Wilderspool Stadium

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Wilderspool
Full name Wilderspool Stadium
Location Fletcher Street, Warrington
Coordinates 53°22′57″N 2°35′17″W / 53.38250°N 2.58806°W / 53.38250; -2.58806Coordinates: 53°22′57″N 2°35′17″W / 53.38250°N 2.58806°W / 53.38250; -2.58806
Owner Warrington Borough Council
Capacity 9,200 (900 Seating)
Surface Grass
Scoreboard Manual
Construction
Built 1881
Opened 1881
Renovated 1888
Expanded 1983, 2000
Closed 2014
Demolished 2014
Tenants

Warrington (1881–82, 1884–2003)

Warrington Wizards (2003–2012)

Wilderspool Stadium was a rugby league stadium located in Warrington, England. The ground was Warrington RLFC's old ground before moving to the Halliwell Jones Stadium. It holds just over 9,200, after substantial decreases for crowd safety. It was their home for well over 100 years, and the move to new ground was widely considered long overdue; one of the stands was deemed unsafe, there was no disabled access, and seating for just over 900.

History[edit]

It was the home ground of Warrington Wolves until 2003.[1]

During the 1994 Kangaroo tour, Australia defeated Warrington 24-0 at Wilderspool before a crowd of 11,244 in the Kangaroos last ever game at the ground. Though this fell well short of the record Kangaroo Tour attendance at the stadium when 26,879 saw Warrington defeat the 1948-49 Kangaroos 16-7.[2]

Stands[edit]

The Kerry Katona stand was built in the early 2000s to celebrate Kerry's band, Atomic Kitten, getting their first UK number one. The original stand which was there was burnt down in a fire. The stand was renamed the Lee Briers stand in 2012.[citation needed]

The Kop which later became known as the Railway End, was where the home fans originally congregated. However, the attendances in this stand drastically fell as more and more fans decided to remain in Perpignan, claiming there was "no point leaving just to come all the way back the following year".

Rugby League Test Matches[edit]

List of Test and World Cup matches played at Wilderspool Stadium.[3]

Game# Date Result Attendance
1 1 December 1973 Australia def. Great Britain 15-5 10,019
2 20 September 1975* England def. Wales 22-16 5,034
3 24 March 1979 England def. France 12-6 5,004
4 8 October 1995** New Zealand def. Tonga 25-24 8,083
5 16 November 2003 England def. France 68-6 2,536

* Match played as part of the 1975 Rugby League World Cup.
** Match played as part of the 1995 Rugby League World Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andy Wilson (16 September 2003). "Wilderspool braced for final hooter". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  2. ^ 1948 Kangaroo tour @ Rugby League Project
  3. ^ Wilderspool results @ Rugby League Project

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