwell Jones is for a 10-year period and is therefore about a long term partnership for the club and one of the regionĂs leading retailers of prestige and luxury motor cars."The Halliwell Jones Stadium is set to become a sporting landmark in the area and Managing Director of Halliwell Jones, Philip Jones, is delighted with the opportunity to associate the group with such an impressive and prestigious development.He is confident that Warrington Wolves and Halliwell Jones and the community at large will benefit from this exciting new partnership.
Briers Welsh CaptainLee Briers, one of the stars of the heroic Welsh performance in the 2000 World Cup semi-final defeat by Australia, will be named as Captain of Wales for both the tour match against the Kangaroos at Bridgend on Sunday, November 2 and the newly established six-team European Nations Cup.Lee has been out of action with a broken wrist since July 13 and his recovery is on track for him to return to Welsh colours for the opening match of the European Nations tournament against Russia at Talbot Athletic Ground, Aberavon on Sunday, October 26. Wales face England 'A' at Headingley on Sunday, November 9 in their other qualifying group game.
Beast Ban ReducedMark Hilton has had his ban reduced to two games on appeal, which means he has to sit-out this weekends game against the Wigan Warriors but would be available for later rounds.
Wolves in Grand FinalWarrington Wolves U18s v. Huddersfield Giants U18'sThursday 25th September, 2003@Wilderspool Stadium, WarringtonKick Off 7.45PMWarrington Wolves U18s will be taking on Huddersfield Giants U18's on Thursday night at Wilderspool in the Academy Grand Final.Prices for the Brian Bevan Stand will be:Adult ˙3.00Concession ˙1.00Please note that Season Tickets will not be valid for this game.
TetleyĂs Super League Play-OffsWigan Warriors v. Warrington Wolves@The JJB Stadium, WiganSaturday 27th September, 2003Kick off 6.05pmThe North Stand at the JJB Stadium will be the Warrington Wolves fans end for this weekendĂs play-off.Ticket prices are:Adult ˙12.00Concession ˙8.00Entrance is by payment on the turnstiles only.
Team News - Round 28Paul Cullen has named a 20-man squad to face Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in the last normal round of Super League.1. Lee Penny28. Daryl Cardiss3. Brent Grose4.Ben Westwood20.Dean Gaskell5.Graham Appo7.Nat Wood16.Paul Wood9.Jon Clarke17. Warren Stevens11.Darren Burns23.Mike Wainwright13.Sid Domic19.Gary Hulse14.Mark Gleeson18.Paul Noone15. Jerome Guisset8. Nick Fozzard25. Richard Varkulis*26. Jamie Durbin*BACKGROUND25. RICHARD VARKULIS 20, centre, former club Leigh Miners ARLFC and also featured in the Leigh Academy in 2000, BARLA Great Britain Young Lions in 2001, signed to the U21s this season and scored 29 tries in 24 games.26. JAMIE DURBIN 18, scrum half/stand off made his first Super League debut for the Wolves against WIGAN WARRIORS in Round 21. JAMIE signed for the Wolves when he was 12 from Halton Hornets ARLFC, Widnes and has played for the Wolves in the Junior and Senior Academy. This season JAMIE has made 20 appearances for the Senior Academy scoring 4 tries and 2 Drop Goals. He made his debut for the first team in a pre-season friendly against his home town team Widnes in the WIRE FM Boxing Day Challenge (26/12/02) scoring a try. JAMIE was also selected as the August edition RUGBY LEAGUE WORLDĂS Young Player to watch.
Memories are made of thisWilderspool nears its end, all have memories of the good times and the bad, a favourite spot to stand on, favourite game to remember but what do the people who currently grace the turf remember most?1.LEE PENNY:"It would have to be the last home game against Halifax when I scored my 100th try for Warrington in the first 2 minutes of the game. It had become a joke that I would never get there, but I did and that is a moment I will treasure."2.ROB SMYTH:"My best memory of Wilderspool is making my debut at Wilderspool playing for Wigan against Warrington in 1994/95 in the Locker Cup. Because I had never played in an atmosphere like it before, it was known as the Zoo, a very intimidating place to come. I remember being stood in the corner and little kids spitting at me, calling me and what have you. I managed to score and had a decent game."Then to go back and make my debut for Warrington was totally different experience, I scored four tries against Huddersfield and the crowd got behind me. It was different seeing and experiencing playing for the home team and the opposition at Wilderspool."3.BRENT GROSE:"It would have to be my first game over here, a trial game pre-season and it was hailing and the wind was hitting us in the back and the wind was howling. I remember looking towards the to the sidelines to see if they were going to call this game off and they carried on playing. Besides that it would have to be the fans they are something different compared to the fans back home."4.BEN WESTWOOD:"Mine would have to be by debut game at home last year against Wigan. It was a great thrill and the crowd was all behind me."5.GRAHAM APPO:"It would have to be this season, I have really found my form and IĂm enjoying it, it is a wonderful experience to hear the crowd get behind you and call your name. The best game this season was Halifax back in July when I scored 4 tries and kicked 9 goals and finding out that I had made the Opta Player of the Week accolade."6.LEE BRIERS:"The atmosphere! When we beat Castleford to stay up is a memory that I will carry for a long time to come. I would never want to be in that position again."7.NAT WOOD:"My most treasured memory of my time at Wilderspool would have to be the last home game against Halifax when my kids escorted me on to the field as mascot. It was a great experience for them and one I will remember."8.NICK FOZZARD:"My best memory of my time at Wilderspool is when we beat Cas at home last year to stay in Super League. The fans were great that day and then the next home game was against Salford (even though we lost) and it was like a party atmosphere with the crowd bringing balloons and dressing up, it was fantastic."9.JON CLARKE:"My best memory was when we beat Bradford down here when Paul Darbyshire was caretaker coach and we played them with basically an Academy side in 2001. Also beating Wigan in my first year here, that was a big one as well for me and playing alongside Tawera Nikau, Allan Langer and Andrew Gee.˘My debut is one that I wouldnĂt class as a good memory; I slipped under the sticks and Matthew Pearson for Wakefield scored off that, that is one I would rather forget."10.MARK HILTON:"My most prominent memory of my time at Wilderspool is unfortunately a bad one. It was when I got finished by Darryl van de Velde at the end of 2000 and I was sat in the stand for the last game of the year and I had picked up my final paycheck. Signed when I was 15 and I was 25 at this time and I looked on the field and they were carrying Danny Farrar round the field who had only done 3 years and it wasnĂt just me Mark Forster, who had been there for 20 years before being told that he was no longer required, wasnĂt honoured for his wonderful career with the Wolves. IĂm sure that the supporters would have wanted to give him a rousing send off but it was a case of the Australians looking after each other."11.DARREN BURNS:"When we avoided relegation last year by playing Cas. The pressure had been on us all year in particular those last few weeks and on that day it was building knowing that we had to beat them to survive and then we beat them. And then the news came through that one of the other games had gone our way and we had avoided the drop. It was just a huge relief as I have never been in a team that has been relegated. A big weight off our shoulders and the crowd atmosphere was amazing."12.IAN SIBBIT:"The Fletcher Street End and just the noise the fans make and the drum, and the support we get. The game that will stand out for me will be this one on Sunday."13. SID DOMIC:"The memories that I will take with me are the atmosphere here, when you run out the tunnel on to the field the crowd reaction just hits you. It is amazing intense! The Widnes derbies will stand out for me as well, again because of the rivalry and atmosphere."14. MARK GLEESON:"It would have to be my full debut against Bradford last year and scoring a try even though we lost the game, it was just great to finally get to stay on the field for 80 minutes."15: JEROME GUISSET:"It would have to be Alfie LangerĂs first game at Wilderspool against York. But also his first Super League game against London in which him and I both scored a try and it was in front of a packed out house."16.PAUL WOOD:" It would have to be beating Wigan my hometown team at home and then beating Bradford at home in 2001, in that particular game Paul Darbyshire was caretaker coach. It was my first senior season at Warrington and I got to play the majority of the Bradford game and we beat them, sensational."Some of my most prominent memories where in the Academy, we lost only one game at home in the 2000 season. Another memory is at one particular game the parents where fighting in the stand and the game got stopped until the fight was broken up."17.WARREN STEVENS:"Wigan Regal Trophy Final! Anytime we play Wigan and beat them! In particular the game that Paul Cullen and Alex Murphy were caretaker coaches for the Wigan game, it was a tribute to both of them that we won that day."18.PAUL NOONE:"I have a lot of memories of my time at Wilderspool, IĂve been here 8 years signing at the age of 14. I have seen the club go through good, bad and even worse times, I have seen coaches and players come and go and I have made a lot of friends through out my career in the Academy, Alliance and first team. I am going to miss the old place, but new memories will be created and treasured in the new stadium."19.GARY HULSE:"Scoring on my debut on my debut against Castleford in 2000. Also the last game against Widnes when I came on a lifted things in the game and it was on Sky, it was a game on the big stage and to beat my home town team was brilliant."20.DEAN GASKELL:"Scoring 3 tries Wigan Alliance in 2003 and then following that playing against WiganĂs first team. It shows Warrington can compete against any side in Super League and each game we play we are getting better."23.MIKE WAINWRIGHT:"Bradford this year was my first game back after 3 years at Salford, it was a strange feeling to be back, but also a good feeling."26.JAMIE DURBIN:"It would have to be my one tackle in my two minute debut against Wigan. My memories will be in the new stadium!"28.DARYL CARDISS:"IĂve not been at the club long but it was great to score on my home debut against Widnes this season, that was first experience of a win since last year, so it was amazing the Wilderspool crowd is fantastic."PAUL DARBYSHIRE, ASISSTANT COACH: "My first memory was my first game in 1988/89 when I played in the centres and got squashed by Brendan Hill."My most prominent memory is the 1990 Challenge Cup semi-final when it was a packed out stadium against Widnes and they had Davies, Hulme brothers playing for them and we beat them to go to the final against Oldham. I have many memories of playing with players like Les Boyd, Bob Jackson and Paul Cullen."My worst memory would have to be anytime I got an injury, in particular the time that I kicked a goal and burst my groin!"GARY CHAMBERS, ACADEMY COACH:"The atmosphere is fantastic, the games that I played in when you came out of the tunnel it just hit you, intense! That was the big thing when I played the crowd was formidable and intimidating to the opposition."Loads of memories from watching games, playing in games along side players like Paul Cullen. It was amazing to see how the crowd reacted to Les Boyd, they loved him. It will be sad to leave on Sunday; it is a big ask to leave somewhere that has been home for fourteen years of your life. There will definitely be a tear or two in my eyes."
Cullens CommentEmotions ran high last weekend, but it will be nothing compared to this weekend with the final Super League game and a chance to bag a play-off place for first time.LAST WEEKENDĂS GAME WAS A VERY PHYSICAL ENCOUNTER AGAINST HUDDERSFIELD. DID YOU EXPECT IT TO BE?No not more than any game that we have played this season, I would like to think that Wilderspool is just a tough a place to play as the McAlpine. All teams want to make there own ground a fortress and the Giants are no different than anyone else.MARK HILTON RECEIVED A THREE-MATCH BAN AND A ˙300 FINE FOR A HIGH TACKLE IN THE GAME. WILL YOU BE APPEALING?We will take time to consider our options, but we have no complaints about the way the game was refereed or how the Disciplinary Committee has responded. Russell Smith was in fact very consistent throughout the game and in fact refereed this match exactly how he refereed the first game of the season, ironically the fixture begin Huddersfield v Warrington at the McAlpine. In that match both Stanley Gene and Darren Fleary were subsequently found guilty of attacking the head of Lee Briers in two separate off the ball incidents and both remained on the field for the full game, they received a two and one match suspension respectively.THIS WEEKEND WE TAKE ON WAKEFIELD IN OUR FINAL TETLEYĂS SUPER LEAGUE GAME AT WILDERSPOOL, BEFORE WE DISCUSS THE EMOTIONS BEHIND THAT GAME, LETĂS FOCUS ON THE GAME. WE PLAYED WAKEFIELD IN THE LAST GAME OF THE YEAR LAST YEAR AT BELLE VUE AND THEY BEAT US. IS THIS A GRUDGE MATCH?It is fair to say we are aware of the threat that the Wildcats pose and the memory of the final game of last year and our performance at Wakefield this year still linger. The only grudges we have are with ourselves, Warrington players lost their jobs after the final game of last year, because of the way they performed against a side that was desperate to win and we werenĂt, this a match we are absolutely desperate to win.A TOP SIX POSITION IS RELIANT ON HULL LOSING TO LEEDS AND US BEATING WAKEFIELD.HOW ARE YOU COPING WITH THE PRESSURE?The Top 6 scenario is not a part of our thought process this week at all, that falls well behind the last game at Wilderspool situation, which is a million miles behind our desire to perform and win this game.IT IS GOING TO BE AN EMOTIONAL GAME THIS WEEKEND, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO KEEP THE PLAYERS FOCUSSED FOR THE 80 MINUTES?Hopefully, by following the process, which simply concerns performance and not the outcome and not the events, surrounding it. Although very satisfied with the two points gained at the McAlpine gained last week, there are certain aspects of our game that we need to seriously improve, that is were we will spend this week.LOOKING BACK ON YOUR TIME AT WILDERSPOOL WHAT IS YOUR MOST PROMINENT MEMORY AS A PLAYER?Simply playing alongside the likes of John Woods, Des Drummond, John Bevan, Phil Blake, Les Boyd, Dave Chisnall, Ken Kelly, Mike McNicholas, Ronnie Duane has provided that many great treasured memories that it would be impossible to separate one from another. This game on Sunday is more about celebrating the players that have graced Wilderspool than anything else.AND AS A COACH?One of three, our victory over Wigan in my first game in charge prior to Darryl van de VeldeĂs arrival which was not only a remarkable victory, but a remarkable performance. Because an under strength Warrington side, that were previously in freefall. That compares to our victory against Castleford in Round 26 of Super League last year against a side previously unbeaten for the last ten games to secure our survival in the top flight. And our three victories over Widnes in the local derbies this year, to directly answer there three from last year is of equal importance.
Beast BannedMark Hilton has received a 3 match ban and fined ˙300 after a tackle was placed on-report by referee Russell Smith in the Round 27 game against the Huddersfield Gianst.
Team News - Round 27In the penultimate game of the normal season Paul Cullen has named a 19-man squad to face Huddersfield Giants tomorrow evening at the McAlpine stadium.1. Lee Penny28. Daryl Cardiss3. Brent Grose4.Ben Westwood20.Dean Gaskell5.Graham Appo7.Nat Wood16.Paul Wood9.Jon Clarke10.Mark Hilton11.Darren Burns23.Mike Wainwright13.Sid Domic19.Gary Hulse14.Mark Gleeson17.Warren Stevens18.Paul Noone15. Jerome Guisset8. Nick Fozzard