Cull moves onWarrington Wolves can confirm that Paul Cullen has left the club to fulfil his ambition to coach his own football club. Paul has been with the club for twenty years in the capacity of player and assistant coach, he will be sorely missed by the players and staff.Darryl Van De Velde, Director of Football paid tribute to Paul Cullen, "Paul has been a great servant to the club, loyal and dedicated, he has done a superb job, now he needs to coach his own team, this will provide a challenge and a good opportunity for him."Warrington Wolves wish Paul all the best in his future endeavours.
Young WolvesThe Club Lottery at Warrington Wolves has helped nine youth players achieve thier dream of playing first team. Jamie Stenhouse, Mark Gleeson, David Highton, Chris Campbell, Paul Noone, Ian Sibbit, Will Cowell, Paul Wood and David Alstead. Alstead joined the elite of the first team against Wigan and Wood against Wakefield where they debuted as substitutes.The Lucky Seven has funded the lads as they progressed through the ranks at the club. All have had successful spells with the Alliance, which caught Darryl Van de Velde's eye this season earning them a run out with the team.Jamie Stenhouse made an impressive debut against London Broncos with two tries in the first twenty minutes. He added to his tally with a try yesterday against Salford City reds. Ian Sibbit has scored six tries this season with the first team before sustaining a broken arm putting him out for the rest of the seaon.Youth are an important part of Warrington club on and off the field, many of the Academy/Alliance players are involved in the Community Development programmes orangised by the Development team. The nine lottery palyers help Brian Chambers, Special Needs Project Officer every week with the numerous schemes. For example the successful Gee Force camps which have run throughout the summer vacation and the Numeracy and Literacy schools have been attended by the Academy and thw first team players sharing their skills and knowledge with the youngsters.Supporting the youth and community is at the forefront of the the tireless work of the Warrington Wolves Coaching and Community Development staff.
Wolves Host International PeaceThis weekend's macth at Wilderspool will be host to two groups of teenagers from two countries torn by conflict. The teenagers are from Northern and Southern Ireland and the Czech Republic.The conflict resolution group are visiting Warrington as part of their peace programme. The group are made up of Catholic and Protestant teenagers who are hoping to work together for a peaceful situation in Northern Ireland.Rugby League has no roots in either community and offers a unique opportunity to bring the children from both sides together, in doing so they can find they have more in common than they ever believed possible. The group was set up as part of a cross community forum that looks at the way forward for children of Belfast to break down the inherited conflict in Northern Ireland.The Warrington Wolves aim to give each teenager in the group chance to experience a game that crosses many barriers. Warrington Wolves recognises children in the community who overcome daily physical, mental, emotional and social challenges to survive and would bring the game into their lives.The Lincoln Financial Group Rugby League World Cup 2000 kicks off the Irish part of the competition on October 28th at Windsor Park, Belfast. This will be the first time that a major International Rugby League match has taken place in Northern Ireland.A 30-strong group of teenagers, aged 17-20 from the Czech Republic who are all members of a school choir are another group of international guests of the Wolves. The teenagers are staying at the Peace Centre and will be attending the match on Sunday. The choir will be singing before the game as part of the pre-match entertainment which is centred around the World Cup.
Super League V - Round 28 team NewsDarryl Van De Velde has named his team for the Wolves final game of the Super League season against close neighbours Salford City Reds.The team will be from the following:Lee PennyJamie StenhouseAlan HunteMark ForsterLee BriersAllan LangerAndrew GeeSteve Mc CurrieDavid AlsteadTawera NikauDanny NutleyDean BusbyMike PetersMark GleesonJerome GuissetDanny FarrarPaul WoodMike Peters returns to the squad after a fitness test, Paul Noone will not be in the starting line up. Former Captain Danny Farrar makes his last appearance for the Wolves is what has been three great years for the hooker at Wilderspool. Playing his first game at Wilderspool for Penrith Panthers in the World Club Championship, Danny impressed with his work rate and tackling. He continued those virtues and for the past three seasons has regularly topped the tackle count and played through many injuries that would have put lesser players on the sidelines. His dedication and professionalism have endeared him to the Warrington fans.Mark Forster has been named in the Ireland squad a head of the Lincoln World Cup, along with future team mate Kevin Campion ( Brisbane Broncos ).Warren Stevens and Gareth Barber are also to leave the Wolves, with Stevens likely to join Salford.
Super SundayWarrington Wolves are planning to end the season on high. The Wolves are aiming for another big crowd when they entertain Salford City Reds on Sunday, kick off 3 pm. This would see the club achieving record attendance against 10 of the Super League clubs this season.Interesting clashes on the field to keep an eye out for, Briers takes on Blakeley in a head-to-head and a Jon Roper makes his return to Wilderspool, all will make for an exciting game.The schedule of entertainment is billed as a preview to the World Cup and Grand Final!There will be a chance to see Warrington's favourite dancers in a Starlite extravaganza, including a performance by the outstanding Grand Final singer.The Lincoln World Cup Interactive Bus arrives at Wilderspool at 1.00pm, with freebies galore - World Cup merchandise and tickets to the games. The bus will be situated behind the Brian Bevan stand on St James' car park.Gates will open at 1.30pm with the spectacular entertainment beginning at 2.30pm. The Wolves are offering a unique scheme to the Ground Season Ticket holders of "Take a Mate", which enables them on production of their season ticket their "Mate" can gain entry to the ground for £5.The Community Development team will be promoting their Try Hard scheme as part of the World Cup programme. All of the town's secondary schools are involved, the scheme is the next stage in the development strategy of Primary Link. The scheme is about increasing awareness of Rugby League in the secondary schools of Warrington and there is no better way than through the World Cup. The team have been busy in all primary and secondary schools in Warrington in the last week promoting the game and through assemblies and coaching.Fans will have the final opportunity to have their say on the Wolves, by filling out the Supporter Survey, available at the turnstiles or club shop, due back on 22nd September.To book tickets contact the hotline on (01925) 235005.
Farrar RetiresDanny Farrar has announced that he will be retiring from the game after Sunday's match against Salford at Wilderspool. Farrar joined the Wolves from Penrith Panthers for Super League III. He played for the Panthers in the World Club Championship against Warrington in 1997, which is where he impressed many with his workload and his ability to tackle well above his own body weight. Since joining the club, Danny has made 83 appearances, scoring 16 tries in his 3 seasons.His team mate Mark Forster remembers the clashes against the Panthers and Danny in the World Club Championship and was impressed. "You could tell he was a player that led from the front, a no nonsense hooker, big hitter, 40 - 50 plays a game, someone who puts his body on the line," he said.Director of Football, Darryl Van De Velde added: "Danny has been a fantastic servant to the club.""Over the last three years, he has been one of your best players. He has surpassed himself by playing injured, playing through the pain barrier many a time, only missing a handful of games.""This is a clear illustration of Danny's commitment to his team mates and the club." A phenomenal work rate and especially impressive tackling ability earned Danny much respect throughout the world of Rugby League. His passionate displays for the wire will be sorely missed.
Super League V - Round 27 Team NewsTroubled club Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are the penultimate team to face the Wolves this season, and with only one point between seventh and sixth the Wolves will be looking to take advantage of the Yorkshire clubs woes. The Wildcats have applied for a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) and have let all players above the age of 24 go as free agents, although some have been re-signed on deals that will see them play the last two games of the season. Coach Tony Kemp has also left and John Harbin, the clubs Football Manager, will take over in the mean time.The Wolves are also likely to field a young squad, with 18 year-old Prop Forward and member of last seasons Academy Grand Final squad Paul Wood taking a place alongside other youngsters Jamie Stenhouse, Paul Noone, Mark Gleason and David Alstead.The squad is:Lee PennyJamie StenhouseAlan HunteMark ForsterLee BriersAllan LangerAndrew GeeDanny FarrarDanny NutleySteve McCurrieTawera NikauPaul NooneJerome GuissetMike PetersDean BusbyPaul NoonePaul WoodDavid AlsteadOut for the rest of the season, but likely to be availble for the Maori World Cup Squad is Toa Kohe-Love who suffered a broken thumb on Sunday. Also missing for the Wolves is Ian Knott who left the field of play after two minutes on Sunday with a blow to the head. Back in the lineup is Lee Penny who has recovered from a calf strain.
Wolves Gates Booming!Super League V has proved a crowd breaker for the Wolves, despite the rollercoaster season on the field, the fans have showed that they are the best and most loyal in the league.After Round 36 gates are up by 32.9%. A total of 89,442 fans have come through the Wilderspool gates since the start of this season.The Wolves have record crowds against Bradford (8,902), Castleford (5,915), Halifax (6,243), Hull (5,956), Leeds (6,948), London (8,918), St Helens (9,086), Wakefield (6,225) and Wigan (7983 & 8,643).If the club achieves a gate of 5,800 for the last home game of the season against Salford City Reds that would bring the another record attendance, the 11th of the season, for the Wolves.
T' Phone Home!Phones 4u, associate sponsor of WWRLFC, has teamed up with the club to give Warrington Wolves fans the chance to meet one of the club's star players, Tawera Nikau, on Saturday 2nd September 2000.Tawera will visit the Phones 4u store, One Market Gate, Warrington, between 11.00am and 12.00pm to meet Wolves' fans and sign autographs, on the eve of the club's home match against Wigan Warriors.Fans visiting the store to meet the player will be entered into a free prize draw on the day with two lucky winners receiving a pair of matchday tickets for the last match of the season when Wolves take on Salford City Reds on Sunday 17th September at the Wilderspool Stadium.Phones 4u store manager, Ken Harkess, said: "We're delighted that Tawera has accepted our invitation to visit the store, which will give Wolves' fans the opportunity to meet one of their favourite players and secure some autographs. We'll be sure to give him a warm welcome for what promises to be a great event for the fans and a real end of season treat."
Langer meets Langer!Australian Cricketer Justin Langer will be a guest at this weekends Tetley Bitter Super League match against Wigan Warriors.Justin, who hails from Perth, is a left handed batsman and has represented Australia at Test Match level 33 times.