Wednesday 8th March is #InternationalsWomensDay, celebrating inspirational women across the world. Widnes Vikings would like to pay tribute to six women who have left their mark on the Vikings community.
Pat Price (1937-2014) - Vikings Supporter
Pat was the staunchest of Widnes fans and followed the Club since she was a small girl. Travelling home and away watching her beloved Widnes, she was the heart and soul of the fanbase and became a cult figure with Vikings supporters.
Pat spent large parts of her life volunteering with the Club, and would always be seen doing her bit to help the community. She would do anything for the Vikings and would be seen week in, week out, selling the Vikings programme in the South Stand, as well as at the Social Club. Our supporters continue to cherish her memory.
Julie Gaskell - Former CEO 2010 - 2012
Julie, the first female Widnes Vikings CEO, helped lead the Club's achievement of gaining a Super League Licence status in 2011 She continued in the role for the Club's inaugural year back in Super League.
Deb Townsend - Curator of Vikings Museum
For the past 10 years, Deb has voluntarily been the Curator of the Widnes Museum that is located at the Halton Stadium. Deb offers tours around the museum and the stadium to schools and supporters of the Club, engaging them in the Club's steep history. Her dedication in preserving and celebrating our proud past is vital.
Audrey Spencer - Former Member
Audrey was the first female committee member and ran the Vikings supporters club back in the 1970s. Her role in assisting the Club and our supporters was an important one.
Viv Gleave - First female physio
Viv was the first professional female in Rugby League, working with Widnes in the 1980s. She gave years of service to Widnes RLFC, helping to keep our players on the field during the glory years of the Cup Kings.
Charlie was appointed as Widnes Vikings' lifelong mascot in 2016.
Charlie has DIPG, an aggressive form of brain cancer. The Club were originally approached by Charlie’s aunt, Carmel, about the possibility of obtaining a signed shirt to help raise funds for a JustGiving Campaign to provide a timeless life experience for Charlie and her family. After hearing about Charlie’s cause, the Club were keen to offer as much assistance as possible to raise the profile of the appeal.
Charlie led our team out against St Helens last year, and the Vikings wore a special purple kit for their fixture against Wigan last year, which contributed to their fundraising efforts. Charlie's bravery inspired our players and supporters.
These are just a small number of the brilliant women who have supported our Club. We would like to thank every who contributes to the success of our Vikings community, in any way.