2009 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats season
Transfers for 2009 (In)
|Name||Transferred from||Date released|
|James Stosic||Gold Coast Titans||October 2008|
|Steve Snitch||Huddersfield Giants||October 2008|
|Dave Halley||Bradford Bulls||October 2008|
Transfers for 2009 (Out)
|Name||Transferred to||Date released|
|Duncan MacGillivray||Retired||October 2008|
|Paul Reilly||Oldham Roughyeds||October 2008|
|Brett Ferres||Castleford Tigers||October 2008|
|Joe Hirst||Featherstone Rovers||October 2008|
|Josh Griffin||Huddersfield Giants||October 2008|
|Kyle Wood||Doncaster||October 2008|
|Jason Golden||Harlequins RL||October 2008|
Fixtures and results
|Super League XIV||17 †||Wigan Warriors||Win||6–12||Away||JJB Stadium||14,377||8 February 2009|
|Super League XIV||1||Leeds Rhinos||Loss||18–4||Away||Headingley Stadium||15,643||13 February 2009|
|Super League XIV||2||Salford City Reds||Win||29–10||Home||Belle Vue||6,578||22 February 2009|
|Super League XIV||3||Warrington Wolves||Win||48–22||Home||Belle Vue||5,169||27 February 2009|
|Super League XIV||4||Hull Kingston Rovers||Loss||31–18||Away||New Craven Park||9,038||8 March 2009|
|Super League XIV||5||Catalans Dragons||Win||30–10||Home||Belle Vue||4,807||15 March 2009|
|Super League XIV||6 ‡||Crusaders||N/A||P–P||Away||Brewery Field||N/A||22 March 2009|
|Super League XIV||7||St. Helens||Loss||18–42||Home||Belle Vue||6,038||27 March 2009|
|Challenge Cup 2009||4||Leigh Centurions||Win||54–0||Home||Belle Vue||2,637||3 April 2009|
|Super League XIV||8||Castleford Tigers||Win||6–35||Away||The Jungle||10,155||10 April 2009|
|Super League XIV||9||Bradford Bulls||Win||24–22||Home||Belle Vue||6,516||13 April 2009|
|Super League XIV||10||Hull F.C.||Win||14–21||Away||KC Stadium||11,975||17 April 2009|
|Super League XIV||11||Wigan Warriors||Loss||26–40||Home||Belle Vue||5,521||26 April 2009|
|Super League XIV||12||Bradford Bulls||Loss||16–32||Neutral||Murrayfield Stadium||29,627||2 May 2009|
|Challenge Cup 2009||5||Wigan Warriors||Loss||17–28||Home||Belle Vue||4,883||9 May 2009|
|Super League XIV||13||Harlequins RL||Loss||24–17||Away||The Twickenham Stoop||3,612||17 May 2009|
|Super League XIV||14||Huddersfield Giants||Loss||6–54||Home||Belle Vue||5,037||24 May 2009|
|Super League XIV||6||Celtic Crusaders||Win||6–50||Away||Brewery Field||2,089||30 May 2009|
|Super League XIV||15||Bradford Bulls||Loss||36–22||Away||Grattan Stadium||8,387||7 June 2009|
|Super League XIV||16||Hull FC||Win||37–22||Home||Belle Vue||4,721||13 June 2009|
|Super League XIV||18||Harlequins RL||Win||20–18||Home||Belle Vue||5,079||28 June 2009|
|Super League XIV||19||Huddersfield Giants||Loss||30–14||Away||Galpharm Stadium||7,486||5 July 2009|
|Super League XIV||20||Leeds Rhinos||Loss||30–32||Home||Belle Vue||6,425||10 July 2009|
|Super League XIV||21||St Helens||Win||20–22||Away||GPW Recruitment Stadium||8,651||17 July 2009|
|Super League XIV||22||Castleford Tigers||Loss||12–20||Home||Belle Vue||8,371||26 July 2009|
|Super League XIV||23||Salford City Reds||Win||24–30||Away||The Willows||3,151||31 July 2009|
|Super League XIV||24||Celtic Crusaders||Win||46–12||Home||Belle Vue||7,893||16 August 2009|
|Super League XIV||25||Warrington Wolves||Win||28–40||Away||Halliwell Jones Stadium||8,681||23 August 2009|
|Super League XIV||26||Catalans Dragons||Win||20–34||Away||Stade Gilbert Brutus||8,755||5 September 2009|
|Super League XIV||27||Hull Kingston Rovers||Win||24–10||Home||Belle Vue||6,328||13 September 2009|
|Super League XIV Play-offs||Qualifier||Catalans Dragons||Loss||16–25||Home||Belle Vue||4,008||19 September 2009|
- †: Game rearranged due to pitch maintenance work at the JJB Stadium during June.
- ‡: Game postponed in respect to the death of Wakefield player, Leon Walker, who received a fatal injury during the reserves' game. Game rearranged for 30 May 2009.
|5||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||27||16||0||11||685||609||+76||32|
|13||Salford City Reds||27||7||0||20||456||754||–298||14|
|Teams qualifying for the Play-offs|
Classification: 1st on competition points; 2nd on match points difference.
Competition points: for win = 2; for draw = 1; for loss = 0.
Death of Leon Walker
On 22 March 2009, Leon Walker, a reserve player, collapsed in the 63rd minute of a game against Crusaders Reserves at Maesteg rugby union ground. He was airlifted to Morriston Hospital, Swansea where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. He was 20 years old at the time of his death. An inquest subsequently found that his death was the result of a rare undiagnosed heart defect, and the coroner ruled that he died of natural causes.
Walker started playing rugby league for the amateur side, the Churwell Chiefs. Walker joined the Salford City Reds in 2006 and played for the club for three years. After his rookie season he was named the Salford Reds Junior Academy Player of the Year. In 2007 Walker represented both the Yorkshire and England U18 sides.
- "Tragedy for Wakefield". www.skysports.com. Archived from the original on 24 March 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
- RFL Statement – Celtic Crusaders v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
- Wakefield player Leon Walker dies in Super League reserve game Herald Sun, 23 March 2009
- Heart defect killed rugby player BBC.co.uk, 23 November 2009
- Player of the Year awards SalfordReds.co.uk, 12 September 2006
- Walker signs for Wakefield Sporting Life
- Wakefield Wildcats sign Reds' Leon Walker Wakefield Express, 11 November 2008
- Wakefield mourn the tragic loss of Leon Walker The Times, 23 March 2009
- "Funeral for rugby collapse player". bbc. 2 April 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2011.