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."
17, Sep, 2003