MP to meet with Wolves fans in ParliamentWarrington North MP, Helen Jones will be meeting representatives of Warrington Wolves next Tuesday 19th March in Parliament. The MP has invited the delegation of four to meet her and Lord Hoyle for some refreshments in the Houses of Parliament prior to a meeting with Sports Minister Richard Caborn. The delegation is to meet the Minister to discuss Supporters Direct and Squadbuilder, as the Wolves are the first Super League Club to involve themselves in such initiatives.The MP supported the Wolves campaign to allow Supporters Direct to assist Rugby League clubs when she asked him directly in a Parliamentary Question (21.11.2001) if he "will extend government funding to Supporters Direct to enable them to assist supporters of Rugby League clubs". The Minister confirmed that he was in discussions with the Chairman of Supporters Direct on that issue.Helen Jones said, "I look forward, with Lord Hoyle, to meeting the delegation from the Wolves in Parliament next Wednesday before the accompany them to the briefing with Richard Caborn. The Wolves are leading the way with projects such as Squadbuilder and it is a great opportunity for them to showcasetheir work with the Minister for Sport."
Fans to Lobby MinisterOn Tuesday 19th March a party of four fans will travel to London to lobby the Minister of Sport Richard Caborn for the extension of funding of Supporter groups through "Supporters' Direct" to rugbyleague.This meeting has been made possible through the historic meeting of Warrington Wolves supporters on 23rd January 2002, when Warrington South MP Helen Southworth announced that she would make arrangements for those who were involved with the set up and promotion of the new Supporters' Trust, which the members of the Warrington Wolves Supporters' Club voted in favour of at the meeting on 23rd January 2002.The party leaves for London on the 8.44am train from Warrington Bank Quay Station. The Treasurer of the Supporters' Club Richard Shanks has requested fans to come and support them by seeing them off on their journey."The Supporters' Trust will be the first of its kind in the rugby league world, and in respect we are the pioneers and trailblazers for the whole sport. Let's make it count."
Anderson to address Squadbuilder membersWarrington Wolves Performance Director Steve Anderson will give an address to a select group of fans at Wilderspool this forth coming Wednesday night. The Wolves supremo will also be joined by other members of his coaching and playing staff and will speak at the clubs first ever Squadbuilder meeting.The initiative which has recently been formed by a group of fans aims to fund up and coming talent at Wilderspool as well as develop the game at grass roots level. The initial take up of the scheme has been very encouraging and members were last week asked to vote on which current Wolves squad member will be the first to be sponsored under the Squadbuilder initiative.The results of that poll will be unveiled on Wednesday night and the Squadbuilder committee will also release details on how they hope to fund the signing of one of the most highly rated young talents in the local game, Steve Pickersgill, who currently plays for Crosfields.The evening which will begin at 7:30pm in the Platinum Club at Wilderspool is open exclusively to members of Squadbuilder although there is still time to sign-up to the scheme via the clubs official website at www.wwrlfc.co.uk or at independent Fanzine site PrimroseAndBlue.com. As an added incentive Sqaudbuilder members will have a chance to win a pair of tickets at the evening for a forth coming game of their choice.
Wolves Cup FeverThe Wolves are excited at the prospect of taking on Challenge Cup holders and fiercest rivals St Helens on Saturday 23 February in the 5th round of the Kellogg's Nutri Grain Challenge Cup. Even though the game is to be televised live by the BBC, the Wolves are still expecting a massive crowd.Adam Jude, Director of Community and Marketing commented, "The Wolves record Super League crowd was against St Helens and that match was live on Sky as are the majority of Wolves and Saints matches. Saints are a well supported Club away from home and usually for a game at Wilderspool they bring a following of 4,000 fans.""Although it is not an all ticket game, I would urge fans to purchase a ticket as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment. Saints have said that with their strong following they will out-sing and out-number the home supporters.""Following on from last season's two classic encounters against Saints at Wilderspool I am sure the Wolves fervent supporters will be out in force to cheer the New Breed of Wolves to victory. Even Saints Coach Ian Millward concedes that the Wolves are this year's 'Dark horses' and possibly Super League's toughest team!""I am confident that the possibility of a historic cup upset against our traditional rivals will ensure that Wilderspool is packed and that the majority and noisiest supporters will be ours."Jude enthused, "I am positive all Wolves fans will want to be there when the Saints go marching out!"
Wolves Take it to The Holders!The Wolves have drawn current Cup Holders St Helens in the fifth round of the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Challenge Cup. The tie will be shown live on BBC Grandstand on Saturday 23rd February.Wolves Performance Director Steve Anderson commented, "St Helens are a strong opposition which will test our squad strength, but to win a Challenge Cup you have to beat strong sides which Leeds had to do last weekend against Bradford. I'm looking forward to the match it will be a challenge."The Wolves are 66-1 to win the competition, whereas the Saints are 9-4 on to lift the Cup for the second year running, but rivals Wigan are 13-8 favourites for the cup with William Hill.The Wolves over the years have a tough record against the Saints in Challenge Cup competition, though the last encounter at Wilderspool saw the Wolves run out 56-22 victors, but the scores in the cup are even at Wilderspool with four games being split with two wins a piece.
Full Squad NamedPerformance Director, Steve Anderson has named is full squad to face Barrow Border Raiders on Sunday 10th February at Craven Park in the Kellogg's Nutri Grain Challenge Cup Round 4.Lee BriersLeon FeltonSteve MadenRob SmythTom O'ReillyMatt RodwellMark HiltonJon ClarkeDale LaughtonDean BusbyJerome GuissetSid DomicDarren BurnsDavid KidwellMatt Sturm John Hill18th Man: Dave AlsteadKick Off for the game is 2:00PMThis game will see the return of Rob Smyth from a shoulder injury, which he picked up in Round 23 against Castleford Tigers at Wilderspool in which the Wolves won 27-12. The bench remains undecided at present. The team has been training in Lilleshall, Shropshire all week and will return late on Fridayafternoon ahead of the weekend game.Squad numbers for the Tetley's Super League VII are still under wraps. A date has been set when all will be revealed as Tuesday 26th February 2002 at the Touchdown Club. This will also be the date when the Wolves' bright new alternative kit goes on sale for the first time.
Future's Bright!This time last year Warrington Wolves faced extinction. After lurching from one crisis to another, this once proud club was faced with the prospect of Bankruptcy. In the space of a few months the long awaited new stadium had been called into a public Inquiry and the club had lost four senior managers.On the field the Wolves were ravaged by injuries with overseas players Andrew Gee and Steve Georgallis out for the season and Aussie legend Kevin Walters failing to settle and deciding to return home. These troubles were exasperated by the personal tragedies suffered by Lee Briers and Tawera Nikau.Out of adversity has emerged a Whole New Breed of Wolves. The catalyst for a turn-around in the Wolves fortunes, has been the appointment of Performance Director Steve Anderson. Anderson, formerly Assistant Coach to World Champions Australia and Assistant Coach to Melbourne Storm in their grand final winning season and renowned in Australia for Player Development, he has wasted no time in transforming the whole structure of the club.Initially, Anderson has assembled a full-time coaching team comprising of Football Manager, David Plange, Assistant Coaches Paul Darbyshire and Gary Chambers and Conditioner Jay Byrne. This compares to the two full-times coaches that operated throughout Super League VI. With the assistance of his coaching staff Anderson has signed 12 new players for the forthcoming season.The Wolves Super League Playing Roster has 26 full-time professionals. In addition to the new signings three players have been promoted from the junior ranks at the Wolves to earn a prestigious squad jersey. Only 10 players are left from the start of Super League Vi squad with Jon Clarke signing mid-season for the London Broncos.Having assessed the structure of the Warrington Service Area and the Club's Development pathways, Anderson has formed a Development Panel. The Panel consists of all his full time coaching staff plus Neil Kelly, Warrington Borough Council Development Officer, together with Brian Chambers, Special Projects Officer and Mike McLouglin, Town Teams Coach. All have extensive background in coaching, mentoring and development. The Panel's Charter is to deliver a programme of education designed to benefit coaches, parents and children. The Panel are at present analysing and accessing coaching structures, with the intention of providing material that is both current and relevant to each environment.Anderson's approach has resulted in a unified and disciplined squad that is showing great team spirit. In spite of the absence of any household names, the newly found professional approach in conjunction with a successful season ticket campaign has resulted in record early bird season ticket sales. Adam Jude, Director of Community and Marketing enthused, "Numbers sold outstrip those bought following the fanfare which greeted the signings of World stars Langer and Nikau was achieved without the 'free jersey' incentive".On top of this Commercial success, the Wolves have signed up with one of Scotland's largest private companies, Miller Developments, as Principal Shirt Sponsor. Additionally, the Associate Sponsors on the shirt are all Warrington based Companies. Such support from the business community has lead to a record income for the Wolves playing kit.Phenomenal levels of club retail activity have greeted the arrival of the Super League VII replica shirt. In the three weeks prior to Christmas retail turnover was over 50% of the total turnover during the previous twelve months.Throughout the Club's troubles the Award Winning Community Programme has been a beacon of hope. With the support of Manweb, Sportsmatch and Warrington Borough Council, Warrington has had contact with over 50,000 participants through their Community Programmes in the last year, a figure that has far exceeded the programmes of Manchester United. The Community Programme has undoubtedly helped to sustain the 35% increase in attendance over the last two years in the face of inconsistent and sometimes woefulperformances on the pitch.Finally, December 2001 the Wolves got the green light for the construction of the new stadium, through the Club's lifesaving partnerships with Warrington Borough Council, Tesco and Carlsberg Tetley the Wolves are now able to take the initial steps on the road to long term security.While the Wolves are by no means out of the woods compared to last year, the positive strides taken suggest the future for the Club will eventually be bright, as its loyal following deserves.
Wolves Squad for BarrowSteve Anderson has initially named a starting line-up for the Nutri-Grain Challenge Cup this weekend. The squad have spent the week in camp at Lilleshall preparing for the new season and the Challenge Cup.Lee BriersLeon Felton Steve MadenDale CardozaRob SmythTom O'ReillyMat RodwellMark HiltonJon ClarkeDale LaughtonDarren BurnsJerome GuissetSid Domic
New Look, New Kit!Warrington Wolves will take to the field in Tetley's Super League VII in a new Kit@ alternative jersey, unveiled by the Wolves today.The Wolves will debut in their new jersey for their Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Challenge Cup draw against Barrow Border Raiders at Craven Park, Barrow on Sunday 10th February 2002.Warrington Wolves' Director of Community and Marketing, Adam Jude, said the design of the new jersey was vastly different to anything the Wolves supporters would have seen in the past."This jersey design is definitely the best in the club's history, and everyone at the club is thrilled with the look," Mr Jude said."When we were designing the jersey we sat down with the team from Kit@ and asked them to develop a jersey that would become the most distinctive and popular in the Wolves history. We believe that this is what they have produced for us, and we expect it to be in huge demand among our fans."The opinion of the Wolves players was also canvassed and club captain and new Aussie captain Matt Rodwell, has given the jersey the thumbs up."I really like the look of the new jersey - in fact it's great," said Matt. "It is a totally different look for the club and I am sure it will receive an enormous reception from our supporters. The jersey, shoes and socks together as a uniform give us a complete new look and I'm looking forward to wearing it for our (my) first Challenge Cup game against Barrow at the weekend."With a primrose body, the English made jersey features blue across the shoulders with a white edging. Jude said "that we have used these colours on the jersey to reinforce the Wolves official colours." Blue shorts with a primrose trimming and primrose socks with the Kit@ logo in blue emblazoned on them is a completely new uniform and look which will be used for both home and away fixtures in the forthcoming season.Jonathan Hamburger of Kit@ commented on the new design of kit including using polyester fabric, "The fabric is 100% Polyester which contains body moisture management properties. This ensures effective body moisture transfer away from your skin to keep you dry and comfortable. The fabric is lightweight yet strong giving the player ease of movement and flexibility."The kit is complete with all the corporate partner's branding.
A Trip to BarrowFrom the M6 North:Junction 36 (A590)Follow signs to Kendal A590 Junction with A59 Branch left and at the roundabout take 1st exit (signposted Barrow in Furness) Junction with A5074 Little Chef Restaraunt (334) In 0.8 mile at roundabout take the 2nd exit High Newton Newby Bridge Junction with A5092 Ulverston At Roundabout take 2nd exit Lindal Dalton in Furness Stay on A590 Straight into Barrow 1st left after Asda Onto Duke Street 400 yards on right Barrow Rugby League ClubFor those travelling by British Rail:Central Barrow, Astra Cinema on corner of Abbey Road directly opposite station exit. Follow straight down Abbey Road until reaching the roundabout, turn right into Duke Street, Craven Park first left. Admission Prices are as follows:ú8.00 Adult Ground ú9.00 Adult Standú5.00 Senior Citizen Ground/Standú3.00 Child Ground ú4.00 Child StandThe Raiders Bar situated inside Craven Park will be open from 1.00pm. Happy Hour 1-2pm - All Draught Beers ú1.50Snack Bar Open from 1.00pm serving chips, pies, sausage rolls, burgers, hot dogs, sweets/chocolates - hot and cold drinks (all really healthy rugby food!)