Cup Final Success for the Wolves

Posted on 6th September 2009

The University of Chester enjoys close links with Rugby League team Warrington Wolves, the Carnegie Challenge Cup winners 2009, and is proud to be the club's official ‘back-of-shirt' sponsor for the 2009 season. 

In their first final appearance for 19 years, Warrington Wolves outclassed Huddersfield on a barmy summers day at Wembley. With tries from Richie Mathers, Michael Monaghan, Chris Hicks, and Vinnie Anderson, Warrington were always out of reach for Huddersfield. A final minute drop goal from Lee Briers sealed victory for 'the Wire' who enjoyed a civic reception in Warrington the following day.  Professor Tim Wheeler, the University's Vice-Chancellor, said: "Everyone at the University was thrilled to see Warrington Wolves win the Carnegie Challenge Cup at Wembley Stadium, and on behalf of all our staff and students, I'd like to congratulate Tony Smith and his team on their richly deserved and inspiring success, and wish them the best of luck for the rest of the season.

The University and Warrington Wolves enjoy a long-term and pioneering partnership. Thanks to links with one of the country's leading professional sports clubs, those studying and working at the Warrington campus have the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of rugby's leading stars and brightest prospects.

Work is ongoing to establish a Warrington Wolves Centre of Excellence at the Warrington campus. Since 2008, the Wolves have used the campus as a Training Centre, with the first team and academy sides using its state-of-the-art sports and video analysis facilities.

These facilities are being further enhanced by the construction of a state-of-the-art gymnasium, which will house a range of weight training and fitness equipment as well as space for floor exercise, and will be available for use by both the Wolves and University staff and students. Construction work is scheduled for an October 2009 opening.

Another link between the club was established when Warrington Wolves and Great Britain star, Jon Clarke, enrolled to study a part-time degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Warrington Wolves lifted the Challenge Cup for the first time since 1974 as they overcame Huddersfield 25-16 in the final of the underdogs at Wembley.