The Jungle (Wheldon Road)

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The Jungle
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Full name Wheldon Road
Location Wheldon Road, Castleford, West Yorkshire, England
Coordinates 53°43′47″N 1°20′27″W / 53.72972°N 1.34083°W / 53.72972; -1.34083Coordinates: 53°43′47″N 1°20′27″W / 53.72972°N 1.34083°W / 53.72972; -1.34083
Public transit National Rail Castleford
Owner Castleford Tigers
Operator Castleford Tigers
Capacity 11,775
Record attendance 25,449 (Castleford vs Hunslet, 9 March 1935)
Field size 120 by 74 yards (110 m × 68 m)
Surface Grass
Scoreboard Philips Vidiwall
Construction
Built 1926
Opened 1926
Tenants
Castleford Town F.C. (1926–1936)
Castleford Tigers (1927 – Present)

Wheldon Road (known as the Mend-A-Hose Jungle for sponsorship purposes) is the home ground of Castleford Tigers Rugby League Club in Castleford, West Yorkshire, England. It is on Wheldon Road, just outside Castleford town centre. The record attendance of 25,449 was for a Challenge Cup match in 1935.

History[edit]

Wheldon Road officially opened in 1926 and was the home of association football club Castleford Town F.C.. The following year Castleford RLFC moved in after the completion of their first season (1926–27) after playing at 'Sandy Desert', which has since been redeveloped, and is the home of Castleford Lock Lane.[1]

The record attendance at the ground is 25,449 for a third round Challenge Cup match against Hunslet in 1935. The record Super League attendance at the ground is 11,731 against Leeds on 7 March 2004.[2]

Floodlights were installed for the 1965–66 season.[citation needed]

In 2011 the Castleford signed a deal with developers who intended to redevelop the ground as a supermarket. This deal would fund a new £12 million stadium at nearby Glasshoughton for which the club had received planning consent. In October 2012 the plans were scrapped due to lack of funding and it was announced that the club was considering the possibility of redeveloping Wheldon Road, rather than moving.[3] In 2014 it was announced that the club would be moving to a new stadium near Glasshoughton along with a new retail park on the same site.[4]

Layout[edit]

North Stand[edit]

The Wheldon Road End is a covered standing terrace and is considered the Kop end of the ground as it is particularly used by Castleford supporters.

East Stand[edit]

The Main Stand in the east end of the ground houses 1,500 seats and the changing rooms and tunnel. About two thirds of the stand is uncovered terracing each side of the Main Stand. The clubs pavilion is situated at this side of the ground. Most of the bars and food outlets are at this side of the ground inside the marquee

South Stand[edit]

The Railway End is at the south of the ground. It is an uncovered standing terrace, with a supporters' club, executive boxes and a scoreboard along its top. It is mainly used by away supporters.

West Stand[edit]

The Princess Street Stand is at the west of the ground. It is almost identical to the Wheldon Road End. It is completely covered and houses the TV and commentary gantry.

Sponsors[edit]

The stadium was renamed the Jungle from 2000 to 2010 to coincide with Castleford adopting the Tigers moniker. In 2010 PROBIZ became the stadiums first sponsors after signing a three year deal. Wish Communications became sponsors for the 2013 season before Mend-a-Hose became sponsors in 2014.[5]

Year Sponsor Name
2010–2012 PROBIZ PROBIZ Colliseum
2013 Wish Communications Wish Communications Stadium
2014– Mend-a-Hose Mend-a-Hose Jungle

International Matches[edit]

Rugby League Test Matches[edit]

List of International rugby league matches played at Wheldon Road is:[6]

Date Winners Score Runners up Competition Attendance
28 October 1970  Great Britain 6-0  France 1970 World Cup 8,958
16 October 1971  New Zealand 17-14  Great Britain 1971 New Zealand Tour 4,108
20 October 1995  Cook Islands 21-10  Scotland 1995 Emerging Nations Tournament 2,889
12 November 2000  New Zealand 54-6  France 2000 World Cup 5,158

Rugby League Tour Matches[edit]

Other than Castleford club games, Wheldon Road also saw Cas play host to various international touring teams from 1929–1994.

Date Winners Score Runners up Competition Attendance
9 October 1929 Australian colours.svg Australasia 53-2 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 1933–34 Kangaroo Tour 4,000
27 September 1933 Australian colours.svg Australia 39-6 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 1929–30 Kangaroo Tour 4,259
6 October 1948 Australian colours.svg Australia 10-8 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 1948–49 Kangaroo Tour 14,004
13 November 1963 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 13-12 Australian colours.svg Australia 1963–64 Kangaroo Tour 7,887
9 November 1967 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 22-3 Australian colours.svg Australia 1967–68 Kangaroo Tour 6,137
10 October 1973 Australian colours.svg Australia 18-0 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 1973 Kangaroo Tour 2,419
3 October 1989 New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg New Zealand 22-20 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 1989 New Zealand Tour
4 November 1990 Australian colours.svg Australia 28-8 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 1990 Kangaroo Tour 9,033
12 October 1994 Australian colours.svg Australia 38-12 Castleford colours.svg Castleford 1994 Kangaroo Tour 11,073

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History – Lock Lane RLFC". Pitchero.com. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  2. ^ Sparks, Dave. "Castleford Tigers Club Stats". Loverugbyleague.com. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Castleford seek to redevelop Wheldon Road after scrapping new stadium plan". Mail Online. 10 October 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  4. ^ http://www.castigers.com/article.php?id=4123
  5. ^ Smith, Peter. "Castleford Tigers home is renamed for third time – Castleford Tigers". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  6. ^ Wheldon Road at Rugby League Project

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