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Widnes Vikings
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Club information
Full name Widnes Vikings
Rugby League Football Club
Nickname(s) The Vikings
The Original Cup Kings
The Chemics
Website Official site
Founded 1875; 139 years ago (1875)
Current details
Ground(s)
Head Coach Denis Betts
Competition Super League
2013 season 8th FINISHED
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Widnes Vikings RLFC are an English professional rugby league club based in Widnes, Cheshire. They currently play in the First Utility Super League, the top tier of European rugby league and they play their home games at the Select Security Stadium.

Widnes were one of the original twenty-two rugby clubs that formed the Northern Rugby Football Union in 1895, making them one of the world's first rugby league teams. Their traditional nickname is "The Chemics" after the main industry in Widnes, but the club also use their more modern nickname, "The Vikings". They have a strong local rivalry with Warrington Wolves and before the Super League era Widnes were one of the strongest teams in British rugby league. They were described the "Cup Kings" after going to Wembley nearly every year in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 1989, after winning their third Rugby League Championship, Widnes became the first official World Club Champions, by beating the Australian champions Canberra Raiders 30-18 at Old Trafford .

However, hard times were to follow for the club and Widnes were left out of the inaugural Super League competition in 1995. The club eventually achieved promotion 7 years later, but Widnes' spell in the top league was cut short following relegation in 2005. Hampered by financial issues the club entered into Administration at the end of the 2007 season[1] and was later purchased by Steve O'Connor, a local businessman,[2] who had just sold his business to the Stobart Group. He invested heavily into his hometown club, they regained Superleague status in 2012.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

A newspaper extract from the Farnworth & Appleton Guardian in 1875 announcing the formation of Farnworth & Appleton Football Club.
A newspaper extract from the Widnes Guardian in 1875 announcing the formation of Farnworth & Appleton Football Club.

The Farnworth & Appleton Cricket Club was formed in 1871 and four years later the members decided to embrace the burgeoning football code. At their fourth annual evening party in the Drill Hall, Widnes, in November 1875, club Chairman Henry Lea "gave a short account of the club since it commenced about four years ago, and indicated that they had now started a football club in connexion (sic) with it, and hoped all would join". The first known game for the new Farnworth and Appleton FC was in Widnes in January 1876 played under rugby rules against Northwich Victoria. A few weeks later a return match was played at Drill Field, Northwich under soccer rules. Vics won both games. These are the only two known fixtures in that truncated first season.

By May 1876 the club had changed its name to Widnes FC and the cricket side of the organisation had disbanded, presumably to concentrate on football activities. By the late 1870s the club was being referred to as "The Chemicals"—subsequently shortened to 'The Chemics'.

The first ground was on Albert Road behind what is now the Premier Wetherspoon's pub and a short spell followed in the Simms Cross area. From around 1878–84 the club were based at the junction of Millfield/Peelhouse Lane, apart from season 1880–81 when they played on the Widnes Cricket Club ground at Lowerhouse Lane. From 1884–95 they rented a field at Lowerhouse Lane before moving to their third separate site on that road in October 1895. The first ever game at what later became Naughton Park was against Liversedge on Saturday 12 October 1895.

In 1895, Widnes were founder members of the Northern Union which broke away from the Rugby Football Union. Their first game was an away fixture against Runcorn which they lost 15–4. During the early years, the club often had to sell players to balance the books. The strength of junior rugby league in the area meant the club had a steady stream of new players to offset any losses.

In 1902, the Lancashire and Yorkshire leagues were combined to form a second division, Widnes was added to the first division.

In 1914, Arthur 'Chick' Johnson was capped for the Lions (captained by Harold Wagstaff) in the famous Rorke's Drift test, a match in which they overcame all the odds, and injuries to beat Australia with a depleted side of 10 against 13. He scored an extraordinary try to win the game, dribbling the ball from inside his own half. Widnes closed for the 1915-16 season but recommenced playing in 1916 following the introduction of conscription which meant that would not be accused of keeping men from volunteering for the First World War. Thirteen Widnes players were killed during the conflict.

The club's first ever success came when they won the Lancashire League trophy in the 1919–20 season. However, the 1920s saw the club almost go to the wall. Local rivals Warrington donated their share of the traditional Easter and Christmas derby matches to keep Widnes afloat in 1927–28.

In 1930, Widnes with 12 local-born players defied the odds to beat St Helens 10–3 to bring home the Challenge Cup.[3]

The Kingsway housing scheme threatened the loss of Widnes' ground. After several years of fundraising during the Great Depression of the 1930s, £3,250 was raised to save the ground. This came with a stipulation that the ground could be sold only to the local council at the original price. The newly named Naughton Park was opened in 1932.

A major boost for the club was Widnes' first ever trip to the Challenge Cup final, staged at Wembley. Their opponents were St. Helens, Saints scored after 6 minutes to take a 3–0 lead, but Widnes hit back with a penalty try, a further try and a penalty to take a 10–3 half-time lead. A scoreless second half meant Widnes had won the cup.

Widnes became the first club to make two trips to Wembley, with a loss to Hunslet in the 1934 cup final.

In 1935–36, the team came close to being rugby league champions. Having finished third in the table, Widnes beat Liverpool 10–9 but lost to Hull, in the championship final. A third trip to Wembley came in 1937, with an 18–5 win over Keighley. The final was dubbed "McCue's Match" as the halfback played an important part in the win.

Widnes dropped out of the wartime Lancashire league in 1940–41 and did not return to league competition until 1945–46.

Post war[edit]

Tommy McCue led the club to its first ever Lancashire Cup win, with a 7–3 victory against Wigan in 1945.

Back at Wembley in 1950, the team was beaten 19–0 by Warrington. During this period, the club reverted to selling its players to richer teams.

Local man Vince Karalius joined Widnes from St. Helens in 1962 and was appointed club captain. In his first season, Widnes finished third in the Championship, which equalled the club's best league placing. In 1962, the league was split into East and West of the Pennines; Widnes and Workington Town met at Central Park, Wigan, in the first final of the Western Division Championship on Saturday 10 November 1962. With two minutes remaining, Lowdon dropped a goal to earn Workington a 9–9 draw. Later in the month Workington won the replay 10–0.

The following season saw him lead his team to Wembley, where Widnes were Rugby League Challenge Cup winners after they defeated Hull Kingston Rovers 13–5. No team had ever played more games in reaching Wembley than Widnes in 1964. In the first round, two replays were necessary before beating Leigh. Liverpool City were beaten in the second round, then Widnes played Swinton in front of 19,000 at Naughton Park. A 5–5 draw meant another replay, which was a scoreless draw at Station Road. A second replay at Wigan was watched by 21,369 with Widnes winning 15–3. The semi-final against Castleford was drawn 7–7. A crowd of 28,732 spectators watched the replay, which Widnes won. A Wembley crowd of 84,488 saw Widnes win the Challenge Cup for the third time with a 13–5 victory over Hull KR. This was the Chemics first trophy success in eighteen years.

The "Cup Kings"[edit]

The 1970s saw the first really outstanding Widnes team. A host of young local players developed into the "Cup Kings", a golden age for the club. The first cup-final was a loss in the 1971–72 Lancashire Cup.

Six years after he retired from playing Vince Karalius returned to Widnes as coach; appointed in January 1972. The following two seasons, Widnes reached the finals of the BBC2 Floodlit Trophy. The first success came in the 1975 Lancashire Cup which Widnes won by beating Salford that season. They also won the 1975 Challenge Cup final 14–7 versus Warrington at Wembley. This was the first time in their history that Widnes had won two trophies in the same season. At his zenith, Karalius, stepped down once from his role as coach. He was replaced in May 1975 by Frank Myler.

Widnes visited Wembley in the following two seasons, losing to St. Helens and then Leeds. However, this was made up for by victories in the Lancashire Cup and John Player Trophy. The season after this (1977–78) saw their first league championship. The team went through the season unbeaten at home in the league. There were also trips to the John Player and Premiership finals.

Keith Elwell began his run of 242 consecutive appearances at Wembley in the 1976–77 Challenge Cup Final, including two as a substitute. He finished his run at Hull on 26 September 1982. This record for consecutive appearances for one club stands to this day.

Doug Laughton took over the job of team coach when Frank Myler retired from the position in 1978. The 1978–79 season saw no less than four cups come to Widnes—the BBC2 floodlit trophy, Lancashire Cup, Premiership and a win at Wembley over Wakefield Trinity in front of a crowd of 93,218. Widnes also defeated the Ashes-winning 1978 Kangaroo tourists.

The 1979–80 season saw Widnes beat Bradford Northern in the Premiership final, but come second to them in the league and John Player Trophy. The Lancashire Cup was won for the fifth time in the 1970s.

The 1980s started with a Wembley win over Hull Kingston Rovers in 1980–81. The season after this, Widnes again returned to Wembley, to face Hull. Widnes led 14–6 with less than 20 minutes to go, but the game finished 14–14 and Hull won the replay 18–9 at Elland Road, Leeds. Widnes kept their record of winning a cup every season by defeating Hull 23–8 in the Premiership final. The next season saw Hull again beaten by Widnes in the Premiership final.

Vince Karalius returned to the club in March 1983 as co-coach with Harry Dawson. Dawson quit as coach in March 1984 with Karalius continuing as team manager. Karalius led a strong Widnes side to the finals of the Lancashire Cup and John Player Trophy and another Wembley victory appearance 19–6 against Wigan.

Doug Laughton returned to the club in January 1986 and began a series of signings of players from other league clubs and from rugby union. One such player was Martin Offiah, who in 1987–88 scored a club record 42 tries. The team went on to win the championship that season, clinching it with a 50-point win away over Hunslet. Widnes then beat St. Helens in the Premiership Final at Old Trafford, Manchester a game in which Alan Tait made his début.

The 1988–89 season saw the club sign rugby union star Jonathan Davies from Llanelli for £225,000. Wigan were beaten in the Charity Shield but had their revenge in the Regal Trophy Final. The Championship came down to the last game of the season, a capacity crowd at Naughton Park saw Widnes beat Wigan 32–18 to win the title for the second year running. The Premiership was won again, with over 40,000 at Old Trafford to see Widnes beat Hull 18–10.

The 1989–90 season saw Widnes play at Anfield, Liverpool beating Wigan 27–22. A trip to France to play Le Pontet saw Widnes chosen as the Northern Hemisphere representatives to meet Australia's Grand Final winners. Canberra took a 12–0 lead but were then swept aside as Widnes stormed home 30–18 to become the first official World Club Champions.

However, financial problems riddled the club in the early 1990s. To balance the books, over 25 first team players were sold to other teams. This resulted in the club sinking to 12th in the division one table, avoiding relegation.

Myler became coach of Widnes in May 1994. In August 1995 the club decided to bring back Doug Laughton for a third stint as team manager which resulted in Myler's sacking as coach.[4]

Summer era[edit]

In 1996, the first tier of British rugby league clubs played the inaugural Super League season and changed from a winter to a summer season.[5] When the RFL announced that a new 12-team Super League was to be formed a chaotic period ensued in which the club was out, then in, then out, then in merged with local rivals Warrington and then finally out again as they finished below the cut-off point of 10th in the existing top flight.

The club adopted the name Widnes Vikings on 27 November 1996; the club had intended to adopt the moniker 'Warriors' by were asked to reconsider the RFL as Whitehaven were planning to adopt this moniker. Further player and coaching departures ensued and the club struggled in the new first division, the club's first ever finish in the relegation zone followed. They spent the next 5 years in the Northern Ford Premiership.

Graeme West took over as coach after Doug Laughton's third stint, his reign lasted from May 1997 until August 1998. During this time, the playing arena was rebuilt and the old stands, terraces and facilities were demolished to be replaced with a state-of-the-art all-seater stadium and was also renamed from Naughton Park to the Halton Community Stadium. West was replaced as coach by Colin Whitfield.

In 1999 Widnes narrowly missed out on a place in the Northern Ford Premiership Grand Final. The 2000 season was one of transition with head coach Colin Whitfield being sacked and replaced by David Hulme. A record attendance for the newly rebuilt stadium was set at 6,644 for a Northern Ford Premiership game against Leigh on Boxing Day 2000. Widnes finished off a poor season in 8th place in the NFP.

Under new coach Neil Kelly, Widnes won promotion to Super League in 2001 after beating Oldham 24–12 in the Northern Ford Premiership Grand Final.[6]

Their début season in Super League was in 2002, and the Vikings surprised everyone by narrowly missing out on a play-off place, and finishing 7th.

The following season saw them consolidate with a 9th place finish, and in 2004 they avoided relegation on the final day of the season, with Castleford's defeat to Wakefield Trinity saving Widnes' fate. Stuart Spruce was caretaker manager.

Frank Endacott arrived at Widnes as coach in 2005, but could not improve on the previous seasons. With 2 teams being relegated in 2005, due to the inclusion of Catalans Dragons in Superleague from 2006, Widnes were relegated back down to the second tier of the English game (LHF National League 1).

Widnes parted company with coach Frank Endacott, and new coach Steve McCormack rebuilt the squad, which notably included Australian full back David Peachey, who kept his word to join the club, despite its relegation.

Stephen Vaughan completed a take-over of Widnes in 2006[7] and the club made it to the LHF National League Grand Final, but were beaten 29-16 by Hull KR at Warrington's Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Stephen Vaughan quit as chairman of Widnes at the start of 2007 and stepped down from the club's board of directors,[8] placing the clubs season into a 'boom or bust' scenario. Widnes won the 2007 Northern Rail Cup Final with a 54–6 victory over Whitehaven at Bloomfield Road stadium[9] and went on to reach the National League Grand Final at the end of the season. They were beaten 42-10 by Castleford at Headingley and in the days that followed, Widnes had no option but to place themselves into voluntary administration.

New beginning[edit]

On 2 November 2007, Widnes were purchased by Steve O'Connor,[10] a local business man who had just sold his haulage firm to the Stobart Group. Steve McCormack was re-appointed as Head Coach,[11] and the club were re-admitted into National League 1. A nine-point deduction for going into administration was successfully neutralised through winning their first three games, and Widnes qualified for the National League One Playoffs by finishing in 6th place. A 32-16 defeat to third-placed Halifax however brought the nostalgic 2008 campaign to an end.

Off the field, Widnes had applied for a Super League license for the 2009 season along with 18 other clubs. However, the club was not granted a license to play in Super League, with the financial history of the club coming under close scrutiny.[12]

In 2009 Widnes parted company with Steve McCormack[13] and for a period John Stankevitch became caretaker manager. Paul Cullen was unveiled as McCormack's eventual successor[14] and managed the club to victory in the seasons Northern Rail Cup Final, beating a strong Barrow Raiders side 34-18.[15]

In the following season, Widnes again reached the Northern Rail Cup Final but were beaten 25-24 by Batley Bulldogs. The club also reached the 2010 Co-operative Championship playoffs but were knocked out in the opening round by Barrow Raiders

Return to Super League[edit]

In 2011 Widnes were granted a Super League license for the 2012-14 seasons and Denis Betts was confirmed as the man who would coach the club. A flourish of new signings were announced and the pioneering 'Viking Stronghold' initiative moved from strength to strength. Widnes also installed a fourth generation artificial pitch (or ipitch as it became known) during the off season, making them the first team in modern day rugby league to not play on a traditional grass pitch. Widnes' tenancy in the Co-operative Championship culminated in September 2011 with a fifth place league finish, and a first round playoff defeat of 36-20 by Sheffield Eagles at Bramall Lane.

February 2012 saw Widnes' re-emergence into the top tier of rugby league, and they claimed their first two points against Wigan Warriors in a 37-36 win. The club managed to prove a number of critics wrong by gaining 12 points in total by the end of their first season back, but this was not enough to prevent the club from finishing at the bottom of the Super League table.

The 2013 season saw a marked improvement on the field by Widnes, with the team finishing 10th in the Super League table and earning a total of 22 league points.

Legendary fan Pat Price

The 2014 season proved to be the most successful season of the franchise, with the club finishing 8th in the Super League table on 27 points and subsequently qualifying for the end of season play-offs for the first time in their history. A 22-19 away defeat to the Warrington Wolves brought the curtain down on a season that can only be seen as a success for the Vikings, with a Challenge Cup Semi-Final appearance against the Castleford being the key highlight. However, it was also during the 2014 season that the club received the sad news that "legendary supporter" [16] Pat Price had passed away and condolences for 'the first lady of Rugby League' were received from clubs and supporters throughout the sport.

Naughton Park[edit]

Widnes Rugby League Football Club had a number of grounds before settling at Lowerhouse Lane in 1895. The death of the club's secretary, Tom Naughton in 1932, led to the ground on Lowerhouse Lane being renamed Naughton Park as a gesture of the team's appreciation.

Naughton Park became one of the best known Rugby League grounds in the country due to the success of the 'Chemics' in the 1970s and 1980s.

In the 1990s Halton Council in partnership with the Widnes agreed to build a new stadium on the existing site, which would provide a multi-purpose complex including a social club, conference facilities, recreational facilities and catering/function facilities and would be the new home venue for Widnes RLFC.

The new stadium was officially opened on 2 November 1997 following the completion of phase 1 of a multi-million pound redevelopment and was renamed the Halton Community Stadium. On 29 January 1999 Halton Borough Council took over responsibility for the entire stadium, both financially and managerially. This was necessary as the joint venture companies arrangements were not performing as expected.

The stadium reached completion with the opening of the East Stand in September 2005 and is an all-seater stadium which has a capacity of 13,500. It has also had the honour to have staged national finals and international fixtures.

The stadium's name has changed a number of times due to sponsorship purposes, with the latest name being The Select Security Stadium. However a number of fans still refer to the ground as either Naughton Park or the Halton Stadium, due to the legacy that the names hold.

In August 2011, the stadium turf was removed and replaced with a third generation artificial pitch (or ipitch as it became known), in order to improve overall match performance and maximize the use of the clubs facilities.

Club coaches, captains and vice captains[edit]

See also List of Widnes Vikings coaches

Coaching register - since 1972[edit]

Captain register - since 2005[edit]

Year Captain Vice Captain League
2005 England Terry O'Connor Australia Shane Millard Super League X
2006 England Mark Smith National League One
2007 England Mark Smith Republic of Ireland Bob Beswick National League One
2008 Co-operative Championship
2009 Australia Jim Gannon Co-operative Championship
2010 Republic of Ireland Dave Allen Co-operative Championship
2011 Australia Simon Finnigan England Chaz I'Anson Co-operative Championship
2012 England Jon Clarke England Shaun Briscoe Super League XVII
2013 England Kevin Brown Super League XVIII
2014 Super League XIX

2015 squad[edit]

* Announced on 13 November 2014:


2015 Widnes Vikings Squad
First team squad Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coach


Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain

Updated: 13 November 2014
Source(s): 2015 Squad Numbers


2015 transfers[edit]

Gains

Player Position Previous Club Contract Announced
New Zealand Aaron Heremaia Hooker Hull FC 2 Years June 2014
Tonga Manase Manuokafoa Prop Bradford Bulls 2 Years July 2014
England Chris Clarkson Second Row Leeds Rhinos 1 Year Loan September 2014

Losses

Player Position Signed for Contract Date
England Steve Pickersgill Prop Retired N/A May 2014
England Jon Clarke Hooker Retired - S & C Coach N/A June 2014
England Adam Lawton Second Row Australia 1 Year July 2014
Wales Rhodri Lloyd Second Row Wigan Warriors Loan Return September 2014
England Paul Clough Prop Bradford Bulls 2 Years September 2014
Republic of Ireland Dave Allen Second Row Whitehaven RLFC 1 Year November 2014

Honours[edit]

1977–78, 1987–88, 1988–89
1929–30, 1936–37, 1963–64, 1974–75, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1983–84
Beaten finalists: 1934, 1950, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1993
1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90
Beaten finalists: 1978, 1991
1945–46, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1990–91
Beaten finalists: 1929, 1940, 1956, 1972, 1982, 1984
1919–20
1977–78
Beaten finalists: 1973, 1974
1975–76, 1978–79, 1991–92
Beaten finalists: 1975, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1989
1989–90
  • European Champions: 1 Time
1989
1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91
2001
2007, 2009
Beaten Finalists: 2010
  • Super League Club of the Year: 1 Time
2014

Records[edit]

Player records[edit]

100+ tries[edit]

150+ goals[edit]

Team records[edit]

Players[edit]

Players earning international caps whilst at Widnes[edit]

United Kingdom Represented Great Britain[edit]

England Represented England[edit]

Republic of Ireland Represented Ireland[edit]

Scotland Represented Scotland[edit]

Wales Represented Wales[edit]

France Represented France[edit]

Tonga Represented Tonga[edit]

Hall of Fame[edit]

The Widnes Hall of Fame was instituted in 1992 with thirteen members. Any former Widnes player who was retired from playing was eligible. The thirteen players who make up the current Hall of Fame are:

There have been occasional suggestions that the Hall of Fame might be expanded but so far the club has not taken this step. Some years ago the club organised a poll, via the local press, with a view to adding three more players but the response from the public was very poor and the highest polling players (Anthony "Tony" Myler, Kurt Sorensen and Stuart Wright) were not formally inducted. In more recent times, calls to make Gavin Dodd an honorary inductee to the Hall of Fame have been muted.

Other notable players[edit]

Super League era players[edit]

2002-2005[edit]

2012-present[edit]

Club jerseys[edit]

  • Since promotion to Super League in 2002
Year Home Design Away Design Kit Manufacturer Main Jersey Sponsor
2002 White with Black Trim Blue, White & Red Kooga Peel
2003 White with Black Trim Black with White Trim Finnforest
2004 White with Black sleeve & Red Trim Black with Purple Trim
2005 White with Black & Red Trim Grey
2006 White with Black Trim Black with White Trim Liverpool Capital of Culture 08
2007 White with Black Trim Red with Black Trim
2008 Black with White Trim White with Red Trim Nike Stobart
2009 White with Black Trim Fluorescent Yellow with Black Trim O'Neills
2010 White with Black Trim and Red Stripe Gold with Black Trim
2011 White Grey with Orange Trim
2012 White with Black V & Black Trim Red with White Trim
2013 Kit 1: White with Black V Kit 2: Black with White V Maltacourt Purple, Orange & Yellow
2014 Black and White Hoops Light Blue with Dark Blue sash Maltacourt
2015 N/A N/A N/A
2016 N/A N/A N/A
2017 N/A N/A N/A

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