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Warrington Wolves

Warrington Wolves - "The Wire"

Nicknamed "The Wire", Warrington Wolves are a professional rugby league club based at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington, England. They were founded in 1876 as part of the Northern Rugby Football Union, which was formed in 1895 and comprised twenty-two clubs. The Nicknamed "The Wire", referencing the wire drawing industry operating in Warrington at the time.

Success and Local Rivalries

Warrington Wolves now competes in the Super League. Wolves have gained intense local rivalries with clubs such as St. Helens, Wigan, and Widnes over the years. They hold the record for three league championships and are the fourth most successful team behind Wigan, Leeds and St. Helens to win the Challenge Cup, with nine victories.

Early years: 1876–1895

Although the official founding date for the Warrington Wolves club is given as 1876, rugby was undoubtedly played in Warrington before this date; as the Widnes Guardian (on 25 January 1873) reported, an earlier match was between Warrington and Wigan at an unnamed ground. The club beard the name 'Warrington Rugby Football Club'. 

The Warrington Wolves was initially formed under the name Warrington Zingari Football Club by seven young local men in 1876. "Zingari" is the Italian word for gipsies. Rugby clubs commonly adopted this term for clubs that lacked permanent members.

The Warrington Zingari would have five new homes over the next seven years. Two different sites off Sankey Street, two off Wilderspool Causeway and a place at Slutchers Lane. In 1886, a few short years after moving to Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington won their first silverware - the West Lancashire and Border Towns Trophy. On 28 August 1895, Warrington decided by the committee to join with 21 other clubs throughout Lancashire and Yorkshire to form a new 'Northern Union' and resigned from the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

Warrington Wolves

Warrington Wolves 'Wire' Logo

Stadiums: Wilderspool to Halliwell Jones Stadium

Warrington Wolves first stadium in 1881 was the Wilderspool Stadium, where they spent the next 130 years. By the late 1990s, the old stadium on Wilderspool looked tired, and a decision was made to move to a new stadium instead of redeveloping the old Wilderspool.

The Halliwell Jones Stadium

The Halliwell Jones Stadium

The new stadium was ready in 2004, and the Warrington team moved into the Halliwell Jones Stadium with a maximum of 13,012 capacity. Originally there were four stands in the stadium – the North Stand, the East Stand, the South Stand (home terracing), and the West Stand, which typically hosted the visitors and any overflow from the home terracing. 

In 2012, the capacity of the Halliwell Jones Stadium was extended to 15,200 by filling in two corners of the stands. Further additions were added to the stadium in 2017 with two permanent big screens. one for advertising outside on the northeast corner and the other one inside on the southeast corner, to enhance the game-day experience for the matched day visitors.

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