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 RLFC (1881–82, 1884–2003)

Warrington Wizards RLFC (2003–12)

Wilderspool Stadium was a rugby league stadium in Warrington, England. The ground was Warrington RLFC's old ground before moving to the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

History[edit]

It was the home ground of Warrington RLFC 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]

Rugby League Test matches[edit]

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

Game# Date Result Attendance Notes
1 15 April 1953  Wales def. Other Nationalities 18–16 8,449 1952–53 European Rugby League Championship
2 1 December 1973  Australia def.  Great Britain 15–5 10,019 1973 Ashes series
3 20 September 1975  England def.  Wales 22–16 5,034 1975 Rugby League World Cup
4 24 March 1979  England def.  France 12–6 5,004 1979 European Rugby League Championship
5 8 October 1995  New Zealand def.  Tonga 25–24 8,083 1995 Rugby League World Cup Group B
6 20 October 1995  Russia def.  United States 28–26 1,950 1995 Rugby League Emerging Nations Tournament
7 16 November 2003  England def.  France 68–6 2,536 2003 European Rugby League Championship

Rugby League Tour Matches[edit]

Wilderspool also saw Warrington and the county team Lancashire play host to various international touring teams from 1907–1994.

Game Date Result Attendance Notes
1 21 December 1907 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington def. New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg New Zealand 15–13 10,000 1907–08 All Golds tour
2 14 November 1908 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington def. Australian colours.svg Australia 10–3 5,000 1908–09 Kangaroo Tour
3 8 February 1909 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington drew with Australian colours.svg Australia 8–8 7,000
4 30 December 1911 Australian colours.svg Australasia def. Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 34–6 8,500 1911–12 Kangaroo Tour
5 29 October 1921 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington def. Australian colours.svg Australasia 10–3 16,000 1921–22 Kangaroo Tour
6 14 December 1921 Lancashire Lancashire def. Australian colours.svg Australasia 8–6 6,000
7 9 October 1926 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington def. New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg New Zealand 17–5 5,000 1926–27 New Zealand Kiwis tour
8 26 September 1929 Australian colours.svg Australasia def. Lancashire Lancashire 29–14 24,000 1929–30 Kangaroo Tour
9 21 December 1929 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington def. Australian colours.svg Australasia 17–8 12,826
10 20 September 1933 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Lancashire Lancashire 33–7 16,576 1933–34 Kangaroo Tour
11 14 October 1933 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington def. Australian colours.svg Australia 15–12 16,431
12 17 March 1934 England colours.svg English League XIII def. France colours.svg France 32–16 11,100 1934 French rugby league tour
13 29 September 1937 Lancashire Lancashire def. Australian colours.svg Australia 7–5 16,250 1937–38 Kangaroo Tour
14 27 November 1937 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington def. Australian colours.svg Australia 8–6 12,637
15 30 October 1948 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington def. Australian colours.svg Australia 16–7 26,879 1948–49 Kangaroo Tour
16 11 October 1952 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 34–10 21,478 1952–53 Kangaroo Tour
17 19 November 1952 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Lancashire Lancashire 36–11 5,863
18 27 October 1956 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington def. Australian colours.svg Australia 21–17 15,613 1956–57 Kangaroo Tour
19 19 September 1959 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 30–24 17,112 1959–60 Kangaroo Tour
20 14 September 1963 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 28–20 20,090 1963–64 Kangaroo Tour
21 30 September 1967 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 16–7 11,642 1967–68 Kangaroo Tour
22 11 October 1978 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington def. Australian colours.svg Australia 15–12 10,143 1978 Kangaroo Tour
23 29 October 1980 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington def. New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg New Zealand 11–7 5,680 1980 New Zealand Kiwis tour
24 31 October 1990 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 26–6 10,200 1990 Kangaroo Tour
24 9 November 1994 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 24–0 11,244 1994 Kangaroo Tour

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 Archived 17 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Wilderspool results @ Rugby League Project